Mr. Glen Creno of our hometown rag The Arizona Republic released a gem of an article today.
Titled, "Valley realty bloggers generate strong opinions – but beware", Creno opens with a peek at HousingDoom, which is indeed a real estate related blog housed right here in my home suburb of Gilbert. He talked to "Twist" – the brains behind the Doom. I'll go on record right here and say that HousingDoom is in my feed reader, and I have on many occasions appreciated what Twist has to say. She's a sharp lady. A little one-sided and biased in my opinion, but hey, it's her blog.
HousingPanic gets a mention. I've read that too but find Keith Brand to be bordering on psychotic and his minions lacking in basic human skills. What was interesting to me was that Panic was one of only three blogs mentioned directly in the article about real estate blogging in the Valley — and it's currently based in London. As in England.
Blog Arizona was the only real estate professionals blog mentioned. I like Shannon's blog. It was one of the main factors in my decision to start real estate weblogging. I wish she'd write more.
Creno (or the Republic) threw a "sidebar" on the online version that notes three more blogs: 1) "IamFacingForeclosure" which is penned by the should-be-convicted-felon Casey Serin — in Sacramento. As in California; 2) The Real Estate Bloggers – out of Atlanta. As in Georgia; and 3) Republic real estate reporter Catherine Reagor's "Blog". Finally, another Valley blog in an article supposedly about Valley real estate blogging! The quality and depth of Reagor's "blog" is best summed up in a comment on her most recent "post" by "Kev6563" who says:
"Wow. This passes as a blog entry at AZ Republic? Can I have your job? I could have whipped out this article during my morning dump."
Now I'm sure someone is going to read this post and think, "Sour grapes. He's just pissed his little blog didn't get in the paper." I assure you nothing could be further from the truth. I've been quoted before in the local papers, even in BusinessWeek. Sure, it's cool, nice for the ego, and my mother thinks it's really great. But I honestly could care less about getting mentioned again in the Republic.
The point is, here is a "mainstream media" reporter who's supposedly writing a piece on Valley real estate bloggers and their opinions. Yet he manages to squeeze in six blogs, only three of which are actually in the Valley and one of those barely qualifies as a blog.
It would have taken all of 20 seconds of "research" for Mr. Creno to find several real estate webloggers in the Valley. Technorati, the de facto standard in blog search is the obvious place to start. Heck, why not just Google "Phoenix real estate blog"?
Incapable of typing a few characters into a search engine? Look at a blog roll on just about any major real estate blog and you'll find Valley based bloggers like: Greg Swann, Jonathan Dalton, John Wake, Christoph Schweiger, Russell Shaw, Shailesh Ghimire, Tony Marriott, Butterworth Group, Jim and Andrea Messenger… Shall I go on? (and no offense intended to any I left off this list. There are more).
Failing to include at least one of these bloggers in an article on Valley real estate bloggers and their opinions is quite simply one lousy piece of "reporting". Sadly, this is representative of the dreck we've come to expect from our local papers when it comes to real estate coverage.
You want opinions and data on the Phoenix real estate market? Read some local real estate bloggers. Get both sides via HousingDoom and others. Just don't waste your time, money and landfill space on the Republic and their "reporting".
[tags]Phoenix real estate blogging, Arizona Republic, mainstream media[/tags]