New Years Resolutions

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champagneDo you make New Years Resolutions? 

Do you keep New Years Resolutions?  

" Experts in the New Year's Resolution field estimate that 25 percent of resolutions don't make it past Jan. 8." New Years Resolutions, they're easy to make, hard to keep according to CBS 'Modern Times' blog.  Lloyd Garver's list of  New Years Resolutions for Others:  " New Year's Resolutions For Other People, In The Spirit Of The Season, Lloyd Garver Feels It's Better To Give Than Receive."  He has resolutions for politicians, celebrities, broadcasters, the fashion industry, Show Biz, sports stars including:

Broadcasting: Every morning news show should resolve to have at least two minutes of news out of every two hours.

Show Biz:
All female celebrities should resolve to eat at least three healthy meals - during the year.

All male celebrities should resolve not to take romantic roles opposite women young enough to be their granddaughters.

Do you have a New Years resolution for the real estate industry? 

For Zillow? 

For HomeGain?

For Realtor.com?

For real estate bloggers?

For buyers?

For sellers?

I have a New Year's Resolution Poll on my other blog.....

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Rainer
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Ken Smith
Suburban House Hunters - Arlington Heights, IL

For Zillow? - Try to get 1 out of 100 zestimates to be accurate.

For HomeGain? - Time to up your referral fee yet again, go for 45% so more agents go broke.

For Realtor.com? - Try to actually care about the agents, not just saying you do.

For real estate bloggers? - Focus on the consumer!

For buyers? - The interest rates are great, stop expecting them to go back to 5%.

For sellers? - Try to understand that what you paid for your home, what you invested into improvements, and what you "need" to get out of it have nothing to do with its value.

Dec 28, 2006 10:24 AM #16
Rainer
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Toby Boyce
C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. - Delaware, OH
MBA, Delaware Ohio
  • Do you have a New Years resolution for the real estate industry? Less agents to start the year, and a decent rebound fills the Hondros classes to capacity.
  • For Zillow? Continued improvement sends them toe-to-toe with Google and they get smacked around
  • For HomeGain? mama always said if you have nothing nice to say, then don't ....
  • For Realtor.com? Is this still around?
  • For real estate bloggers? The numbers will swell and the quality will remain the same
  • For buyers? eventually, they'll realize that this is a GREAT market to purchase in, lots of inventory and good interest rates.
  • For sellers? Wake Up and smell the coffee!

Personally, I don't like New Year's Resolutions. I do make goals this time of year, and work to meet my goals each year. But they are not "resolutions" per say.

Dec 28, 2006 12:49 PM #17
Rainer
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Dustin Luther
4Realz.net - Calabasas, CA

Come on you guys... You can do better than this!

  • Resolve to bring your program up-to-date! Criminy ... it's 2007!
  • Try to actually care about the agents, not just saying you do

Let's see some real suggestions for Realtor.com.  What do you wish the site did better?

(I'm not saying it couldn't be improved by the way, I'm just curious what improvements this tech-savvy group would like to see!) 

Dec 28, 2006 12:54 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Ken: Do you do Realtor.com?  How could /would Realtor.com show they care about RE agents?

Toby: You wrote "Less agents to start the year, and a decent rebound fills the Hondros classes to capacity." Less agents? Should it be harder to get a RE license?  Are you saying less agents in January but business as normal by mid year with the RE schools pumping out new licensees? Should the "old dinosaurs" get out of the way of the new agents to provide "Less agents to start the year"?

Dustin wrote: "this tech-savvy group"  ??  I think you must have us mixed up with someone else... Isn't Active Rain for non tech savvy real estate agents?  Isn't AR the AOL of real estate blogging? Outside of Charles, Ken, Lenn and a few notable exceptions we are just normal RE agents here on Active Rain for the most part... not all that techy... forgive me to anyone who is displaying cutting edge technology....on Active Rain and I've missed it...

p.s.  I am off to focus on the consumer...Ken told me to...

 

Dec 29, 2006 12:02 AM #19
Rainer
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Ken Smith
Suburban House Hunters - Arlington Heights, IL

Maureen I do use R.com and it is profitable for me. I think they could show that everything isn't just lip service by actually doing some upgrades that are not only intended to increase revenue opportunities. They have added multiple things over the last few years, but none of them improved the basic function of R.com, only new ways to charge agents more money.

The sad thing is if they would improve they could easily get more agents to sign up and improve their bottom line. Give a quality product and the agents will come back, keep trying to find ways to hit us up for more money and watch the site die a slow death. 

Dec 29, 2006 04:01 AM #20
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Dustin Luther
4Realz.net - Calabasas, CA

Maureen: I would argue that the fact that you are blogging puts you in the tech-savvy side of the agent equation.  My guess is that after blogging for as long as you have, you could even explain some concepts like SEO that would be foreign to most agents in the market! 

Ken: give me some examples... According to all sources I've seen, the site is still the most popular real estate destination on the web. I have no doubt that Move is capable of creating and releasing new tools, but remember that before anything is released to go live on RDC (do you mind if I call it that?), it has to be approved by NAR. That's why I ask: What do you want to see? 

