My prediction for 2018

It is always fun to make predictions. I have just one prediction for real estate in 2018. My prediction is based on the assumption that NAR is correct and no one will want to buy homes if any of the tax advantages are taken away.

I predict that after the tax bill is passed the market will be flooded with homes for sale that no one will want to buy and home buying activity will end which will greatly hurt home sales.

That is correct and remember you read it here first. All home buying activity will end.

The end of home sales will trigger the demise of countless cottage industries and real estate related companies which will cause the unemployment rate to rise.

Pre-not for sale signs will be all the rage as real estate pros look for ways to turn a non-market into opportunity.

In a press release, NAR will state that this could have been avoided if members had responded to the close to 105 “call to action” emails they received predicting the end of home ownership for the middle class.

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KW doesn’t care

My personal information including my social security number may have been compromised because it was in Keller Williams system and there was a breach.

They sent me three letters to my home, I have it in writing with a number to call.  I have not done any work for Keller Williams since 2009.

I asked to have my information removed from their databases. No they will not remove me from their systems because they can’t do that and besides other companies keep information too. (. . .or so they say)

If you were ever a KW agent they may keep your social security number forever and there isn’t anything you can do about it. Anytime data is kept in a computer system a data breach is possible.

Even though Keller Williams admitted that they had my information and admitted unauthorized persons had access to it, they are now telling me they will not discuss their data policies, or if my information is even in the system.

That makes sense. Why would I have any right to know about my private information and if it is in a secure system? Why would KW care what happens to my data?

No Keller Williams you do not have my permission to keep my social security number, name, address or phone number. Please remove it from your systems.

Please don’t give your social security number to Keller Williams. They may keep it forever and if you have a problem they won’t even discuss it with you. If you fell for the whole KW values thing I guess they got you too.

Remember values are reflected in what an organization does, not in what they say and religion is skin deep but greed, corruption an incompetence go to the bone. Think about that during the KW family reunion prayer breakfast.

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Come to my company if you already have a family

It is great to be back on this blog of mass disruption, cleverly disguised as a hot dog stand.

I am busy but no busier than usual so I can’t really offer up any excuse for not writing other than the fact that my mind has been too occupied. It is hard to clear out space for the important stuff like the real estate industry.

Recently I read some marketing materials that a large team of REALTORS is using for recruiting more agents. What I read was all about “joining the family”. The team isn’t just recruiting agents but family members.

It sounds a little mafia and on top of it a lot of people already have families. My own experience with families is that they are pretty expensive and I can not afford to be a part of another one.

Maybe I would be more enthusiastic about joining another family if I could just leave my own, but I don’t think I can do that. Who wants to start all over? What if they are more dysfunctional than my current family? What if they require more from me?

In general I would rather have agents join my company who already have families and maybe even like their families.

I just hope that I can find people who like their own family better than a family made up of real estate agents.

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you don’t own me

You don’t own me and I’ll continue to wear the same wrist watch I have worn for 17 years no matter how unpopular watches become for future generations of home buyers and sellers.

Why?

You don’t own me
I’m not just one of your many toys
You don’t own me
Don’t say I can’t go with other boys

And don’t tell me what to do
Don’t tell me what to say

I’ll know that NAR is changing when they start tapping into the talents of the 1.2 million members instead of ignoring us in favor of some of the non-member industry personalities.

Watch this space. 🙂

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Where can I review companies that create review systems?

After an exhaustive search on the internet I am unable to find reviews or ratings for companies that specialize in providing systems for agent reviews and ratings. I have found a few testimonials here and there. You know those old school testimonials that real estate agents used to get from clients before they became convinced that they needed reviews and five star ratings.

It just blows my mind. Maybe real estate agents are the only people who need to be rated and reviewed. Everyone else can just write about it. How do I know what kind of service I can get from a service provider if I can not find any reviews?

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A new man in charge at the NAR

The man isn’t really new. He looks like he has been around for awhile. NAR has always had a male CEO and it always will.  Nothing new here.  Pretty not at all exciting. wheeeeee!

 

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Help at last!

After years of  selling real estate, using social media and having my own profitable real estate company a person who is just out of college has reached out to me and wants to help me build my business.

She is a coach too and in addition to her college degree she has 3 years of hands on business experience.

If only she had been born 35 years sooner. She would have been a great help when I was just starting. She is here now and I am so lucky that she contacted me and has chosen to help me grow my business.

Help at last!

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