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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Wiki?

A wiki enables documents to be created and then change and updated through collaboration by anyone using a web browser. A defining characteristic of a wiki is the ease with which pages can be created and updated. Generally there is no review before modifications are accepted and most wikis are open to the public.

What is the History of Wiki?

WikiWikiWeb was the first site to be called a wiki. It was started by Ward Cunningham in 1994 and was based on the name of the Honolulu International Airport shuttle called “Wiki-Wiki” … in Hawaiian that means “fast.” In the early 2000s, wikis were increasingly adopted in enterprise as collaborative software. Common uses included project communication, intranets and documentation; initially for technical users. In March 2007, the word “wiki” was even added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

How did Real Estate Wiki Come to Fruition?

Real Estate Wiki is the brainchild of best selling author Stefan Swanepoel. Together with various participants they worked together for 18 months to lay a solid foundation to create an industry encyclopedia and resource. The goal was to provide quality content at no cost to real estate professionals.

The original site was launched with 7,000 pages of content – this included about 3,000 definitions and terms, almost 1,000 FAQ’s and answers to home buying, selling and financing, hundreds and hundreds of real estate related abbreviations and acronyms, hundreds of bio’s of prominent real estate leaders, authors, over 1,000 brokers and real estate agents, hundreds of Realtor® associations, institutes, councils, designations, schools, courses, books, blogs, social networks… the list goes. Today Real Estate Wiki boasts over 30,000 pages of content.

But that was only the beginning. Now it’s your turn. Let’s all work together to build the largest real estate encyclopedia in the world.

When was Real Estate Wiki launched?

Real Estate Wiki went live on January 15, 2007.

Is Real Estate Wiki only for Real Estate Professionals?

No. Real Estate Wiki is intended to help anyone involved or associated with real estate, whether as a professional or as a renter, buyer or owner. Real Estate Wiki has been divided into two sections in an effort to display the relevant real estate information in the most convenient way.

What are the Different Categories between Wikipedia and Real Estate Wiki?

The main categories in Wikipedia are:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Geography and Paces
  • Health and Fitness
  • History and Events
  • Mathematics and Logic
  • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • People and Self
  • Philosophy and Self
  • References
  • Religion and Belief Systems
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology and Applied Sciences.

The main categories in Real Estate Wiki are:

  • Real Estate Glossary of Terms
  • Real Estate Acronyms
  • Real Estate History
  • National Housing Reports
  • Home Selling FAQ’s
  • Home Buying FAQ’s
  • Home Ownership FAQ’s
  • Community Information
  • Community Information
  • Real Estate Companies
  • Real Estate Franchises
  • Real Estate Brokerage Companies
  • Financial Institutions
  • Title & Insurance Companies
  • Legal, Escrow & Conveying
  • Home Inspection & Appraisal
  • Developers & Building Contractors
  • Real Estate Service Providers
  • Government, Associations & Organizations
  • State & Local Authorities
  • Real Estate Universities
  • Real Estate Colleges & Schools
  • Realtor Associations
  • Real Estate Books & CD’s
  • Real Estate Reports & Whitepapers
  • Blogs & Social Networks

Who can Contribute to Real Estate Wiki?

Information can be contributed, viewed, and changed by anyone – you need not be a real estate professional. It only requires a simple log-on process to acquire a “wiki-signature.” Changes are made in real-time and appear almost instantaneously online.

What Kind of Content is Permitted on Real Estate Wiki?

Any information that is real estate related and that will be beneficial to other real estate professionals and/or any other person that may rent, buy, own, develop or otherwise be associated with real estate.

Similar to Wikipedia Real Estate Wiki will not tolerate any Vandalism. Vandalism is considered to be any addition, removal, or change of content made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of entries/contributions and include the addition of obscenities or crude humor, page blanking, or the insertion of nonsense into entries.

Is Real Estate Wiki Monitored?

Contributions and constantly monitored and reviewed by a small group of dedicated Real Estate Wikians. We are of course hoping that of time the all Real Estate Wiki members will collectively help monitor the Wiki. Where necessary a Review Board of nationally recognized and respected industry experts will provide guidance to ensure quality and accuracy.

Should I Become a Real Estate Wiki Member?

Yes. It’s free and you have no ongoing obligations.

Use it as a resource at any time but please also contribute and help create the largest, quality, free real estate encyclopedia on the Internet.

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