michaels dig: (not so) Wordless Wednesday ~ 1 Aug 2012... - 08/01/12 02:30 AM
(not so) Wordless Wednesday ~ 1 Aug 2012...      Wow! Where has the week gone? I have been zipping and unzipping, running to and fro kinda sorta like I knew what I was doing. Heh! Heh! Heh! I reckon I have a lot of folks fooled.       It has been way too long since I have whipped out the camera and took time to just chill and wander behind the pixels. The Creator has fashioned many beautiful flowers. But IMHO, none are more adorned than some of the water flowers. Most of my lilies are either white or red. This is … (33 comments)

michaels dig: Cracker Barrel & EV Charging Stations... - 07/29/12 02:25 AM
Cracker Barrel & EV Charging Stations...      Since I purchased my Chevy Volt a few months ago, I have realized a new freedom. Freedom from the pump. It has been 5 weeks now since I filled the auxiliary fuel tank on the car. At the time of this post, I have driven about 1,600 miles and have burned approximately 3 gallons of petrol. Most of this "fuel free" driving is due in part to ECOtality, Blink and partners like Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.      I salute Cracker Barrel as it continues to drive its support of electric vehicle (EV) travel. … (47 comments)

michaels dig: Making A Statement & Then Some... - 07/28/12 02:47 AM
Making A Statement & Then Some...      People never cease to fascinate me. They are unique, colorful and are constantly making a statement. Sometimes their statements are verbal. They articulate their spoken words to convey to others how they feel. At other times, they put their musings or theorizations to pen. They even make statements through hair color and styles, the clothes they wear, body art, places they shop even the vehicles they drive.
     Yes, folks are continually making statements both verbal and non verbal. The freedom of speech we enjoy here in America is a wonderful thing; even … (22 comments)

michaels dig: GFI Devices - 07/26/12 02:25 AM
GFI Devices...     It is not uncommon for home inspectors to put in their reports issues found with non-GFI protected outlets. Today, GFI protection is required in all wet locations such as around kitchen sinks, wash basins and other wet locations. But this was not always the case. Codes officials were, and still are, free to pick and choose what they will enforce and what they turn a blind eye to. Bear in mind, that in some areas, there are no codes inspections, so many safety issues go by and went by unchecked.      In the attached video, I explain why this … (21 comments)

michaels dig: (not so) Wordless Wednesday - 25 July 12 - 07/25/12 02:06 AM
(Not So) Wordless Wednesday     Every now and then, I run across something at a property that, well, peaks my interest. Always ready with camera in hand, I could not resist snapping a few photos of this item. Although a tad sun bleached and weathered, the message is conveyed none the same. And to think that someone actually paid hard money for this...

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michaels dig: Coming Soon (to a blog close to you) - 07/24/12 12:06 PM
Coming Soon (to a blog close to you)     I am in the process of completely revamping my website. Because there are so many inspectors in this area that are "Full of themselves", my thought process is to use a video Word Press theme to generate a series of short videos showing many of the items I have found through the years. The motif will be "What's wrong with this picture?" and what (generally speaking) can be done to correct it. My goal is to help the real estate community at large by having a video library on common and not so … (14 comments)

michaels dig: Monday Morning Motivator & Some Points to Ponder ~ 23 July 12 - 07/23/12 02:42 AM
Monday Morning Motivator & Some Points to Ponder...      On a scale of 1 - 10, be an 11.      ~ Unknown      I can only speak for myself, but when I saw this on a young man's shirt in church the other day, it got the wheels turning. How many times have I delivered, less than stellar work, got the job done and said it was okay. Or on a good day, put forth what I thought was, the "Perfect 10" in service, level of professionalism and gave myself a "High 5"?      Maybe it is time to quit second … (20 comments)

michaels dig: Dang It! - 07/19/12 05:35 PM
Dang It!      Since I have gotten my extended range EV, when it comes to burning gas, I make Scrooge look like a real spendthrift. I do all the tricks I know about hypermiling, plug-in where ever I can cop some juice, even stop by the free "quick charge" stations, but there are those rare days when I have no choice; the battery gets exhausted and I have to revert to running the gas powered generator to keep the car going. <Sigh!> Today was one of those days. I had to add to add my little piggy to the carbon footprint … (23 comments)

michaels dig: Monday Morning Motivator & Some Points to Ponder ~ 11 June 12 - 06/11/12 02:23 AM
Monday Morning Motivator & Some Points to Ponder...      ”It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” ~ Vince Lombardi      The only thing I know for certain in the game of life is not IF, but when, I will be given the "Ol' 1 - 2" in the solar plexus. Unexpected events which will bring me crashing down to my knees. At this point, I realize I have but two choices:     I can bemoan life. Curse it! Writhe in agony and become paralyzed by fear. I can curl in a ball and give up. I … (38 comments)

michaels dig: Good Monday Morning All... - 06/04/12 12:56 AM
Good Monday Morning All...
       First of all, I want to sincerely thank those who have sent emails to check up on me during my absence the past few months here in ActiveRain. Contrary to the rumors that I had been abducted by aliens or worse yet, drowned in the river of unwritten words, I am here to let y'all know that I am alive, well (kinda sorta) and still kicking and screaming here in the middle TN area.      The real estate market in my area is still kicking butt (Thank You God!). Having set some BHWAG's (Big Hairy … (31 comments)

