I don’t think Jay Thompson has ever gon…

I don’t think Jay Thompson has ever gone on a boring rant, so it’s always interesting to see what gets his blood boiling. And when the topic at hand touches on the current meme of real estate agent professionalism, all the better!

Today it is that some North Carolina REALTORS who are protesting a new rule that protects homebuyers by disclosing compensation… Where Jay comes to the stunningly simple solution: “tell people what the costs are in buying a home, which includes agent/broker compensation and incentives – before they purchase a home.”

And if you missed Kris Berg’s take on professionalism, then run, don’t walk, to:

Introducing RE: RnD!

notorious-robI must admit that when I first heard that  the Notorious Rob was had left Onboard and joined the ranks of a consultant, I got a bit excited. Rob is one of the smartest thinkers in real estate marketing, and if he’s decided to do consult, then I wanted to find a way for us to team up.

And great news on that front. We’ve decided to launch a weekly radio show starting this Thursday morning!

Are you curious what the show is going to be like? So are we!

Here’s what we know:

  • We’re calling it RE: RnD
  • We’ll run it every Thursday morning for one hour starting at 9am PST/12pm EST
  • We’re going to use TalkShoe, so you can get all the information you’ll need to call in and join the chat room here: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/51093
  • We’ve set up a Facebook Page at: http://rernd.com. Become a “fan” to get regular updates on the show
  • We’re still finalizing the guest list for the first show, but we know the topics we’re going to cover:
    • Current news and events (i.e. real estate banter)
    • Ways to promote your biz with FB Pages
    • NAR’s new code of ethics around social media
    • Fun and games (follow @rernd for details on the “games” part)

Some of the things we haven’t figured out yet are:

  • Which guests should we bring?
  • Which topics should we cover in the future?
  • Is there anyone interested in sponsoring the show?

Any way and either way, it’s gonna be fun!

Do you have an idea for how you’d like to get involved on the show?  Reach out any time!

And most importantly, become a fan of our Facebook Page so that you can get updates and details on our upcoming shows!

Are your Facebook friends hiding from you?

Turns out the latest update to the Facebook news feeds sets a bunch of feeds that you may want to follow to “hidden” so that they don’t show up in your main feed. This includes both “friends” and “public profiles”, so it’s probably worth checking to see if you have some things hidden that I did not mean to!

How to check?

This is not self-evident, at least it wasn’t for me. The trick is that you first have to hide a news item, and then Facebook will (briefly) give you a link to edit your hidden items (i.e. “show hidden friends”):

This will open up a menu similar to this one where you can unhide (or “add to newsfeed”):


Personally, I was not only surprised at the number of “pages” or public profiles that were hidden, but also at just how many people were hidden in my menu. I think the old messaging of “show fewer updates” turned into “hidden” in the new layout.

And if you’re looking for more background on Facebook, maybe you should ask yourself, Why bother with Facebook Pages?

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After firing CEO, REA Group reports…

substantial growth:

  • Revenues were up 45% to $155.6 million
  • EBITDA was up 56% to $36.6 million.

I was recently alerted to Simon Baker’s business blog, My CEO Life, that is just awesome in terms of insight.   Most relevantly, his post from a few weeks ago talks about the day he was fired as the CEO of the REA Group:

“Now last week i was summonded to a hotel room in town, asked for my access pass and told not to go back to the office and that my desk would be packed up and couriered to me – 7.5 years over in a flash.  I was not to say goodbye to the team…”

I had dinner with Simon in San Francisco last month and, not surprisingly, I didn’t catch any hint of what was to come.   Nonetheless, anyone who has ever hung out with Simon knows he’s loaded with personality, so it will be fascinating to see what he does next!

Can a Blog be a Community Resource?

Today I was fortunate to interview a woman who has created a blog that has become a true resource for her community as part of a weekly podcast series I’m doing on Rain City Guide.    This woman spends hours and hours each day crafting posts about her community, everything from local events, new permits, “missing pets”, etc for the West Seattle community.

West Seattle Blog ScreenshotIt’s become such a great community resource and so widely read that she’s been able to quit her day-job in order to blog about her community.   It’s a fascinating interview where she discusses many different issues around what makes her community special and I think well worth listening to for real estate professionals who want ideas for how to turn a blog into a dynamic, interesting and local neighborhood resources.

However, you’ll may also walk away thinking, “I need to sell real estate and that sounds so time consuming,” which is why I say listen just for ideas.  She’s clearly tapped into something that works for her community… and I think it is well worth a listen: