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AG Adds *FOUR* New Contributors Today!

(yes, it’s in alphabetical order)

Kris Berg of San Diego Home Blog fame joins Agent Genius today (and there’s a 99.9% chance you already know of her)! She is the Real Estate Blogging Community sweetheart and a highly respected veteran Real Estate Blogger. Kris is one of Inman News’ featured columnists and has long set the golden standard for humor, quality writing, professionalism and grace.

Jamie Geiger in Phoenix/Gilbert, Arizona brings a fresh perspective to AG. Her local blog is extremely well written and her analysis of statistics is always easy to understand. Jamie spent 17 years as a programmer for Motorola and has a degree in Biomedical Engineering from ASU (wow, let’s just say she’s no dummy).

Rocky Van Brimmer from Delaware, Ohio is extremely well versed in the use of social media (surely you know him from Twitter) and is a natural networker. His creativity is unique and his reach is far. We anticipate Rocky will teach us about new technologies, social media networking and how he translates those into offline relationships with consumers.

Ginger Wilcox in Marin County, CA has already cut her AG teeth with her first article which has created quite a bit of buzz! Ginger specializes in the luxury home market in her area even teaches others how to market all types of properties. She intimately understands the importance of 1.0 AND 2.0 marketing and how to marry the two.

Please welcome each new contributor in the comments- weโ€™re extremely excited about this news and ask everyone to cheer, scream, and holler about it!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Daniel Rothamel, The Real Estate Zebra

    July 21, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Welcome to the crew!

    Boy, the lineup gets more motley by the minute ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. ines

    July 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Wow!!! you guys mean business!!! What an awesome bunch and glad to see them join the pack! Welcome everyone (and all avid twitterers I may add) – the company here keeps getting better.

  3. Jeremy Hart

    July 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Geez, this is an impressive group! Welcome to all!

  4. Jim Duncan

    July 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm


  5. Rocky

    July 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks Lani. I hope I will be able to stand up to the high standards of Agent Genius.

  6. Matt Stigliano

    July 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Welcome everyone.

    Now stop bowing and start teaching!

    (Well, take a few more bows first…)

  7. Todd

    July 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Best blog post graphic evah!

  8. Danilo Bogdanovic

    July 21, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Welcome everyone!

  9. Gia & Grant Freer

    July 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Awesome!…AgentGenius has a roster packed with all-stars!…Gia’s waving her pom-poms and hootin’ and hollerin’ as I type…way to go guys…congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Eric Blackwell

    July 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Will be fun to read some Kris Berg stuff again. Lookin’ forward to it.

  11. Francy

    July 21, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Wow! Great score! I love both Jamie and Kris and I’ve heard some great things about Ginger and Rocky. I’m looking forward to their contributions.

  12. Drew Meyers from Zillow

    July 21, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Welcome to all the new kids on the block ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Mariana

    July 21, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    WOW! Now we are DEFINITELY the coolest real estate website on the planet. – Not like we weren’t before … We are just coolerer now. (Drew actually stole my original comment (NKOTB) ptbth!) I love these new additions… each and every one of them. In fact, I am going to have to go out and get myself a new pair of Chucks in celebration of my new family. (nod, nod, wink, wink)

  14. Paula Henry

    July 21, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Welcome everyone – I am more honored everyday to be counted among the amazing people here at AG.

  15. Vance Shutes

    July 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm


    Four exceptional bloggers join the fray. Outstanding!

  16. Matthew Rathbun

    July 21, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Hey, Welcome to the team! It’s like a big ‘ol Twitter group here on AG, without the 140 character limit… although there sure are a lot of characters here…

  17. Brad Nix

    July 21, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Just when I was making some elbow room in here you go and add more to the mosh pit, rock on!

    @Mattrathbun is a clever feller and @Mariana better let me sign her new kicks

  18. Norm Fisher

    July 21, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Wow! Great news. Welcome aboard everyone.

  19. Ken in Elgin

    July 21, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Nice additions to the team. Soon you are going to need to find another way to display your contributors, the sidebar is already a little long ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

  20. Benn Rosales

    July 21, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    haha Ken, I’d rather be outgrowing things than downsizing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Teri Lussier

    July 21, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Nice addition to the mix!

  22. ron

    July 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    great to see the growth, love the website name

  23. Bill Lublin

    July 21, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Ok, everyone else said all the nice things I wanted to say to allow me to say DITTO
    Now you guys know there’s a need for more contributors more articulate than me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Benn Congratulations on having a big long sidebar- I bet all the other blogs are jealous!

  24. Benn Rosales

    July 21, 2008 at 10:53 pm


  25. Dale Chumbley

    July 21, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I have to ask? Am I the only one who thinks that is Donny Osmond doing the punching in the photo above? Seriously, check it out!

    Congrats to all the new additions! Everyday I love AG a little more. You just keep getting better. Excellent choices with the new geniuses!

  26. Benn Rosales

    July 21, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    That could very well be Donny… haha

  27. Eric Blackwell

    July 22, 2008 at 6:10 am


    Are you intimating that size MATTERS? ๐Ÿ˜‰


  28. Jennifer in Louisville

    July 22, 2008 at 6:52 am

    @Eric – LOL

    Excellent, and welcome to AG guy & gals!

  29. The Harriman Team

    July 22, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Congrats to all! Looking forward to reading new genius material!

  30. Kris Berg

    July 22, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Looking forward to it! I was stuck in Airport h&%* yesterday, so I missed the announcement. And, yes Dale, I am certain that is Donny Osmond, speaking as one who spent her formative years in a room wallpapered with his likeness plastered all over the walls compliments of Tiger Beat. If you do the math, that makes me 86 years old.

  31. Glenn fm Naples

    July 22, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Welcome to Kris, Jamie, Rocky and Ginger.

  32. Shailesh Ghimire

    July 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    This is an astounding group! AG is one heck of a place! Keep on keep on.

  33. Erion Shehaj

    July 22, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    You got Kris Berg too? .. Check you out ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Jay Thompson

    July 25, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    I am WAY late to the welcoming party. Been a little busy at Inman this week.

    These are all stellar additions!|

    Thanks to some new additions this week, I’m proud to say I’ve met 23 of the writers on the side bar in person. Can anyone top that? (Sorry, it’s that damn competitive streak again…)

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