Breakthrough Consumer Experiences
Sam DeBord is a writer, real estate broker, and former technology consultant based in Seattle. He is managing broker with Seattle Homes Group and Coldwell Banker Danforth, one of the area’s most tech-focused real estate teams.
Sam sits on the board of directors for Seattle King County REALTORS® and WA REALTORS® as well as serving on government affairs, legislative steering, strategy, and communications committees. In his spare time, Sam writes for a wide range of news and industry outlets including:
- Inman NEXT
- REALTOR Magazine
- WA REALTOR RE Magazine
- Coldwell Banker Blue Matter
- Geek Estate
- Realtor.com Pro/Consumer Advice
- NAR YPN Blog
- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sam’s focus is on SEO, technology, and regulation, and their effects on the REALTOR® organization and real estate industry as a whole.
How long can aging agents dance on the bar?
I’ve been trying to write this for some time, but it’s difficult to put a positive spin on it. I’ve put it back on the shelf a half dozen times, but after having a chat with Brad Inman in Seattle last night, I thought: “This is Inman. Just let it rip.” So, here goes …
Inman Ambassadors assemble for Connect San Francisco 2016
Inman announced its new team of ambassadors for Inman Connect San Francisco, led by Ambassador Directors Laurie Weston Davis and Joe Schutt. The new group of ambassadors represent the convivial Inman community that makes Connect a one-of-a-kind event in real estate …
The broker-driven future of the MLS
New technology initiatives are reshaping the future of broker relationships with MLSs. The sheer magnitude of the changes coming to the MLS portion of our industry is creating uncertainty for some and unease for others. These initiatives are complex. That’s why many agents, and even brokers, simply avoid them. It’s what we were taught: If the MLS is working, there’s no need to investigate further. Get back to business …
You got your AMP in my Upstream!
There continues to be confusion about Upstream and AMP (Advanced Multilist Platform). They are two separate projects. They are not dependent upon each other. Allow me to explain …
Will ‘smart contracts’ replace real estate closers?
Most of a real estate closing revolves around trust and verification. Buyers and sellers use trusted intermediaries to verify that properties, funds, contractual obligations and insurance safety nets are all properly vetted before closing a sale …