Foreign investment has been strongly impacting the Vancouver housing market. It has increased steadily over the last decade and continues to be a main driver to the increasing prices of detached homes. This new demographic of big buyers has meant a necessary readjustment for realtors. Recently Chinese real estate agents have been dominating the high-end real estate market in Vancouver, running websites that specifically targets offshore buyers.
A few years ago, my business partner and I met Dane Maxwell in Chicago at a Perry Marshall event. He is a great guy and building lots of cool products including a couple for the real estate space. I posted here about his product Client Lunch Box in 2009, and today, he was featured on Mixergy.com about his new service "Paperless Pipeline".
We ran a contest a few days ago for a copy of Cameron Herold's new book "Double Double" on this blog. We had quite a few entries - a big thank you to all that participated! We choose the winner today and I am happy to announce that Robin Lear, a RE/MAX agent in Calgary, AB was the big winner. CONGRATS Robin!! I will be in touch to get your details and send off the book. (who knows, if Cameron is in town, maybe I can get him to sign it for you) For those that did not win, be sure to support Cameron and pick up a copy of his book.
I had the pleasure of doing an interview the other day with Ken Cook from RETSO (Real Estate Tech South) which is a real estate organization from Atlanta Georgia. Within the interview I talk about Ubertor as well as some online tools (Yammer, Wikis, Video, etc) that agents can use to grow/run their businesses. You can listen to the 16 minute interview over on their website.
Vancouver speaker, businessman and author Cameron Herold has a new book out called "Double Double, How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less". I have had the honor of speaking at a few events with Cameron across North America over the past few years and always pick up something new. I sent Cameron a quick email asking if he would answer a few questions. Check them out below as well as an opportunity to WIN a copy of his book "Double Double".
Gary Vaynerchuk is a fantastic example of a business owner utilizing new technologies and embracing transparency to not only grow his business but help other business owners with their businesses. With the launch of his new book "Crush It!" I thought I would recap some of our interactions with Gary Vaynerchuk. He is a fantastic individual.
I had the pleasure of joining Tom Everett on his famous internet show this morning to chat about 2008/2009 real estate markets. It was fun hanging out in the Garagio with ThinkTom.com himself.
Next on our techy interviews is Rebecca Bollwitt aka Miss604.com. Rebecca has been blogging about Vancouver since 2004 on Miss604.com, podcasting RadioZoom since 2005 and is a co-host of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. You can find Rebecca live blogging at social media conferences around BC, walking around Stanley Park or hopefully at a local hockey game.
I have always pushed Realtors to become more tech savy. Not only as a way to learn about more efficient ways of working but also as a way to keep them up to speed with the tools that are coming at them.
Marketing guru Seth Godin responded to some questions that I emailed him about the real estate business. I was curious to know what he would do if he were a Realtor. I asked him 3 questions and you will see his responses below. Seth is the marketing mind behind The Purple Cow, All Marketers are Liars, The Dip plus much more.