April 1, a long time ago

Many years ago, back when I had a sense of humor before life beat it out of me, I published an April fools day prank in 2007, here on the Weenie:

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“InmanNews came forward with an offer to buy the Real estate Weenie, the bad blog disguised as a hot dog stand.  They have asked that the amount of the offer not be disclosed.  I can say that it is generous and that I plan to proceed.

The offer should not come as a surprise. Matt Carter of InmanNews has shown an interest in this hot dog stand almost from its humble beginnings as the joke that became a blog.”

Most of the people in the original article have moved onto something new and exciting and left me with a bunch of broken links in the original article.

After I published this Inman News got some phone calls from people who had questions and from people who offered their congratulations.

We have come a long way from the time that people would believe something just because it was published on the internet . . . . or have we?

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Slaughtering the sacred cow

Weenies have a variety of animal-based ingredients, even beef which makes writing about sacred cows on this blog of mass destruction cleverly disguised as a hotdog stand alright.

I went through the NAR C2EX (Commitment to Excellence) program and based on my twenty years of experience working as a real estate agent and broker I don’t think that C2EX endorsement is going to make anyone “excellent”, or even better.

There are 50K or so members to receive the C2EX endorsement including me. Some would argue that NAR did something, and we should just say that the problem of sub-par real estate agents has been solved and we should move on.

Here is a screenshot from the C2Ex program:

Kind of like a participation badge. There is a huge disconnect between what real estate salespeople actually do and what is in the C2EX course which is kind of like a junior high-level social studies class.

I think people can get involved in politics and attend public meetings and still lack excellence.

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53% less

Here we are at the weenie. It is spring and I am busy as $$#@!! yet I write.

I haven’t gotten on the Clubhouse bandwagon. I have been an early adapter in just about everything except Clubhouse. Yes, I have played around with “Tick Tock”, it makes me yawn but I can use it with my current phone.

Clubhouse isn’t aligned with my brand or my values for that matter. (I can’t believe I used “brand” and “aligned” in the same sentence but it appears that I just did). Clubhouse uses “exclusivity” and “scarcity” as a gimmick.

How many people have iPhones in the United States? Currently, there are more than 113 million iPhone users in the United States, accounting for about 47 percent of all smartphone users in the United States. (stasita.com)

I could probably get the app on my iPad and I have done that in the past when I have wanted to try an app that is only available for the iPhone.

If your business is using Clubhouse for marketing in some form or another you might be missing the majority of the smartphone users in the US.

The clubhouse is by invitation only. I know “exclusivity” is a marketing gimmick but it isn’t one I engage in during a time when being inclusive is the new black.

There have been a few recent real estate industry events I was somewhat interested in that require Clubhouse. I feel as though I have been issued an ultimatum. Use Clubhouse or be banished from the collective.

Nothing says “community” like hosting several events on an app that the 53% can’t get.

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Cronyism helps keep real estate white and male

Cronyism the practice of appointing friends or associates to positions or otherwise showing them favor due to having a relationship with them.

Cronyism can be found in any industry and in politics too. Many of us were taught from a young age that it isn’t what you know but who you know.

Real estate is a special industry though. It is literally run by men with the next group of men being groomed to take over when the older men retire.

If you want to get ahead, get to know the right people and make sure that they like. you.

Get to know the right people.

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Clubhouse is just for real estate

By now everyone has heard of Clubhouse, the latest social media platform that is just for real estate pros.

If you are not using it yet it is because it is by invitation only and no one has invited you. Loser!.

If you are not hanging out on Clubhouse you will likely be out of business by the end of the year.

We all know what happened to real estate agents who did not use TickTock. We have never heard anything about them which kind of proves my point.

Eventually, anyone will be able to join Clubhouse but when that happens it is too late.

There are people standing by who can help you with your Clubhouse strategy. Remember Clubhouse is for real estate but it won’t work without a strategy and chances are you will need to attend a webinar.

Happy New Year!

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A higher standard of lying and spreading lies

REALTORS are held to a higher standard but apparently the standard is low enough so that REALTORS can spread lies and misinformation on Facebook and anywhere else they choose.

They can share medical information about cures for viruses that have been disproven and that are sometimes dangerous and sometimes banned from social media sites.

I have seen some downright dangerous information shared among REALTORS who belong to groups that support some extreme conspiracy theories.

They call themselves devout Christians and at the same time, they express their hatred for large groups of people who do not share their political beliefs.

They accuse public figures or all sorts of crimes against children up to and including eating them.

There are times when I have to ask myself if I really want to remain a member of the National Association of Realtors along with a bunch of conspiracy theorists who spread lies?

Is it alright to spread misinformation about a deadly pandemic? How is this alright? Where is the higher standard?

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The world of the clueless

I have been working on building and strengthening my filters. Lately, I have successfully blocked my natural urge to be openly critical of some organizations that are whiter and more male than the KKK as they write about becoming more diverse.

It has been hard and at times it is almost painful to watch these good ole boys working on their new cause. They are going about it all wrong but it isn’t my place to comment. That is why I am beefing up my filters so that I can read the new stuff in the spew stream until they all go back to being the white men who are in charge of everything and continue to exclude anyone who isn’t like them.

Ooops! FILTERS!

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