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After reading his blog for a while, I remain convinced that the VOW/DOJ settlement is going to have a much greater impact on MLS issues than previously thought. … FBS Blog – Michael Wurzer with FlexMLS’ insight into the formerly-closed world of MLS issues is remarkable and educational; in my opinion he sets the standard for what an MLS owner/executive should be doing.



Top ten blogs that make me think

Where do you learn?

My personal focus is on technology, MLS issues and the real estate space in general. This year I am working to winnow down the number of feeds I read and focus on high-quality content. With each new post I read, I want to learn something applicable to my business.

Everything is changing, and these are a few of the sites I read that help me stay on top of changes.

Each of the following blogs makes me think. I like that.

1000 Watt Blog – Marc and Brian consistently provoke new thoughts that are implementable.

Notorious R.O.B. – Find me a more intelligent write in the real estate space. Heck, he’s even coined a new term for the – realestistas .

MLS Terresact – Brian has long been one of the best thinkers in the MLS space, and I learn something every time he posts something new. After reading his blog for a while, I remain convinced that the VOW/DOJ settlement is going to have a much greater impact on MLS issues than previously thought.

Better Homes and Gardens – A “small brokerage” blog with “big brokerage” backing. This site provides a different perspective than I’m used to, if only because they’re the only Realogy company to blog (that I know of).

FBS Blog – Michael Wurzer with FlexMLS’ insight into the formerly-closed world of MLS issues is remarkable and educational; in my opinion he sets the standard for what an MLS owner/executive should be doing. In addition, Flex continues to get rave reviews.

What are yours? What do you read that makes you think differently? Inside or tangentially related to real estate?

* No bribes taken for this post. But I am bribe-able; find out how next Tuesday.

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Dad, Husband, Charlottesville Realtor, real estate Blogger, occasional speaker - Inman Connects, NAR Conferences - based in Charlottesville, Virginia. A native Virginian, I graduated from VMI in 1998, am a third generation Realtor (since 2001) and have been "publishing" as a real estate blogger since January 2005. I've chosen to get involved in Realtor Associations on the local, state & national levels, having served on the NAR's RPR & MLS groups. Find me in Charlottesville, Crozet and Twitter.

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  1. Lani Rosales

    February 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    My passion is marketing and new media, here are 10 blogs I read frequently (not in order of quality):

    (1) ICHC
    (2) Web Strategy by jeremiah Owyang
    (3) Brains on Fire
    (4) Brand Curve
    (5) The Social Organization
    (6) Tiny Gigantic
    (7) Make Use Of
    (8) Tech Crunch
    (9) Mashable
    (10) Lifehacker

  2. Jeremy Arntz

    February 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Lifehacker is the best!! Mashable and Tech Crunch are must reads as well. The rest of my feeds are developer related so I won’t bore you with them.

    — Jeremy

  3. Tom Scrace

    February 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    In no order:

    1. (fascinating stuff on nanotech)
    2. (word of the day feed)
    3. (Christopher Hitchens)
    4. (quality video content)

    Loads more, but those are some of the most interesting.


  4. Seth Parker

    February 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    No particular order:

    1. 1000 Watt Blog
    2. AG, of Course 🙂
    3. Seth’s (Godin, not me :)) Blog
    4. Smashing Magazine
    5. Fail Blog
    6. Techmeme
    7. Mashable
    8. Lifehacker
    10. Noupe

  5. Trace

    February 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Love 1000 Watt and Notorious Rob has some very intelligent convos going on.


    Wow, I spend 3 plus hours every day, YES every day, reading articles from my feedreader and I can’t name my top ten… yet am vigilant to axe those that are not teaching me….. I’m a goofball.

  6. Michael Wurzer

    February 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Jim, thanks for mentioning the FBS Blog! I also follow Rob Hahn, Brian Larson, and 1000Watt closely. Some of my other favorites are (in no particular order) and from both real estate and tech:

    1. 37signals’ Signal vs. Noise.

    2. O’Reilly Radar.

    3. Glenn Kelman at Redfin or Bloodhound.

    4. Russell Shaw (

    5. Kris Berg (

    6. WAV Group Blog (

    7. You, especially your recent videos Usually I won’t take the time to watch a video, but yours recently have held my attention.

    8. Ajaxian.

    9. Read/Write Web.

    10. Doc Searls Weblog.

  7. Lisa Sanderson

    February 4, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I have way too many feeds in my reader at the moment, and have been slowly deleting some here and there. There’s just so much good stuff out there!

    When I do get in there to check stuff out, my favs include some already mentioned: Problogger, FBS, Better Homes & Gardens and AG.

