Do You Ever Wonder Why ... ?

Do You Ever Wonder Why ... ?

This one goes out to my fellow real estate brokers.

Do you ever wonder why we're not allowed to talk rate and other industries are? Or why it's commonplace for us to eat our expenses as a part of doing business and other industries bill for each and every little thing on top of their hourly or per-job rate?

I do. I accept it, but I still wonder about it.

Recently I took advantage of a reduction in force at my day-job workplace. Yeeeeha! ...

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Burning Down the House

According to BrokeAgent, an agent set fire to his client's home and burned it down.

OK, so the fire was a definite faux pas. A glaring error, and such a big one that I'm sure the client's lawyers will help the client get what's right.

The agent's attitude as quoted seems to come across leaving a bit to be desired, too.

Let's just say, though, that the devastating fire didn't happen and ask these burning (I couldn't resist) questions ...

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Have You Hugged Your Autonomy Today?

Have You Hugged Your Autonomy Today?

Great article -- The key to happiness at work isn’t money–it’s autonomy.

"In the workplace, autonomy essentially means having a job where you can make at least some of the decisions on your own. The degree of autonomy you have can vary dramatically, from having a say in your own goals or the projects you work on, to deciding when and where to do your work. "


This word, AUTONOMY, in a nutshell, explains why I am getting into real estate. ....

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Grain, Shaker, or Cellar of Salt?

Grain, Shaker, or Cellar of Salt?

Would you know me if you met me in person? Would I be the same person you envision from our online / electronic interactions? I doubt it!

My online persona probably comes across rather, hmm, verbose.

If someone met me in person expecting the same (and especially if their own personality requires the same) they would be sorely disappointed. In person, I'm quiet, observant, and listen, listen, listen. When I speak it's typically short and to the point. Some people dare to call me shy (oh how I *curse* that word!). I'm not. Believe me, I have no social anxiety. If I have something to say or do it gets said or done. ...

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Prey, Paranoid, or Prepared?

Prey, Paranoid, or Prepared?

Am I prey? Could be.

As a new real estate broker I'm a bit leery of meeting strangers in strange places.  We typically work alone. Because it's our job to be in empty or vacant places with the people we don't know, we can indeed be sitting ducks in a shooting gallery. Fish in barrels. Easy pickings.

I'm taking steps to mitigate the risks, are you? ... 

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Creeper, Grim, and the IRS

Creeper, Grim, and the IRS

As real estate brokers, or other real estate related occupations, most of us are in business for ourselves, aren't we? Part of parcel of that is trying to find and use to the best of our ability all of the allowable deductions we can come tax time, yes? Vehicle usage can be a big part of that for a real estate professional. How to best document how, when, where, and why you use your vehicles? How to prove when/where/why you spent money on them? How to deduct as much of all that as you can from your taxes? ... 

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Be Aware of Where You Answer the Call of Nature, You Might be On Camera

Be Aware of Where You Answer the Call of Nature, You Might be On Camera

Ginger Harper's question today [on Active Rain] about The Call of Nature brought up some interesting answers. 

My own response: 

I think as a listing agent, I might have this discussion with my seller and if they have strong feelings against it, put it in the showing instructions to please not use the facilities. Otherwise, I'd suggest they designate a powder room or guest bath as the preferred destination. ...

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Negotiation Styles - What's Yours?

Negotiation Styles - What's Yours?

How do you negotiate? Do you know what your predominate style is? I know mine!

Recently I attended a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) course on negotiation. Among many other great tidbits, we were presented with R.G. Shell's five basic negotiation styles and it was discussed that we typically have a predominant style, though we might use different styles for different situations and our style might change over time.

My typical style turns out to be Collaborating.

This does not surprise me in the least ...

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SOI is Working

SOI is Working

Yay! The SOI-only "marketing" is working, slowly, as fully anticipated, but working! {bounce bounce bounce

I have a friend and fellow H.O.G. member interested in purchasing a new build home. I'll call her Jane. She'll start looking probably early summer and he's now working on financing. She reached out to me because she heard I'm in the real estate business now. Sweeet. :0) While we've talked, we're not to the agency contract signing point yet and she might well decide to go with someone more experienced with new builds, but I'll certainly be doing my best to convince her to stick with me.

{Doing a Donkey impression: Pick me! Pick me!} ...

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Be Aware of Where You Answer the Call of Nature, You Might be On Camera

Be Aware of Where You Answer the Call of Nature, You Might be On Camera

Logically I know a person urinating in the yard is no worse than the dog doing the same thing in the same place. However, it is just plain rude (in my opinion). On a roadside is one thing, while out camping another, etc., but on a person's private property without their go ahead? Nooooo.

Of course, I might be a little (overly?) sensitive about people peeing on my property having once captured with our front-door security camera a missionary "watering the plants" from our front porch.   ...

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Household Marijuana Growing Might Impact Home Buying/Selling

Household Marijuana Growing Might Impact Home Buying/Selling

Last week I attended a seminar entitled Marijuana and Real Estate Professionals. Since then I've also been:

My takeaway from the seminar itself: get out of real estate in CO now! I'm joking. Mostly. 

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Evasion - I Object!

Evasion - I Object!

One theme I keep hearing, reading, and viewing as advice to newbies -- "don't ever tell them you're new to real estate." I've even read that if a client asks me directly - "how long have you been in real estate" - to treat it as an objection - or an issue, a concern, or a roadblock - to be overcome,  and say something along the lines of "feels like forever" then move on to another topic without giving the client a chance to respond, question, converse, or even, really, have time think about it.

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Listing Snob

Listing Snob

OK, so having a reluctant geeky/techy background I've long been a website snob. I'll visit a website and often click right back away from it within seconds if it's an old out-dated style or poorly organized or whatever my eyes are catching on that particular day.

Now I'm turning into quite the listing snob. Not on clients' behalf certainly. When I get clients I'll look at any listing that might suit their needs. For my own viewing pleasure, however, it seems I'm getting rather snobbish. Here's what I'm finding my feelings are when I'm looking at listings, and these are just my opinions, I'm certainly not here to bash anyone's style. ...

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Location and Perspective - Basic Concepts Reinforced

Location and Perspective - Basic Concepts Reinforced

This weekend hubby was out of town visiting family so I went wild and went out to lunch with girlfriends on both Saturday and Sunday. {Ha ha, gotcha didn't I? Yes, yes, I'm not very wild.} In addition to spending the days {lunch with these ladies never equates to "just lunch"} with fabulous people, each day I heard something during our conversations which I tucked away into the mental bank for later reference. 

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