Woman in residence

I just came up with an idea that I think the real estate industry could use, particularly the technology companies, assorted MLS’s and companies that provide technical programs and services to the real estate industry.

They should have a “Woman in Residence” in their company to help mentor and advise them. Such a person could make any product or service better. Similar to “entrepreneur in residence” but totally different.

The “Woman in Residence” could act as a consultant on everything from software useability to reviewing presentations and removing the phrase “you guys” to checking documentation and instructions to see if they make sense.

Companies might even want to hire women for the job but they probably wouldn’t.

The “Woman in Residence” or WIR could also be a resource to employees. She should be someone who won’t shy away from the camera for those times when a woman’s face is needed so that a company doesn’t appear to be all male.

People who are in the WIR position do not have to be pretty or be “like-minded” In fact, they might be the most effective if they stood out.

A picture of an older WIR would stand out on some of the tech company websites among all the pictures of young men.

If you would like to contract with me to be your WIR I might be available towards the end of the year.

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Everyone who matters

I read about an event that I wasn’t able to attend. One of the attendees wrote about his experiences and stated that “everyone who matters” was there. I also read that some attendees were “find human beings”.

It isn’t hard to figure out who matters. All we need to do is read the news. The men who run things matter. They head up the government and everything else. People with money matter too.

The rest of us are supporting cast and we are interchangeable. Collectively we matter but as individuals not so much. We lead unremarkable lives.

Most of us matter to at least someone. Maybe even to a few someones but that isn’t the same as being a person who matters.

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letters are for the best and brightest

Those who are really involved know their letters and by that, I mean three or four letters that stand for something.

Often the three letters that are important have several meanings. It would be nice if the alphabet had more letters.

In the MLS world (Multiple listing service not Major League Soccer or Master of Library Science) CDP means “Common Data Platform” not:

Customer Data Platform

Carbon Disclosure Project

Center for Domestic Preparedness (FEMA)

Center for Developmental Psychiatry.

Civil Design Professionals.

I could add several more to the list.

The next time you are in a meeting show everyone how smart you are by using letters instead of words.

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YPN members are too old

I was in the room when YPN was announced. What is YPN? In this context, it stands for “Young Professionals Network” Over the years it has expanded and there are NAR YPN committees.

For some reason though YPN members are aging. They are not aging well and some look ridiculous.  As they get older and older there is a need for a new network.  I propose that NAR start the “Junior” YPN network to attract more people who are under 50.  It can be called YPN.JR.

Members can be trained for leadership and new committees can be formed. People in the older YPN group are simply too old to understand cryptocurrency and blockchain. Only younger people really “get it”.

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I don’t want your job

I have to write something here on the weenie for women’s history month.

I know that there are women who want a job with a big company. They want a job that this called “leadership”.  Big companies tend to have a lot of levels because levels and hierarchy are important to the patriarchy.

Please don’t assume that everyone who works in real estate wants one of those “leadership” jobs or that they want to be on one of those lists of people who have jobs in the hierarchy.

The idea that women need to be leaders in the patriarchy was invented so that companies have a carrot to dangle to get women to work harder. I have known many women who have worked very hard to get into the hierarchy of the patriarchy.

Good for them! As for me, I don’t want your job. Don’t assume that every woman who works in real estate has the goal of being in the hierarchy.

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Let the airport stories fly!

During the pandemic, I haven’t been attending in-person conferences or lectures, or classes.

I really miss the airport stories.  The little lessons they hold and about that one time when this that and the other thing happened while I was at the airport.

Sometimes there are hotel stories too and maybe even an uber or taxi story.

The speaker prances or bounces onto the stage wearing sneakers, jeans, and maybe a suit jacket but definitely not a tie. He, it is most often a he, regales us with what happened on the way to the conference.

Later on, he will captivate us with an engaging story about that one time at an exotic location he learned this important lesson from a driver or a barista.

He is everywhere and nowhere as so much of his life is spent in between someplace and someplace else. He is our guide and our guru, and when he isn’t in transit he is sharing the lessons he has learned while he travels from speaking engagement to speaking engagement.

How the F____ck did we make it for two years without the travel stories and the lessons that we can learn from them?

A picture I took that one time on my way to _____

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The truth about rock stars

We hear about those rock star real estate agents. The truth is real rock stars do not sell real estate they buy it.

You will know you are a true rock star when you don’t have to sell real estate to make ends meet.

You will know you have made it in real estate when it is your day job and you don’t have to sing to make ends meet.


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