Who’s in Charge
“The Internet of Things & Organized
Real Estate,” March 2015 ( realtorm.ag/
iot-orgs), examined ways that REALTOR®
associations and MLSs will be able
to harness the expanding power of
connected devices and the data flowing
through them on behalf of members.
KELLY NATION RESPONDS: I agree with
the majority of what you are saying,
but despite the development of all this
“awesome” technology and what many
of these companies are saying that we
can do with the available data, I still
feel that ultimately the end user will
determine where the technology will go.
You can develop the greatest piece of
software that can walk someone through
a home via their mobile phone and allow
them to pick out options, but buying is
emotionally based. People still need to
“see it, feel it, touch it.”
I believe that many of the up-and-
coming software, services, websites, and
apps will fall by the wayside as buyers
figure out what works for them and their
way of buying a home and use technology
to suit their personal needs.
Are You Really Safer
With a Gun?
As REALTOR® safety has become a hot
topic following brutal attacks on agents,
so has the issue of whether to carry a
gun. Law enforcement officials and safety
instructors who spoke to REALTOR®
Magazine say while they support professionals’ right to retain a gun as a means of
protection, the issue isn’t simply carry or
don’t carry. The open question is whether
having such a weapon makes you safer.
JOE APONTE RESPONDS: I say it is the right
of every law-abiding citizen to bear arms
if they choose to do so. Criminals always
have the upper hand, and that is wrong.
Yes, training is essential since a gun can
go off pretty easily, and it must be handled with care. If my family is threatened,
I will defend them by any means possible.
I hope I would never have to face a moment like that, but the possibility is real.
LISA B. RESPONDS: I carry everywhere I go
(unless restricted by law) and take it very
seriously. I have become more aware of
my surroundings and have changed the
way I show properties. I always carry on
my body (never in a purse), so I’m fully
aware of where my firearm is at all times.
If my life is on the line, I will not hesitate
to use my firearm.
SCOTT CASE RESPONDS: Training will
prepare you to present your gun in a
quick and proficient manner to fend off
an attacker without having to fire a shot.
Been carrying for 15 years, only had to
pull my gun once, and the attacker fled. If
you make the decision to carry, take the
appropriate training and make a trip to
the range at least every three months.
of Real Estate
The role of social media in real estate
took on a new twist when a house for
sale in Illinois began tweeting under the
handle “Bob the House.” The Twitter
account’s human handler, marketing consultant Rich Burghgraef said the posts
about the property and neighborhood
helped create an emotional tie between
the home and potential buyers before
people came to look. By Graham Wood
JULIA BRUSTON RESPONDS: Very clever—
70+ followers. Guess people like it.
TOM WOODRUFF RESPONDS: Brilliant
idea, but am I the only who noticed that
family-friendly is not necessarily equal
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