An inspired ode to the industry by Brad Inman September 6th, 2017.
A new grandchild and the tragic events unfolding in Houston have me feeling overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude.
Meanwhile I have been re-reading novels by Eve Babitz, one of my favorite writers who in the 1960s and ’70s wrote about the cultural milieu of Los Angeles and touched on the topics of social unrest, wildfires and earthquakes. An entertaining and poetic acknowledgments section precedes her classic 1974 novel Eve’s Hollywood.
Babitz’s lyrical structure and this collision of thoughts and events inspired me to write about a few of my favorite things (and characters) gracing our wacky industry.
Let’s call this my 2017 Acknowledgements Unlist.
To Mary & Peter homebuyer
But also to the bank that made them a loan and to the escrow company that recorded their sale
And to the agent and the search portal that helped them find a house
And to Richard Smith and the American flag pin on his lapel
And to the single-family house
And to Glenn Kelman and Robert Reffkin for spilling a tray of Big Gulp sodas all over the industry
And to role models Marsha Rand, Ebby Halliday and Helen Hanna Caseywhen the ceiling was fierce
And to the mighty — Bill Foley, Adi Tatarko, Pat Stone, Howard Lorber, Rich Barton, Warren Buffett, Lloyd Frink and Rupert Murdoch
And to the Toto toilet
And to Opendoor’s Eric Wu for the wit to use a sledgehammer
And to a life-in-full Dave Liniger with his pony-sized dog Max and ankle pistol
And to central air conditioning and to Wi-Fi
And to be Sherry Chris
And to FEMA and to flood insurance
And to the reassuring voices of Duane LeGate and Jim Walberg
And to industry writers Teresa Boardman and Sam DeBord
And to real estate’s Oprah Katie Lance
And to the front porch and the gas range
And to Hale Bob and vice versa
And to tussling with NAR
And to America’s first housing leaders Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
And to Gary Keller and the entire state of Texas
And to raucous debates about the fate of the MLS, the plight of brokers, instant offers, commission compression, FSBOs and disintermediation
And to the 30-year mortgage
And to great expectations for Elizabeth Mendenhall
And to the condominium
And to the zillions of pillows that became Zillow
And to the final episode of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing
And to grinning at Andrew Flachner
And to the townhouse and the wading pool
And to the startup boosters Constance Freedman, Brendan Wallace, Aaron Block and Mark Birschbach
And to prophet Hank Miller, whose jeremiad against the industry put a fire under our readers
And to a 1000watt when you need it
And to bunkbeds
And to warrior priest Jay Thompson, the man with a strong heart despite sword blows to the chest
And to everyone named Victor & Sparkles
And to housing activists everywhere
And to the moment Mark McLaughlin put the Cobra GT500 into drive
And to the 4th and 5th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
And to the inheritors Ben Kinney, Kymber Lovett-Menkiti, Sue Adler, Thad Wong, Eddie Berenbaum, Vanessa Bergmark, Shaun Osher, Chris Lim, Mauricio Umansky, Mark Spain, Mark Choey, Kendyl Young, Peter Lorimer, Laurie Weston Davis, Tiffany Kjellander, Pam Liebman, Raj Qsar, and Matt Beall
And to all of the disrupters, the new business models, the tinkerers and the entrepreneurs
And to the Pinecrest Diner, the Big Four, the Lambs Club, the French Roast, the KGB Bar, the Redwoods, the Box and the Beverly Hills Hotel
And to the reformers Team Diva, Rob Hahn, Debra Trappen, Tommy Sowers, Sunny Lake, Bill Wendell, Sara Sutachan, Anne Jones, Brian Copeland, Marguerite Giguere, Ryan Bokros, Caroline Pinal and Carl Carter
And to Section 8 housing and the mortgage interest deduction
And to missing Peter Flint
And to tiny homes
And to the definition of loyalty Laura Monroe
And to notorious wing (wo)men Nyda Jones-Church (to Steve Games), Greg Schwartz (to Spencer Rascoff), Lisa Fettner (to Scott Olsen), Joan Dailey (to Avi Gupta) and Paul Boomsma (to Pam O’Connor)
And to those whose first name is enough — Billy, Seth, Sami, Vija, Yaz, Blair, Errol, Peter and Celeste
And to the turnaround crackerjack Amy Bohutinsky who should be running Uber
And to those who didn’t turn a big fortune into a small one Lennox Scott, Stephen Baird, Hoby Hanna and Obi Jacobi
And to the 1950s
And to the unsung: Stephanie Anton, Deidre Woollard, Cary Sylvester, Mike Ryan, Ryan Gorman, Leslie Appleton-Young, Katelyn Castellano, Amy Gorce, Diane Ramirez, Susan Yannaccone and Art Carter
And to housing the homeless
And to the everyday Realtor who saved lives in Harvey’s wake
And to Oakland, WEHO, Sausalito, UES, WPB, Palm Springs, 9th St., Carlinville and all of Illinois and most of Australia
And to Steve Murray, Jeff Lobb, Ken Jenny and a few other consultants
And to the garden apartment
And to Dottie and Dolly, if I have another daughter it will be a tough choice
And to the flacks we hate to hate Amanda Woolley, Audie Chamberlain, Kevin Hawkins and Sara Wiskerchen
And to Ryan O’Hara who keeps smiling through it all
And to Nest thermostats and Google Home
And to battle-scarred disruptor Joshua Hunt, who does not go down easily
And to your inner Ferry-self and to Tim & Julie’s clever rants
And to running water, light switches, warm floors and Mr. Coffee
And to Alex Lange for swimming with the salmon
And to the kidney-shaped swimming pool with a diving board
And to industry muckraker Greg Robertson
And to Joe Schutt, Nicole Beauchamp, Sarita Lahoti Dua, Bob Watson, and Sean Carpenter for being everywhere for all of us
And to immigrants and their families
And to the software musketeers Jed Carlson, Grier Allen, Morgan Carey and Matt Barba
And to the loud and the proud Leigh Brown
And to the steady hands Ron Peltier, Chris Heller, Joel Singer, Marilyn Wilson,David Charron, Suzanne Mueller, Rick Sharga, Billy Jack Carter, Charlie Young and John Aaroe
And to the Weber Grill and Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser & Polish
And to the thinkers Bill Lublin, Jeff Turner, Bernice Ross, Leslie Ebersole and J. Philip Faranda
And to sidewalks, bike lanes and street lights
And to trusting Lela Richardson and Joe Rand
And to missing Alex Perriello already
And to an industry that always puts up a good fight and feeds on community generosity when its neighbors are most in need
And to you Nate Ellis, who I know would approve
And to my last list…maybe.
