BRING IT: The nationwide real estate Blog Brawl is ON!

Cool logo, huh?That’s right boys and girls — it’s time for the National Real Estate Blog Brawl, 2009 edition, right here at VARbuzz. It’s the single-elimination competition of real estate blogs. And this year, it’s serious.

For those of you who missed last year’s Brawl, here’s how it works.

Nominate your favorite real estate blog. Any blog written by a Realtor (yes, we’ll be checking), as long as it’s focused on real estate. Nominations close at 8:59 a.m. EDT on Monday, March 16, 2009.

The more nominations, the better. We’ll take the 31 blogs with the highest number of nominations and begin the Brawl. (Ties will be decided by which of the tied blogs was nominated first.) Why only 31 blogs? Well, to the victor go the spoils: Heather Elias of wrapped up the overall number one seed by winning the Virginia Blog Brawl last year. (Call it the VAR home-court advantage.)

Then we rumble! You’ll start by casting 16 votes — choosing between blog pairings that we put up here. So each pairing has one winner that moves to the next round.

It keeps going. From 32 to 16 to 8 to 4 to 2 to the winner. Sound familiar? There’s a reason we’re doing it in March!

Let’s talk prizes!

First place:

Second place:

By the way: Thanks to the good folks at Inman News for ponying up the registrations as bounty in support of the Blog Brawl. And by the way, they’ll be offering up a pretty hefty discount to Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2009 just for VAR members. Stay tuned for details.

Third and fourth place:

Now do it. Use the form at the end of this post to register your blog — or to nominate someone else’s (or, if you care to hop from IP address to IP address, several someone elses’).

Remember: Nominations close at 8:59 a.m. EDT on Monday, March 16, 2009.

There are rules, and we’ll spell them out in detail in a later post. But we’ll say this up front: VARbuzz may exclude blogs from the brawl at its sole discretion for any reason whatsoever. Engaging in conduct that a reasonable person would consider ‘out of bounds,’ ‘not kosher,’ ‘not cricket,’ or just plain cheating will probably get you kicked out.

One thing that definitely is permitted: using the Brawl as a reason to contact your clients and have them vote for you. Ditto for calling your mother.

So get to it. Nominate all of your favorite real estate blog(s) as many times as you want from as many IP addresses as you can by 8:59 a.m. EDT on Monday, March 16 2009; just enter the URL into the form below.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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39 Responses to BRING IT: The nationwide real estate Blog Brawl is ON!

  1. Lane Bailey says:

    I’m going to give it a rip. Hopefully it will be ok that there is a little bit of garage and car content on my blog… ;^ ) It’s mostly real estate.

  2. Linda says:

    Hey Luba!!

  3. Luba says:

    Thanks Linda! I’m packing my bags as I type! OK, maybe after I type! Getting ready for a good night sleep every night!!!

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  5. Ella says:

    Hi Lubochka
    Your blog is the best

  6. Hopefully our new and fun blog will get noticed! It’s only a baby at the momment, but we’re getting there…plus it’s loads of fun to write! Good luck everyone!

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  8. Lee says:

    I just nominated Jay Thompson, The Phoenix Real Estate Guy – I wrote about why I call him a “Digital Upperclassman” here:

  9. Constanze says:

    As a Bay Area native (now in the Pac NW) who misses it terribly, Luba’s blog provides great insight to the SF Real Estate market. As an appraiser, I find her blogs credible and eye-opening for first timers as well as investors. Luba, you are a rockstar!

  10. Jim Sparrow says:

    Be interested to see the top 10. I believe Jay @ is light-years ahead of his nearest competitor.

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  12. Jay Thompson says:

    You guys (Jim and Lee) are way too nice. Thanks!

  13. Wolf Davidson says:

    Hi Luba!

    Even though I’m now in the Pacific Northwest, I still read your blog because your insights, advice, and perspectives are equally applicable here in the Portland/Vancouver/Olympia area, and are (no surprise to me at all here) very very helpful as I hunt for a home to purchase :)

    Words do not suffice to express not only how helpful you were (and are!) during my own transition from San Francisco to the PNW, but also how helpful you continue to be via your blog – one big Thank You from this old Wolf!

  14. Lane Bailey says:

    Great :^ | Now Jay is in the house…
    His blog kicks serious butt… and he’ll probably kick my butt, too…

  15. Marta says:

    Love the blog!

  16. Grant says:

    Luba OF COURSE!

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  18. I’m in. My little corner of the world needs a place on the blogging map. Competition looks like it’s gonna be tough, so I’d appreciate any support! Thanks for the opportunity VAR!!

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  21. Peggy Thurza says:

    Sean Carpenter’s blob is the best.

  22. Peggy Thurza says:

    Sean Carpenter’s blog is the best.

  23. Irmin Clark says:

    My choice, is the best blog because there is so much great information about San Fransisco by an innovative in the know young San Fransisco Agent who also produces and is making itin a very competitive environment and the blog adds levity to many a boring or trying week. The “Tour de San Fransico” archive is so very useful for new comers to the area.

  24. Im looking forward to this. I have already found a couple of new blogs I didnt know about just from these comments.

    What is all this fuss over this phoenix real estate guy blog though, i just checked it out, i must be missing something because i dont get the fuss..

  25. LOL just so this blog knows my remarks about the phoenix real estate guy were a complete joke… everyone knows jay and knows hes the man, the graddaddy of re bloggers… it was total sarcasm

  26. I would just like to say that I love each and every one of you that voted for me!!! You are all wonderdul and good kharma is SOOO heading your way! :).

  27. Jane Nipps says:

    I am nominating Sean Carpenter’s Realtor’s Toolbox blog. Sean is right with the times and concerns and the tool box is exactly that….highly useful for any realtor. Sean is an amazing training director.

  28. is the best real estate advice and training blog I have read…

    That is all.

  30. Joan Dodelin says:

    I am nominating Tina Dodelin -excellent blog site

  31. Great mix of social interests in Chicago and residential real estate news and advice.

  32. Alex H. Wang says:

    Great contest, can’t wait to see the results!

  33. Go Jennifer Ames!!!

  34. Ana says:

    Luba’s blog is the best!

  35. I wanted to vote for Jennifer Ames Blog- Live and Play in
    It may be too late but hers is the best I have seen!

  36. My vote goes to Jennifer Ames Blog – her blog is the best!

  37. “$1000 travel allowance”
    Is it not too high?

  38. It is very useful to Blog beginners also…. thank u for giving the opportunity them.

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