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2011 

We're about to lose a lot of our colleagues next month.  The annual renewal of local association dues is coming up for many agents.  Many associations will lose members who can't afford the cost of renewing - typically several hundred dollars in many places (over $700 for my association).  The me...
12/30/2011
Last week I wrote a blog about my "Naught and Nice Lists" for 2011 and in that list I included the Accredited Consultant in Real Estate (ACRE) designation on my naughty list.  Why?  I didn't think I could easily fit into my business model and I didn't have time to finish up the testing (even afte...
12/29/2011
I read a post yesterday from a fellow blogger that got a huge stream of negative feedback comments.  The article was supposed to be funny but several agents found it offensive and when I read it, felt that consumers might take offense as well.  Without going into details, suffice it to say the bl...
12/28/2011
I happen to know a few agents around the country who did get emails or calls from clients asking to show property on Christmas Day.  I also know at least one agent who wrote an offer on Christmas Day.  On what is arguably the most sacred day off in the United States, apparently there are a few pe...
12/26/2011
This challenge, like so many others, is designed to drive bloggers to write more.  That's the hard part of blogging, right?  It's hard to make it a routine.  So you sign up for these contests because they require you -- force you -- to blog more than you normally would.  OK, so here's a challenge...
12/25/2011
Are you looking for the best neighborhood Christmas light displays in the San Jose / Silicon Valley area?  Anyone who drives around Silicon Valley enough will happen upon one or more truly epic displays of lights in their neighborhood.  Do you have a local "Clark Griswold" who puts up 25,000 ligh...
12/24/2011
While a few folks argue the merits of saying "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays", I've decided to go with Merry Whatever™.  The beauty of Merry Whatever™ is that it covers everything.  Just substitute "Whatever" for the holiday appropriate to the person you're addressing.  You see, in cosmo...
12/22/2011
I saw a great article from Renee Burrows this morning about expired listings in Las Vegas and some of the many reasons they didn't sell.  In Silicon Valley, we have a lot of expired listings and many of the reasons they don't sell include those she cited; overpriced, poor photography, badly stage...
12/20/2011
In the last couple of months, I've made an effort to join many of the contests run on Activerain.  I do this especially when the contest calls for hyperlocal posts because those are the posts that get good rankings in search results.  Let's face it, THE most important outcome of blogging is havin...
12/17/2011
I've been to this (in fact I went last year) and it's one of the largest Christmas displays I've ever seen.  It takes up the entire 2-acre Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park with over 60 displays that include animated characters, community made Christmas trees, and holiday decorations.  They even have "s...
12/16/2011
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