dotloop: Don't (Dis)count Me Out - 04/28/10 02:42 AM
This weekend, I went shopping, which is a rarity for me because I'm quite the cheapskate. I still wear my favorite fleece sweater that I bought way back in 1995 and my pair of black shoes, though a bit scuffed with some worn down heels, are still affixed to my feet most days of the week.These two reasons were the impetus for my willingness to spend this weekend. I've decided that, staring down the barrel of the big 3-0, I need some decent clothes. Coupled with this is the notion of buying quality over quantity - I'd rather have three really … (5 comments)

dotloop: Reading, Writing, and Real Estate - 04/27/10 02:15 AM
My girlfriend is one smart cookie, so it really wasn't much of a surprise when she got accepted into grad school a few weeks ago with a full scholarship. What was surprising, however, was the cost of apartments in a college town, which we found out first-hand when we went apartment-hunting last week. Let me tell you: we are both spoiled here in Cincinnati. Of course, after watching the video below, featuring Tara-Nicholle Nelson from, it seems quite reasonable that apartment prices are so steep. And it's not just apartment rates that are being kept afloat. Housing prices in college … (3 comments)

dotloop: "A Serious Evolution of Contracts" - 04/26/10 04:00 AM
Local Cincinnati agent Kevin Duffy was recently asked about the evolution and future trends of real estate. One of the major problems, as he pointed out, is getting the clients into the negotiation process. Kevin puts it much more eloquently than I ever could, so I'll let him do the talking: … (1 comments)

dotloop: Friday Farewell - When Your Garden 'Tanks' - 04/23/10 07:30 AM
This week, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I've been discussing how people can easily green up their lives (while saving some green at the same time). DotLoop, of course, makes this process easy for agents and clients, but what about the urban dweller who doesn't have a balcony to start their urban garden? Luckily, shows those who are a cloistered in their apartments how they too can grow their own garden - in the bathroom. Check out the video below and see how easy it is to go green anywhere. Have a great weekend!  

dotloop: Earth Day - 40 Years of Keeping It Green - 04/22/10 01:22 AM
Forty years ago today, about 20 million Americans celebrated the first Earth Day by cleaning up litter and holding environmental workshops. Today, most Americans will celebrate in a variety of new ways - walking or riding a bike to work, not using any electricity, writing their Senators and Congressmen. Or, by simply going paperless. If you don't think Earth Day has made a dent on our lives in the last forty years, consider this:
The air we breathe today contains 92 percent less lead, 79 percent less carbon monoxide, and 71 percent less sulfur dioxide. (source) In 1972, two-thirds of all … (4 comments)

dotloop: Down on the Farm With DotLoop - 04/21/10 01:08 AM
This past Saturday, a team of DotLoopers headed over to the Gorman Heritage Farm in Cincinnati to volunteer their afternoon bailing hay and petting goats. You can find more pictures here. Sometimes, it's good to get outdoors after being behind these screens all day. Luckily for the DotLoop Crew, it was perfect weather.  We even found a duck with a pompadour.  Happy Earth Week, everyone!  And remember: keep it

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dotloop: Leafy Lofts - 04/20/10 01:48 AM
A few weeks ago, I discussed urban gardens and, with Earth Week in full swing, I thought I'd revisit the topic. This week, CNN had an article all about urban gardens and discussed revitalizing dying cities with urban pastures. Who knows? Maybe in a decade's time, you'll be seeing more and more green in a city near you.  

dotloop: Message in a Bottle - 04/19/10 01:20 AM
This is an exciting week for us here at DotLoop. Earth Day is this coming Thursday, April 22nd, and we're already in the midst of feeling green (although that might just be the hangover talking). This past Saturday, The DotLoop Team spent a few hours volunteering at the Gorman Heritage Farm here in Cincinnati (pictures coming soon), and last week, we put in our order for our DotLoop Canteens, so that we can kick our bottled water to the curb (in recycling bins, of course). For a convincing argument against Dasani and Aquafina, check out this fascinating video. Happy Earth Week, … (2 comments)

dotloop: Friday Farewell - The Future Is Simple - 04/16/10 08:34 AM
It's been one heck of a busy Friday here at DotLoop. This afternoon, Austin Allison was in a featured interview on the Harris Real Estate University Blog.I myself attended a luncheon this afternoon at Xavier University's Cintas Center sponsored by the American Marketing Association entitled "Memo from 2015: What the Future Wants from a Marketer".The luncheon was less about predicting any one specific future so much as it was about looking at the social trends and being in a position to meet them. Of course, one of the most prevalent discussions was how technology will shape the future.Among the more interesting … (0 comments)

