Announcing the VARbuzz First Annual Real Estate Blog Brawl: Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to…

…Ramble? Rum-blog? Ruminate? I’ll knock out the tag line later.

<<UPDATE: Nominations extended until 11:59 p.m. on SUNDAY, March 2>>

I’ve had this idea running through my head ever since VARbuzz was little more than just a twinkle in my eye. I’m very excited to announce a battle royale for all the real estate blogs in the universe: The First Annual VARbuzz Real Estate Blog Brawl.

As you may have heard, in the month of March, there’s a little college basketball tournament. It’s the inspiration for the Blog Brawl. A single-elimination winner-take-all competition. A fight-to-the-death blog battle where VARbuzz readers determine the winner. Here’s how the Blog Brawl will work:

Today begins the call for competitors. At the bottom of this blog post, you’ll find a single-field form. Simply enter the URL of the REALTOR® blog you’d like to nominate for the Blog Brawl. You can nominate as many REALTOR® blogs as you want, as many times as you want. You can nominate your own or others’ blogs. Multi-author blogs are permitted to join the brawl, provided that a majority of its authors are REALTORS®. VARbuzz may exclude blogs from the brawl at its sole discretion. We’ll take the top 64, 32, or 16 nominees and seed the Blog Brawl bracket in the same manner that the NCAA seeds its tournament bracket. As the Blog Brawl sponsor, VARbuzz will not participate.

Throughout March, we’ll hold up to six rounds of voting to determine who moves on to the next round, who goes home weeping, and ultimately the winner. Being as this is the Blog Brawl, there are no rules. Competitors can use whatever means at their disposal to drive up their vote.

So, get to it. Nominate all of your favorite real estate blogs as many times as you want by Friday, February 29th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Once you successfully complete the form, you’ll be redirected to the VARbuzz First Time Here page.

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41 Responses to Announcing the VARbuzz First Annual Real Estate Blog Brawl: Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to…

  1. Brian Block says:

    Ben, cool idea! Will there be office pools on the Blog Brawl? I can only imagine how much scalpers will get for tickets to the Final Four.

  2. Candy Lynn says:

    What fun…. hmmm I’m going to have to think about this. Does Twitter qualify?

  3. Ben Martin says:

    @Candy: I don’t think Twitter qualifies as a blog. :-D

  4. Tony Arko says:

    Ben, Do we get a topic to write about and then submit our post or do we run it like CORE and just submit whatever we want?

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  6. D’oh! My RSS blackout delayed me a bit. Now that I am behind, I’ll have to work on garnering nominations.

    This is going to be interesting (and lots of fun). . .

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  8. dave phillips blog @ CAAR

  9. ines says:

    Interesting idea and should definitely be fun!

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  11. Can I nominate
    How about Yeah right, as if… (are you going to sensor this???)

    Is this new competition just for Virginia? I hope so.

    I think you should also have the:
    “Best established Virginia Blog you don’t know about yet” award. and
    “Best Newcomer Virginia Blog” award.

    And does the winner get a swirling basketball image to put on their website (that links back to you??)

  12. Ben Martin says:

    Frank, nope VARbuzz isn’t eligible, and the competition is open to all blogs in the universe. Don’t worry, we’ll be doing some Virginia-focused blog stuff soon!

  13. Hey, I’ve got to nominate Brian Block! He’s got statistics, stories, local information, info. for fellow RE Professionals, listings and HUMOR! It’s all tastefully done as well!

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  15. Since it’s a competition for REALTORs, in this market, you should call it…

    American Idle.

  16. cvillelady says:

    I would love to nominate Jim Duncan. / and I have bought and sold my house with him. He and his well written and current blog are the reasons I started reading blogs. Now it is basically how I get my info and communicate with others.

    Thanks Jim!!

  17. I want to vote for Charles McDonald.
    Charles writes many great blogs posted on Active Rain.

  18. Candy says:

    I want to nominate Charles McDonald’s blog. He is such a nice man and is always willing to help the fellow Realtor(me) if asked. I love his photos of your beautiful part of the country.
    Thank you,

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  20. Debe Maxwell says:

    I’d like to vote for Charles McDonald’s site as well! He does a fabulous job with photos and is very willing to assist his fellow-REALTORs!

  21. I would like to vote for Charles McDonald’s blog. He has an awesome looking site with great information. His pictures and Charlottesville information are the best.

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  23. My vote goes to Charles McDonald’s site! We all know he rocks! Go-Fight-Win Charles! Good luck!

  24. Lisa Price says:

    You should try to get Derek Burress (former RE blogger) and Greg Swann to go after each other in a story writing contest. Give them a topic and see which one of them can come up with the best story within a small time period – say an hour and see what they can come up with.

    Perhaps a story with a real estate agent in it.

  25. arrg, is there a place I can find a list of all the nominees? (really, i have looked)

  26. Knox, the list of all nominees will be released tomorrow. In the meantime, nominate your favorite RE blogs to ensure they make the list.

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  28. One of the best blogs on the industry!

  29. Patsy Strong says:

    My nomination is as clear as black & white…I would like to nominate the Zebra:

    Thank you

  30. Patsy Strong says:

    I second my nomination — and want to nominate the Zebra again…for the Rumble in the Jungle!

  31. Liz says:

    I would like to nominate the Zebra. What an informative site!!!!

  32. Dennis says:

    I would like to nominate the Real Estate Zebra
    Great Site Daniel

  33. Aaden Lewis says:


    Real Estate Zebra!

  34. Mike says:

    I would like to nominate real estate in Dallas

  35. John says:

    Would like to nominate the Go Furnished Blog at This is the official blog for Thanks

  36. I would like to recommend my partners blog in Dallas. Best Local/State blog I’ve seen IMHO :)

  37. I nominate Brian Block

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