real estate

Are you a Linchpin or a Cog?

July 6, 2010
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Tweet Real estate marketing lessons from strange places. I hadn’t talked to Homer in a while. Homer is a fellow real estate agent weathering the storm of a lousy housing market in a part time job at our favorite “big box” hardware store. When I ran into Homer he was in the “Tool Corral” where […]

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Treat Your Listing Like a BMW

June 22, 2010
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Tweet Home marketers can learn from auto dealers. In our post about the real estate distribution system as flea market we had some fun describing how many ways they were similar. We could have just as easily compared the real estate market to a used car lot. Think about the experience of buying a used […]

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Manspace

April 19, 2010

Tweet I found this short video while entertaining myself on Ted.com. What do you do when you’re asked to stage a home with a full sized boxing ring in the garage? Or a faux bowling alley in the back yard? I found this concept fascinating. Probably because I’m sitting in a room that was once […]

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Introducing Homer

April 19, 2010
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Tweet Big Box Lessons Lessons for Marketing Homes Note: Homer is a pseudonym for an underemployed agent friend of mine who has been working a one of the big box home improvement stores since the market took a dive.  I ran into him on the plumbing aisle on a slow day and he agreed to […]

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The Pizza Wars

March 4, 2010
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Tweet What Domino’s can teach us about real estate marketing. No serious low-carb freak should do it but sometimes nothing but pizza will satisfy.  Since there is a Dominos between my home and my office I sometimes call and order a pizza and pick it up on the way home. The last time I did […]

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Football Season is Over

December 7, 2009
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Tweet College athletics will never be reformed because the would be reformers have it all wrong. I graduated from Notre Dame in the sixties with a degree in English Lit and some swag to remind me that I was a small part of a National Championship football team. I now live in Durham North Carolina […]

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Is it really dead for real estate in the winter?

November 26, 2009
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Tweet Thanksgiving is often seen in the industry as the end of the fall season for selling homes and the beginning of the “dead season” during the winter months. It’s not true. I’ve often wondered whether this myth was purposely advanced by successful agents so that they could either 1) Take a little break themselves […]

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Sign of the Times

November 14, 2009
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Tweet One of the blogs that I subscribe to is Larry Lohrman’s Photography for Real Estate. Frankly, many of his posts are pretty technical and way over my head but he also writes about the business of RE photography and sometimes shares feedback from others in the business. On November 11th he shared  something one […]

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Halloween Disappointment

November 2, 2009
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Tweet Dear Alberta, I’m so disappointed. We found our dream home, brand new, in a beautiful new neighborhood. About two weeks ago I started decorating for Halloween. Ira and I carved jack-o-lanterns for the front porch and I have a jangly plastic skeleton that I hang on the door and phony spider webs. On Saturday […]

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Alberta on Staging

October 28, 2009
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Tweet (Alberta helps me out with questions occasionally with her unique point of view – Jay) Dear Alberta…I love your old fashioned common sense and your sense of humor so I’m sure you’ll understand my dilemma.  It’ s time to sell our house. The kids are scattered around the country and we heard about deals […]

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