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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

dibrova / Shutterstock What is the best real estate broker business model — for the consumer, the agent and the broker?

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. …

By Inman | Tuesday, April 7, 2015
FreeBirdPhotos/Shutterstock Zillow’s Agent Finder feels like Yelp for real estate

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 …

By Sam DeBord | Thursday, March 26, 2015
CaseyMartin /Shutterstock Portals pay to play? Brokers, MLSs could profit from listing feeds

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 …

By Sam DeBord | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mauro-Pezzotta/Shutterstock How should brokers and MLSs navigate new world of listing distribution?

How should brokers and MLSs navigate new world of listing distribution?

Real estate listing distribution will change significantly when ListHub and Zillow split in April. Brokers and MLSs are rushing to ensure that their listings remain on the most popular consumer advertising portals. Those brokers and MLSs need to take great caution in their next steps …

By Sam DeBord | Monday, February 9, 2015
B_Isnor_124646221 MLSs should guide, not override, portal feeds

MLSs should guide, not override, portal feeds

ListHub will quit sending listings to Zillow in April. And now Zillow is in full pursuit of MLSs and brokers to feed listings to them directly, as should be expected. MLSs will undoubtedly feel pressure from some members to send a direct feed of all listings to Zillow and other portals …

By Sam DeBord | Monday, January 12, 2015

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