Author Archive for: akulkarni

2011: The First-Time Buyer Re-Emerges (Again)

01 Feb
February 1, 2011 Spring time in Real Estate usually heralds the unofficial opening of the "Real Estate Season." But six years into a protracted downturn, there is finally activity bubbling, and it's bubbling in January. Buyer activity - emerging triumphantly - like blades of grass through thick layers of industry permafrost. . Read more [...]

AVMs? What do we do with AVMs?

08 Dec
December 8, 2010 Automated Valuation Models. A lot of the talk in Real Estate this year has been about the various AVMs available and their importance/impact on the industry. But are AVMs a good thing for the industry? A bad thing? Are they to be ignored? Read more [...]

The On-line Quandary

26 Oct
October 26, 2010 When not making me delicious double chocolate chip cookies and homemade minestrone, my mother-in-law Nancy spends her time running a successful small business. Much like many Real Estate agents she is a sole practitioner. Much like many Real Estate agents, she is fully dependent on herself to generate leads, service clients and generate revenue. Read more [...]

Yahoo!, Zillow, and the Local Opportunity

23 Sep
September 23, 2010 5.9%. That's a number to keep in mind. That's the percentage of traffic sent to the #1 Real Estate site in the month of August. That's a large number of eyeballs. But 94.1% of the rest of us used some other site to search for Real Estate. And in most cases, more than one other site to search for Real Estate. Therein lies our local opportunity. Read more [...]

Social Media Geo-Location Services. For Real Estate?

26 Aug
August 26, 2010 Applications that allow a user to check into a location, blaring their whereabouts to anyone who cares. The fact that there are huge personal security issues involved notwithstanding, the nagging question I can't seem to shake is: As a Real Estate consumer, do I care? Read more [...]

The Revolution will be Mobilized

17 Aug
August 17, 2010 I normally don't get overly excited when I see a new piece of Real Estate technology. In fact, I usually ignore most of the new "cutting edge" technology that comes across my desk; generally what I see is neither "cutting" nor "edgy." But last week, I sat up and took notice. I learned about a piece of technology that has tremendous viability in the Real Estate space. Vyoo. Read more [...]

What's your Content Strategy?

08 Jun
June 8, 2010 A storm approaches. It makes landfall just before dawn. Cold, bitter winds drive the storm inland. Real Estate birds are driven from their perches, jarred by the approaching tempest. Taking flight, they twitter vociferously about anything, everything. Wave upon wave of fan pages crash upon the shore, unleashing their fury upon the berms of relevancy. The blogosphere is buffeted unrelentingly; unfiltered messaging rains down from the heavens, over-saturating the once fertile soils of digital possibility... Read more [...]

From the Mouth of Babes

20 May
May 20, 2010 Can Internet research help us as Real Estate consumers? Absolutely, yes. In fact, I think the availability of such an abundance of information is a good thing. A great thing. But what do we do with all of the information we find? How do we compile it? How do we organize it? How do we apply the right bit of information to the appropriate circumstance... Read more [...]

We "Like" Facebook, and Here's Why

27 Apr
April 27, 2010 With other content and advertising platforms gathering content from users and advertising others on that content, Facebook is taking a GIANT step in the right direction by leveraging its users/advertisers content to help the original publisher of that content. I think this model is setting up Facebook to become an advertising platform behemoth in the mid-to-long term, and certainly something all of us here in Real Estate need to be cognizant of... Read more [...]

Germantown, MD Market Report – 4/22/10

22 Apr
April 22, 2010 After showing stabilization, the statistics, being heavily influenced by the large number of lower priced sales, is showing a lower average price. This is not concerning to me because the reduced number of days it takes to sell a house tells me the demand is strong. If demand is strong a balanced market is either here or nearly in hand... Read more [...]