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Builders Race to Develop Sky-High Condo Buildings - CNN Money

Up until recently, America’s tallest buildings have mostly contained office space. Now, demand from ultra-rich domestic and foreign buyers for sky-high trophy homes is driving the construction of four super tall condo towers in Midtown Manhattan. But this trend isn't just limited to Manhattan. 

Maybe I find this so interesting because I have always dreamed of living in a huge condo in downtown Seattle. I've always longed to be a city dweller. I suppose if they build enough of them, I'll eventually be able to afford one, haha.


8 Real Estate Business Card Tips for Agents - Trulia Pro Blog

Agents: If you think the only thing your business cards need is your name, phone number and email address, think again! Check out these eight real estate business card best practices to make sure you’re getting the most out of your business cards! 

You could be missing out on a number of opportunities to do better with your business cards!


12 Ways to Challenge a Home Appraisal - AOL Real Estate

The result of that home appraisal has a large impact on the fate of your real estate deal, and can even jeopardize closing altogether if it comes in low enough. This article outlines 12 actions agents should take if that all-important appraisal comes in lower than they and their clients were hoping. 

Don't be the real estate agent that is resigned to a low appraisal. Equip yourself with the knowledge to add value to the transaction for your client!


Fetching 1770s Farmhouse Claims Many a Presidential Visit - Curbed

In addition to being a charming 18th-century farmhouse nestled in a quaint hamlet in Upstate New York, this four bedroom home has hosted no less than four presidents over the centuries it has existed. The home, as well as its accompanying barn, tea house and guest cottage, can be yours for a mere $729,000. 

I just think it would be cool to own something from the 1700's. I'll admit, I would probably spend a good solid month looking under every board in the house trying to find a copy of the Declaration of Independence, haha! (And I'd definitely buy a metal detector and waste every free minute I had trying to find who knows what)


Instagram Might Be the Best Social Site in the World for Marketers - Inman Next

Are you using Instagram to market your business? There is some pretty solid evidence to suggest you should start. But take my suggestion of this article with a grain of salt, I freaking love instagram. Maybe I'm tired of reading what people are thinking (FB and Twitter) and am finding simple images easier to connect with these days. In any case, real estate is a highly visual industry so Instagram makes a ton of sense. 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great selection of articles to read.  Wishing you  a great week.  A

Sep 30, 2014 05:53 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Bob,

Awesome collection of articles to read..already took time to read 2 of them. Thanks  for always giving us something of value!

Sep 30, 2014 06:03 AM
Paul Henderson

Bob that is a great homework assignment thanks for these links! This will help educate me in many ways and I appreciate it thank you.

Sep 30, 2014 06:21 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

Bob, I am not yet big instangram fan but heard great things from teenage nieces and nephews. Thanks for putting the links together. Great reads.

Sep 30, 2014 06:30 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Bob, Thanks for sharing these great links. You always have some great ideas and love all the contributions. One of my favorite thoughts is " Get out of judment and into curiosity". That is how is how I learn. When one day I become wise, I will pass on many of my other thoughts in hopes that others can benefit. 

Sep 30, 2014 07:22 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

THx for the great links. That house in Pawling isn't too far from us. That price isn't bad at all.  In fact, a lot less than it would cost in our county. - Debbie

Sep 30, 2014 08:24 AM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Thanks, Bob, Imread the business card post, great info?

Sep 30, 2014 10:49 AM
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Great articles, Bob!  I'm not so sure about the skyscraper residence.  Gives me the willie nillies just watching the video!

Sep 30, 2014 11:56 AM
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist

 Great posts to check out if you missed them.  These are some great tips. 

Sep 30, 2014 03:07 PM
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Hi Bob, I'm on the other side of the fence. I read the business card article and the only thing I could agree with was making sure you nave no errors.

As for instagram, what's that?

ActiveRain, Facebook, and LinkedIn are enough for me.

I'm glad to see that you have recovered.

Bill Roberts

Oct 01, 2014 12:35 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Bob - interesting stuff here, actually some is trully fascinating. Will come back to read.

Thank you

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Oct 14, 2014 10:10 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Thanks. I had seen two of them but I'm off to read the business card one as I missed that one. 

Oct 17, 2014 02:39 PM
Randy Mitchelson,APR
Marketing Advisor & Squeeze Mortgage - Bonita Springs, FL
First Impressions are made at First Click

My one pet peeve about business cards is that I better be able to easily write some notes on them.  Don't make both sides glossy.

Oct 20, 2014 02:27 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
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Thanks for sharing the link to the Trulia article on business cards.  I will read it.  

Nov 03, 2014 11:12 AM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

Im using this blog to comment and say WELCOME BACK!  Have a great father's day weekend.

Jun 19, 2015 10:31 AM