January 13th, 2016
What is Power?
Power is an elusive concept. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “the ability or right to control people or things.” Of course that raises the question of what is meant by “control.” Control is defined as directing the behavior of, or to cause a person to do something. Power can also exist even though it may not be exercised, simply because having power can discourage others from challenging it.
Not easy, nor straightforward. So you can just imagine the healthy debate we had as to what criteria should be used in creating such a list. But we all agree what this is not. It is not a popularity contest. It is a not casual quick selection of people you know. It is not based solely on head count, office count or revenue, and it is not pay-to-play.
In the end, the SP200 is based on a great deal of research. We scoured the Web, read hundreds of bios, read hundreds of LinkedIn pages, sent hundreds of requests for additional information, made endless telephone calls to verify or confirm statistics, and cross-referenced data with surveys and reviewed company financials, and annual reports, and announcements. In short, we did more homework than anyone else does.
So after some 400 hours of evaluation, eight members of the SP200 Editorial Committee got together for a face-off to deliberate the nominees (see VIDEO here). Some people have entrepreneurial power, and some have financial strength, some hold high office, some have personal power, some have positional power while others have political clout. Some are innovators, some executives, some doers, some dealmakers. It doesn’t matter. We have tried to analyze them all and listed leaders in nine different categories – check the tabs at the top of the page.
Congrats to our very own CEO & Founder Raj Qsar for being named to the SP200 for 2016. Honoring The Most Powerful 200 People in Residential Real Estate for the category of Social Media Influencers.
By: Raj Qsar
This will be my 7th Real Estate Connect hosted by Inman News and it is the one event I look forward to year in & year out. I remember my first Connect like it was yesterday and it really helped me connect with people & solidify connections I had made online over the years. So for all you first time or repeat attendees here is a simple Top 7 list before you head to #icny for the 20th Anniversary of Real Estate Connect:
1. Make a list of the people you want to meet “in real life (IRL).” Connect is an amazing time to solidify some of those online relationships and connect with people who you admire and respect and make that true emotional connection. Some of the connections I have made at Connect have become life long friends on mine! Remember this quote from GaryV, “People are not addicted to social media. People are addicted to people.” Some of my friends I met at #icsf: @katielance @sethstuff @laurahbrady @vboakland @sarasutachan @nobuhata @chris_smth @avhellman @lauramonroe @mattbeall @lisaarcher @lauriewdavis @jefflobb @jackmiller @valeriegarcia1 @zachshadbot @matthewshadbolt @seancarp @clicknfinance @thejayt @joeschutt
2. Attend the sessions that are a must attend for you! Look for the sessions that pull you out of your comfort zone and will challenge you on a personal & professional level. See the full schedule here and meet the speakers here. This year Seth Godin will be kicking off the festivities so be sure not to miss him on main stage on Wednesday morning at 9:15am.
3. Have you joined the Inman Coast to Coast Facebook Group? If not join here for all the latest updates & play by plays.
4. The Party after the Party! Do I need to say anymore? We all know the real fun starts after 10pm! So just ask around, jump in an Uber Cab (download app here) and find out where the action is!! Check your email for last minute invites to all the happening VIP parties and events. If you still can not find the party make sure to tweet @clicknfinance or @seancarp (they will steer you in the right direction or lead you to the correct karaoke party).
5. Lobbycon! Yes. Its official! Probably the one place where you meet the CEO’s, Founders, Presidents, movers & shakers all just “hanging out.” Bring your business cards and make sure to say hi. BTW, when is the next time you will be in the same hotel as Dolly Lentz, F. Ron Smith, Mauricio Umansky, Spencer Rascoff and Brad Inman?
6. Get out into the city! New York is an amazingly gorgeous city with sights, sounds, history and killer food! And since our team at The Boutique Real Estate Group are total foodies check out this list of 100 Best Restaurants in New York City via Zagat. Or if you want to get up in the air check out FlyNYON for a helicopter tour above the city.
7. Connect with some of the local “NYC” agents for a tour of their hip office space or one of their $7m listings! Some of my favorite local NYC agents include: @NikkiBeauchamp @patricklilly @truegotham
If you made it this far and are headed to ICNY please find me in one of the sessions, lobbycon or at one of the after parties. Would be amazing to connect with you!