Real Estate Technology Ingenues

Joseph/Rudy at Sellsius and I share a passion for nurturing new bloggers... I help real estate professionals start blogs and hold "office hours" between 9:00 and 11:30 PST each weekday evening for simple advice about technologies, blogging tips and writing ideas (caveat... I'm no expert yet, but I'll gladly reply to any email questions from you during office hours).

Three bright stars have recently popped up - two offer practical technology tips and products for real estate professionals, many of them gliding under our radar - and the other offers strategic insights on web 2.0 technologies. All three should be on feeds and blogrolls.

Reggie's Technology for Real Estate launched this week... today he introduces a low-tech/high-tech Virtual Assistant product called E.V.A. that has you dictate tasks like expense account reporting, mileage, notes on client visits, even emails into your phone or special recorder. Surprise... it's not voice recognition software, your spoken word is transcribed at a call center and delivered back to you in email format. The product has been endorsed by business efficiency pundits like Stephen Covey.

Loren's Future of Real Estate Technology has already created a wave with his instructive tips for just automating the office - cell phone apps, setting up Google apps on your domain , virtual faxing - mundane chores made simple.

And here's the other blog of our
Carnival of Real Estate's Drew Meyers... Drew seems like a young'un out of college working where I would work if I were a newly minted grad... yet he demonstrates an impressive business maturity in his writing. His forte is analyzing and proposing strategies on technology and Web 2.0 themes... read his recommendations on what MyBlogLog should do going forward. Interestingly, Drew is having this blog dialogue alone with the CEO of MBL Scott Rafer (I would expect a crowd)... I barged in knowing little about MBL... after reading their conversation and playing around a bit on MBL for the first time, I figured out its moving part and why MBL works... it's testament to Drew that I could learn a new blogging business model and its implications on the blogosphere within an hour.

In fact, I decided to delay the article I have in the hopper about some ideas I have on the future of the real estate blogs until I've meditated on MBL a bit more and analyze the ways blogging and social networking will merge.... it's a potent combination of the blog's broadcast marketing functionality plus the community stickiness of networking. Doesn't that sound like a fit for Realtors? More to come...

Post-note: forgot to add... the new real estate technology blogs supplement what is offered on the very best ones focusing on tech, namely (in no particular order) RSSPieces, Future of Real Estate Marketing, Realty Thoughts, Jason Ungos, Results for Realtors, and Transforming RE. Yes, there are many other fine blogs that incorporate a lot of technology talk (Altos, Tomato, 3Oceans and Sellsius pop in mind) and are too numerous to mention... (hey, it's become a linklovefest...)

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  • 11/22/2006 6:01 AM teresa boardman wrote:
    How do you keep up with all this stuff? Tell me your secrets young man.
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  • 11/22/2006 9:26 AM Drew M wrote:
    Thanks for the kind words. I'd love to kick around ideas with you regarding the future of real estate blogs. It's an interesting space that is starting to really explode with realtor interest (see Active Rain).
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  • 11/22/2006 1:55 PM REBlogGirl wrote:
    Wow, great post as usual. Laden with quality links for me to click through. Just had to join MBL, love it already. Thanks for the mention, Pat.
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    1. 11/22/2006 2:08 PM Pat Kitano wrote:
      Joel had the best description for MyBlogLog - the MySpace of Blogs

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  • 11/22/2006 8:12 PM Loren Nason wrote:

    Thank you for the kind post.

    I am honored to be considered a bright star.

    I am also exicted about the blog since it involves my passion - computers and my business helping people to utilize them without wanting to take a 100 pound sledge hammer and beat the crap out of it.

    Have a great turkey day.
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  • 11/22/2006 8:53 PM Real Estate Tomato - Jim Cronin wrote:
    Sweet post. I agree the 3 new comers have been a nice addition to the community. Blogrolling them this evening.

    Thanks for the mention.
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  • 11/22/2006 10:20 PM jf.sellsius wrote:
    Another fine post pointing us in new directions. MBL is certainly an interesting concept with great potential.
    Thanks for finding these tech blog jewels and sharing them with us. I have some reading to do after the big meal.(And thanks for the kind words for us.)

    The blogging community is fortunate to have you in its ranks pk.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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  • 11/23/2006 3:59 AM forsalebylocals-Tony wrote:
    Great blog. The three sites listed were much more than the "usual suspect" sites that I expected while clicking the link. The real estate space is ripe for new ideas and you are certainly helping to feed the need. Take care. Tony
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  • 11/23/2006 6:44 AM Reggie Nicolay wrote:
    Pat- Well I need to follow suit with the others and say a BIG thanks for reviewing my Blog. I really appreciate your view and I've enjoyed reading the comments of your reviewers! Keep up the great work!
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    1. 11/24/2006 12:48 PM Pat Kitano wrote:
      Thank you all for your fine reviews... I just had the best Thanksgiving and appreciate your contributions to what we're all building - a source of transparent information flow for the real estate community and our consumers.
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