Realty One Group
Most people like to talk about themselves how they got started in Real Estate. This is a summary of myself.
I was trained to be a research scientist. While at Graduate Schools I became interested in vortex flows inside tubing, multiple tornado suction spots generation. I went to Silicon Valley to do mathematical simulation on colored ink droplets to be printed on different papers. It was a forerunner of today's heavy duty ink-jet printer used for commercial printing. That part of the Big Blue business became Lexmark Company. I also filled helium inside mainframe hard drives to improve the performance while reducing power consumption by 20% and made hard drives run better. The biggest worrisome not getting it out of the lab was the helium leaks over time. The helium filled hard drive I started in the late 1980s did not get commercialized until 24 years later. In a separated study the analysis suggested helium filled drive was no less reliable than airfilled hard drives (2018).
When I Google my name to see how my AR blogs went, my research on vortex tube refrigerator is cited in the academic communities even in India. Today my research reporting cooling phenomena with water and air is an affordable commercial refrigerator selling on eBay and Amazon. This is a solution to a very complex system like air conditioner or refrigerator replaced with a pipe using compressed shop air as source at fraction cost of an refrigeration system. I have forgotten I was the earlier researcher and did not know it has reduced to practice as a commercial product. Over the years, I tend to spoil the fun making complex science debate reduce to something very simple. People like to debate and criticize others instead of focus on making real progress.
My real estate career started with a help of a person. No, he is not Mr Tom Ferry. Mr Sears, a janitor who picked up my trash in the office, told me about his other job which was real estate sales. I took the salesman exam without even knowing people had to study for it. I then bought and sold homes just like him at C21 Home Realty in Louisville, Kentucky. My interest in real estate was interrupted needing more depend on a salary, and benefits to support a family. A few decades later after finding out much of American jobs went off shore started around 1990s I got interested in a self-employed career. During the Great Recession I witnessed home price plunge, and sudden rise and started using stock mathematical tools to analyze the real estate trend. The rolling average, relative strength indicator, momentum relationship with price, DOM etc why some type of homes sell better than others became clear. During a down cycle people were more interested in home size and bed rooms, baths as major attributes. As the recovery of housing became evident, granite or quartz counter, open floor plan, fire pit, outdoor fireplace, exterior kitchen influence the price and desirability more than the basic essentials. It sounds like common sense but I proved in hard data with statistical correlation, confidence level. One misconception is people thought school test scores means steep home price appreciation in the area. That is merely baloney! It is proximity to great paying employer's work places that contribute to the housing demand. There are still 7 figure homes with academic rating 1 elementary schools that has quintupled in home price while rating 10+ trailed by a large margin. Some of my statistical work appears in local newspaper. When I reported the home price already restored to historically high (2005-2006) neighborhood by neighborhood it created sensational interest as some were waiting and some homes already surpassed its 2005-6 historical high price point.
In any kind of investment one needs to be quantitative using data and using instint not to over leverage themselves. As for rest of what I do it is in AR profile about me a Silicon Valley realtor. My local history books like Silicon Valley and South Santa Clara County still have more buyers than planned. Often it is someone saw his parents or old photos surfacing and asked their friends to buy more. Sunnyvale Olson cherry owner Debbie was one of them.
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