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real estate: 7 Types of Managers - 03/16/12 10:46 AM
I was talking with a friend the other day about management styles. And it was just so funny how we came up with a list (mostly he did). See if you can relate to any of the following "types" of managers. Maybe you've had one (or all) managing you in your job experience lifetime... 7 Types of Managers: 1. Sea gull manager. They fly in. They do something (the thing that sea gulls do). They fly out. 2. Crisis manager. Doesn't do anything until a crisis happens. Why take steps to avoid it ahead of time? 3. (3 comments)
real estate: Test Your Knowledge of Saint Patrick's Day (redux) - 03/14/12 11:29 AM
I've got a little bit of Irish in me. (Don't we all?) 1/8th to be exact. And with my mother having the name Patricia (Pat) since she was born close to Saint Patrick's Day, I think it's authority enough to offer you a quiz on the subject. So what do you know about the holiday and its surrounding folklore? Find out with the following questions (you can check your answers below)... 1. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated each year on March 17. The date is significant because: (a) It's the day in the 5th century Ireland was recognized as (0 comments)
(click image to enlarge) Source: Interesting New Year's Resolution Statistics (0 comments)
real estate: What Decorations? (A Family Christmas Memory) - 12/22/11 12:48 PM
It was just over a week until Christmas (last Friday). And as I was leaving work, a coworker of mine said, "Mike, where are the decorations? You're usually the one that motivates us." It was true. The "motivator" part, but moreso, no decorations in the office this year (except for my manger scene at my desk). You must know the full context for impact. My industry is in the dumps. How it's gotten there is besides the point. The fact is everybody isn't really in the mood for celebrating. And so I didn't put up the decorations (or motivate everyone (0 comments)
real estate: They Cooked the Books? (On Losing Trust) - 12/15/11 02:10 PM
They cooked the books(?). And not only that, they were caught(?). The "they" I'm referring to is the National Association of Realtors. In a statement to Reuters, NAR's spokesman Walter Malony comes out and says it... "All the sales and inventory data that have been reported since January 2007 are being downwardly revised. Sales were weaker than people thought." Huh? As challenging as the real estate market's been, it's even worse? Add to that, we wouldn't have even known about it except a real estate analysis firm called the NAR out(?). The Reuters article goes on... Early this year, (2 comments)
(click image to enlarge) Source: Real Estate Almanac - History by Year (1 comments)
real estate: 12 Things Bloggers Should Expect in 2012 (plus 1 bonus) - 12/12/11 03:31 PM
"The more things change, the more things stay the same." If you've come here expecting a surprise (like the title of this post was meant to hook you in), you're gonna be disappointed. Or maybe you won't be? In any profession it's the "basics" that are most important. And if there's a problem in an organization, you probably don't have to look much further than the "basics" being out of kilter to pinpoint the issue: Lack of communication, not following protocol, running over budget, etc. And so it is with blogging. When the clock strikes twelve on (0 comments)
real estate: What If Santa Was Real? - 12/07/11 12:59 PM
I was a Catholic school boy in 4th grade. (I was a good boy, too, my mom always says.) That's when it happened. I heard my classmates talking about how Santa wasn't real. "No," I thought. "It couldn't be?" I was devastated. I didn't say a word until I got home. That's when my mom took me in my bedroom, shut the door and began to explain. I was sad. But I got over it. And I was thinking the other day about my mom and how hard that conversation must have been. I'll bet she wished she could have (2 comments)
real estate: Mother Lode Area Real Estate Stats (Nov 2011) - 12/05/11 01:29 PM
I've got the latest Mother Lode market numbers for you to look at today. To begin with, you'll notice the overall sales picture including all sales classes. CLICK HERE to view November 2011 compared to November 2010. CLICK HERE to view January-November 2011 compared to January-November 2010. You'll also want to notice the graphs including the Mother Lode Residential Unit Sales through November 2011 graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 1 on above left) along with the Mother Lode Residential Volume Sales graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 2 on the right) and the Mother Lode Residential (0 comments)
real estate: 10 Boo Boos People Make at Holiday Get Togethers (plus 1 bonus) - 11/23/11 01:06 PM
It's that time of the year again. The time where we are thankful and give (and receive) presents. It's also the time where we get around people we may not see throughout the year. That's where the trouble comes. Especially if the last time we saw somebody there was any kind of friction. (Been there? Done that?) I'd expect there are many just dreading the holiday get together. (Is it you?) We can do a lot to help ourselves (short of not showing up) to handle the pressure and dispel the tension that can accompany any gathering. The (1 comments)
real estate: Thank You - 11/21/11 12:58 PM
(This is for just in case someone forgot to tell you these things.) Thank you for working so hard. Thank you for holding on to your integrity. Thank you for being honest. Thank you for obeying instructions. Thank you for giving financially. Thank you for remaining loyal. Thank you for standing your ground. Thank you for providing for your kids. Thank you for loving your wife (husband). Thank you for going the extra mile. Thank you for being there. Thank you for being you. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. :) You might also be interested (0 comments)
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real estate: Autism, iPads and a Heavy Revelation (for some) - 11/16/11 01:26 PM
While talking with my dad at a recent family gathering he commented how the new technology has been very helpful for my mom who has Parkinson's disease. (She had just purchased the newest iPhone. She already had an iPad.) It (the new technology) helps to keep my mom engaged and alert, he would go on. And then recently my wife and I were encouraged to hear how the iPad in particular has been seen as a benefit for children with autism (of which our son has been diagnosed). CBS 60 Minutes recently aired the segment: "Apps for Autism" which gave (2 comments)
real estate: Sonora Twain Harte Area Real Estate Stats - 11/14/11 02:14 PM
I've got the latest Mother Lode market numbers for you to look at today. To begin with, you'll notice the overall sales picture including all sales classes. CLICK HERE to view October 2011 compared to October 2010. CLICK HERE to view January-October 2011 compared to January-October 2010. You'll also want to notice the graphs including the Mother Lode Residential Unit Sales through September 2011 graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 1on the above left) along with the Mother Lode Residential Volume Sales graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 2 on the right) and the Mother Lode Residential (0 comments)
real estate: One of the Best Things That's Worked For Us on Facebook - 11/09/11 01:43 PM
I offered the following comment the other day on the article: Facebook Marketing Ideas for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses. (And so this ends up being an example of turning a comment into a blog post as well.) My comment had to do with interaction on Facebook and what I've found has worked for us as a company. I spell it out on in the comment. This isn't rocket science. I'm sure someone else has described it somewhere else. But here goes. I'm convinced if you follow this pattern, you will surely increase your Facebook friend participation as well as (1 comments)
real estate: The "Bug" Inside - 10/27/11 02:49 PM
(From earlier this week) I got to work today and there was this bug (mosquito?) flying around in front of my computer monitor. I tried to "clap it" (you know when you put your two hands together in the air trying to smash the thing). They're really good (bugs are) at disappearing when you start trying to "clap them." (Clap, clap.) Where did he go? (Are they considered male or female?) I guess he's letting me write this post and then he'll come back. There's always something that can "bug us" during the day. Isn't it true? Mine just happened (2 comments)
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