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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.


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Inman Ambassadors ready to rock

Inman, the leader in independent real estate and technology news, announced the 40 ambassadors selected for Inman Connect San Francisco, Aug. 4-7, …

By Inman | Monday, June 22, 2015
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Xome brings banks into the brokerage and portal world

On March 11, 2009, President Obama signed into law the FY2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act that permanently prohibits banks from entering the real estate brokerage and management businesses. Legislation is often less effective than its framers intend. Whether it’s federal law or local Realtor board regulations, once a rule is on the books, profit-driven individuals will look for loopholes …

By Sam DeBord | Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Is it possible to fully protect your name in the digital age?

The latest hubbub was Zillow using real estate businesses’ names in pay-per-click ads. A couple of agents just stumbled upon the ads. When a consumer searched Google for a company’s name (ex: Cooper Jacobs real estate), Zillow had an ad placed at the top of the page …

By Sam DeBord | Monday, June 8, 2015
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Upstream and RPR: the smart grid to power the real estate machine

The negotiation, dissemination and confirmation of an agreement to build Upstream this past week between brokers and NAR’s board of directors was shocking in its speed. Virtually the entire broker sphere is on board. Upstream, with its newly unified backing, has the potential to alter significantly the power structure of the real estate industry …

By Sam DeBord | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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For sale by Zillow: Should you be worried?

This week, 1000 Watt had a post from Joel Burslem about his aunt selling her home on Zillow without the help of an agent. She edited the home’s details; Zillow marketed it for sale, and it sold quickly, for above-asking price. Industry voices took sides immediately. Either it was a bellwether of agent disintermediation, or it was an irrelevant anecdote …

By Sam DeBord | Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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