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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Pareto Realty - TN #251071
Tips and commentary For Home Buyers & Sellers and REALTORS with primary focus on LIVE - Work - Play - Life Rhythm - Life Performance Oriented thinking for regular folks

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2015 

Just when you thought all GPS gizmos were created equal . . . How often have you heard folks mention that their GPS is just WAY too BOSSY? If you don’t make the turns SHE wants you to make, she nags you incessantly to make a U-Turn . . . or attempts to redirect you around the block at EVERY stree...
07/31/2015
I love a good, old fashioned thunderstorm. The light show and sound effects are: “WOW!” (as the dogs run for their respective hiding places and tremble) Even better, how ’bout the storm that brings with it a few straight line winds and a small pack of tornadic “cells?” Just before the torrent of ...
07/30/2015
The closing table is NOT the optimal place to learn that the Buyer and seller aren’t on the same page. It’s those pesky little details around who’s paying for what and what things stay or go that can turn a blissfully Utopian closing into a veritable maelstrom of vitriolic chaos. “those curtains ...
07/29/2015
“Think of facebook as a virtual cocktail party.” Brian Copeland said this some years ago, and it stuck in my mind as a fantastic guideline for social media etiquette. How would you behave at a cocktail party . . . not a fraternity party or a New Years Eve party or a bachelor party . . . a COCKTAI...
07/28/2015
Why is this often a surprise? Shouldn’t “Keeping their word” be a given? It should just happen without any need for nudging or badgering from the promisee. They said they would do it, so we should be able to relax with the certainty that they’ll follow through on their promise. Sadly, many people...
07/27/2015
Here we are in the swirl of a strong Seller’s market . . . and YOU want a great deal on the PERFECT house? The hard reality is that your choices are vastly different in this market than the market in which you last purchased a house. The Selection of available houses in your price range is likely...
07/26/2015
Was it an “Opt in” or an “Opt out” opportunity? Did you choose your station? In the Army, most soldiers are VERY strategic when it comes to volunteering. Those who volunteer tend to enjoy their work more, and they rise in rank faster. Those who rarely (or never) volunteer generally get volunteere...
07/25/2015
I wrote the letter this morning to our fantastic team at Pareto Realty. The past few weeks have been particularly challenging for many real estate sales professionals this year, and I had a wistful moment . . . a moment of appreciation for everyone in our profession who selflessly serves day in a...
07/11/2015
The automatic coffee machine ranks right up there with sliced bread as a revolutionary concept. After all, it’s automatic and thereby saves us the hassle of getting out of bed to brew our morning coffee. Instead we wake up to the smell of our morning nector. The automatic drip is also a revolutio...
07/08/2015
There's an uncanny aura that surrounds a house at that moment when a Buyer becomes interested.This is a mystical happening that we REALTORS witness time and time again. We do everything we can to warn our Home Buying Clients (and comfort our Home Selling clients when showings don't appear to be y...
07/07/2015
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