March 31, 2007
April Fool's Day 2007: Real Estate Parodies & Predictions
Yesterday, a leading real estate technology news service published it's Top 10 predictions on the future of real estate blogging. Preliminary comments agree with Prediction #5:
The blogging community will give voice to those in the industry who previously didn't have one -- making them a force to be reckoned with. This has already happened, but will grow stronger this year. The open dialog will spark change the industry has never before seen.
What role will real estate consumer will play in that revolution, and what are the most effective ways to get homebuyers and sellers involved? Humor -- the kind that has turned political commentary into infotainment -- could be an effective way to attract and engage real estate consumers. So a year after launching our original menu of wikis, which was so serious that it is still password-protected, The Real Estate Cafe's newest wiki has a more light-hearted goal:
Prediction #11: Real estate bloggers and zillions of homebuyers and sellers will pool their wits on April Fool's Day to publish a parody of the current housing market and real estate practices.
Hopefully, like satirical TV programs, there will be some serious content between the laughs. Better still, maybe ordinary home buyers and sellers, turned "radical consumers advocates," will launch some lasting reforms; insuring they have the last laugh. Who says real estate professionals, homebuyers, and sellers don't have a sense of humor? Anyone reading the paper knows that housing prices are a joke. What else about the current housing market or real estate practices makes you laugh (or drives you crazy)?
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