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New York Times Real Estate Blog Shuts

  • RealBlogging Continues Strong Growth

    ALISO VIEJO, CA, Sept. 13, 2006 – The NY Time's real estate blog The Walk Through officially closed this week while the Official Real Estate Industry Blog, RealBlogging is not only showing no major signs of a decline but is even clicking upwards in September. In June The New York Times Real Estate Blog and Real Blogging were basically on par with one another, with respectively 58 and 59 blog posts each. Since then The New York Times Real Estate Blog crashed to 2 posts in August, with their last post on August 7th, while Real Blogging maintained a steady 45-50 posts each month, and with the 29 posts already posted in September it is on track to set a new record of 70 posts this month:

    New York Times Real Estate Blog
    Real Estate Blog
    # of Posts in June

    # of post in July

    # of post in August
    # of post in Sept
    29 (12 first days)
    70 (est. for month)

    Times deputy managing editor Jonathan Landman, the person responsible for the paper's online presence, said the paper is "experimenting" with different blogs and seeing what works and what doesn't. In the way of further explanation Landman added that The Walk Through had a "national real estate" focus and that "the real estate that seems to really get people involved is local. It's the local that grabs you by the throat."
    Meanwhile RealBlogging.com this week actually announced the addition of a third cadre of 10 regular real estate blogging contributors, solidifying Real Blogging position as one of the leading blogs for the real estate industry according to Blogtopsites, an independent blog directory. RealBlogging now has some 40 real estate authors, speakers and representing an almost every facet of the real estate business, from Profitability to Identity Theft, Actions to Lead Generation and Trends to Technology.

    With recent posts like Ralph Roberts’ “Cash Back at Closing Story Starts to Heat Up”, Michael Russer’s “Living to Work or Working to Live” and Stefan Swanepoel’s “The Housing Bubble” readers enjoy a regular flow of new information, constantly dialoguing on dozens of topics at any given point in time.

    Real Blogging recently added the likes of Chuck Jacobus, Carmel Streater, Dave Shaut, John Mayfield, Bob Herd, Donald Teel, Marcie Roggow, Mary Supinger and Gary David Hall to its already impressive blogging roster. Gary David Hall begins his tenure on the RealBlogging team with a post denouncing stress with a simple question: “Why is this business so stressful? What is one of, if not the biggest reason for your stress, is that you have those hundreds and hundreds of details constantly floating around in your head. When you are in the middle of the listing, or the sale, where are those tasks? They, and the resulting need for decisions about when to accomplish them, are bouncing around in your head. Tasks + Decisions = Stress!” Hall’s forte is contact and transaction management.

    Credit and mortgage specialist Mary Supinger discusses a virulent new form of ID theft in a post entitled “Your Civic Duty”. It’s a new telephone phishing ruse whereby seemingly ignorant “citizens” receive a phone call from an impatient stranger notifying them of a failure to appear in court for jury duty and the resultant fines associated with your mistake. Thomson Professional Education VP Dave Shaut ponders the value of entering the industry during such “gloom and doom” times, wisely assessing the truth of real estate sales during any markets conditions, “Many real estate agents may be leaving the business now because the recent boom appears to be over and the apparent ‘easy’ money has been made. The truth is the money was never easy. There was a lot of hard work by real estate professionals to make the ‘easy’ money. There almost always is.”

    Carmel Streater ties two unusual topics together in a post aptly called “Policies and Prosperity: How company policies affect salesperson income”. Rather than making a “gut” decision based an informal meeting, Streater contends that in selecting the proper broker with which to associate oneself, a new agent should ask for and consult with an uncommon resource – that broker’s Policies and Procedures Manual. In a post that also explores the usage of capital, Donald Teel waxes reflective about the actions of the real estate industry during the past six years, wondering why huge amounts of money were poured into infrastructure, as though, “the consumer is somehow impressed by and eager to find our bricks-and-mortar expressions.”

    All told, these new experts continue to infuse a sharp vibrancy to RealBlogging.com, giving agents and consumers even more opportunities to exchange ideas and stay informed about the latest industry news and trends. Stay tuned – the real blogging is just getting started.