If you've been around the social sites on the Interwebs, you've probably seen me comment on discussions about Zillow. I usually lead off my comments with, "Jay T. from Zillow Group here..." (hence the title of this post. Clever, huh? ;)
I'm sitting at my desk at Zillow Group HQ in Seattle, and I can see the top of the head of your favorite AR Staffer, one Kerrie La Guardia. Ever met her? She's quality people...
Anyway, just thought I'd introduce myself, tell you a little about me, get to know you and jump back into the AR community.
Wait. Did he just say, "jump back into the AR community?"
Yep. You see, I was here in the Rain, long ago. I mean LONG ago. As in I joined AR in 2006, back when there really was nothing to do here but build a simple profile and invite other people to join.
Don't believe me? Check out who was AR's "top referrer" for October, 2006 --> look here.
I'm also credited by the founders of AR for publishing the very first blog post on AR. Unfortunately, I deleted it one night in the midst of an emotional hissy fit (UPDATE: The good folks at AR have restored all of my old posts). But our old friend Bob Stewart asked me if I'd restore that post, "for historical purposes," and so I did, here (don't read it, it's pretty awful).
Back in those early days of ActiveRain, I was a real estate agent and then opened my own boutique independent brokerage in Phoenix, AZ. I had a successful real estate blog at PhoenixRealEstateGuy.com, that I recently sold, but blogging is in my blood. It's a sickness sometimes!
What Happened Three Years Ago
Just over three years ago, I accepted a full-time position with Zillow as their Director of Industry Outreach. What does that mean?
Since I've lived and worked as an agent and broker, and at least in theory understand what agents and brokers need and want, I serve as a "liaison" between the real estate community and Zillow. Internally, I also help our products and development team understand the agent / broker "mindset."
It's challenging, fun and always changing. All things one wants in a career.
So Why Am I Here?
I'm here to help! Have any questions about Zillow? I can either answer them, or find the answers. Want to know what's going on at Zillow Group? I'll share what I can. (As a publicly traded company, the Securities and Exchange Commission would deeply frown on me sharing certain proprietary information. So I can't share everything.) I'll even take your constructive criticisms and pass that info back to Zillow Group's leadership.
Endless rants about our business model don't really do anyone any good. So let's try to avoid going down that rat-hole.
What I REALLY enjoy the most in my job is helping agents be more successful. Of course a lot of that is geared toward our Premier Agents (those agents that pay Zillow for advertising) but I can also help those that are not Zillow Premier Agents. There is a ton of things one can do on Zillow for free, and I'm happy to share that. Ditto with more general things like online lead follow up and conversion, blogging, using social media for business, lead generation -- all that sort of stuff. Love talking about those things and you may find that once I get on a roll, I'm hard to shut up...
I'm happy to be back in the AR community, let's work together, have some fun and get more real estate sold!
Every blog needs an image, right? I spun around in my chair at work and snapped the photo below of Seattle's Pike Place Market and Elliot Bay.
Sometimes I just sit and stare out the window...
If there's something I can help with or you just want to chat, drop a comment or shoot me an email - JayT@Zillow.com
It's good to be back in the Rain!