A Few Things That Caught My Eye

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Paul Chaney over at Blogging Systems Blog points out a great post by Chris Roush from Arizona State’s National Center for Business Journalism on why real estate reporters should be blogging. Why? He says it much better than me…

Blogging is where real estate reporting should be headed. It allows you the immediacy of communicating with your audience on an almost instantaneous basis, and it also allows you the leeway to write about real estate in a way that the traditional newspaper format doesn’t.

The good folks at Inman have jumped on the cluetrain already, but I love to see some more of the mainstream media head in this direction as well.

I love my Dashboard Widgets. So I was stoked to see Zillow recently released a Zestimates Widget – too bad it’s only for Yahoo!. Where’s the OSX version guys? From their blog:

You can also make a specific home your default and have its Zestimate loaded into the widget each time you start your computer. And get this:
You can even set it so you get an audio version of the Zestimate.

That’s pretty cool. But I suspect it might get annoying quickly.

Hey, Google rolled out a ‘Custom Search Engine’ today. You can host it on your own site or point to a unique home page – so of course, I built a real estate blog search engine. Check it out. I’m going to playing with this further over the next couple of days and report on this more in depth.

Finally, it’s Monday so it’s Carnival time – this time up at HotPads Daily.