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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.
Zillow’s ‘Coming Soon’ listing feature: good or bad for the real estate industry?
Inman News readers debate whether Zillow’s ‘Coming Soon’ listing feature is good or bad for the real estate industry. Bobbie Files, an agent with Success Real Estate in southeastern Massachusetts, says the practice of premarketing listings is not new. Zillow’s new feature is just another way to do it. …
Real estate listings syndication has gone too far
Real estate listings syndication to third-party websites began with the intention of giving consumers better access to more information. Even as the glaring problems with syndication became apparent in recent years, syndication continued to grow as brokers reacted to a fast-changing marketplace.
Each time we syndicated a listing to these third-party sites, we told consumers that they should trust syndicated listings and continue to use syndication sites in their home search.
Multiple offers: the new norm
Up-market homes consistently sell above asking in a New Jersey suburb. Bidding wars break out in hot neighborhoods in Cape Cod, Chicago and Seattle. Short sales in some Florida and California markets draw as many as 40 bids.
It’s a far cry from 2006, but brokers and agents across the country say multiple offers are once again the norm in specific corners of the market.
"The banks are purposely putting them on the market under value and creating a frenzy," says Kristi Townsend …