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:

4realz Roundtable: The Value of Home Values

I’ve got something special planned for this week’s 4realz Roundtable. In honor of Realtor.com’s release of the home valuation tool, we’re going to cover the value of online home values!

Join us on Thursday at 4pm (PST) to take part in the conversation!

Of course, the discussion is what makes the 4realz Roundtable work, and so far, I’ve confirmed three great guests for the conversation:

And, of course, YOU are always invited to join the conversation. For the past two week’s we’ve had an active chat conversation going on during the call, which has been just as interesting and entertaining as what gets recorded! 😉

(By the way, I reached out to the realtor.com team, but received no bites in terms of people who were willing to sit at the 4realz Roundtable…)

Here’s a general outline of things I hope to cover:

  • Discussion on the background on online AVMs
  • How have perceptions of online AVMs changed over the past two+ years… Both within the industry and among consumers
  • What are some of the interesting legal issues surrounding AVMs in terms of privacy issue
  • Is there a reason to think that AVMs will get better in the future?

If you have other topics you’d like us to cover, please let us know in the comments and/or join us on the call and ask the question yourself! I’m going to do my best this time to make sure we reach out to some more of the people who call in to make sure we hear from you during the call!

UPDATE:

I’ve confirmed a few more guests for today’s show:

UPDATE 2:

What a great conversation!  Things definitely got a bit rough with David G on the hot seat for a bit, but overall, I had some great insights from the conversations and hopefully you will to!   If you haven’t listened to the conversation on the value of online home values, then listen here:

[podcast]http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-20339/TS-122563.mp3[/podcast]

Today’s Roundtable on social networking was…

…a blast. There were so many great insights from so many different people packed into just under an hour. You can listen to the recording here:
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And thanks again to everyone who participated!

And since we talked so much about social networks, I thought I’d link to some of the places you can find me on the various social networks: LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, MyDealBook, RealSeekr. And if you’re interested in connecting up with other real estate professionals, feel free to leave links to your social networks in the comments!

The 4Realz Roundtable

Last week I brought together a virtual roundtable of people to discuss the implications of the NAR/DOJ settlement.  I had a great time and got some great feedback from the participants and listeners…

And now I’m addicted!

In my next blog post , I’ll give details for the next 4realz roundtable, but suffice to say that it will be today (Thursday) at 4pm PST and we’re going to cover social networking…

But before I write that post, I thought I’d write a bit of background on what I learned about podcasting from last week experience:

  • It is a lot of fun to bring a great group of people together and Talkshoe made it trivial to organize and implement.
  • We had a great turnout to the live broadcast with 9 people calling in and a few dozen more listen to it live.
  • The chat function was very helpful for letting listeners suggest questions without needing to interrupt the conversation.
  • I need to let people know that if you want to call in, then you’re best registering with the site first.   Otherwise it can be very difficult to pay attention to the conversation, follow the chats and know which person is using which anonymous handle!

Everything went so well that I’m now committed to hosting a weekly 4Realz Roundtable and you’re always invited!

Some of the topics we’re likely to cover in the near future include:

  1. This week: Getting Value out of Social Networking
  2. Next week:  Evaluating Mortgage Tools
  3. Week of 6/19: Fannie Mae Appraisal Rules Changes
  4. Other ideas for future topics I hope to host: (1) International real estate tools and websites (2) New and/or emerging real estate technologies (3) Your suggestions!

And, of course, if there is ever a really hot topic that members of the 4realz Roundtable want to discuss, I fully plan to bump the regularly scheduled programing for the more interesting stuff!

And finally, you can subscribe to future podcasts on the the 4Realz Roundtable page on TalkShoe.

A fascinating conversation about NAR/DOJ…

I really want to thank the industry titans who participated in today’s podcast:

As well as all the people who listened in and provided wonderful chat commentary throughout the podcast. There were so many great names that showed up that I can’t wait to get many of you on future podcasts!

I thought if I gave us a half-hour we’d be able to cover the subject completely… but with the crew above, we were flying along after an about an hour when I decided to pull the plug in order to save some energy for next week! 😉

And if you missed the live call, don’t worry, you can still catch all the recored action here:

That was so much fun, I know we’ll do that again… Hopefully soon! 😉

Live Podcast: What does the DOJ/NAR Settlement mean to REALTORS?

I’m totally excited about the live podcast that is set to go live in a few hours!

Earlier today, I was at an caravan event with a large group of REALTORS… When the agents found out I was an internet guy, many of them kept asking me for insight into the settlement between the DOJ and NAR and how it was going to affect their online business. However, like many of the agents, I have more questions than answers, so I decided to use this opportunity to put together a podcast where some great guests can talk through the implications of the settlement.

With that background, I’m extremely excited that the following three guests have agreed to take part in a 1/2 hour roundtable discussion at 4pm (PST) today:

The podcast will be streaming live at TalkShoe and I encourage you to join in the conversation live!

Initially, I’m only going to have the mics turned on for the guests to cover the basics, but assuming that we have some time beyond that, I’m looking forward to opening up the mic to others on the line (That means you!).

And if you have some specific questions you want to be sure get addressed, leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to work it into the agenda! Hope to hear from you at 4pm!

UPDATE: