Anybody Can Be an Expert On Anything

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

short sale sacramentoIf it's not enough that the population of hard-nosed print journalists is being thinned out, and newspaper publishers seem eager to replace veteran reporters with inexperienced and (dare I say) often less dedicated reporters, some days the news just isn't uplifting -- fires, homicides, bankruptcies, foreclosures, bank failures, you name it. As a result, some reporters are looking for more upbeat stories, I suspect.

I belong to a public relations site that releases queries from reporters who are looking for interview subjects, and thought you might like to read some of the queries they send, and why I don't respond. Can't tell you which newspaper, magazine or web site, unfortunately.

Query: "Looking for an Expert on How to Behave at Holiday Parties -- What NOT to Do."

Elizabeth Weintraub's tips:

  • Don't show up naked, wear clothing.
  • Don't engage in intimate relations in the coat closet.
  • Don't do shots of Tequila and dance with a lampshade on your head.

Query: "Looking for Seattleites to Talk About the Ups and Downs of Umbrellas."

Elizabeth Weintraub's tips:

  • Point umbrellas away from your face upon opening.
  • Stand under an umbrella to stay dry.
  • If it's not raining, close your umbrella.

Query: "We Can't Afford That -- Explaining Budget Concerns to Your Children"

Elizabeth Weintraub's tips:

  • Show them photos of starving children in China.
  • Teach them to panhandle.
  • Make them walk to school, uphill in the snow and barefoot.

You can see how easy it is to be an expert. Piece of cake. But if you're looking for a Sacramento short sale / foreclosure expert, call Elizabeth Weintraub, who always has an opinion or advice on just about anything.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Rainer
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Melody Botting
Melody Botting Real Estate Network - The Colony, TX

"What not to do."  Does that mean I am not invited?

November 17, 2008 09:53 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Nancy Larson
American Dream Referrals - Beach Haven West, NJ

And get those Active Rainers, off of the bar....oh my...clothes are flying everywhere....

November 17, 2008 09:58 AM #2
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Funny post, Elizabeth!  Isn't that true - anybody CAN be an expert at ANYTHING!  Pretty much whatever you do on a routine basis can become something you are expert at...

November 17, 2008 10:00 AM #3
Rainmaker
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LOL....funny! By the way, good luck getting a Seattleite to explain umbrellas. We generally don't use them unless we're standing at a soccer game :-)

November 17, 2008 10:08 AM #4
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Anthony Stokes-Pereira
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Nanuet, NY
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Hi Elizabeth;

Very funny. I agree with Kris Kombrink comment................................

November 17, 2008 10:11 AM #5
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Hey Melody and Nancy, you guys are welcome at my parties!

Hi Kris: You can be an expert at something you don't do on a regular basis, too. Of course, nobody will take you seriously, though.

Hi Colleen: You'd make a great interview subject for the guy wanting to yak about umbrellas.

Hi Anthony: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

Hi Melissa: Start the day out with a bit of laughter, I always say. It helps you to weather the not-so-great parts.

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November 17, 2008 10:48 AM #7
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Elizabeth:  Very cute!  Yes, I dare say that the news outlets do need something of a more upbeat nature to report.  How about this query:  Looking for Realtors who are still selling real estate. 

November 17, 2008 01:47 PM #8
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Tammy Lankford
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
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What a cute post.  I really wanted more photos though, like the naked at a party with the big o with the red circle from ghost busters... by the what not to do list.  But since I have a good imagination that's what I saw when I read it anyway. 

November 17, 2008 02:20 PM #9
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Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK
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HAHA.... Oh, Elizabeth.  I can always count on your sense of humor for a chuckle.  "Don't show up naked."  Great stuff!

November 17, 2008 02:27 PM #10
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Fred Chamberlin
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Is it ok to be naked after you show up? Especially if you have been shooting tequila? Fun stuff.

November 17, 2008 04:09 PM #11
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Elizabeth, I come here for common sense. Somehow, I always leave laughing. You are good therapy for me : )

November 17, 2008 09:21 PM #12
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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I still trying to think of what I'm an expert at. Is this a two out of three thing? I did keep my clothes on but I don't remember about the other two. I think the photos were doctored?

November 17, 2008 09:43 PM #13
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Oh, man, you guys. You GUYS. You are always an expert if you can apply a little common sense. Get with the program here!

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November 18, 2008 09:40 PM #14
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Julie Staradumsky
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Northfield, NJ
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Liz, thanks for the laugh.  Thanks for the advice and keep up your great work.

November 18, 2008 10:49 PM #15
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You see, you made everybody laugh. Yes, you can be an expert, including in Real Estate. Looks like the whole country is.

November 23, 2008 02:24 PM #16
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