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Sam DeBord
Managing Broker
The Seattle Homes Group

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.


Kharlanov Evgeny / Shutterstock.com The no. 1 rule for disrupting an industry? Do your homework

The no. 1 rule for disrupting an industry? Do your homework

Picture the scene: “Tech bros” with money to burn surround the table. The disruptor-in-chief is rallying the troops to the tune of nine figures. The pitch is some variation of a model that has failed repeatedly and without exception for decades. “Today,” he states, “we will finally change real estate because we have — technology!” …

By Sam DeBord | Tuesday, February 9, 2016
VILevi / Shutterstock.com Broker Public Portal: Angling for a new face

Broker Public Portal: Angling for a new face

Organized real estate has undertaken some potentially transformative ventures in the past couple of years. Project Upstream, RPR-AMP and the Broker Public Portal have aligned the vision of brokers in numbers that would have been unthinkable in the recent past …

By Sam DeBord | Wednesday, January 20, 2016
real estate twitter accounts These are the top real estate Twitter accounts

These are the top real estate Twitter accounts

Twitter might have been a bit of an investor disappointment on the IPO front, but the company still shows ever-increasing numbers of active users — 307 million by the end of the third quarter of 2015. So it’s still a solid social media outlet for marketing your business and even finding clients. If you’re not on Twitter yet — or if you are, but could be more conscious about using it — then here’s a quick way to get up-to-speed with the rest of the users online: build your follow list. …

By Inman | Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Ollyy / Shutterstock.com Can real estate technology ever replace a Realtor?

Can real estate technology ever replace a Realtor?

Two great conversations came across my inbox this week in the realm of real estate technology. They’re topics that are older than Inman (20 years, if you’re counting), and still just as timely. Rob Hahn penned a detailed post questioning the existence of the “irreplaceable Realtor.” It described the portion of the Realtor population that is susceptible to disintermediation by technology (or outsourced labor) …

By Sam DeBord | Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Andy Dean Photography / Shutterstock.com Could the Supreme Court put an end to open house signs?

Could the Supreme Court put an end to open house signs?

Open house signs dot the sidewalks on a weekend morning — it’s a sight of familiarity for our clients and our businesses. Based on a recent legal ruling, those signs might disappear in short order. That’s unless Realtor associations nationwide step up quickly to help their local governments identify the language in the ruling that supports open house sign exemptions in sign codes …

By Sam DeBord | Friday, December 4, 2015

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