Things Amiss. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

Things Amiss. . .


I wonder about things amiss.  As well as articles and such that may appear awry.  I am not sure whether either word is appropriate for the thoughts floating about my brain like flotsam and jetsam right now but here it goes. .  .


As it is a habit of mine to do, my mind wanders to deal-making and those that make those things happen.  I also think of deal-killers.  Certainly these sinisters we encounter are not synonymous, right?  


But could other similarities be found within them?  I wonder.  Right there - underfoot. Yes, I wonder. . .


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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (24)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Michael - having some annoying people under foot can can help kill a deal or mess up the deal.

May 08, 2021 05:31 AM
Michael Jacobs

Grant Schneider - whether people or other perplexing problems, some annoyances need to be ignored.  Or squashed.  

May 08, 2021 07:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fun post!  We knew a deal killer when an attorney would announce "I am not a deal killer, I am a deal maker!"  And then the stumbling blocks would be raised...However, we found ways to work around those buggers...A

May 08, 2021 06:24 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - some deal killers announce their arrival.  Others come by in more stealth-like ways.  

May 08, 2021 07:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Michael.

Take care, be safe and have a lovely weekend.

May 08, 2021 06:44 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - I hope today is a good one for you as well.   Thank you.  

May 08, 2021 07:07 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Perfect picture of the big guy stepping on the little guy. 

May 08, 2021 06:54 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Lee - as soon as I saw the image, it spoke to me as well.  

May 08, 2021 07:08 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I think that there are a lot of things amiss in today's world and unfortunately no power has been bestowed upon me to make them better, haha.

May 08, 2021 07:03 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - I have long known that I have no such power.  Now, "if I were king. . ."  

May 08, 2021 07:12 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

What I thoroughly enjoy about your posts is that you see things from a different angle.  Everything you do is unique!  Just stay away from that big guy.  He looks mean!

May 08, 2021 07:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - thank you, I appreciate that comment.  Yes, that big guy does look more than a little menacing.  

May 08, 2021 08:24 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Words are very powerful today. We have people who throw out an off the cuff remark who have their lives ruined by (often) small minded people.

May 08, 2021 08:39 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty -  you're correct.  Words have always mattered

May 08, 2021 09:32 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I too appreciate the visual. It's very powerful, isn't it?   Hope you're having a good day and can avoid the deal killers in every step. 

May 08, 2021 08:58 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I hope your day/weekend is a good one and a stomping success only of the best kind.  

May 08, 2021 09:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael,  Some people think they are big and can step on the little guy always.  I fight for the little guy.


May 08, 2021 09:55 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Nesbitt - big and small, right is right.  

May 08, 2021 11:03 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

These are the times where we can only control our behavior and simply cringe when experiencing 'deal breakers', especially when their actions adversely affect my clients Michael Jacobs. I was once called a "Bulldog on a pantleg" for good reason!

May 08, 2021 11:46 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - I don't recall hearing that description. It makes a strong visual impact.  

May 09, 2021 03:33 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- your title made me think of think of things running amok, which they tend to do. 

May 08, 2021 12:50 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - amok also "works".  

May 08, 2021 08:03 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Amiss, afoul, amuck, a congress. All the same thing, right?

May 08, 2021 01:31 PM
Michael Jacobs

Rocky Dickerson - there are all sorts of possibilities. 

May 08, 2021 08:04 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael.

I've had people who tried to step on me, the vast majority did so to their demise.

May 09, 2021 12:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

James Dray - enough said.  

May 09, 2021 03:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, some people are their own worst enemies, and those are ones I like to stay away from.   

May 09, 2021 06:09 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - a wise move.  

May 09, 2021 06:19 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Some people are their own deal killers and self sabotoge their deal. I've had to work through a few deals where agents were the deal killers. 

May 09, 2021 08:11 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carla Freund - true in real estate and in real life.  Definitely.  

May 10, 2021 07:39 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne Martin  I have not only walked with Michael I have broke bread many times over the past 10 years, he is the real deal and not as philosophical in real life he can carry a conversation with us mare mortals:)Endre

May 10, 2021 10:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael I could not resist my comment above, and indeed loved your post, Endre

May 10, 2021 10:58 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - thank you.  🙃

May 12, 2021 06:54 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I LOVE the photo. Gives me some thoughts on making some fun pics for the grands.

May 11, 2021 10:22 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I can't wait to see the creativity unveiled. 

May 12, 2021 06:55 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, your posts always generate more thoughts about situations from a while ago.  Some good, some not so good.

May 12, 2021 06:49 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - imagine what's going on in my own head.  🤪

May 12, 2021 06:56 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Stay away from the deal killer, whatever you do! 

When things are amiss, I focus on a solution, Michael. As one of my assistants says, I'm a 'fixer!'

May 13, 2021 01:49 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - it's not the only way but it certainly is the better one, right?  

May 14, 2021 05:42 PM