While Kerrie is away, Jay will play!

Real Estate Technology with Zillow

Greetings Rainers!

As most of you know, your tireless and dedicated Community Manager Kerrie La Guardia is taking a short break to discover all that motherhood has to offer. (Well, maybe not ALL it has to offer. It'll be more like an "Introduction to Motherhood.")

We wish her well! 

Yours truly will have the honor and distinction of trying to fill Kerrie's fashionable shoes.

That's no easy task, believe me.

As I have other responsibilities, I won't be able to do everything that Kerrie does. Heck, no single human can do everything Kerrie does. You can read the "official" AR post to get the details of what will and won't be going on while Kerrie is out. 

Who the heck is Jay Thompson and why is he doing this?

According to Kerrie, I'm a "stand up guy," that's why!

While I'm inclined to agree with her assessment, there are several other reasons I was tapped for this:

  • Prior to joining Zillow as their Director of Industry Outreach, I owned a real estate brokerage in Phoenix, AZ. While it's been three years since I last sold a house, I haven't forgotten what it's like to be an agent and broker.
  • I'm a blogger. Although I recently sold my real estate blog, I still write for other blogs. Blogging is in my blood, and sometimes the only people that "get" bloggers are other bloggers. I "get" you!
  • I'm a social media fanboy! Social media (and AR is a social platform) helped me build my brokerage.
  • I like the 'Rain. I first joined AR in 2006. That was back when about the only thing you could do on AR is invite other people to join AR. 

The bottom line is, no one had to twist my arm to do this. I want to do it, I like the community and I'm really looking forward to working with all of you!

Just go easy on me, I'm still learning...



Comments (33)

Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Thanks for all the warm welcomes folks! This is a terrific community, and I'm looking forward to intereacting with all of you. No one can replace the awesomeness that is Kerrie, but I'll sur edo what I can!

Jun 04, 2015 11:33 PM
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

Hey Jay !  So hell does freeze over  ;)


Jun 04, 2015 11:51 PM
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Christine Bohn - occasionally  ;)

Jun 04, 2015 11:52 PM
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Welcome back, Jay. Good to see your smiling face here again. This will be a piece of cake for you!

Jun 05, 2015 12:14 AM
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

Welcome back Jay...I remember you from back in the day. With your sense of humor, I am looking forward to your posts already :-)

Jun 05, 2015 12:44 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Jay - it's nice to have you back.

Jun 05, 2015 01:39 AM
Emmary Simpson
Las Cruces Homes and Land - Las Cruces, NM
Serving Las Cruces, NM

I guess you didn't have enough to do as Warrior Priest, huh? ;)

Jun 05, 2015 04:37 AM
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Emmary Simpson Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson AZ - Right? It'd be nice if the rest of the Internet took a break while Kerrie was out... 

Jun 05, 2015 04:46 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Just stopping in to say hi and thanks for taking care of us! 

Jun 05, 2015 05:49 AM
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Looks like we got Kerrie's coverage lined up just in time. 

The baby is HERE

Jun 05, 2015 05:52 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Nice to meet you Jay. I'm sure you will do a fine job. I think your "resume" speaks well of your qualifications!

Jun 05, 2015 07:00 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

You have to be a stand up guy to step up to the bat in Kerrie's absense. I don't think it will be an easy job!  She is part of everything we do...

Jun 05, 2015 01:38 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wishing all the best to Kerrie La Guardia as this will be a great opportunity to learn more about Jay Thompson . 

Jun 05, 2015 04:13 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

Decisions are made by those that show up . . . 

I wonder if she will recognize what she sees when she comes back?

Thanks for stepping up.

Jun 06, 2015 02:13 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Thanks for taking the heat off of Kerrie.  I know she was worried about leaving her big family behind, but we will be fine while she nurtures her new family.  She is amazing and I totally trust her judgement.  We will go easy on you and appreciate all that you are about to do!

Jun 09, 2015 07:58 AM
Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Greenville Upstate - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Best of luck to you over the next few months!

Jun 10, 2015 11:45 PM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Have fun while she is out. I use to follow your blog so I know how much you love this forum. 

Jun 13, 2015 01:36 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Hey Jay Thompson , well I came across a Kerrie question, so you're up...  it's about featured listings on a profile if there is a limit to the number.  Please see what you can find out on it and let Endre Barath, Jr. know the answer.  

Are you having fun?  Has Kerrie come by with her little bundle of joy yet?

Jun 15, 2015 11:30 PM
Fred Carver Real Estate Consulant
Retired BC Realtor - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Jay Thompson Well I'm late to welcome you in Rain to cover for Kerrie La Guardia . I'm sure we're in good hands with your many years of blogging in the Rain...so how's it going so far?

Cheers, have a fun day!

Aug 20, 2015 12:53 AM
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Fred Carver - I only took over the reigns for Kerrie until the sale of AR to Ben Kinney was completed. 

It went well, but I've been out of the role since the end of June.

Aug 24, 2015 09:18 AM