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NAR – Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t

It seems no matter what the NAR does to enter the 2.0 age, some folks will find something negative to say – I say that it seems regardless of whether they do or they don’t- they’re damned.

I’d like to formally welcome the NAR’s Voices of real estate to the fold of voices on the internet- I can only pray you do this well.  I think there is room for NAR’s voice in this mixed up universe of fact versus opinion and I applaud that NAR is at least willing to jump in. I for one think this has been a long time coming and much overdue.  I hope that regardless of the disclaimer that Dick will be aggressive in delivering the facts.

Here is a list (albeit short) of topics Dick should begin to engage to be effective:

  • Disintermediation
  • DOJ
  • Tech incursion
  • Weak technological distribution of MLS country wide to consumers
  • Future investment of membership funds into technology
  • Subprime woes, Credit Crunch
  • How he sees real estate in 3, 5, 7, 9 years being practiced based on our current environment
  • Yun and the public perception of Yun

Dick, I hope you’ll be open and engage these topics, as well others, as I know readers are eager to engage you.

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Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network. Before AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation has received the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular offline events. He does not venture into the spotlight often, rather he believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits and develops, so he gives all credit to those he's empowered.



  1. Todd Carpenter

    January 16, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    At least they are trying. NAMB and MBA are still of the opinion that blogs are invalid.

  2. Michael Price

    January 16, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Benn, Can you expand on “Tech Incursion” a bit for me. It sort of frames my first AG post?

    I had not heard that…do you have some links regarding the opinions of NAMB and MBA? I find that to be a very interesting topic given the fact I have consulting clients that are making investments contrary to the positions you state.

  3. Brian Brady

    January 16, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    “NAMB and MBA are still of the opinion that blogs are invalid.”

    Huh? They don’t even know what they are, Todd! We are SO backwards in the mtg industry

  4. Benn Rosales

    January 17, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Tech incursion equals aggregators, zillows, trulias, online brokerages, etc…

    Technical methods of real estate minus human interaction.

    Challenging the NAR & the MLS was unheard of 5 years ago, suddenly, it seems to easy for them to do so and do it really well- well at least look glossy and shiny anyway.

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