Zoom Call 3.21.23 Debe Maxwell Open Forum on AI

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Zoom Call 3.21.23  Debe Maxwell Open Forum on AI

The Zoom call this week was an open forum on AI, Artificial Intelligence, for members to input on their experiences on AI. 

Debe Maxwell started the conversation with a discussion on Heatmaps, and how it related to posting blogs in the past and specifically where we wanted our posts to be seen, (Above or below the fold).

In addition, there are discussions as to the best time to post on a particular social site. 

AI is a reality as evidenced by the ads we get sent to us after doing searches online.

No agent that calls themselves a professional has not had to deal with the Zestimate that would have been mentioned during a listing presentation. This is especially true if the values were off by a significant percentage, which for a while was typically better than 30%.

The Z company has changed its focus after the debacle it experienced when it was buying properties based on their values and realized they were off so poorly.

Now their values can be off less than 5% which is also representative of them getting into lending.

Debe also offered that MIT is rearing a program that will predict when home maintenance may be needed.

AI is already a factor in homes with smart technology being used on thermostats, lights, irrigation systems, doorbells, security systems and the list grows daily.



Kat Palmiotti offered that she recently read that photos can be used to determine items within a house but using a program under development as that will analyze pixels and can call out the materials of construction for items such as kitchen or bathroom countertops.

She also offered some insight as to the degree of accuracy of the results that can be read on  Chat.GPT. was very complimentary, a large portion of it was vague or incorrect.

Margaret Rome was appreciative of how AI has made listing presentations so much easier. Where she once had a large bag that she would take to with a camera, tapes to measure, phone, etc, and now almost everything we need can be obtained with our phones and the quality of the camera can be even better than some cameras people use.

Nick Vandekar offered that he recently heard on a podcast of the work was being done to make use of holograms. and possibly a client could see a property with the agent being a hologram.

Along these lines it was discussed by several of the advances that allow someone to take a virtual tour of a home and by hitting on locations and get detailed, 360 views of the area and not be in the home.

The downside to this is the reality that nothing can replace actually being in the home if for nothing than space and smell. The plus is that if it were available, many bad showings could be eliminated.

Consensus was that Covid necessitated the need for AI as people were reluctant to get out and with the AI tools available, purchases were still made successfully.

https://activerain.com/profile/rmikebrownMike Brown did offered that the concept of holograms that was mentioned is still too new as the amount of power needed to make it work is still not available as yet.

Mike also offered a link to Builtin where much has been written and offered on AI. 

He discussed the possibility of IP addresses being used by police and fire departments to be able to see the inside of a home by bringing up the address and with technology have full access to a home.

These are all technologies that the government has been working on since the mid 90's and only that which would be beneficial to the general populations was allowed to be released.

He also discussed the way AI technology can be used without out the knowledge of people. The trend for people to use the Alexa or similar device to get music, etc. is also capable of recording and sending data to whomever sets it up. It is virtually a spy that is brought freely into a home.

The apps on our phones collect data and that data can be used by larger companies that buy the information and sell it to companies.

From Eileen Burns,  she offered that she had recently read where a gentleman known as the cyberguy, named Kurt Knepson, and how he has done extensive research into ways in which AI can be used to help and also against people.

It was a very much interactive call as well as informative. Links were discussed as well as ways that AI will be getting more involved with our businesses in the not so distant future.

On a separate note, there was a presentation of a citation to one of the call members. 

The ActiveRain Participation Award was presented to Kat Palmiotti for her contributions to the Zoom calls in addition to her blog posts. Nominated by Eileen Burns, and seconded by Kathy Streib with a unanimous agreement by the call members, Kat accepted the honor as it would give her a real citation to make the Chat description, she found more real.

Zoom Call 3.21.23  Debe Maxwell Open Forum on AI

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Comments (11)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed Silva - I always look forward to your quality recaps of the ZOOM calls.  The group covered a lot of material on Tuesday!  Nice job.  I will check out the links later.

Mar 23, 2023 12:49 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ed Silva  very nice re- cap it was  a very nice meeting 

Mar 23, 2023 02:05 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed this was one of the few meetings I have missed because of an appointment I could not get out of, so thank you for the re-cap.

Mar 23, 2023 02:38 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Ed,

So sorry I missed the Zoom meeting! This week has been crazy busy with taking a day off and going to the Texas Realtor day at the Capital, being on a Panel today and putting a new listing on the market today. Sounds like an excellent Zoom meeting. Thanks for the excellent re-cap and Kudos to Kat Palmiotti !!!!

Mar 23, 2023 05:39 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

haha, too funny! I think Jim Paulson was the nominator. That cracked me up!

Great overview!

Mar 23, 2023 06:25 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - clearly I am missing out from the Thought Leaders on ActiveRain. All of the ones who were on this Zoom are people I admire, even Mike Brown who I never heard of before.

Special congratulations to Kat Palmiotti, for the ActiveRain Participation Award and of course to Debe Maxwell, CRS who none of this would have been possible. I applaud you all who are faithful Zoom participants. 

Mar 23, 2023 08:52 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I was sorry to have missed this meeting, Ed... but had to go to a closing that afternoon.

Mar 24, 2023 05:35 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like a great discussion was had and congrats are in order for Kat Palmiotti 

Mar 24, 2023 05:48 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Once again, Ed Silva, you've done an excellent summary of our lively Tuesday Zoom meeting.

Mar 24, 2023 06:37 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Thanks for all the information. Life interfered and prevented being there but it sounds like a most interesting discussion, and no doubt one that needs to be repeated again and again as things change.


Mar 24, 2023 08:16 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, thanks for the overview of the Zoom meeting this week, sounds like lots of good stuff.

Mar 26, 2023 10:10 AM