mistakes: Ditch the Creepy Stuff When Selling Your House - 12/16/12 04:38 PM
True story: about 2 years ago, while looking at homes in Lower Westchester, my clients and I entered a place that must have had a collection of 200 vases on the shelves of the living room. While over the top, we considered it benign until we walked into the home office upstairs and a coffee mug that said the following:
“World’s Greatest Mortician”
 
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mistakes: Social Media and Politics Don't Mix - 07/04/12 08:38 PM
Way back when before I got married and became a husband/father/broker dude, I took a year off from the rat race and worked as a bartender. Tending bar is not as easy as it looks; You work the hours of the manager, you need the skills of the servers in addition to mixing a hundred types of drinks, all the while hosting a party at the bar. Among the rules observed from bartending school to the real world  was the prohibition of religion and politics. The subjects are divisive enough-mix in booze and you are asking for trouble. 
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mistakes: Exhibit A Why We'll Always Need Real Estate Brokerage - 04/29/12 07:30 PM
There is a a misinformed minority out there that is of the opinion that the data available on the Internet will eventually render real estate licensees obsolete. 
I disagree for many reasons, and I'll give you one good example: People say some pretty dumb things. 
I'll be the first to admit that I have heard some licensees say silly things. But at least the stupid things I have overheard were said by one agent to another. 
Today, at an open house for a rather upscale home one of my agents was hosting, we had one couple walk through and the wife noticed … (51 comments)

 
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