I upgraded to WordPress 2.0.5 for both this blog and for www.UnusualLife.com and made a few new changes and additions. There was a little trouble with the tags, but other than that, pretty seamless. I took a few hints from Dustin a few weeks ago when he wrote The Big List of RCG Plug-ins, and I added Filosofo Comments Preview and the Recent Comments plug-in. I like that it doesn’t show pingbacks originating from my own blog.
Been following the continued saga of Zillow and thought it was pretty funny that a consumer group filed a complaint against them, saying it was “intentionally misleading consumers and real estate professionals” and could be violating civil rights and consumer protection laws. I mean, it’s just a toy, right? And now, I’ve read in Red Herring about a minority rights organization that’s preparing to challenge them on the grounds that its home valuations are “inaccurate, misleading, and detrimental to minority homeowners, who are more likely be negatively affected by the inaccuracies.” Reminds me of Bonfire of the Vanities. I keep looking for Al Sharpton to weigh in on all this….
Speaking of Zillow, they put MyBlogLog on their site and now whenever I visit their blog, there’s my smiling face staring back at me. Maybe in the name of tranparency in real estate I should remove my high school photo and send in one a little more recent….
I’ve been cyber-chatting with Tyler Sookochoff about the launch of www.Livium.com, his new website that says it will be an “online real estate community that provides Real Estate Professionals with tools to better market their listings, their neighborhood and, in the process, themselves”. I like the way it sounds. And it uses the word “suck” a lot, as in “some real estate websites suck”, “some real estate agents suck” and “Livium, however, will not suck (we hope)”. Since I also hope to be suck-free, I’m eager to see what they’re all about and what they come up with. Sounds like an ActiveRain kind of thing….. not sure how any of them are going to make any dough. Maybe one has to suck somewhat to make money. Not sure. If you’d like to keep informed when Livium launches, you can sign up here.
While Move reported a net income for the third quarter of 2006 at $1.3 million, HouseValues released its third quarter results and posted a net loss of $1.5 million for the same time period.. When you’re just curious about your house’s value, why give all your contact to a real estate agent when you can get a ballpark figure from Zillow? Agents may continue to pay for leads, but they’re not going to keep paying if the leads are worthless.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer sent me this update on their blogs:
Traffic dipped a bit on the P-I’s reader blogs in October, but the effort by reader-writers passed an important milestone: As of last month, more than 1,029,878 pages have been viewed on reader blogs — more in a million page views since we began eight months ago. Just 26,000 pages were viewed that first month, compared to 173,461 in October! And three of your blogs have already passed 100,000 page views: Bus Chick, Seattle Real Estate Professionals and Mariner Housewife.
The most popular reader blog on the site was the Huskies fan blog (18,264 page views), followed by the Hawks’ fan blog (16,351) which was just narrowly more viewed than the Real Estate Pros blog (16,335).
So the only thing more popular than real estate was sports. That explains why an Open House can be so dead on a Seahawks Sunday.