Time-Traveling Real Estate Broker Visits 1987!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

 

 I was ready at last.  Time to fire up the DeLorean.  The flux capacitor is working properly and fully charged.  I have to get it up to 88 miles per hour in the mall parking lot before I slam into the department store.  Let’s set the dial here…

DECEMBER 20, 1987

I was a senior in high school that year.  Wow!  This will be an interesting experience.  I don't look forward to seeing how young I looked back then compared to now.

Here we go…let’s get this baby moving.  We are at 78….80….84…86….87…..88!

(BOOM!)


Whoa!  I forgot that the mall and the parking lot didn’t exist in 1987.  I am in a cow field near Dallas.  I need to get a message to my mom somehow without frightening her with the appearance of 37-year old Jason.



I guess I could try to call myself.  Wait…my cell phone won’t work.  Darn.  School is out for the Christmas holidays, so I can probably find the 17-year old Jason working at the Minyard’s grocery store, or at home. 

I'll try the store first. 

Is that me helping that lady get groceries into her car?  I’m so skinny!  Inconceivable! 

Wow – there’s Dawn.  I haven’t thought about her in years.  And Vicki.  OK.  Don’t get distracted, Jason.  You have a mission here.  Get his attention somehow.

MODERN ME (MM): Hey, Jason!
17-YEAR OLD ME (17YOM): Hi.  Do I know you?  You look familiar.
MM: Well, yes and no.  I am you in twenty years.
17YOM: Really?  That’s great.  I have to get back to work now. 

Great! I scared myself.  Think…think….

MM: Jason, what if I could tell you something that no one else would know about you offhand?
17YOM: Like what?
MM: Like your SAT scores, which girls you like here, your favorite songs, what you want to do with your life, which girl you made out with in the backyard at the last senior party, among other things.
17YOM: You do look like me a little bit, I guess.  Can you buy me and my friends some beer? 

 

After a few minutes of talking (and declining to purchase the beer), I managed to convince my younger self that this older dude was indeed himself 20 years hence, with no small measure of embarrassment (“You don’t look so great.  I guess I need to exercise more when I hit my 30’s.  I am a real estate broker in the future?  Seriously?  What happened to studying medicine?  I want to be a pediatrician.”).



MM: Look, I have some advice for you.  You need to convince mom to start investing in real estate.
17YOM: You came back 20 years to offer me a business opportunity?  Isn’t that a little cheesy?  

MM: Well, maybe, but I am going to use this conversation in a blog post to illustrate the value of real estate investing and how this is the most consistent investment historically.
17YOM: A log post?  Like wood?  Or something for a tent?  Are you making a cabin?
MM: No, a blog is a web log.  Like on the internet.  Wait… you don’t have the internet yet, do you?
17YOM: I don’t think I’ve heard of that. Does it have something to do with fishing?  I don't really like to fish.  You should know that already.

MM:  I don’t have enough time to fully explain the internet, but basically you will be able to use your computer for a lot more than word processing in the future.  Think of a blog as a diary of articles that you can share with people across the country and around the world.  I use my blog to reach other real estate agents and people who buy and sell homes so they can learn about me and my business. 

17YOM: Thanks for the lengthy explanation, chief.  (I was a pretty sarcastic kid, apparently) 
MM:  Anyway, give mom these statistics and all this information.  She will understand.  It’s all laid out there for you and her.  Even though the real estate market looks bad right now, since the stock market crash from a couple of months ago, if you guys start investing soon using the tips in this folder, you will be able to amass a real estate empire over time.  Trust me on this.  Would I steer you wrong?   (2nd Author’s note: Why would I steer my clients wrong either?)
17YOM:  I doubt it.  By the way, do you like what you do?
MM: I actually love it – most of the time.  By the way, it might not be a bad idea to take some additional computer programming classes. 


After a couple of hours of hanging out with 1987 Jason, and giving him some advice about women, college, and business, along with some stock tips, I knew it was time to get back so that I could write this post. 

Over the long haul, real estate has proven to be the most consistently profitable investment around.
  Austin, Texas investment property is still priced very reasonably, with single family homes starting around $120,000 and duplexes priced from about $180,000.  If you are considering buying Austin real estate, please feel free to give me a call. 

Who knows? I might even be willing to let you take the DeLorean for a spin.

I can be reached at 512-796-7653 (cell) or by email at jason@austintexashomes.com.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
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Jason, that post is priceless, I am still laughing.  I loved that movie and loved the way you tied it into Real Estate!  If only we knew THEN what we know NOW.  Thanks for a great laugh!

