Earth Hour 2012 Sherman Oaks

8:30-9:30 pm March 30, 2012 PST in Sherman Oaks California is the Earth Hour. The goal is to switch off as much electricity as possible during this one hour. During Earth Hour use candles, sit by a campfire or just meditate in the dark.  The objective is to use as little power from the grid as possible.  For more details:  Blair Thompson will be observing Earth Hour with his family at home, talking around the fireplace.

Zillow, Trulia,, Bane or Bust – part 3

In Part 1, and Part 2 of this series I covered marketing and evaluation.  Part 3 investigates the positives and negatives of syndicating listings from the real estate

agents standpoint.  Let me start with the conclusion.  “NO”.  I believe that the future will find fewer and fewer agents “sharing’ their listings with syndicating sites.  An agents’ first obligation is to their client and do the best to market and sell the house they have listed.  As explored in part 1, the agent who is contacted by an interested buyer needs to personally know the house being asked about.   Continue reading

Zillow, Trulia,, Bane or Bust Part 2 – Marketing

In Part One, Blair Thompson, spoke about the possibility of these syndicated models of evaluation being effective on homes everywhere as well as Sherman Oaks.  This part will analyse some of the factors in determining if an agent should be “buying” into the syndication of their listings.  This can be divided into 2 parts – 1) is it good for the client, the home seller 2) is it a good thing for the agent?

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Zillow, Trulia,, Bane or Bust Part 1 – Evaluation Effectivenss

The attached article addresses the most current trends in thinking when it comes to so called “syndication” of an agents listings to every website, search engine, and agent on the web.  MSN.Money  In Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California and pretty much the whole nation the fundamental problem with any kind of syndication is that Real Estate is a Local Business dictated by very individual tastes and preferences.  This is not a generic business such as Airline tickets that can be packaged and simplified into easily quantifiable factors  of timing, location, and price.  Continue reading