Thursday, February 28, 2008

Blog Anthology, Posts dated 2/17-2/23

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Similar blog time... same blog channel... da na na na da na na da na na na da na na... Blog Man..

Pow. Sunday's video recipes... include some ice and some sand and some rock. Gotta love 'em.

Bang. The cat is out of the bag. I've been keeping a secret... and it is about my other blog. That's right. Glutton for punishment that I am, I keep up with more than one blog. This one doesn't even count, because it just recaps my main one now.

Smack. My business coach wanted some numbers regarding my market niche. The news isn't good. But, there is a silver lining. Those of us that like garages have been ignored by other real estate agents forever... I have a plan to change that.

Coool. Did you see the new logo? There it is. I like it... Of course, I'm a hot rodder and a 4wheeler, so I've been tweaking it since the day I drove it off the showroom floor.

Ooff. Technology giveth, and technology taketh away. I'm having an email issue... or at least I was. I think it is solved now.

Crank. I try to always call them like I see them. Stupid criminals... Stupid banks. Everyone is appently entitled to be idiots. Of course, that doesn't mean that they should be shielded from the consequences of those actions.

Fizzle. As I mentioned previously, I have another blog. Posting from the Rain is a post I reprinted from my Active/Rain blog. I've been harping that the government trying to fix the foreclosure crisis would NOT do that. It seems that academics are coming to the same conclusion.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Blog Anthology, Posts dated 2/10-2/16

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Time for another exciting installment of...

You would have already seen this if you were on my "real" blog...

You didn't see these videos coming. My wife made me wallpaper a bathroom over the weekend, but I had to take a moment to grab a couple of interesting videos. Break dancing and Jeeping...

Donald Trump made the simple words You're fired... way more famous than they should have been. And I still wonder how Omarosa manages to stay there week after week... Anyway, I make sure that MY clients have the ability to fire me... and I also make sure that they don't have a reason to choose to exercise that ability.

Let's have a little political fun... with George Bush rappin' out a State of the Union Address, and all of the candidates vying for American (political) Gladiator. It doesn't matter which side of the spectrum you fall onto, these are fun.

More brokerages are looking to do it. "Agents" buying buyers... Good idea? I don't think most buyers are well served by going with the highest bid in the buyer auction. Furthermore, I don't think that some companies are genuine when they say on one side that commissions are too high, and on the other side, their entire business plan revolves around those same commissions not changing.

We have a 1/3 share in Atlanta Thrashers season tickets available. If you are interested, let me know.

In economics, as well as many other areas, there are Leading indicators v. Trailing indicators. They give us clues as to what is coming, or confirmation of what has already happened. Real estate has its indicators as well. One of the leading indicators is looking pretty good...

It was high Time for some cool garage touches... I have been neglecting the garage side of things for too long. What with the NHL All Star Game, and all of the real estate stuff, I needed to give up some cool garage stuff. So, I knocked it out.

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Blog Anthology, Posts dated 2/3-2/9

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Got behind again...

The week kicked off with a couple of videos. After all, Sunday is Video day!... let's have fun. This week's videos were about humor, with Kip Adotta and the Man Song. As a bonus, I included a handy-dandy tool definition glossary that could be passed along to spouses to help then understand what all of our tools do.

Is it time to buy or sell a house in Gwinnett County, GA? Always an interesting question. There isn't a clear cut answer, despite the NAR's message to the contrary... They ALWAYS say it is a great time to buy. For many, right now is great. For many others, not so much.

Is this a simple truth, or rebel marketing? Sellers only need 1 buyer! Some feel that we need to not exclude anyone from the marketing of a house. I don't agree. While we certainly won't, can't and shouldn't exclude people based on race, familial status or other protected criteria, there is no good reason to market every house to every demographic. People without cars don't need big garages...

I had a chance to talk with the builder/ developer of a New Lilburn development with a nice garage plan. It was an interesting conversation. They also did a presentation on some of the cool programs they are offering to spur sales. Whether yo are looking for the big garage or not, these are some great looking homes. Give me a call and I'll happily help you with one.

Zillow published their recent survey of homeowners regarding the appreciation of their properties. Value really up or down? shows the disconnect between perception and reality.

I plan on introducing a new service on my listings for February. How cool is this? As a home buyer, how would you like to be able to put your furniture into a floor plan and move it around to make sure it fits? As a home seller, how would you like prospective buyers to have this kind of tool? I think it would help the house sell faster... and that isn't the only new tool I want to offer...

The big question lately has to do with rates. So, still wondering about interest rates? Here are the answers. Ken from Novation put up the latest. However, the rates are changing every day... or even more on some days. But, there is no denying that rates are good, and if you are the right buyer, this is a GREAT time.

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Blog Anthology, Posts dated 1/27-2/2

Caught up... To today even...

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More All-Star stuff... and more.

In NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, Part IV and Part V I talked a little more about the driving tasks. It was great.

There is a bad person floating around in Gwinnett County. Open Houses... why we don't like them so much is about one of the places where these two items intersect.

It's Sunday... video day (or not) was actually on a Wednesday... but that isn't a good reason to skip the videos for the week. (See, I told you that I would shake it up).

I had to have a little rant. I want my Mommy!! (or not so much) is that rant. Why do people refuse to be responsible for themselves and their own actions. Stop being a victim and be an adult...

Greg Swann at Bloodhound Blog wrote an incredible post on one of the key difference between a Buyer's Market and a Seller's Market. Buyer's Market? Take your time? No... I commented, but he made a great point.

For National Heart Month, I wrote a post about being CPR certified... ok, it's really because my wife wanted us to get updated. Are you CPR Certified?

Drop in to LaneBailey. I look forward to hearing from you.

Blog Anthology, Posts dated 1/20-1/26

Catching up here... For the latest, please feel free to click below.

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On to the posts...

Here are the Sunday videos... enjoy, on time and everything. Just when you start to expect them... we'll see.

I thought I would give a little information about one of the local schools here in Gwinnett County, GA. The first in the series is Parkview High School.

Cub Scout Car Guys was a GREAT opportunity to hang out with some cool kids and talk about cars. I was invited to speak to a group of Cub Scouts about cars. We had a great time, too. And the videos rocked.

Cashflow 101... interested in a little financial gaming? I ran across the game and it looks pretty cool. I'd love to get together a group of interested prospective investors to play. Read for details.

NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, Part I is about me driving NHL VIPs around during the festivities... and so is NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta Part II. And there is a little bonus at the end.

NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, Part III is actually about going to the skills competition. We had a great time. It wasn't just the hockey, but the bonus from the previous evening was a hit with the kid... makes me happy.

Blog Anthology, Posts dated 1/13-1/19

If you haven't figured out by now, all of my posts are now going directly to Drop by... here are the latest posts.

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So, on to the posts...

It's Sunday... must be time for some videos of Jeepsters and Commandos. A little 4wheeling to bring in the new week.

While it looks to be another Jeep related post, If it ain't broke... fix it anyway! is actually about real estate and customer service, as well as making business better.

Has your listing expired? in Gwinnett County? If so, I'd love to get your opinions.

I went to breakfast with Ken Cook of Novation Mortgage. We came up with a killer product if you find a Cool house... not cool garage? Drop in, read more... and then let's go look.

In my travels around the blogs on the net I came across a great real estate promo video... and it is nothing like 99.73% of the videos out there. Real estate video, New and Improved? asks about consumer impressions.

Every one needs a break. I took a little road trip with the guys... Cold and dirty... I love my hobby is a little about the trip. Stuff goes wrong... but that is ok.

That is the week. I know there are only six posts... I missed one because of the trip.