Sam DeBord Archive

REALTOR® Recruiting and Retention: The Non-MLS Value Proposition

By Sam DeBord Compulsion is the crutch that lulls our organization’s recruiting and retention capabilities to sleep. When real estate licensees are compelled to be members of a REALTOR® association because of their need for MLS services, we often...

Make Home Valuation Systems Work to Your Advantage

By Sam DeBord Online home valuations have a rocky history.  From automated valuation models (AVMs) used in lending during the mortgage boom to consumer-focused products like Zillow’s Zestimate, the accuracy of these valuations has always been an issue for real...

‘Coming Soon’ Listings: The Only Question You Need to Ask

By Sam DeBord There has been a lot of discussion lately about the propriety of pre-marketing listings. Promoting a “coming soon” listing on Zillow has been widely debated. I’ll attempt to make the discussion for a REALTOR® as simple...

Do We Need Real Estate Tax Incentives?

By Sam DeBord The U.S. tax code includes multiple incentives for buying and owning real estate. The mortgage interest deduction and property tax deduction are just a couple of the incentives that have come under fire in new “tax...
June 5, 2014

The REALTOR® Value Proposition: Do You Have an Elevator Pitch?

By Sam DeBord This week I’m in Washington, D.C., for the REALTOR® Party Conference & Expo, and it got me thinking: Some of the most interesting committees I’ve worked with lately have focused on a range of issues surrounding...

Does Slow, Steady Growth Actually Create Real Estate Bubbles?

By Sam DeBord If “a stitch in time saves nine,” does a market that corrects itself frequently save itself from over-correcting? We’ve been told that slow and steady growth is the safest path for an investment. Real estate markets...

The Case for a REALTOR® to Lead Realtor.com®

By Sam DeBord Realtor.com®’s president, Errol Samuelson, has been hired away by Zillow. I’ve met Errol and he’s a nice guy, very smart, and very successful. Business is business. But, naive as it might be, there’s plenty of disappointment...
March 6, 2014

You Don’t Need Experience To Gain Clients

By Sam DeBord When I started out in the real estate business, my biggest fear was probably the same as many other agents’: “What if they ask me how many homes I’ve sold?”  There was an almost inescapable fear...
February 24, 2014

NAR/Realtor.com® Agreement Part 1: Displaying Unlisted New Homes & New Home Communities

By Sam DeBord The National Association of REALTORS® recently voted to approve updates to its operating agreement with realtor.com® and allow more flexibility for the Web site.  There has been a wide range of reactions from REALTORS®. This blog...
August 12, 2013

Quick Facts You Need To Know About The Mortgage Interest Deduction

By Sam DeBord When talking to associates and the public about real estate topics, it’s important to be educated on the issues that we value most as REALTORS®.  Government fiscal and tax policy can be confusing issues that many...