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Data Driven Real Estate - Episode #1 with Sean O'Toole

We’re excited to launch our new adventure for data addicts with the Data-Driven Real Estate Podcast. Our community is where we will start to post initial questions and research before we do interviews. Join us early to find out who is up next for interviews and add your own questions to the mix. Come back after to share your thoughts after the show.

Our inaugural show features Sean O’Toole and me (Aaron). We’ll be answering why we’re launching a real estate podcast, insights into our unique perspectives, why we are so passionate about data-driven approaches to real estate, and what to expect to get from the show.

Pre-Show Questions

We won’t always get to all of these questions but it’s where we start curating what we’d like to discuss. Please make sure you chime in.

  • Why another real estate show
  • Topic and influences in our real estate career
  • What to expect on the Data-Driven Real Estate Podcast
  • Sean has been around for a few cycles and a few bubbles. Was it exposure to bubbles that led to an interest in market timing?
  • What was Sean’s path to real estate investing?
  • What buy/sell strategies was Sean involved in?
  • Having a software and tech background, did Sean build something that you were using for flipping that you decided to turn into a product?
  • Why did Sean wind down the investing side of the business? Or, did he?
  • Many top economists in 2005-2007 were still touting that real estate was the untouchable asset class. What was Sean looking at to know things were going to change?
  • How much was lost in the 90s tech bubble? Was it felt by Main Street?
  • How does it compare with the losses from the Housing Bubble?
  • Sean became well known for making the rounds talking about the market up until 2016 when you stopped speaking. Why did Sean stop speaking?
  • Why is Sean speaking today? Is it because there’s going to be a boom in foreclosures?
  • Is this a new real estate bubble? Is it bigger than that?
  • Are we going to experience a downturn?
  • Is real estate a haven from a financial crash this time?
  • Can you have the economy go into a recession and real estate still do well?
  • Is there any precedence for what the US is likely to go through?
  • There were a lot of promises from the current administration about bringing jobs back to the US. The employment rate pre-Covid was at record lows. Have we been told the full story?
  • Is Covid-19 a black swan moment?
  • Will the Fed keep pumping dollars to save the economy?
  • What’s your take on what happens next?
  • What’s the difference between reflation and deflation?
  • What is your best guess on how this will impact real estate?
  • Can you have hyperlocal booms and busts? (Sacramento vs. San Francisco)
  • When will housing prices drop?
  • Looking at the 4 D’s of pandemic disruption in real estate, let’s dig into each one and give me an example of a strategy you think people might not be thinking about.
  • Distraction – will it really go away or have we been dealing with increasing distraction because of technology?
  • Distanced – I’ve heard it called the Great Reassessment-where people are rethinking their urban existence – how do you see Main Street positioning to win?
  • Demand shocked – what are some of the trends in demand you’re seeing. What will stay? What will rebound?
  • Dislocations are a big concern. As we look at how states are approaching regulations around foreclosures, should real estate investors be worried that states overreaching could impact credit availability in the future?
  • Will foreclosures explode in the coming months?
  • What about the old D’s of real estate (death, disease, drugs, divorce, and denial), how are those impacted?
  • Are there additional black wans or gray rhinos you’re worried about at the moment?
  • What are the long-term impacts of reflation?
  • What is DUCA?
  • Who is the core client of PropertyRadar?
  • Peanut Butter vs Chocolate – what is most important?
  • If you were starting from scratch, where would you start in the current market?
  • What are some interesting ways you’ve seen someone bring a very unique skillset to this business and leverage PropertyRadar to scale business?
  • You once told me a sure-fire way to get up and running in this business that started with door knocking.
  • What is hyperlocal marketing
  • For the past decade, there’s been a serious push for inbound marketing. Has this changed?
  • What’s new with PropertyRadar?

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