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Genius Video Series- MUST SEE!

37625f6dc59a296b070b988696e84347Daniel Rothamel of Real Estate Zebra (and of course, an Agent Genius contributor) has found the winning formula for a new video series called “Real Estate in Black & White.” 

It has all the elements of a successful video- ironic elevator music, hipster b&w, hand-written boards giving it an authentic feel, AND Daniel’s reinforcement that his beautiful mug isn’t the message… the message is the message.  I encourage you all to post the video on your own sites- your readers will thank you!

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Missy Caulk

    December 20, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Ahh, so simple,so basic. Wonder how he got so smart.

  2. Charleston real estate blog

    December 20, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    A powerful message simply delivered perfectly. Thanks Daniel and Lani.

  3. Josh Brown

    December 20, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    I don’t get it… Must be one of those movies you have to watch two or three times to really appreciate. 🙂


  4. Vicki Moore

    December 20, 2007 at 2:05 pm


  5. Teresa Boardman

    December 20, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Very well done

  6. Mariana

    December 20, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    I *heart* the zebra. What a brilliant guy.

  7. Ricardo Bueno

    December 20, 2007 at 4:25 pm


    Now how many takes do you think it took before he stopped laughing? I wanna see the cut outs!

  8. PeterT

    December 20, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Very nice. Simple, direct and the music is perfect.

  9. ines

    December 20, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    I can see Greg’s point about some customers getting offended, but I think it needs to be left up to them.

  10. Dan Green

    December 20, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    The Girl from Ipanema must have been first written for this video. Well done, Daniel.

  11. Ken in Chicago

    December 20, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    >I encourage you all to post the video on your own sites- your readers will thank you!

    More important make all the agents in your office watch it…maybe they will get the concept of not taking overpriced listings.

  12. Benn Rosales

    December 20, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Ken, great point, we walk away from more listings then we actually take.

  13. Robert D. Ashby

    December 21, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    I finally got to see the video and here is my take. (I will provide my Greg take on the follow up post – trackback above.)

    I think the concept of driving the “back to basics” point home is good. Persoanlly, I do not the black and white style for video, but it works here.

    As for offensive, who cares? If the person reading it is not your target audience, that is one less person you have to waste time with. Personally, I like it when I piss someone off as it gets me the feedback the I need to prove I am on the right track.

  14. Joseph Ferrara.sellsius

    December 21, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    Proof that one can be better than the ninety and nine.

    Innovation, creativity, individuality, risk taking, non-conformity, independence, authenticity will always prevail, despite the self-proclaimed arbiters of taste.

    “The present day composer refuses to die.” (Edgard Varese)

  15. Mike

    December 21, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    I showed the video to a friend. He didn’t think it was condescending. I think that is such a simple message that I don’t get making a video about it. Same as doing a video saying clean your garbage off the front lawn. Not a genuis video but I think alot of agents wish they could tell their clients to price the house better but are scared.

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