Nick Bailey, Iceman and Maverick Discuss Crypto, NFTs, Web3

A reader sent me this episode of Keeping It Real, a podcast/YouTube video that Nick Bailey the CEO of RE/MAX does. It was on the topic of crypto, NFT, Web3, and such featuring two expert guests: Sam Debord of RESO and Tony Giordano of Giordano Industries, a real estate coach and author. For some reason, I found it hilarious that Tony calls Sam “Iceman” and himself as “Maverick” from the old Top Gun movie. #GenXForever.

It’s an interesting discussion, and here it is:

There’s a lot of interesting discussion here. A lot of it I agree with, and a lot of it I differ with the panelists on, but hey, opinions are like… uh… noses: everyone has one. Unless you’ve been caught in a terrible accident.

The one observation I will make (and will continue to make probably forever) is how they really don’t talk about the central feature of blockchain and web3 technology: decentralization. Sam “Iceman” Debord at one point says real estate is decentralized because there are hundreds of MLSs and Associations and brokerages.

I mean… yes… I guess… if we’re comparing that to Big Tech. But there are dozens upon dozens of banks, and nobody thinks banking is decentralized.

Finally, I find it very interesting that a third of the agents on the stream said crypto and blockchain has everything to do with real estate. That’s a high number. Penetration and interest within the industry are far higher than I had imagined.


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Rob Hahn

Rob Hahn

Managing Partner of 7DS Associates, and the grand poobah of this here blog. Once called "a revolutionary in a really nice suit", people often wonder what I do for a living because I have the temerity to not talk about my clients and my work for clients. Suffice to say that I do strategy work for some of the largest organizations and companies in real estate, as well as some of the smallest startups and agent teams, but usually only on projects that interest me with big implications for reforming this wonderful, crazy, lovable yet frustrating real estate industry of ours.

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