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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You Cannot Put a Price Tag on Trust

Help

How one of the Scariest Nights of My Life Turned out to be a Blessing in Disguise That night started out like any other steamy summer evening in June of 2009 but it certainly wouldn’t end that way.  I was in my second sting as pitching coach for the Westwood High School summer baseball team, my alma matter.  As I stood there instructing the pitchers in the bullpen, I remember taking note of the menacing...
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Back at Home Plate (June 2015)

Back at Home Plate

To say that the past 4-6 weeks have been a whirlwind would be a radical understatement.  Another year of pre-school in the books, Madeline’s first dance recital & final soccer game, team parties, short trips, two family birthdays, four sick people, first family road trip, two broken appliances, a minor flood and . . . I guess I’ll stop just short of a partridge in a pear tree.  For starters, Madeline (four and a half)...
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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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Simplicity is the Ultimate Complexity

Tracks in Sand Flickr

A Tale of Learning to Let Go, Create Some Space & Fill the Void Ah Shit, not again, I muttered to myself . . . I fumbled to pull my IPhone out of my pocket realizing that I had been sitting in front of my computer for who knows how long and, once again, I’d forgotten to start the timer. Catching myself mid-act, I remembered, “Hey wait a minute . . . . I don’t have...
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Back at Home Plate (May 2015)

Maddy & Luke Soccer

We’ve been eating a lot more ice cream than usual at our house over the past couple of weeks.  But hey, a promise is a promise.  Ice cream and sprinkles make the little girl smile. Madeline started soccer at the local YMCA this spring.  She was fortunate to join up with a good group of kids including: her cousin Luke, some of the girls from her preschool and a few family friends.  Not to mention,...
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Changing My Perspective on Success

Sign in the Hall

Sign in the Hall that Changed My Story Growing up, all I ever wanted to be was number five.  Number five for the Kansas City Royals.  George Brett was my idol.  From as early an age as I can remember, that was it for me; the pinnacle. While other kids my age were watching cartoons and bugging their parents for action figures, I was hounding mine for royal blue stirrup socks and mock baseball card...
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