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I just received a call from a gentleman who writes a real-estate associated column for a well-known newspaper.  He wanted to discuss a recent comment I'd made on a Q&A here on Active Rain.He introduced himself, as a columnist and member of Active Rain.  His name was not one that I knew, as I hadn...
The offer is accepted, we clear a number of hurdles, attorney review, inspection, appraisal. And then, the buyer has a change of heart.  We're back on the market.Another offer appears and is accepted, before attorney review and inspection are clear, the buyer has a change of heart (deja vu?)... a...
It's one of those perennial issues.  Consumers do not understand how our business works.  They don't understand what we do, how we get paid, nor how we get business.They don't understand that we're subcontractors and we don't get paid less'n we sell a property... (and sometimes not even then... d...
I have a few rental listings right now.  And they're causing my email, and cell phone to buzz pretty constantly.I don't typically handle rentals.  They're a lot of work, and they don't pay that well.Whenever I have rentals listings... my phone rings a lot.  With calls from individuals, calls from...
We all know that there are times when we want to punch another agent right in the kisser.Well, my managing broker, Chris Stephens, had an opportunity to live out that dream, at the Park West, last night.He spent 4.5 minutes in heaven (wait a minute... that's something else... ) I mean 4.5 minute...
What's with this new trend?I keep getting text messages, with the very simple message: "Call me".I'm getting them from fellow agents, from sellers, from buyers... it's just a short message.Aside from seeming a touch "bossy"...it seems somewhat inefficient.In order to send me that text... they hav...
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There has been a lot of buzz online and on the network news lately, about a new in-ear device that translates languages in real-time. That's right, "real-time".  It comes in the form of an earpiece, that hears the language, and instantly repeats it into your ear in your chosen language.It was app...
Friday the 13th.Terminology that can set fear in the hearts of men.  Do we really want to schedule a closing for Friday the 13th?  Do we even want to show a property, or get in the car?  What is it about Friday the 13th that causes our hearts to beat a little faster, our eyes to search for troubl...
There are lots and lots of advances in the real estate business... and many of them have taken place since I joined, not that long ago...   Okay, okay... it was a long time ago... but still.Computers have replaced those large listing books.  Cell phones have made us dramatically more reachable, f...

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