michaels dig: (not so) Speechless Sundae ~ 5.6.12... - 05/06/12 02:15 AM
(not so) Speechless Sundae...      In our respective businesses, the vehicles we drive are a necessity, and they make a statement. They reflect our personalities, our status as well as fit into our sense of practicality - i.e. how useful are they to our industry?     I, for one, have always been about style, practicality and economy. I was the first person to purchase a Prius in Williamson County TN back in 2005. Well, some 157,000 miles later and having driven the wheels off the vehicle, I have made an upgrade.       Last week, I traded the old beater off and got … (57 comments)

michaels dig: Ambidextrous... - 04/17/12 05:18 PM
Ambidextrous...      There are times when I just have to scratch my head with a garden rake and wonder, what do some folks use for brains? It really can't be that hard to get things right is it? Now I know that some folks are ambidextrous in that they can mess a job up with either hand. Such was the case of the installation of the drawers in this corner cabinet situation.     Now maybe, the original design was to use finger pulls on the drawers. But one has to wonder why someone didn't notice the slight problem when the handles were … (33 comments)

michaels dig: Sellers Market? - 04/12/12 03:01 PM
Sellers Market?         
     I cannot speak for other areas of the country, but here in the Nashville, TN market area, we are experiencing a sellers market in some areas.       The Spring sales season seemed to have started a little earlier this year and has not stopped. This week alone, John and I have done over 20 inspections for the week! Needless to say, the market here is rocking and rolling.     In a time when the talking heads are spewing out their normal "Doom and Gloom" forecasts for the housing market, there are pockets that are recovering … (21 comments)

michaels dig: Honest Disclosures... - 04/11/12 02:59 AM
Honest Disclosures...         
     The more I work in the real estate industry, the more it intrigues me. For example, what is the definition of "Site Built"? For the average laymen purchasing a property, or some Realtors® representing one party or the other, one could or would, logically assume the definition to mean, "Conventional Stick Built" construction from ground up, on site by tradesmen and laborers.       But what about manufactured housing? These properties are "constructed" by tradesmen and laborers as well. They are "Conventionally Stick Built" off site, manufactured in an assembly plant, then shipped to the … (45 comments)

michaels dig: (not so) Speechless Sunday ~ Easter 4.8.12... - 04/08/12 03:11 AM
(not so) Speechless Sunday ~ Easter 4.8.12...                   Easter, a joyous time of the year for everyone. For some, it is a long weekend away from the ol' grind. For others, it's sunrise service and the celebration of the Resurrection.       For old and young alike, it is a time for Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts and Easter bunnies. Belly aches of jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate bunnies will be dancing in the eyes of the youngsters. Adults, will be inventing new recipes for hard boiled eggs for weeks to come.      For me, Easter will be quality … (25 comments)

michaels dig: Easter ~ 4.8.12... - 04/07/12 03:38 AM
Easter ~ 4.8.12...                   For many, Easter is a time steeped in tradition. Some will go to Sunrise Service, get together with family and let's not forget the all important Easter egg hunt. To me Easter is more than the frills we celebrate. It is a time to contemplate on the event itself.      Some 2,000 years ago, at the beginning of the feast of Passover, Yahshua entered into the city of Jerusalem. He was herald as the King, the Messiah, the one who was going to lead the Children of Israel out of the bondage of the rule … (21 comments)

michaels dig: What the... - 04/04/12 04:51 AM
What the...      It is not unusual to go into areas where the code is, "There ain't no codes!" Builders doing construction in jurisdictions such as this, loosely adopt the IRC (International Residential Codes) as they know that there will be no codes inspectors looking over their shoulders making sure that they correct irregularities in their construction practices. However; home inspectors must still adhere to their standards of practices and "codes" governing their trade.      Recently, I came across an unusual situation in which the builder installed expensive OSB (Oriented Strand Board) on the crawlspace walls. Immediately the red flags went … (26 comments)

michaels dig: Monday Morning Motivator & Some Points to Ponder ~ 4.2.12... - 04/02/12 01:54 AM
Monday Morning Motivator & Some Points to Ponder             Live with intention. Walk to the edge.     Listen hard. Practice wellness.     Play with abandon. Laugh.      Chose with no regret. Continue to learn.     Appreciate your friends. Do what you love.      Live as if this is all there is...~~unknown

This posting and the contents herein are the intellectual property of Michael Thornton CEO of Creative Video Concepts. We provide quality real estate videos for Brentwood, Franklin, Nashville and all of Davidson and Williamson County TN. This post is a contribution to the ActiveRain Real Estate Network.
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michaels dig: (not so) Speechless Sundae ~ Macro Photography... - 04/01/12 01:33 AM
(not so) Speechless Sundae ~ Macro Photography...                  Some years back, I went through a phase where I was enamored with strobes and macro photography. Needless to say, it did not take me long to get lost somewhere in the chasms of my right mind. (I might add, this is a scary place to be if you haven't been there.)     After several failed attempts, the results started getting better. All I can say is thankfully, digital film is cheap and reusable.     This was the best out of that session. Having dug this one out of the archives, I think … (32 comments)

michaels dig: Stop and Smell the Flowers... - 03/31/12 02:21 PM
Stop and Smell the Flowers...                  Okay, I know that this heading is typically reserved for Sundae's and if all goes well, I will post something tomorrow.     Okay, the reason I am speechless is that this month has been a wild ride. Yes, real estate is local and our local market has been going as if there is no tomorrow. What can I say but, "Thank you God!!!"      Typically, by now I would have posted bougobbles of flower photos. But with the market being so robust, I have not had time to stop and smell the flowers. Gosh, … (10 comments)

 
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