Pocket Pondering. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


And Pondering Pockets. . .


I have become fairly familiar with pockets.  Definitely not an expert but familiar.  The utility of them is well-known but their significance beyond the inside world where one might usually find them may not be so obvious. 


Have you ever heard of deep pockets?  It’s a common enough term to be considered a target one might want to avoid.    While it often means deep pockets of money and dreams of financial windfall, I wonder about deep pockets of knowledge.


Such knowledge is beneficial in real estate where other 

uses of the word pocket can step forth.  Pocket 

listings is certainly a familiar term though perhaps spoken in secret, almost-hushed tones.  Knowing what, 

where and who has the listings(or any relevant information) can be quite powerful.  So I guess we can say these pockets not only run deep but can have a profound impact.  For practitioners as well as those interested in making a move.  


Then there are pocket parks and pockets of neighborhoods where increased value as well as desirability can be found.  These pockets may not be as obvious as others.  So here’s another example where local knowledge remains critical.  Talk about “inside” knowledge - yes, dig deep into those pockets.  


And speaking of digging deep yet veering off the real estate road just a bit, is it just some hunger pains or is that an image of a tasty hot pocket?  Wow, it’s been some time since I have thought, let alone have eaten, one of these.  Yes, digging deeper pertains to pockets of memory too. It can be amazing(well, sorta) where pondering might lead.


And, as Arnold Schwarzenegger once said “Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets”.  It may help if you say it with a distinctive Austrian accent.  Go ahead, try it.  And that can lead to an even deeper discussion. . . 


The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.  






Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Comments (37)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, luckily, no one has looked at me and said I have deep pockets!   Speaking of Hot Pockets, it has been since my daughter was a kid that I had those!  

May 29, 2021 10:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Michael- one of our favorite homes was one our agent found us in a pocket neighborhood. Larry and I still love that home. 

May 29, 2021 10:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - they are convenient which I am sure is the primary reason for their popularity.

Kathy Streib - finding those kinds of discoveries can prove thto be real treasures.  

May 29, 2021 11:03 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs  I think you are being polite it is called GREED -- but I did have fun saying Arnold's quote with an accent.. I also keep waiting for the Karma to sink in if you know what I mean   

May 29, 2021 12:07 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hannah Williams - thank you for the comment. It provides food for thought - that's for sure.  

May 29, 2021 12:41 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Having a deep pocket of knowledge is certainly a great thing in this business.  Another bunch of pockets you didn't mention are those on a billiard table.  Have enough expertise and you can call the shot down to the exact pocket.  That's always a good feeling.

May 29, 2021 01:19 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - This is one of your best "pondering posts" ever.  I loved it.  I have to admit my first reaction was that my husband has all of these pockets but inevitably something of his always ends up in my purse which already weighs 20 lbs. LOL!

May 29, 2021 02:21 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Now you have my mind pondering on pockets.


8 ball in the side pocket.

Air pocket.

Is That a Pistol in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Glad to See Me? Mae West (and all the variations - banana, pipe, rod, sword).

I shall stop before I get myself in a pocket of trouble.  

May 29, 2021 05:32 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Chris Ann Cleland - it's the unofficial opening of "pool season" right?  How did I ever miss the billards reference?  🙃

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - well, your organizational ability obviously is well-known to your husband.

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - ah, yes that famous Mae West quote on pockets was legendary as well as the woman who said it.  

May 29, 2021 06:54 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You always seem to peak my imagination Michael Jacobs with your blog posts and comments. Well done sir 🙂

May 29, 2021 08:23 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ya Ya I Kan Say It MIKLE  since I do speak german and lived in Austria for four years:)) now with that said I have a couple listings where you need deep pockets:)) Endre

May 29, 2021 11:03 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael.

I've got deep pockets, by this time next year 2022 I should have almost every thing I have paid off, at least that is my goal

May 30, 2021 12:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - thank you for the kind words.

Endre Barath, Jr. - I was sure you would be able to tackle the assignment.  Well-done.

James Dray - good for you.  

May 30, 2021 03:03 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - Ah... and never burn a hole in your pocket either! Before I graduated at Southeastern in 2006 as a Paralegal, the Attorney gave me sage advice. "Take that magnetic real estate sign off your car or you and your Broker will be the target for Deep Pockets. I took it off and noticed the paint on my car had faded and never returned. A couple of days later, my Broker called me into the Office and told me some driver on the road thought I was driving too fast and reported me. When she asked for more information, all he had was a picture of my car with the magnetic sign. 

May 30, 2021 05:45 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  interesting story.  Burning holes in ones pockets, mysterious wannabe snitches and advice can seem to come together in unusual ways.  

May 30, 2021 06:03 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

First, I'd like to say a BIG congratulations to James Dray! I encoure my clients to do the same and am so proud when they actually follow my advice.

As for digging deeper - another hitting-close-to-home moment, Michael! I have found missing words from last week today. Have you ever had that happen? I phoned a friend in AZ today to tell her I finally remembered a word I could not think of last week - and, of course, what that word was. When I start forgetting who I was with when I couldn't think of the word, then I'm in trouble! I may have to get a longer pole digger, when or if that happens!!


Loved Schwarzenegger's quote - and agree with it completely!

Just remember, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets

May 31, 2021 11:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debe Maxwell, CRS - the "thing" with reading comments is that, for me, it's another learning lesson - new insights, once familiar revisits and a certain cadence(rhythm) develops.  I am not sure this is where you were going with your comment but it was my reaction as I read your words.  

May 31, 2021 04:10 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Impressive all the "pocket" examples you listed. I tried to come up with another...no luck. LOL

Jun 02, 2021 06:18 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager


I no sooner hit the comment button and I thought of Polly Pocket. LOL

Jun 02, 2021 06:19 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - inspiration and ideas often happen as quick as a blink of the eye.  

Jun 02, 2021 06:28 AM