Choose Wisely, My Friends

Fasten Seatbelts

I was in Vegas this week for a small conference. A healthy mix of work and play. Met a ton of great people. All in all a very productive trip. My flight out on Monday afternoon was very smooth and arrived early, in fact. As we were pulling away from the gate in Austin, the pilot came over the speaker and said, “Welcome aboard. We just came from Vegas and I can tell you, the...
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Look Out Charlie Brown!?!

Charlie Brown

Last Saturday afternoon we took the kids to the park, to burn off some energy. While they were messing around on the playground, I found a football that someone had mistakenly left behind. I tossed it to Kristin and we started to play catch, back and forth. When Collin walked over, seeming interested, I motioned for him to ‘come here.’ I put the ball (point-down) on the ground and suggested he run over and kick...
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Door Knockers, Please Note

Do Not Enter

This is the fourth article in the March 2016 Edition of The Ryan France Letter.  For added context, you may want to read the articles in sequential order starting with: The Right Kind of Hustle.  Perhaps it was my recent encounter with the agent ‘door knocking’ my neighborhood.  Or maybe it’s just my general bemusement with the prevailing thought patterns in the real estate industry.  Everywhere I look, I see examples of the same utter absurdity. Before...
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Who Would You Rather Represent You?

Postcard

Flammable postcard campaign infuriates an entire community – some of the responses will Shock You! In August, I crossed over my nine-year anniversary in real estate.  You see a lot in nine years.  You learn a lot – about yourself, about others, about what you do and do not want to be.  It’s a constant evolution. Much like the three final competitors on Alone, I feel like I’m playing a different game from my colleagues...
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They Say, “Its All Your Fault!”

All Your Fault

Real estate publishing giant, ActiveRain, asked 1,000 real estate agents to rate the biggest mistakes made by home sellers 77% said, “overpriced home” 34% said, “showing availability” 32% said, “cluttered space” 28% said, “unpleasant odors” 21% said, “unwilling to negotiate” In other words, according to the 1,000 real estate agents polled, “It’s officially all your fault.” The blame falls squarely on your shoulders.  You, being the home seller. My question is, if agents already know there...
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WARNING – Now, It’s Public!

Danger Report

Report turns a spotlight on the real estate industry’s innermost worries, generating impassioned reviews from those whose reputation it calls into question. When the country’s largest real estate trade group publicly bares some of it’s biggest concerns, should owners, sellers and buyers of homes pay attention? That is the question columnist Kenneth Harney posed in a recent Washington Post article – his response to the recently published D.A.N.G.E.R Report.  The National Association of Realtors (NAR)...
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