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Ramblings of a Real Estate Broker

GRI Designation Earned

Wuuuu, I've now completed the courses (15 of 'em) for and earned designation of National Association of REALTORS Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI). Topics ranged from ethics to international real estate to construction to investments and more. This knowledge expands...

The Secret’s Out

A seller client had a full-size storm trooper outfit. I suggested he might wish to vamoose it if possible, mostly concerned with people playing with it and accidentally damaging it. It was also for sale, so when he said he dealt with it I thought he sold it. Silly me!...

You Do Have a Contract! Don’t you?!

On the flip-side from my last post, Not a Money Tree, where I rambled about the times I personally won't dip into my pocket on behalf of a buyer or seller client, this post concerns times when the CLIENT should not dip into their pocket. Here's the trigger for this:...

Not a Money Tree

I'm constantly AMAZED -- actual jaw-dropping amazement -- at the stories brokers tell about the things they've done and paid for in order to "make a deal go through". What this is NOT about: Some brokers offer some perks ("free" home warranty, commission rebate %,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Grim, Creeper, 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...

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....

To Imagine or Not Imagine – Furniture Placement

Something I often hear other real estate brokers say about showing buyers homes: "When I hear the buyer talk about how the furniture is going to fit, I know they're hooked on the house." This might well be true of some buyers, but my personal experience differs. When...

SOI is Working

Yay! The Sphere-of-Influence (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 will start looking probably...

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...

Homesnap – Search and Apps

Homesnap - a quick and fun online search tool plus mobile app (ios and Android). You can: search by area (e.g. Perry Park or Bow Mar -- very cool, try it!), your location (using GPS), snap a photo of a home and see details, send messages, and share and rate...