Good Friday and Passover

I invented a word yesterday.  “Marketunity™”

Marketunity™ is what holidays are for because they are an opportunity to market. Days that were once for religious observance are Marketunities™.  Christmas and Easter are the obvious examples.

I wonder what kind of marketunity™ Good Friday and Passover present and how marketers are taking advantage of them.  No one wants to miss a marketunity™.

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A mission of exclusion

I was reading (yes I read) a mission statement for YPN (young professionals network) a group within NAR. I think the group started because someone decided young people are better than old people and that more of them should be in charge. I digress.

In the mission statement was the phrase “like minded individuals” and the word “diversity”.  Seriously? Diversity isn’t about finding people from different ethnic groups who all think alike. What is the point of having a diverse group if they all think alike? What is the point of having any kind of a workgroup or committee if everyone on it thinks alike?

Why not just have that one handsome younger guy in a suit be the whole committee?

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A few thousand people are in the wrong positions


After all these years I think I have the NAR problem solved. When a member complains about the organization or makes suggestions on how it can be improved members who are NAR volunteers and on committees dismiss the comment and end the conversation by saying “get involved”

Even though these people are “involved” NAR still struggles with appearing to be one of the last bastions of total white male dominance. Even the newest programs are structured on the old system that keeps friends working with friends and family and keeps out diverse members and new ideas.

I think that the wrong people are allowed to volunteer and am asking that the few thousand members who currently volunteer step down and let some of the other 1.3 million members get involved.

If NAR wants to change they need to start with a clean slate and get fresh volunteers that are not recommended or appointed by current volunteers or employees. To keep it simple members could apply for positions and their names could be drawn from a hat if there are too many applications.

NAR volunteers are proud of what they have accomplished. Some are second third and fourth generation members and volunteers.  Some believe they possess special qualities that the rest of us do not have yet they can not change the NAR and make it a more inclusive membership organization.

I am willing to take over at any time. I think most members would feel the change within the first six months.


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The men are in charge

One of the great things about the real estate industry is the way we embrace our white male leadership. In some industries, people act as if they are ashamed of it and try to change it or de-emphasize it.

The real estate industry works hard to ensure that when the last generation of old white guys die or retire there will be a new generation of men to take over.

If only there was a man at the helm in my company. Oh well, I guess no one can have it all. 🙂


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Real estate weenie name change

Welcome to 2019. I have decided that this site needs a name change and re-branding. The name “Real Estate Weenie” is too masculine.

I am considering “Real Estate Vagina” as a new name or “Real Estate Uterus”  The vagina gets a lot more attention than the uterus but the uterus is a strong female organ and makes a bolder statement.

The look and feel also needs to be freshened up. Maybe I’ll use more pinks, or perhaps reds.



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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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