If you’re just wading in to new real estate web tools, don’t missDan Green’s visit to Cincinnati Thursday, Oct. 2. Green, author of the popular blog and podcast “The Mortgage Reports,” will teach agents “How to Write a Successful Real Estate Blog” for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors. More information can be found at cabr.org.

Jim Fenwickwas named president of Miller-Valentine Group’s residential property management division in Cincinnati, overseeing property management of the firm’s 9,000-unit residential portfolio. Previously, Fenwick was president of property management at Mills Properties Inc. in Clayton, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.

Green City EcoStruction, owned by Brian Garry
of Clifton, was selected as a featured business on the GenGreen Network (gengreen.org) in Ohio. EcoStruction also was named one of GenGreen’s New Green Leaders. GenGreen is a national, multi-faceted organization providing communication, education and connection for sustainable living and environmental stewardship.

Steve Denison, senior industrial leasing representative for Duke Realty Corp., represented Duke in several recent deals, including Close the Loop’s lease of 128,000 square feet in Southpark Building 3 in Hebron, Aero Fulfillment Services Corp.’s 264,000 square-foot lease of Duke’s World Park at Union Centre 2 in West Chester, and General Motor Corp.’s lease of Duke’s World Park at Union Centre 10.

A research paper authored byPatrick Lecomte, a research associate at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business Real Estate Center, won Best Paper in Industrial Real Estate from the American Real Estate Society at its annual meeting. The research, which explored transnational economic activities and their impact on the built, or man-made, environment, was co-authored by Senior Associate Dean Bill Whitaker and Dean Will McIntosh.

UC Clermont College is now offering evening accelerated real estate pre-license classes in Batavia. The classes prepare students to take the Ohio Real Estate Sales Exam. Students also can earn up to 12 college credit hours for the courses, at no extra charge, says Bill Wise, assistant professor of business and program coordinator.

Jim Basquette of Huff Realty in Cincinnati was voted one of Top 50 Realtors on the Rise nationwide byReal Estate magazine’s editors. Basquette is a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing; he has certifications as a Seller’s Representative Specialist, Accredited Staging Specialist, and e-Pro.

John Herrmann, a 14-year veteran of the Cincinnati and Dayton commercial real estate industries, was promoted to assistant property manager in Grubb & Ellis|West Shell Commercial’s new Dayton office. He oversees six office and medical office properties in Dayton. The Miami University graduate joined the firm in 2003.

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Web 2.0 tools for the real estate industry are exploding.

Consider the “Street View” function of Google Maps. You plug in an address and get a 360-degree, video-like view from the street of the property and its neighbors. It’s pretty cool to see 25 photos of a property’s interior on the Multiple Listing Service. It’s uber-cool to see that mansion or foreclosed, overgrown property down the street.

“We’ve heard a lot of great feedback about how useful it has been for real estate searching,” says Google spokesman Elaine Filadelfo. “Several real estate web sites are using Street View to enhance their offerings, including Trulia.com, Realestate.com and Zillow.com.”

Cincinnati Street View coverage is fairly comprehensive, although the coverage is spottier for northern and eastern suburbs. Some global Street View imagery is available, which is useful for checking potential vacation properties.

Another emerging Web 2.0 tool is adding music to online video tours of properties. One intrepid property owner meshed techno-music with an amateur Cribs-style house tour as an online marketing tool. He titled his project “One Rocking House.”