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Carnival of Real Estate - 22nd edition

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It appears as though the carnival has finally come to town on the ActiveRain Real Estate Network.  On Wednesday the post submissions started with a trickle, and I started thinking to myself, "this isn't going to be that bad".  Boy was I wrong, Saturday hit and it seemed as though everytime I looked at my inbox there were two or three new submissions. 

A few hours ago, I started reading posts and making a list of ones I thought were worthy of the weekly top ten.  By the time I had finished reading I had narrowed the list down to about sixteen and then the hard choices began, particularly in choosing a winner.  When you have such high quality blog posts, it's near impossible to pick one post as being better than all the others.  So, I chose a post that stood out from the others in that fact it was entertaining and humorous, rather than simply serious in nature, and it also wasn't contibuting to my "Zillow blogging burnout". 

And the winner is... 

Brian Brady with his lighthearted post The Six Stages of the Long-Term Real Estate Play on his blog Musings about Money.   

The rest of the top ten:

Michael Price's post Radical Transparency in Real Estate discusses the how transparency of information is creating a "brave new world of real estate".

Kevin Boer at Three Oceans Real Estate gives his take on Zillow's latest product launch from three different perspectives, the old school agent, the consumer, and the next generation real estate agent in his post Wow! You leave for an hour and Zillow changes the World!

Gerhard Ade on his blog Seattle Tattle, Seattle Battle provides a great, well written analogy of the real estate transaction to a theatre production in Real Estate Theater.

An "open mike" post by Evan Kane Broker Gets MLS Grief For Listing $1 House For Sale over at the Sellsius Real Estate Blog provides and interesting description and thoughts on one brokers attempt to generate more attention for his listings.

On Toby Boyce's blog Sadie's Take on Delaware Ohio (Sadie is his one year old boxer), When is TMI ... Well TMI? discusses the fact that consumers are bombarded with tons of information, but often don't know how to process it.

In yet another post about everybody's favorite blogging subject Zillow, Jonathan Daulton writes Zillow Listings - The first taste is free on his Phoenix Arizona Real Estate Blog.

Elizabeth Weintraub over at The Real Estate Tomato writes her top 10 list of What Sellers & Buyers Expect From a Real Estate Agent

John Novak on his Henderson Nevada Real Estate Blog writes Don't take it personally ... It is what it is to discusses that seller's agents can not control the market but can control the marketing, and they need to make this clear to sellers.

Blogging guru Mary McKnight over at RSS Pieces gives some great tips on how realtors can use blogging to help connect with the consumers and ultimately generate real leads and business in How to write a blog that generates leads

Bonus Zillow Post

When I had finally gotten the list of posts down to eleven, I noticed there were three posts about Zillow.  I didn't want to have three posts on the same subject in the top ten, so I resorted to a good old fashion coin toss.  If it is good enough for deciding elections and superbowl kickoffs it's good enough for me.  Greg Swan of the BloodHound Blog came up just short with his great post 2006 is the Year of Zillow.

Thanks for reading the 22nd edition of the Carnival of Real Estate.  Be sure to check out ActiveRain and the hundreds of great real estate bloggers we have participating in the community.  The next Carnival of Real Estate will be held at Seattle Real Estate Professionals

-Matt Heaton (ActiveRain CEO)

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Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time
Great job Matt! I bet you did a lot of reading yesterday. Congrats to Brian Brady for winning and all the others for writing a group of very good posts.
Dec 10, 2006 11:31 PM
Toby Boyce
C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. - Delaware, OH
MBA, Delaware Ohio

Thanks Matt! Brian's article was great -- but then haven't we learned to expect that? -- and I'm just honored to be included in the Carnival.


