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I am currently doing a deal with a seller who is in her 80s.  She doesn't use email.  Everything that I have needed signed has been hand delivered.  I haven't had to do that in a long, long, long time.  It has gotten me to thinking about the miracle of email and how did we used to get along witho...
04/05/2011
  Dan Polimino has posted a really interesting post on using a home inspector on new constructions during month 10 rather than prior to closing, relying on the builder's people to generate a good pre-closing punch list.   I have reblogged that below.   I think that suggestion borders on brilliant...
04/05/2011
My cat's life changed radically about a month ago when a dog came to live at my house.  One of the changes is that the cat's food is now up on a counter where the dog can't get to it.  Without my help, the cat can't get up there either.  I have become a human cat-elevator.  The cat will stand the...
04/04/2011
The key to successful negotiation is a finely honed sense of listening.  You have to hear what the other side is telling you.  You have to hear the details hovering around the actual words.  Speaking metaphorically, you have to sense the movement in the groundwater under your feet.  You have to p...
04/01/2011
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OK, I am going to issue standard Rant Warnings here.  If someone tells me that their current offer is their "Highest and Best", to me that means that they are at the end of what they are willing to do on a deal.  Does anyone have a different understanding of the definition of that phrase? I have ...
03/31/2011
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I went ot my weekly Weight Watchers Meeting today at noon.  The results were not good, not at all good.  I think I may have a new explaination for the problem.  It turns out that the earth's gravitational pull isn't equal at various points on the planet.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environ...
03/31/2011
One of the things I enjoy doing is helping people identify what style of home they have.  In Texas, it is usually pretty easy.  We are only dealing with about 100 years of inventory.  American Bungalow, American Four-square, Tudor and Ranch pretty much takes care of probably 90% of what there is ...
03/31/2011
We all run into situations where we don't get the results we want or expect.  The deal falls through.  The buyer you have worked with for months suddenly stops returning your phone calls.  Your next door neighbor lists their house with another agent.   Well...I have a suggested cure for that unha...
03/29/2011
Do you know about the blog/website, Calculated Risk?  I don't remember where or how it first came to my attention.  I have been receiving the blog in my email in-box now for at least 6 months and I have become a dedicated follower.  The person who writes it takes other people's numbers and turns ...
03/21/2011
Things I have learned (again) in the recent past.  Drama is a really good indicator of some kind of dysfunctionality.  With the exception of birth, death and weddings, there is almost nothing about healthy relationships that generates drama.  If a situation can't be summarized to the point that i...
03/21/2011
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