Monday, February 06, 2006

Agents Wanted

I'm sure many of you have noticed the lack of hard statistics lately, as well as the missing Lowball! and Price Reduced! articles.

The sad truth is that I've lost my sources, they no longer work in the real estate business, and thus, I have no access to GSMLS data anymore. Which is why I am posting this message.

This is an open call to any licensed New Jersey Real Estate Agent with GSMLS access.

In exchange for statistical information I will provide you with referrals from readers who are seeking that information. That's right, and if you've been in the business more than a few years, you'll know referrals are gold in a slow market. This site receives over 2000 unique visitors a day. I estimate that at least half of those visitors are likely to buy in the near future. Agents.. You can't buy this kind of advertising at any price.

Spread the word. If anyone knows a licensed agent or broker willing to cooperate, let them know. As always, any information or communications will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

Caveat Emptor!


Blogger Metroplexual said...

I hope your old sources land on their feet. They have done a wonderful service to everyone that reads this blog. Cheers to them.

Is it a sign that the RE business has slowed that much that they have moved on?

2/06/2006 08:31:00 AM  
Blogger grim said...

You can contact me at:

2/06/2006 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is a bit a ironic that you are offering "referrals" to real agents, a species you claim to deplore, and daily ridicule as to their pricing strategies etc--- that these referral would come from visitors to your site -- (who are presumably anonymous if they chose to be.... what are you doing with OUR data ---- those same visitors you are advising to wait out this market!

2/06/2006 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger chicagofinance said...


You may wish to alter your settings for the blog so that anonymous rude postings such as 11:43AM are avoided.

To anonymous: you are one of two types - (1) disingenuous (i.e. realtor or angry property owner) (2) idealistic to a fault

As they say "there's no free lunch".

2/06/2006 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger grim said...

You obviously don't read this blog often. Did you just come in off the street to troll?

And.. you seem a bit upset that I've provided "YOUR" data to the public.

If the real estate market was as rosy as the cheerleaders have been saying, why would you care that I provided that data? There would be nothing for me to provide! Unless, of course, there is something to hide and spin, which there is.

The simple truth of the matter is buyers still require agents. In a declining market they will trust an agent that has been clear and truthful with them. Why use an agent who continues to peddle their spin and BS? Honesty goes a long way in this business.

So is it irony? No, it's simple reality. I need the data, so I offer up something valuable in return. Both sides win.

Caveat Emptor

2/06/2006 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks grim for helping people make sense out of a very emotional issue which the folks in the Real estate industry spend countless hours trying to manipulate.
The real estate industry needs a good house cleaning. greed has infected it.

2/06/2006 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Richie said...

Is it me or did anyone else have a hard time understanding the first anonymous message?

The grammar is horrid. I can't make much sense out of it.


2/06/2006 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger REwatch said...


I think it is important to post comments from those like annon @ 11:43. This is a discussion board for people to express opinion. To start silencing those who simply do not agree with us seems contrary to the spirit of free debate.

Annon @ 12:26
I agree that greed has infected the RE industry- but RE agents are not the only ones to blame. Greedy home buyers/sellers also must accept responsibiltiy for thier own actions.

Many RE agents would simply not understand the basic economics that serve to undermine their careers even if they tried. I bet most RE agents have never even taken a basic econ 101 class. Anyone have any stats on the average educational level of RE agents?

They are just as blind to thier own management's hype as the "sheep" homebuyers. I feel sorry for them- many RE agents themelves will be bankrupt after the housing implosion and left without jobs. They are simply believing their leaders. WE CAN BLAME DAVID LEREAH-HE KNOWS BETTER.

As what happened in the ENRON scandal, most RE agents themselves, like the lower level Enron employees, will watch their own net worth destroyed and "ASK WHY?"

2/06/2006 02:34:00 PM  
Blogger grim said...

We don't need to delete comments here. I'd much easier just to argue them to emphasize the point.

Also, I'd like to keep anonymous comments open to hear opinion we'd not hear otherwise. I realize the registration process is cumbersome.


2/06/2006 04:41:00 PM  
Blogger landgrab said...

Agents, hook grim up so the rest of us can stayed clued in!

Lowball was my favorite feature (tied with Price Reduced).

2/07/2006 12:08:00 AM  
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