Moving my business

 

uncle-sam-hatI am considering moving my business to Canada, or possibly Mexico. I will consider staying in the U.S. if the government gives me a million dollars. I would like the million dollars in cash. Preferably large bills. In addition a tax reduction would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you fellow tax payers and Uncle Sam.

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Greed and corruption

real-estate

I never thought I would be writing something like this on the real estate weenie but I think we will all need to work extra hard to protect our brand because the angry orange man in the white house might be tarnishing it.

Real estate isn’t just about greed and corruption and not paying income taxes. It isn’t just about developments and building and not paying people for their work. It isn’t just about firing people or holding public office to enrich your own companies.

It isn’t always about doing bigly things in braggadocios ways either and living in golden rooms on the tops of high towers.

It is about doing the right thing, the ethical thing and the moral thing. It is about putting others first. Just as a reminder putting others first can mean making less money in some situations.

Many of us are honest business people and like most people who are not extremely wealthy we pay  taxes and pay for crappy and very expensive health insurance. We pay more than our fair share of income taxes and  more. Some of that money helps pay for the salaries and health insurance of the wealthy people in Washington DC who run this country.

Let’s protect our brand and make real estate great again.

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Old fat white men

peaceThis is my first post election post on the weenie. I have had a week to think about the election and when you get right down to it the country has been run by mostly old, over weight, wealthy white men since our founding fathers . . . who were old, wealthy, white men founded it. I am trying to put the election in context, and trying to calm down. What is there to be afraid of?

We do know for sure that about half of all eligible voters voted. We do not know how people voted, votes are private. It is safe to assume that exit poles are just as inaccurate as all of the other polls. No sense in creating facts out of inaccurate data and telling women that they mostly voted against themselves.

We should also take it as a good sign the the old white man got less than half of the popular vote. I am sure like all millionairs who inherited fortunes the Donald is in touch with the common man and understands the issues. We know he has touched the common woman.

Here on the weenie we do not endorse candidates but we are against serial liars, rampant xenophobes, racists, birthers and bullies who  pledge to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S

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A short eulogy for Vine

The article was originally published in February of 2013 under the title “Vine is just for Realtors”:

imgres“I have not even used the Vine app yet and am already tired of it.  The app is on my iPad and that is as far as I got.  from what I have seen Vine is just for real estate.

What makes vine different from other video apps?  The videos are mercifully short and it is about editing which up until now has not been done in the real estate industry.

Please don’t use Vine for business until you have attended at east one free webinar and have your Vine strategy in place.

I’ll write more about Vine once I become an expert probably sometime next week.”

Now I would like to ask for a few moments of silence. Twitter announced earlier this week that Vine will be discontinued.

It is a sad day for those who build their real estate empires around a Vine strategy and for those who made money from teaching others how to use Vine in their real estate business.

We must all say goodbye to Vine and put some of that energy into Snapchat and Pinterest strategies because at least one of them is where the future of the real estate industry lies. Just think of Vine as pre-3D video and as we all know video has been the future of the real estate industry since 2003 and will continue to be the next big thing for decades to come.

Products for the real estate industry come and go but each of them leaves a mark. . . . in some cases it is more like a stain . . .the important thing to remember is that there will always be the “next big thing” and  experts on how real estate agents should use it will in most cases make more money from it than the people who take their advice could ever hope to make. (I write like I talk which sucks but that is what happens on self publishing platforms like WordPress)

Buh Byeeeee Vine!

 

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It is still OK to ignore email

IMG_1114w_wmThere was a time not all that long ago when it was alright to block spam or just ignore it.

These days people actually expect answers from the unwanted emails they send asking me to buy something or if I accept guest posts or if I want to give them money.

I get follow-up emails asking if I got the previous emails and asking for a response. The strategy must work but I think it sucks.

Some folks even seem to think it is rude if I don’t respond to unwanted email. I still think it is rude to send unwanted email.

If I don’t answer your email please take it personally and stop sending it. I am not buying into the idea that I have to be “nice” about unwanted emails. I don’t think it is nice to send them.

 

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It is a seller market stupid

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It is nice to be back on the weenie. I was telling a friend last night, well if I am honest about it, I was telling my only friend that the real estate weenie represents my male side that I need to express that more often but not in a crude locker room or groping kind of way.

In many housing markets across the country we are in a sellers market and have been for a couple of years. During a sellers market homes sell fast and prices go up. Buyers struggle to get offers in fast enough.

Multiple offers are common and some houses sell for more than the list price. As a result selling a house is just different right now than it was in say 2008.

Yet for some reason these companies keep popping up and they offer real estate agents all of these amazing ways to sell homes quickly. Selling a home quickly doesn’t present much of a challenge if the home is priced correctly. Finding homes to sell and helping buyer’s buy is the tough part of our jobs these days.

Yes your product will work well during a seller’s market but it is going to totally suck during the next buyer’s market.  Good luck and have a nice life.

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Prestigious award

awardsI don’t mean to brag but just about every year I get selected for a special award and am contacted by phone and by email and congratulated.

The award is prestigious but usually one that I have never heard of.  I am not much of an award person to begin with. It probably has to do with the whole thing about not exactly caring what anyone thinks about me good or bad.

I am sure that I’ll win next year too.

 

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