dotloop: A 'Burb Blurb - 04/15/10 01:37 AM
In light of the current National Census that's taking place this month (did you mail yours back yet?), I found this article about how urban cores are growing at a faster rate than the suburbs. Permits for residential properties are increasing by as much as 48% in some cities. Even in Atlanta, future home to a 23-lane highway, core neighborhood growth has grown from 4% to 14%. The bottom line? The times they are a-changin'. As a a Gen Y guy myself, I can easily understand this housing shift to more walkable, livable neighborhoods. Indeed, one of the greatest things about … (1 comments)

dotloop: Why, I Do Declare! - 04/13/10 12:53 AM
Caesar was warned about the Ides of March, but I'm starting to think that the Ides of April are more ominous. Tonight, I have to do my taxes, as if my allergies weren't bad enough. What is it about April that makes it the nicest and cruelest month at the same time? Of course, if you're like me and are waiting until the last minute to do you taxes, you may want to check out what sort of tax deductions and credits are available to you. If you replaced your home's windows or added solar panels to your outhouse, there's always … (4 comments)

dotloop: Friday Farewell - Talkin' 'bout My Generation - 04/09/10 07:42 AM
This past week or so, I've been discussing the new generation of home buyers and why they are so important. Yesterday, Mark Madsen sent me this article, which pretty much sums up everything you need to know about why Millennials matter and how your online presence can attract them to your business.The article is interesting, if not somewhat bleak, but as a Gen Y guy myself, I can tell you one thing: when I'm ready to sell my house, I'll be looking online for my agent, not across the street at a bus bench.Have a great weekend!

dotloop: The FHA is A-OK - 04/09/10 12:36 AM

Here at DotLoop, we always knew we were on to something big. Call it intuition, call it gut instinct, call it clairvoyance, but we just knew that the old way of doing things wasn't working.
So, when it was announced late yesterday that the FHA is now accepting electronic signatures for every real estate transaction, we had to do a little chuckle. It's about time they caught up to the future of real estate.
For agents, though, this is a major benefit, because now you will no longer have to deal with bank managers asking for "wet" signatures anymore. … (5 comments)

dotloop: LOLs & Triple Word Scores - 04/08/10 01:04 AM
I want to get one thing clear here: I hate text messaging. Absolutely loathe it.So, when I wrote yesterday's blog post about texting, I had to ask myself: do I really believe this?The answer, of course, is yes, even if I don't like it myself.Why? The numbers speak for themselves. Eighty-eight percent of Gen Y cell phone users use their phones to text. A quarter of them send over 50 text messages a day. Forty-one percent of Gen Y users do not own a land line.I don't like texting mostly because I have an old candy bar phone that is not … (2 comments)

dotloop: "We Have A Commitment to Serving the Industry" - 04/07/10 03:42 AM
Austin Allison had the pleasure to talk with Ann Foster, Georgia Association of REALTORS Partnership Chairwoman at the 2010 REtechSouth Convention in Atlanta late last month.  Check it out:

dotloop: Textiquette - 04/07/10 12:20 AM
Voltaire once said, "The secret to being dull and tedious consists in our saying everything."He may very well have been advocating texting.Yesterday, I wrote about the need for agents to connect with their clients on their clients' terms. And that, of course, means through technology. I specifically noted the rise of Gen Y's use of texting and how the smart agent will learn how to communicate by way of their thumbs.But texting is different than e-mail, which itself is different than writing a hand-written letter. Texting requires brevity.As such, I thought I'd share some "textiquette" with you regarding the do's and … (4 comments)

dotloop: Get Yourself Connected - 04/06/10 01:39 AM
Pop quiz: What type of phone does your client have?How about this: How many times will that future prospect interview you to be their agent?And finally: If you don't know what your clients are thinking, how can you ever hope to gain their business? We've already discussed smart phones and their meteoric rise to the everyday, but what about other stats that may be important?For example, 95% of all Gen Y are connected to the Internet. Ninety-five percent! And, when you consider that most first-time home buyers are Gen Y, you begin to sit up and take notice. The bottom line: … (2 comments)

dotloop: Gotham Gardens - 04/05/10 05:01 AM
On Saturday, my girlfriend and I started gardening for our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The one we're apart of is very cool, if only because it's right in the middle of an urban environment. This meant that, while I was peacefully tilling the land at the CSA, I could hear the faint roar of the city in the background. Here I was, being country mouse and city mouse at the same time.
I came across this fantastic site this weekend and wanted to share it, especially after Saturday morning's experience. In a few weeks, I'll also be helping out with … (0 comments)

dotloop: Friday Farewell - Spring Cleaning - 04/02/10 07:29 AM
dotloop.comWith spring upon us, a lot of us are focusing on the new, which is great, because we are doing the same here at DotLoop. But, with all this talk about the new, I decided to end the week talking about the old. Last night, my girlfriend and I had dinner downtown and afterwards, we walked through the city with our necks craned towards the beautiful night sky as we admired some of the old gorgeous buildings, many of them a century or more old. We also walked past the new Great American Tower which is quickly on its way to … (3 comments)

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