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15 Ways to Reduce Real Estate Agent Suction

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Carl Medford is one of the top real estate agents in the East Bay area of greater San Francisco – he’s a terrific writer and his recent post on Trulia Voices offers a nice list of fifteen “under-spoken” but downright necessary things that most Sellers never hear from their agents. I spend quite a bit of quality time on Trulia Voices, almost every day, and Carl’s post, and some of the 40+ comments, inspired me to make a comment…here’s what I said: Carl, I can tell that you are a wise and seasoned sales professional-you have a matter of fact style that never goes out of style. Writing a post on Trulia that generates this much buzz is pretty nifty, but doing what you and I do everyday is even niftier. To the few haters who commented - look, you punks and pretenders are only as good as your NEXT sale - sellers and agents included. Every one of the 15 "things" is mega-valid. There are nuances and there are subtleties to each and every one, but Carl put … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

In the Summer of 1979, in Greenville, S.C. this hot chick named Lauren and I listened to “Off The Wall” in her bedroom, and I heard “Don’t Stop ‘til you Get Enough” for the first time. It’s been in my top fifty ever since. Michael has been Wacko Jacko since 1985 or so, but may he rest in peace… This is my favorite song from the Michael Jackson body of work - “You Are My Lovely One.” … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett

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This woman was a frequent, prurient interest in my youth - I'm glad that her suffering is over. Lets remember her for being smoking hot in the 70's... … [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day

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Last year, we featured a video mix with James Brown, Lynn Anderson and Eddy Arnold and Heart. This year, here's my favorite Father's Day inspired Video ... featuring the incredible Waylon Jennings, and a band of groovy cats, on Hee Haw, circa 1969... … [Read more...]

Intown Atlanta Real Estate Update 2009

The remarkable Nate Dorn joins me again, this time on a video trek into the wilds of 30316. I report on the market stats through June 2009. Nate films it, and this time we went green. Regardless of how we lighten the tone of modern day real estate agency videomaking, the market offers a heavy message. Sellers - you are failing at a rate of 70% of all listings. No sale. Get your prices down to meet demand. The Rootdown Group would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business as your Listing Agent, if you need help with a sale in the coming months. Buyers - $358,000 goes a long way today for a primary residence. FHA funding in Atlanta is helping to stabilize prices in the low price ranges. Expect submarket activity spikes later this year - expect a price spike with it. Expect sellers to improve their numbers and to gain balance in some submarkets. Expect to buy extra low in many markets, still. Just remember, you are making a primary residence choice and it's more about … [Read more...]

Zillow vs. Trulia – All Joking Aside

  Trulia has been good to me since December 2007, and I truly appreciate the featured blog distinction this week. Trulia, thank you for helping me and my real estate business. It should make you feel terrific that Zillow really blew it today with one of my listings – bad data, mystery data, and confusing data never happen with my Trulia listings. I’ve never liked Zillow’s GUI. Now, I just think that their data is messy. All joking aside, Trulia crushes Zillow at almost every touchpoint that matters to the real estate consumer, in my opinion. I wanted to say something funny to lighten my mood, but now, I’ll just tell the same joke that I told back on January 7, 2008 on Trulia. Did you hear the joke about the mathematician, the accountant and the economist ? A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job. The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks “What do two plus two equal?” The mathematician replies “Four.” The … [Read more...]