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But is the Vise Grip included, too? - 08/23/10 05:33 PM
I went on a showing this morning that had as inclusions the washer and dryer. When we got to the basement laundry, this is what we saw:
It kind of shouts out, "I'm broken!" -- even without the bottle of Shout! A quick Google on "replacement appliance knobs" give over 3.5 million hits! And all the replacements I saw were cheaper than a pair of vise grips! Ingenious -- but not what you want to be remembered for . . . (11 comments)
Help! This listing has an inferiority complex! - 08/19/10 01:08 PM
Sometimes I get my daily laugh from unexpected sources. Ripped straight off of our local MLS, this property might need some therapy to overcome its inferiority complex:
By all accounts, this is a very nice property. Why it would think its 3,000 square feet were inferior is any one's guess. All the spell checking in the world wouldn't catch this mistake. Just another shining example of why it's so important to proof read. Twice! (17 comments)
I'm sure if the agent was wearing smart slacks or a summer frock, she would still be at the top of her game! I don't think I've ever worn shorts while working. Maybe I'm missing out on a great sales strategy! But my legs, I'm sure, would make adults cringe and small children cry. I think I'll keep my pants on. (If you had asked me when I started blogging if "I think I'll (6 comments)
Be not afraid of blogging! - 08/12/10 03:39 PM
William Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night, "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." Methinks had the great Bard been living in modern times, he might have phrased that line, "Be not afraid of blogging: some are born bloggers, some achieve blogging and some have blogging thrust upon them." I hear from many people, "Gee, I'd love to blog, but I have no idea what to write about." Really? Then you're thinking too hard. Inspiration is all around you! Stop and look around. I bet there are topics for five (36 comments)
What does chasing the market mean? In real estate, it’s the entering or exiting of a trend after the trend has already been well established. Home sellers are often unaware of the fact that they are chasing the market, which can decrease the eventual selling price of a property. This type of home sale strategy is often seen as irrational as decisions are often based on emotion instead of careful analysis of the value of the real estate. In today’s real (5 comments)
Behold the Bidet - 08/06/10 08:25 AM
A few years ago, when money was flush and expensive suburban developments sprouted overnight like mushrooms on a damp summer morning, some builders got the idea that bidets were the epitome of luxury. Luckily, that fad seems to have passed. But I'm still haunted by them when one unexpectedly pops up in a master bathroom on a showing. "What's THAT?" is the usual phrase I hear -- from both male and female buyers. "No -- it's not an extra toilet," I reply. "No -- please do not pee in it." "It's, well, um -- a feminine hygiene device." Cut to the (18 comments)
How much newspaper advertising do you do? - 08/04/10 12:47 PM
How much newspaper advertising do you do? I still get that question from time to time when on listing appointments. Usually from older homeowners. I keep a copy of the newspaper's classified ads in my briefcase for just such an occasion. It's my back up material for my four word answer: "None. And here's why." Philadelphia is a large city. As a metropolitan statistical area, it is the country's fifth largest with a population of 5,968,252 (2009). That's a lot of people. The major daily newspaper here is the Philadelphia Inquirer. It is the 11th largest circulation newspaper in the country. So (16 comments)
Everything Old is New Again - 08/03/10 11:11 AM
Sometimes we have to stop a second and think about how much things have changed in our lives. What got me on this philosophical bent? Seeing something in a home I was touring with some buyer clients. Televisions are a serious part of our lives. According to the folks at Nielsen, even in this age of the Internet, the amount of television we watch has gone up over the last year. We now, on average, watch 153 hours of television per month. That's over five hours per day. I found that so hard to believe. Until I really thought about (19 comments)
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