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A recent 20/20 revealed that Deal or No Deal star, comic, and actor Howie Mandel suffers from obsessive compulsive disease (OCD.)  For years he hid his fear of touching, while managing to have a successful career.  On occasions where someone succeeded in shaking his hand or otherwise invaded his ...
A few months ago, an unknown dowdy Scottish woman named Susan Boyle was received with a lot of eye rolling on the United Kingdom's Britain's Got Talent until she opened her mouth.  Her beautiful rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream," stunned the judges and audience, and though she did not win the comp...
Every year, real estate falls off when kids go back to school.  Families prefer to keep their children in the same school all year.  With the onset of the holidays, people get busy.  When it gets colder and then snowier in some parts of the country, people prefer not to move until it gets warmer....
Recently, a Canadian woman who was on disability due to depression lost her disability payment when an insurance adjuster noticed pictures of her on vacation and out with friends on Facebook.  He noticed she looked so happy that he cut off her check.  She protested that the pictures did not refle...
A recent NAR survey indicated only 6% of first time homebuyers took the plunge because of the credit, but claimed that interest rates and falling home prices were what made them buy.  Analyst Keith Gumbinger of poo-pooed the credit indicating that we are rewarding people for doing what it...
I recently got a survey from a cookie company that sells some delicious cookies and brownies by mail.  They are each individually wrapped so they are nice for business giving, plus are great portion controlled snacks that stay fresh.  I have been buying them regularly over the last couple years ...
The recent survey by revealed some interesting results about how Americans view what's happening in housing.  As noted in a previous blog, Survey Says: Only 1 in 20 Respondents Say They Will Buy Next Year, at a time when the unemployment rate is over 10% nationwide, potential home buyer...
Before the home buyers tax credit was extended through April, 2010 and expanded to include more buyers, a survey by indicated that only 1 in 20 people surveyed said they would buy a house next year.  Why?  The top reason was that they felt that home prices had hit bottom.  This was more ...
There may have been debate over whether homebuyers who wanted to take advantage of the tax credit could use it as a down payment but it is unquestionable that the credit will mean a payout for real estate agents everywhere. Due to lobbying efforts by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) an...
As you read this, I am busily packing for National Association of Realtors (NAR) Conference in San Diego.  On Friday, November 13, I'll be speaking at 2:30, so please look me up.  My topic will focus on Becoming The CEO of your Real Estate Company, a timely topic for anyone on the move in real e...

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