Dec 20, 2007 01:37 PM #9
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Vanessa Stalets
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Jason- i love the way you put thing...i always read the whole thing and often am heard laughing at my screen. Investment in RE is still a winner and will remain that I think.
Dec 20, 2007 01:43 PM #10
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Simon Conway
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*STANDING OVATION* Brilliant! PLEASE check your e-mail - I have a very special request! This is truly inspiring and what blogging should be all about - apart from the whole "hey this is me and what I like" stuff that I also think is very important!
Dec 20, 2007 01:57 PM #11
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Lisa Heindel
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Jason, I loved this, but I have to say that I'm with Paul on the beer.  Cut a kid a break, dude :)
Dec 20, 2007 02:35 PM #12
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Simon Conway
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Speaking as the dad of two teenage daughters - you can skip the whole beer thingy for me please. I have enough gray hair thank you very much!!
Dec 20, 2007 02:56 PM #13
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DAN - Maybe you should go back in time and have a brewski with 1987 Jason.  That might quench your thirst.
Dec 20, 2007 03:08 PM #14
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Roberta LaRocca
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Jason, Sounds like you had a fun trip back in time!  I'm glad you gave yourself such good advice.  Now it is time to loan out your Delorean to your good friends so that we can all give our young self some advice.  Let me know when it is my turn!
Dec 20, 2007 03:13 PM #15
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Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
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That was a fun road trip!  Taking a spin with Jason in a DeLorean to 1987 and back to the future in Real Estate!  Very imaginative trip, thanks for the ride!
Dec 20, 2007 03:17 PM #16
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GAIL - It's funny that you mentioned that.  I had a closing years ago, and the escrow officer told us a story about closing Michael Dell's first home (his mom was there with him).  He was trying to convince the closer to invest in his small company, and she said, "Oh, no thanks.  I don't have a lot of extra money to invest."  Talk about the mistake of the century!  But then again, how could she have possibly known? 
Dec 20, 2007 03:46 PM #17
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JASON - You've outdone yourself my friend.  This was awesome.  I hope that you make this a recurrig column, because it was one of the most fun, fascinating reads that I've ever seen on AR.  By the way, please don't go back for the parachute pants...FTMCS.
Dec 20, 2007 08:54 PM #18
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PAUL - I have heard that more times than I care to count ("I wish I had bought when...").  That was part of the reason for writing this one.  As for the beer, I know my 17-year old self too well.  He is a wild man, and I don't want him getting arrested. 
Dec 21, 2007 02:38 AM #19
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Just stopped by for my 25 points!  Thanks.  Have a good weekend.
Dec 21, 2007 03:58 PM #20
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LISA - That really would be awesome.  Thanks for your comments!

CAROLE - I am so glad you liked this one.  I considered not even posting it, as I thought it might be a little too odd, but the response is great. 

VANESSA - Glad to hear that this made you laugh out loud.  That was part of the intent.  Have a great weekend and a very merry Christmas!

SIMON - Thanks!  I emailed you back.  I appreciate your kind compliment.  Glad to hear that it had an effect on you.  This was my first real attempt at fiction here.

 

Dec 21, 2007 04:04 PM #21
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Jason- So you liked Back to the Future? Real estate is the one solid investment that in the long haul is always the best investment, no matter what the market may be doing right now. Katerina
Dec 21, 2007 04:48 PM #22
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ROBERTA - Here are the keys.  Try to have it back to me by Christmas.

Dec 21, 2007 04:54 PM #23
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DEBORAH - I'm glad you appreciated and liked this post so much.  It was a fun trip, huh?  Adam is suggesting that I make it into a series.  I may take him up on that.

ADAM - Thanks for your enthusiastic compliments.  It means a lot to me.  I may try to make this into a recurring column, per your suggestion.  I really appreciate that.  Talk to you soon -

KATERINA - Yes, I liked all of the Back to the Future movies.  Thanks for reading this one - you nailed the point of the post.

Dec 21, 2007 05:00 PM #24
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Brian Block
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Jason, I'm certain that I've seen Back to the Future at least a dozen times.  This was a great creative post to get across the point of the value of real estate investment.  So many people these days keep saying "If only I bought 20, 10, 5, years ago..."  One of my brokers always says "The best time to invest in real estate?  20 years ago.  The second best time?  Today."  The point being that in the long run, real estate is generally a great investment.  With fluctuations in the short term market, flippers and speculators lose out, but true buy and hold investors will earn a bundle over time.
Dec 22, 2007 12:55 AM #25
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BRIAN - I have also seen this movie a BUNCH of times.  Thanks for your compliment and for your comments.  I could not agree more with you. 

Dec 27, 2007 08:14 AM #26
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Jason, What did you tell yourself to buy? A complete analysis of the transaction would have been nice.

Bill Roberts

Feb 14, 2008 08:48 AM #27
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BILL - You're right.  I will do a separate post detailing this.  Actually, pretty much anything would be a good investment twenty years ago, right?
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