Nice puff piece on a new Greenwich Raveis agent, Deb Halsey, in the Easton, Ct press (?). Says here that she’s started a blog, but there’s no link, or I’d post it. Raveis forced me to quit when their legal department demanded I indemnify them from all claims arising from my own blog, a liability that could easily exceed $100,000, so I would guess that “Deb” will either post innocuous triffle or be pushed out soon. Regardless, I wish her well.
UPDATE: No mention of a blog on her Raveis website, so either the Easton Press got it wrong or the Raveis legal weenies have already shut it down. I’ll tell you this: Bill Raveis was way ahead of the curve when it came to Internet marketing of real estate, and that’s why I joined his firm years ago, but he’s completely befuddled by blogs and social networking, and he, and all of his contemporaries, are missing out on the next step. Back then, I offered to speak, for free – I was a gung-ho agent – to Raveis employees about writing blogs, and was rebuffed, no doubt because the firm’s lawyers were already gathering on tree limbs to plan their attack in order to preserve the status quo.
I’m too much of a solo to pursue this, but someone is going to wrap up blogs and writers like me and push on to the next level. Raveis and the other large firms are on the cusp of losing it.
UPDATE II: This is an evolving thought piece. I started with a brief mention of Deb Halsey, then discovered that she has no discoverable blog, and went off into my termination by Raveis and thoughts on how the real estate market is evolving. This all reminds me of when I was a law associate at a big firm in 1987 – we were forced to dictate our work into tape recorders, submit them to the secretarial pool, wait a day or so to get back our hard copy, manually strike out errors and add new content, wait another day, fix errors of the typists, etc. etc. I urged my bosses to give us associates our own computers and printers – they existed then- and promised that we could cut turn-around-time to hours, rather than days. They refused, because things just weren’t done that way, then. I see the same thing now in real estate, but I’m even more disgusted than I was back then, because now I’m an old man of 57. if I can see where things are going, what the hell’s wrong with these guys?