Becoming a teenager

The RealEsateWeenie will be 13 years old in 2020.  As I look back so many of the people I used to make fun of have vanished. Maybe they retired or got jobs outside of the real estate industry.

A few have died and I know at least one who is in jail, or maybe out on prole by now, I don’t really keep track.

Many of the people who were the real estate rebels and to some degree innovators are now part of the mainstream of the industry. They have gone from being wizards and witches to being muggles every one.

In the last 12 years, I have watched as one group of white male leaders has been replaced with another and I can see the next bunch waiting in the wings for their turn.

It is hard to believe that I have been writing this crap for almost 13 years but it is true. I think this next year will bring some teenage angst with it when the weenie turns 13 in March.



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You might be a troll

Recently in a real estate facebook group, I ran into a troll who probably doesn’t even realize he is trolling. He is a drama addict and when there isn’t any drama around him or what he stands for he trolls for it.

What is a troll?

troll is a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses usually for the trolls own amusement.

The easiest way to troll in a real estate Facebook group setting is to introduce a topic that always gets people riled up. Just leave it in a comment, it doesn’t have to be directly related or at all related to the topic being discussed.

Sometimes all it takes is one word like a company name or the name of an organization.

I won’t mention any names because more than anything trolls want to be noticed. For a troll, nothing is worse than being ignored.


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How to end racism

If we wanted to end racism we should just start calling people racist. I can’t think of anything worse than being called a racist. Even the most racist people I know don’t like being called racist.

People are sometimes called “A racist” which is even worse than just being racist.

Let’s end racism and race-based housing discrimination right here and right now.

Let’s get busy if we band together and start calling people racists Maybe we can end racism by Christmas.

Happy Holidays

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MLS rules victimize the wealthy

When the new rule goes into effect and real estate agents are required to put homes for sale in the MLS the people who will be hurt the most by the new rule are wealthy.

Wealthy homeowner in disguise

Some wealthy people do not want anyone other than their agent to know that their house is for sale. I have heard that in some instances they don’t even want their children to know.

I can relate to that as my parents often tried to move without me finding out but I always knew. I usually figured it out before the for sale sign went up but not always.

It is hard for a person of modest means such as myself to understand the special privacy needs of the wealthy and the care that their real estate agents need to take. I can only speculate as to what it might be like to have your home that is worth millions in the MLS where the prying eyes of home buyers can see it.

Maybe they don’t want the rest of the family to know that they are wealthy. Maybe they don’t want the people who work for them to know. The IRS probably already knows and the neighbors may figure it out.

There should be laws to protect the wealthy when they sell real estate.

I know that sometimes famous people want more privacy. I think that is the main reason why I have stayed off the stage and away from the cameras. If someone were to discover my immense talent I could become rich and famous and then I would become a special needs home seller too.

My heart goes out to wealthy.

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Sometimes experts are wrong

Screenprint from Facebook

As social media sites come and go and rise and fall in popularity please remember that the experts who recommend the social media strategies probably get paid to recommend stuff. Experts have to recommend stuff. I am no expert . . . . . oh never mind.

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Driving while creating video

There are levels of stupid. People can be kind of stupid or very stupid and there is a lot of room in-between.

I made my own scale with people who create a video while driving that features themselves talking while they are driving as the most stupid and the scale goes up from there with people who like sriracha on the smartest end of the scale.

There is a lot of stupid between not understanding that video cameras can be pointed away from the person making the video to someone who is comfortable with a variety of hot sauces.

It is possible that the whole video while driving thing it is just natures way of culling the herd and that it should be encouraged for that reason . . but maybe not.

Nonetheless, when choosing a real estate agent choose wisely.

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Thought leader fatigue

I have been thinking about thought leaders lately. I know I should let someone lead me through my thinking but I am too much of free spirit.

My thoughts have been about how people become thought leaders and how little they actually contribute to the industry and in some cases to their employers or to society. It seems like such a waste of words, 1’s and 0’s and even oxygen.

There are people who endorse or condemn products that they themselves will never use and that they don’t really understand because that is what thought leaders sometimes do. It isn’t like a person has to have a certain kind of experience or amount of experience or any credentials at all to become an expert.

Thought leaders are getting easier and easier to ignore.

Sometimes I wish I could still eat hot dogs. I guess I can but I won’t because like thought leaders they are not good for me and they usually have enough salt in them to raise my blood pressure.

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