Nina Pham

Nurse Nina Pham and her King Charles Cavalier spaniel Bentley.

For those in Dallas and North Texas who are following this news closely, Nina Pham, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, has issued a quote through the hospital. Pham, who has an apartment in the M Streets, started running a fever on Friday. Over the weekend, doctors confirmed that Pham had contracted the deadly disease that killed Duncan.

Jump to read the full quote, as well as a statement from the hospital.

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Good morning! Did you ever dream we would be talking about Ebola here in Dallas? Most of us spent our Sunday digesting the sad news that a health care worker who had tended to Thomas Duncan, the city’s first Ebola patient and victim, at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, had contracted the disease from her job of caring for him in ICU at Presbyterian Hospital. Late Sunday night the Center for Disease Control confirmed the diagnosis. Speculation was made that the health care worker, a young nurse, had somehow breached the protocol of the protective gear. According to my sources, no breach took place. The hospital, infectious disease experts, and the CDC will be poring over the current containment protocols and hazmat suits worn by all Ebola health care workers in the next few days to determine many things, one of which could be a change in CDC policy for wearing of protective gear, and possibly getting out of it.  Presbyterian Dallas is already stepping up to a new level of infectious disease care, all prompted by rare chance that an Ebola patient from Liberia ended up in the Presby emergency room.

If anything, this is another sign that Dallas has become so much more of an international city, with a growing group of multi-cultural immigrants — which brings the good like real estate sales, and, unfortunately, the bad. (more…)

NTREIS Matrix

We asked our Facebook followers what they thought of NTREIS’ Matrix system, the update for the Tempos MLS system. While some agents seemed to love the new system, which now works with Mac OS and iOS devices, there are several problems that agents reported.

“Wow. Strange happenings. On my listing on desktop version of ntreis it says “Community Park”.
Go to ntreis mobile it says “Lanunity Park”.. How does that happen? No word from from tech dept after 2 weeks! Glad it sold right away…”

— Patrick

Read on for more user feedback:

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Arthur & Robbie Leasing ReleaseI could not be happier to see that Arthur Greenstein and his Uptown Locators has been acquired by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Real Estate to add a new division to the leading boutique broker’s already haute luxury services: luxury leasing.

And they could not have found a better agent, or person, in Arthur.

First of all, Arthur and I go way back — he has consistently been a trusted source for vital market information and tips on some of the best leasing properties in town . Like this. He’s one of the first I call for data or stats. And he can rattle off statistics like Lawrence Yun.

“Right now, 42 percent of U.S. households lease their homes,” says Arthur. (more…)

Zillow-logoBloomberg reports:

Zillow Inc. is seeking to acquire rival Trulia Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said, in a move to combine the two most-visited U.S. real estate websites. Shares of both companies jumped.

Zillow could value Trulia at as much as $2 billion in a purchase, and an agreement may be announced as soon as next week, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Talks between the companies are ongoing and may not lead to a deal.

Zillow rose more than 16 percent to $146.78 a share, giving it a market value of about $5.8 billion as of 2:06 p.m. in New York. Trulia surged 23 percent to $49.91 a share, giving it a market value of $1.8 billion.

The companies help buyers and renters find information on homes, generating revenue by charging realtors to give their listings prominence and by selling advertising. Together Zillow and Trulia had more than 85 million unique visitors in June, accounting for about 89 percent of all traffic to real estate sites, according to data from ComScore.

Katie Curnutte, a spokeswoman for Zillow, declined to comment. Matt Flegal, a spokesman for Trulia, said the company doesn’t comment on speculation.

What this means: Wall Street would LOVE nothing better than to have a huge consolidated PUBLIC real estate site for consumers. Can you imagine the ad potential? (Realtors buy online leads from Zillow and also pay to advertise against their own listings.)  I also read somewhere recently, will try to find the source, that Wall Street thinks Zillow, Trulia and the other portals are sucking only a fragment of the $28 billion ad potential they could be. (Where will it come from? Print!) Such a merger would create not just an on-line giant but a mega-media behemoth! Zillow and Trulia sell House Porn as entertainment, and it works! I was at Inman last week in San Francisco and am currently trying to write up all the take-aways, one of which includes Brad Inman’s interview with Zillow Chief Revenue Officer Greg Schwartz.

Zillow already has millions of viewers, like 54 million something uniques per month. A Trulia-Zillow merge could create a monster that could hog 89% or more of online listings

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OwnTheMarketYou may have gotten the message: newspapers and some print products are in financial trouble. Newspapers, and now even broadcast, has a shrinking audience.
The number of people who used a print newspaper in the last week to get local news ranged from 36% in metro areas to 42% in small cities, according to a study released in late September by the Pew Research Center.  The survey found that newspaper website consumption was weaker than print, with use running from 31% in metro areas to 20% in smaller markets.
Once upon a time we had a limited amount of media to turn to — daily newspapers, radio, daily TV stations — we had at least five in Chicago, where I grew up, and thought we were special indeed — and some local magazines. The broadcast media usually took their news from the newspaper. It was a slower time. It was a time where you could advertise a listing because it usually stayed on the market for a few months, so you could market it in a newspaper or magazine before it sold.
Now, any homes published in a magazine with a 30 day lead time are likely under contract if not sold by the time the ad hits the shelves. Your ad dollars, sweet peeps, are going down the drain.

 But that’s about to change.

CandysDirt is partnering with BubbleLife to present an online marketing class specifically to address how realtors can use social media and email to own their local market. The class is free, as are most of the techniques. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, July 22 at 11:30 am and you can attend right from your PC or iPad. To signup visit: http://www.realtormarketingclass.com/. There’s no charge! Attend in front of your computer, then tune back in so we can talk about it.

Check out these graphics, too. It’s a crazy media world out there, almost as nuts as our real estate market. We are here at CandysDirt.com and committed to helping you navigate it in the best possible way. In fact, I’m on my way to Inman Real Estate Connect to load up the oars. Stay tuned.

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Jabba_the_Hutt (2)Recall that in March, we told you that the biggest battle brewing in the U.S. right now is between Realtor.com, owned by the National Association of Realtors, its digital company Move.com, which operates Realtor.com’s websites and social media, and Zillow, the huge and ever-growing third party real estate beast portal that agents both love and hate.

Zillow-logoRecall all those defections to Zillow? Well,  yesterday, Washington State Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde issued a preliminary injunction in the case of Move, Inc. and the National Association of REALTORS et al. vs. Zillow, Inc. and Errol Samuelson et al. (more…)