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.
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 …
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 …
What is the best real estate broker business model — for the consumer, the agent and the broker?
Challenged by a new generation of supersonic agents and powerful consumer portals, many real estate brokers are scrambling to re-think, tweak and modify their business models. …
Zillow’s Agent Finder feels like Yelp for real estate
I had just finished writing a post about the lack of interesting consumer innovation this winter in real estate. Then, along came Zillow’s Agent Finder. It’s exactly what you’d expect: an attractive, easy-to-use interface that lets consumers see agents in a geographic location based on reviews, listings and past sales …
Portals pay to play? Brokers, MLSs could profit from listing feeds
There’s a reason why so much animosity toward the portal sphere exists. Lots of money is involved, and very few participants are speaking thoughtfully about how that value is distributed. When we avoid the shallow surface, though, there are ideas for the new arena that might be better for the industry …