Real Estate

An Adventure in Housing Media

Documenting my journey from real estate brokerage operations to the world of housing media

Hi, I’m Tod Mohney. For the majority of the last decade, I’ve had a career as a residential real estate brokerage professional. Then, about 100 days ago, all of that changed when I joined HWMedia as a sales marketing manager. I’m excited to broaden my housing sector knowledge and sharpen my marketing skills. And, thanks to my high school debate team days, I love learning in public. That’s what I’ll be doing here — documenting what I’ve learned and sharing my adventure.

I’ve always had a decent understanding of the real estate and mortgage industry. Growing up, I was that kid who begged his parents for the weekend real estate section from our local newspaper. At one point, I wanted to be an architect before I realized how much math it took. Trust me, if I learned anything in my college accounting class, it was that I do not like math! I knew I would end up in real estate, I just wasn’t sure what that might look like. After myriad jobs in many different industries, I stumbled upon an ad to join a Keller Williams team at an office outside of Washington, D.C.

After five years with that team as the Director of Operations, I thought I had dealt with every situation possible — appraisal disputes, title insurance questions, and, most recently, a market with incredibly low inventory and more buyers than we could handle due, in part, to record low interest rates.

Boy, was I wrong… After joining HWMedia, I quickly realized that the residential real estate side was only the beginning. It was only one (albeit a large one) part of the industry.

Our readership at HW Media covers a wide audience that spreads across the housing ecosystem to lending, technology, closing, appraisal/valuations, fintech, proptech and real estate brokerage. My eyes were opened to the depth and complexity of the mortgage industry and real estate-related technology platforms! From the residential side, I’m used to a complicated transaction when buying or selling a home. The home-buying process is portrayed as something that anyone can do (with the right credit score and enough money for a downpayment, of course.)

What I soon realized is that we rarely went into detail about primary and secondary markets, loan servicing, conforming vs. nonconforming loans, emergence of new technologies, and the different types of loan originators. There are so many options for buyers out there!

I also realized that HWMedia is not just HousingWire… It includes FinLedger, Reverse Mortgage Daily, and RealTrends. The majority of HousingWire’s audience are those in the mortgage and real estate industry who want the most relevant information from a unbiased perspective about all things real estate — brokerage, residential, lending, secondaries and mortgage-backed securities, mortgage servicing rights, new and unique tech companies and, of course, the changes in our economic markets and regulations.

By providing readers with key facts and data-driven journalism, they can understand the market at a much higher level. HousingWire has created a community for leaders and key decision makers to stay informed in this ever-evolving industry. These leaders then communicate and connect with their clients and customers.

Through HousingWire’s agile approach with their newsletters, website, podcasts, webinars, technology demonstrations, and magazine, they’re a leading national publication. HW is the go-to destination for professionals seeking to expand their knowledge.

Let’s connect! I want to meet as many people as I can in this dynamic industry. Email [email protected] or connect with me on LinkedIn.

-Tod Mohney 🙂

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