Crime and punishment

I can see why some real estate agents are confused. It seems like a terrible crime to change some dates in an MLS.

What could be worse than someone buying a home that was on the MLS for much longer than they thought it was?

In most, if not all states manipulating data in an MLS is not a crime.

Breaking MLS rules usually hurts the MLS and real estate agents. It is nice when we can police our own without committing a crime.

Trying to extort money from someone for manipulating MLS data is a crime.

If you have ever been threatened or bullied you will agree that bullies are not funny or edgy. They are mean and sick. Sometimes they make up stories about people and threaten to expose things about them that are not even true. That is what bullies do.

Bullying and threatening others is wrong. There are no circumstances that make it right. There shouldn’t be any confusion.

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Finally we are seeing some diversity

Welcome to this blog of mass destruction cleverly disguised as a hot dog stand.

For a time it seemed like there wasn’t much diversity among the movers, shakers, and disrupters in the real estate industry. After all these years that seems to be changing. I recently saw a picture of real estate executives.

They are all older white men but one of them was wearing a tie and the rest were not, and one of them was wearing a blue shirt while the rest were wearing white shirts.

Later that same day I saw picture of some real important people in the real estate industry. They were all older men but one of them had darker skin than the rest, and another looked to be in his 30’s.

Yup the world is changing. We are starting to see some real diversity in the boardroom and among the disrupters in the real estate industry.

We all know that the most talented people in the industry just happen to be men and now they are starting to get a little more diverse too.

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it has been awhile . .

Yes I know I have not been writing much lately. I don’t want anyone to think it is because there isn’t anything left to make fun of in the real estate industry.

Actually, the opposite is true. There is so much to make fun of that I don’t know where to start.

I keep thinking about stupidity. It is hard to write about because I was taught not to make fun of people with disabilities so I have to leave it alone.

I don’t want anyone to think that I don’t care anymore because I do care and I’ll be back.


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Time for a new logo

It is time for a new logo even though this site has never really had a logo. Nothing says “I have changed” like a new logo. I don’t have a staff so I can not reorganize and there isn’t anyone I can fire or I would because that would be a sign of change and change is good.

Here is my new logo:

The logo represents hot dogs on a cube. It is a bit dated (it was created yesterday)  but can always be updated by going back to not having a logo.

The reason I have not written much lately is that I have been busy updating the logo. Now I’ll have to work on rolling it out which is going to be hard because it is a cube, not a ball.

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Where have all the sales people gone?

not for sale

Not for sale signs

There are so few houses on the market I can’t help but question the sales ability of real estate agents. More people need to be convinced that now is the best time to sell.

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You don’t need to be a man to run a company

Real estate industry news is mostly men’s news. Sometimes it is about who is running what and who got promoted. Men fill most of the top level positions in the huge real estate companies and of course, NAR has always had a male CEO and likely always will.

women working

There is some good news though. Women can run companies too. There is a little more to the process for us because we first have to start a company. Starting a company can actually be an advantage.

There isn’t any bureaucracy to deal with and there is plenty of room for outside the box thinking and acting too.

If you are a woman and you really want to run something start your own business. If you want to run for something that might work out too. You do not need to wait to be hired, promoted or appointed by a man. You don’t need man’s permission either.

Best of all you do not need any awards from men and you do not need to be on any of their lists to be successful.

Women who wait for an invitation usually end up waiting for an invitation. If we want to make the world a better place we need to take charge.

Let’s not forget that 2018 IS the year of the woman even though men are not calling it that.

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We need better sales people

I somehow landed on a video for real estate agents. It featured a couple of guys dressed in guy type clothing. They were talking in a casual guy type way like a couple of regular guys.

Neither sells real estate but they do sell stuff to people, probably regular guy type people who sell real estate.

They addressed the shortage of homes for sale and pointed out that now is a good time to sell and that real estate agents need to get out there and convince people to sell their homes.

I was actually concerned about the lack of houses on the market. Now I see that all we need to do is to talk more people into selling. If we all work just a little harder and if we get better at sales there will be more homes to sell.

I wonder why no one else thought of that? It seems like a great topic or a free webinar.

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