Note that when I'm griping, I always try to offer at least an implicit solution! ;)

 

 

Dec 29, 2006 04:26 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

arguing and griping and you haven't been here 48 hours!  RDC = Realtor dot com?

May we take the Gripes on AR to be New Years Resolutions for AR?

1. More than 5 a day (Matt says it won't happen because of spam)

2. Ugly (Matt says AR will get prettier... gee I had not noticed...the look of Localism bothered me but hey it is new... )

3. Reset old inActive Rainers (Matt says it won't happen...)

You can argue I should be able to explain SEO and other techy concepts after 16 months of blogging but even if I understand it somewhat I can't explain it...unless I can find just the right chart or graph. Or maybe it's won't.

Dec 29, 2006 06:05 AM #22
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel

Ahh, so the guy from RDC is calling AR ugly!  I gotta laugh at that one.  RDC (isn't that move) is one of the UGLIEST sites around.  Talk about old fashioned looking...

This, by the way, is my 3,000th comment.  I wanted to leave it somewhere special.  And since you brought be here, you are the somewhere special. 

 

Dec 29, 2006 06:12 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

wow I am honored...  your 3000th comment?  You are so far ahead of me.... I just had my 1500th recently and did not even know it.  I think this is my 1523 rd.  I just looked. 

Carol Cohen has commented a lot.    

Dec 29, 2006 06:19 AM #24
Rainer
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO
Call me crazy but I think Localism is easy to read and that is the most important thing right now. I am sure the look will change over time, but I have already had a call! A lady who is in Colorado and moving her son here for school next Fall. BTW, welcome to the Rain Dustin - I'm heading over to see your posts now.
Dec 29, 2006 06:32 AM #25
Rainer
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Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH
Dustin, since you're new, you might want to search R.com tags for all the posts that have already been done on the subject. One of the most comprehensive was a blog by Jeff Turner. The comments on that one are more specific. You can play "catch up" to our complaining. You should also read Brian Brady's post on "Smoking" which deals with Zillow but R.com came into the discussion as well.
Dec 29, 2006 07:44 AM #26
Rainer
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Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio
Real Living HER, Powell Ohio - Powell, OH
Dustin, here's another blog you should read by Angus.
Dec 29, 2006 08:02 AM #27
Rainer
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Dustin Luther
4Realz.net - Calabasas, CA

Thanks Elaine for the good blog posts to check out!

And Maurine, I don't blame you a bit for getting pissy with me, considering I'm the new guy offering criticism to your neighborhood...   But I just through I'd clarify that RCG is not part of Move.  It is a site that I own (with my wife) and operate completely independent of anything I do at Move.   There is no way Move would ever endorse or encourage some of the stuff that Ardell talks about!  LOL! 

Dec 29, 2006 08:12 AM #28
Rainer
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Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel - Bloomfield Hills, MI
Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel

Hmmm. Is he talking to Maureen McCabe?  It's her blog.  Or was Maureen Francis pissy?  Either way, I think we (both Maureens) know the difference between rain city guide and RDC (realtor.com) which was an abbreviation I thought Dustin first used somewhere. 

I wasn't pissy, btw.  I was honestly amused because I do think realtor.com is UGLY and awkward.  But don't take that personally.  The reputation of RCG and your work there is well known-and respected!

Dec 29, 2006 08:18 AM #29
Rainmaker
1,478,261
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

No worry Mo in MI he is talking about Maurine... SHE musta said something pissy about RCG and then removed it (whomever she is) because I see no reference to RCG and everyone knows Rain City Guide, although I have noticed at least one Rainer (Active Rain nothing to do with RCG) who did not know who Dustin Luther is... I said psst...that's DUSTIN LUTHER...of RCG... she recognized RCG.

Dustin... we just took down the small shrine to Rain City Guide we'd erected in one corner of Active Rain the other night when you joined... we did not want to embarass you...

I did ask if RDC meant Realtor dot com....

Dec 29, 2006 09:05 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

There's probably far more than one Rainer who doesn't know who Dustin is.  I had never heard of him until I began seeing his comments on a few posts that I also read, and I also noticed he was the one that apparently got Ardell to join in on the fun in the Puddle.  

Ann

Dec 29, 2006 12:14 PM #31
Rainmaker
1,478,261
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
You knew Rain City Guide though didn't you Ann?  I knew Rain City Guide before Ardell started blogging there. I don't know if I had read it before I started blogging.... but it was one of the first I started reading when I was trying to blog...and figure out what blogging was about.
Dec 29, 2006 09:54 PM #32
Rainmaker
1,478,261
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Here's one of my all time favorite Active Rain posts about Realtor.com  I loved Jim Lee's series on the history of Realtor.com that inspired Craig Schiller to write this ... the lumbering oaf post....  confusion about what is NAR and what is Realtor.com not withstanding... I love the title and the photo and how well Craig handled it...   I know it doesn't really offer solutions to what Realtor.com should be but

Dec 30, 2006 05:22 AM #33
Rainer
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Blanca Cholewczynski
U - Oak Brook, IL
XCO
Happy New Year Mauree, I hope all your wishes come true this year and you enjoy them in good health! 
Dec 31, 2006 10:16 AM #34
Rainmaker
1,478,261
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
Happy New Year Blanca!
Dec 31, 2006 09:04 PM #35
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