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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.

Articles

Why growing agent splits can refine a broker’s value for the better

Why growing agent splits can refine a broker’s value for the better

Brad Inman’s piece on the breakup of a broker empire hit home. I may be in the minority of those working in a traditional brand brokerage, but I’ve always felt that growing agent splits are a positive trend for the industry. They reinforce where the greatest value is delivered: agent-to-client relationships …

By Sam DeBord | Wednesday, December 21, 2016
A payday loan application on a computer Is Opendoor the payday loan of real estate?

Is Opendoor the payday loan of real estate?

To Opendoor’s credit: There is a need in some specialized cases to turn real estate into a liquid asset in short order. There’s good cause for some buzz, but the fawning over Opendoor’s value to the consumer seems off-key …

By Sam DeBord | Tuesday, December 20, 2016
What’s different about the Inman Connect experience

What’s different about the Inman Connect experience

Agents in the Seattle area often ask me why I include two annual trips to Inman conferences in San Francisco and New York, when I have no official responsibility or specific business outcome that I’m hoping to achieve each time I attend. Here’s why …

By Sam DeBord | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
A young woman wearing a satisfied smile Human satisfaction: Can a bot fake it enough to get there?

Human satisfaction: Can a bot fake it enough to get there?

Excitement about new technology in real estate is usually followed by long delays in practical application. Logistical, territorial and legal hurdles often stand in the way. Bots seem to be overcoming those barriers with ease …

By Sam DeBord | Thursday, December 1, 2016
Inman selects Ambassadors for Connect New York

Inman selects Ambassadors for Connect New York

Inman announced its new team of ambassadors for Inman Connect New York, 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 …

By Amrit Judge | Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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