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On My Planet.........(a new ActiveRain Contest!!)

Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

We are all painfully aware of the many problems on our planet.  Most of us have opinions of how these problems can be “fixed,” while others hold that the problems stand no chance of being fixed, still others seem content to bury their heads in the sand.

Logic and irrepressible optimism puts me in the first camp, but I am fully aware that much of the fixing will not happen in my life time.  When I see all the smarter, younger, minds coming along to work on these issues it is hard to not be optimistic.  Take a look at this video about a young man that has an idea about a possible solution to the problem of nuclear waste.

There is a principle in Eastern philosophy that goes something like this: 

The Bigger the front the bigger the back. 

In other words the bigger the problem, the bigger the solution there is on the other side.

Since so many of us have opinions about how things could or should be different, I thought it would be fun to pick something and describe how it would be different on "your planet."

You know the place I am talking about.

Since I don’t want to turn this into an exercise of the elimination of all Republicans or Democrats or meat eaters or vegetarians etc, please restrict your item to something real estate related.  Now I know the lines may “blur” a bit, but do attempt to keep it civil.

The post itself should:

1, elaborate on why the item is so different on your planet, including what it "looks like" on your planet,

2, discuss any anticipated difficulties with its implementation (I anticipate that comments on your post will "clarify" many of those "difficulties"--if you have not thought of them all)

3, discuss which other planets will spin senselessly off into the vacuum of space as a result of your change if you think that might happen, and

4, add a link to your post in the comments below.

These don’t have to be monstrous, paradigm shifting issues—but go for it if you want to.  Perhaps it is best to exercise change in small bits until we get the hang of it.

For example, as a home inspector: 

On My Planet, horizontal guards on decks and porches would not be allowed. 

As a home inspector I find these types barriers quite often.  Sometimes they are wires that easily collapse or can be stretched to more than the maximum allowed 4” openings.  Other times they are merely horizontal boards or wire screening with 4” squares. Horizontal guards create ladders for small children and work against the very reason guards are installed in the first place.

Horizontal guards

I expect that the AIA (American Institute of Architects) would complain the loudest about this change as they seem to be the ones that want to maintain their use the most. 

I think initially there would be some gnashing of teeth but, sooner or later they will come to recognize how dangerous these barriers can be and they will not go spinning off into the void at all.

So that is all there is to it---well except the important stuff:

1st place will be awarded 2000 points on top of the normal points for the post.

2nd place will be awarded 1500 points on top of the normal points for the post.

3rd place will be awarded 1000 points on top of the normal points for the post.

Everyone that enters will receive 500 points on top of the normal points for the post.

The Contest starts "right now" and the deadline for submission of your entry is:

April 30th at Midnight, Pacific Coast time


Your panel of judges will be myself and three other interplanetary beings that are accustomed to how things work on “other” planets: Kristin Johnson, James Quarello, and Tammy Emineth.


Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.


Work with what we have, instead of trying to make the new look like the old.  

Apr 29, 2014 01:38 AM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Charles,

Thank you for this fun contest and all the time you have put into hosting it!

Here's my entry: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4384834/on-my-planet---

Apr 29, 2014 09:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
Apr 29, 2014 09:30 AM
Roseanne Campagna
John L. Scott RE Maple Valley, WA - Maple Valley, WA
Kent/DesMoines/Blk Diamond/Renton/Maple Valley, WA

Impressive TED post from a highschool graduate! In my world we would all have and recognize our personal genius and the opportunity to use it to serve others. Since I just found this and nothing much comes to mind; genius is sleeping at the  moment so I'll just leave this comment.


Apr 29, 2014 09:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Charles, lets hope that a few politicians adopt my new planet plan soon.


Apr 29, 2014 06:03 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Here's my entry for the "On My Planet" contests: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4384755/on-my-planet-real-estate-agents-would-be-much-more-credentialed  


Apr 29, 2014 06:54 PM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Charles - I may have left this until the last minute, but it has been tumbling around my mind all month:

On My Planet, It Isn't So Easy

Thanks for a great contest!

Apr 29, 2014 10:46 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Better late than never.  Here's my entry.  And thanks for hosting!

On My Planet Real Estate Licenses Could Be Instantly Revoked

Apr 30, 2014 08:47 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good evening, Charles. As many have said, "Better late than never." I respectfully submit my entry into you contest. Have pity on this poor soul - LOL


Apr 30, 2014 10:03 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management


Thank you so much for this fun contest! Here's my entry: http://actvra.in/4g78 

The young man in the video is "simply" remarkable. Don't know if his ideas are technically or scientifically feasable to implement, but they certainly sound good. 

Apr 30, 2014 11:22 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Here you go, Charles. On my planet . . .  This could easily have been a series. Too many ideas and not enough room to write them all.

Apr 30, 2014 11:54 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Thanks for the opportunity to create my own planet.  :)


CS Required on my Planet

Apr 30, 2014 02:06 PM
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Charles  Great contest.  Thanks for your time creating it.


Apr 30, 2014 02:45 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

I think, Charles, my planets population is about 400,000! Which planet is this?

Let me say Blogging is MUST on my planet!

Apr 30, 2014 04:03 PM
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

On my planet I would preserve nature    http://actvra.in/4g7q

Apr 30, 2014 04:40 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Excellent Blog. 

I learned so much from what you shared with us.



Ginger Harper

May 02, 2014 05:34 AM
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

I am always glad for home inspectors.  They can save buyers from nightmares.

May 02, 2014 07:46 AM