Dec 10, 2006 11:33 PM
Mary McKnight
Sacrilicious Marketing - Orlando, FL
Thanks Matt.  You must be a power reader with all the AR blogs you read and then the Carnival submissions!  Congrats to Brian, excellent article!  Every week, the bar gets raised higher and higher for Carnival submissions.  Great reads all.
Dec 10, 2006 11:56 PM
Christine Forgione
1 - Whitestone, NY
Associate Broker
Great Job Matt - Congrats to Brian Brady that was a great article.  You had a tough week this week - with all the Zillow Postings.. (Ugh, gag).  I am going to now read all the other winners! 
Dec 10, 2006 11:59 PM
Jonathan Dalton
Realty ONE Group - Glendale, AZ
Thanks for the mention, Matt!
Dec 11, 2006 12:32 AM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Congrats Brian... I never read that one for some reason.

Also wow... I know so many of the other bloggers...in the top ten + I feel connected. Congrats Sellsius, Toby, Kevin, John Novak, Jonathan and Mary McKnight.... 

Dec 11, 2006 01:00 AM
"The Lovely Wife" The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Congratulations to all. A special Congrats to Brian. Way to go Buddy! Not bad for somone with an e! 

Matt wake up. You're fan club is waiting. :)

I agree with Mary McKnight about the bar being raised on The Carnival this just gets better and better.

Another special thanks to Mary for dragging me out of AR and into Wild Wild Space. Man! It is Wild.

TLW "The Lovely Wife"...Matt Wake Up Your Fan Club Is Waiting...ROAR!

Dec 11, 2006 02:03 AM
Brian Brady
Matthews Capital Markets - Tampa, FL

Thanks for the nice comments.  I had fun writing that little piece.

Thanks for hosting, Matt! 

Dec 11, 2006 02:49 AM
Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Congratulations Brian-

Great information in all of your posts- now stop typing and hit the Erg for a while!

Dec 11, 2006 02:51 AM
Gerhard Ade
eXp Realty - Seattle, WA
What sets me apart, will set you apart.
Ade HouseWell done, Brian! And thanks for your comment on my top-ten blog about the Real Estate Theater. Also, this Carnival thing made me visit some of those other blog sites. There is some terrific stuff out there! 
Dec 11, 2006 03:46 AM
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc (NMLS 219650) - Tavares, FL
The Mortgage Rider

Congrats Brian and all the runner ups.

Matt, I must ahve been difficult to choose the best.  I do not wish I had your job on this one.  Thanks for keep us involved and informed.

Dec 11, 2006 05:06 AM
Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN
I like to read the blogs, but I think your job this time was a tough one.  Especially trying to pick only 10  of them.  Great job!
Dec 11, 2006 05:11 AM
rudolph d. bachraty III

matt - we're happy our post on evan kane's unique marketing efforts have made your wonderful list.

thank you.


Dec 11, 2006 07:32 AM
Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
Glad I didn't have to pick the winner. Lot of great stuff was posted. -Charles
Dec 11, 2006 07:46 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Great work Brian! (Would you trade a Carnival win for 'Nova in the Final Four??) And congrats to the others in the top 10 - lots of variety and good writing. Thanks for hosting this week, Matt.
Dec 11, 2006 12:27 PM
Denver Lender
Denver Lender - Denver, CO
Good stuff! I'm surprised my musings on search results didn't crack the top ten :)
Dec 11, 2006 03:46 PM
Brian Brady
Matthews Capital Markets - Tampa, FL
I would trade 70,000 ppoints for a Villanova Final Four and another 50,000 points for a NCAA basketball championship.  Yes, Matt..you can ABSOLUTELY hold me to that.
Dec 11, 2006 06:22 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude
Great job, MAtt, and congratulations to all the winners. I actually read all of the posts (but didn't always comment) - terrific learning.
Dec 12, 2006 04:48 AM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans
Matt...great  JOB...  and congrats to Mr. Brian Brady.
Dec 12, 2006 05:21 AM
Sam Chapman
Lakeway, TX
Excellent stuff at the carnival.  I'm thrilled to have a ticket!
Dec 12, 2006 08:58 AM