    5. Teresa Boardman, Chris Griffith & Karen Rice…to see what agents are writing about
    6. The Real Estate Tomato
    7. Just Listed, PA Assoc. of REALTORS
    8. Ungated, the Community Associations Institute blog
    9. The Simple Dollar
    10. Janet’s Positively Divine Insights -helps me focus the right way.

  8. Missy Caulk

    February 7, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    future of Real Estate Marketing
    1000 Watts
    Agentgenius, LOL
    Common Craft
    Domus Consulting Group
    Seo Book

    I have over 300 but these are some I don’t miss.

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“House has spark” – burning up the MLS with typos and other bloopers



The year is starting a march toward its natural ending, friends…and it seems a few real estate careers may be also. This week I found some real head-scratchers in local real estate ads and the MLS.  However, I get submissions from all over the U.S., so no one is safe from the eyes of  the Blooper Scooper. Check out these blunders:

Do You Smell Smoke?

“House has spark” (Apparently your real estate career isn’t the only thing going up in smoke.)

“Big pep area in kitchen” (Is that the cookie jar where Mommy Dearest stashes her uppers?) 

“Dull Viking ovens” (Methinks there’s something in the cookie jar that will perk up those dull Vikings.)

“Large greenhose in back” (Large, naked Jolly Green Giant in yard.)

“Mush added to this house” (Was that the overflow from between your ears?)

I Think I See Flames

“Beautifully remolded guest” (Another cosmetically-altered Barbie hits the Hollywood party circuit.)

“Enjoy a drink poolslide” ( Hell, if the pool is sliding, I’ll need a whole pint of Jack.)

“Each bedroom has own bedrooom” (Hello-o-o, Alice, how are things down there in the rabbit hole?)

“Separate pod to build GH” (That should please my pea-sized buyers.)

“Play room for the kiss” (Something tells me this is the back seat of a ’67 Chevy.)

Still Smoldering…

“Ideal for gusts” (That’s great…if you want to live in a wind sock.)

“Impaccably detailed” (Incredibly challenged)

“Stylish pewder room” (Try burning a match.)

“Stone pillars flake driveway” (Flakey agent got stoned in driveway.)

Nothing But Embers (This Week’s Fave):

“From a bygone error” (You have just written your own epitaph.)



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“New bd pans inc” – Making a Splash on the MLS



I have two things to say this week: 1. When you drink, you can’t think. 2. When you drink you can’t- … uh, what was I saying? Oh, yes – the MLS.  It was so full of bloopers this week that I am led to conclude that happy hour started Monday and never stopped. Read these and tell me if it is any wonder I was driven to throw back a few martinis myself:

Booze ‘N’ Fools

“Free membership to gin inc” (It seems someone else beat us to it, Martini Mary.)

“Grab now use imagination” (That’s what Arnold said to his housekeeper.)

“House has new edition” (Agent lacks erudition.)

“Babblying broke runs in back” (Bumbling buffoon runs amuck.)

“Drop by for cocktail ho” (Oh, is the Sunset Strip for sale?)

Puff ‘N’ Stuff

“Near Sacramento airpot” (I believe his name is Jerry Brown.)

“Claw me for selling” (I’m too busy clawing my eyes out over your spelling.)

“Reduction on mid-century ner Holywod” (Another mid-sixties porn star is looking for work.)

“We can sake your home” (Can I get fried rice with my sake?)

Proof or Goof

“Nice streem” (Said Grandma to Grandpa after his diaper  exploded.)

“Nice for dog kids” (Uh, they’re called ‘puppies,” pal.)

“New bd pans included” (Thank you, Nurse Nancy – can you warm those first?)

“Good stable in neighborhood.” (Have you contacted Mary and Joseph?)

“Drawing for plasma” (Is this a blood-bank?)

And This Week’s Winner Is:

“Good school in areola” (Thanks for keeping me abreast of things.)


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My secret office organization tip – Sharpies and tape

If you’re still practicing to be OCD, here is a secret I don’t typically share with anyone, but I’m willing to share with you today…



Keeping organized

I used to be obsessed with the P-touch machine. I labeled everything. Drawers, shelves, folders, canisters, and anything that I could think of putting a label on.

But the label makers weren’t as pretty as my own handwriting and didn’t come in every color a Sharpie does, so I got the brilliant idea one day to write in light blue sharpie in my beautiful handwriting on clear tape, placed neatly on the shelves in the pantry. Visitors thought I had written on the cabinets, “what if you have to move things?” they asked. “It’s just tape, look!” I said as if I was performing a complicated magic trick.

Not just shelves!

It’s great to use this tip on files and folders so you can reuse them (especially if you have custom files or designer files), on drawers at the bottom of each section where pens and tape goes, and especially in the break room.

No more label maker, no more refill cartridges and no more mess, especially someone else’s mess! Trust me, this is an OCD person’s dream organizing tip!

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