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Want to increase business? Answer your phone

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:25:48 +0000

Do you want to sell your listing faster and for more money?  Answer your phone Do you want to work with more buyers?  Answer your phone Lenders, do you want more loan business from agents?  Answer your phone I know this sounds simplistic but more sales are made on the phone then are made via […]

Real Estate Auctions: Not Just For Foreclosures Anymore

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:57:39 +0000

Two years ago, I started paying MLS, NAR, CA, and SDAR dues.  Since my wife Debra was taking on more of the lending responsibilities, I spent the bulk of my time working with the real estate agents.  Having MLS access allowed me to hold broker opens for my agents, hold open houses for their listings, […]

My ideal closing date is always yesterday: The perfect real estate listing in the reckless teenage years of the new millenium.

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 17:56:21 +0000

On Facebook of late I’ve written about the idea of the perfect offer – the sum total purchase contract package most likely to win the de facto auction I am holding for my real estate listing. We’ll talk about this in some detail, in due course, but for now the decision matrix for the ideal […]

Who’s afraid of the big, bad bot? Real estate “AI” is a cargo cult – of trivia.

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:04:51 +0000

I’ll talk more about this as we go forward: I am listing almost never, but I am listing as close to perfectly as I can. I have made myself into a killer real estate listing agent by way of behavior modeling: Double-thinking appraisers and experienced agents to get to the unassailable price, then selling to […]

What is Position Zero on Google? All sales fundamentally start as questions….

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:45:41 +0000

One of the easiest things to understand in sales is that everything starts with a question. How much home can I afford? How do I deal with foreclosure? Who is the best REALTOR? Where is the best neighborhood for my family? There are literally millions of questions starting an equally impressive number of sales out […] 2.0

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 14:52:07 +0000

Here’s a preview of what I have in my mind : 1- Facebook ads (as an agent) 2- Value-added services for real estate agents (as a lender) 3- Non-distressed auctions for real estate brokerages (as a vendor) I have posted a few things since the content slow down on Bloodhound Blog but a lot has […]

“Make a sound. It might make you feel right at home.”

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 13:40:45 +0000

Who’s got something to howl about? Could it be you? I always have real estate news, just not a hell of a lot of it. I’m a lot less about marketing and a lot more about fundmanentals, these days, but I’m listing more as game theory than as a job, anyway. Too weird for words, […]

Two Turtle Doves (revisited)

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:18:46 +0000

I was weathering a Category 1 hangover the day my big fat Vice President dropped by the office and found me asleep at my desk. He’d come to personally deliver my Christmas bonus (a twenty-dollar bill stapled to a battery-operated Rudolph necktie) and to spread some holiday cheer to the few remaining insurance salesmen who […]

Four Tips To Supercharge Your Real Estate Brokerage Business

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 03:44:02 +0000

Most real estate agents want two things:  more money and more time off.  The challenge is that they are doing things that (a) are not dollar productive and (b) are time consuming.  Add in more regulatory burdens, market shifts, and industry participants which are staffed by people who are incompetent, lazy, and/or stupid and it […]

Is it me or have underwriting…

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 01:18:16 +0000

My wife and I downsized earlier this year, to save money, reduce debt, and put money into the beginning of a rental empire we hope to build.  We have good cash flow, income, and excellent credit.  And yet, maybe because we earn money as a small business – read: law firm – the underwriting process was […]

My Pettiest SM Peeves

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:59:13 +0000

I’m a Chicago real estate blogger  who resides in a glass house (okay, an MCM high rise) so throw ’em if you got ’em.  A little collateral stone breakage comes with the territory in this Midwest cranny. Regardless, here are a handful of Social Media miens that tick  me off on a daily basis. In no great […]

Getting a San Diego Condo VA-Approved Adds Value To Service Members

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:02:08 +0000

Debra Brady and I are experts at VA-financing.  One of the things we do very well is secure a VA condo complex approval for condominiums which aren’t agency approved.  Some comments from a recent YELP review: I started the home buying process while still on deployment, and Brian graciously worked with me across 13 time […]

How Not to Message

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:44:30 +0000

Taking this moment to give this brief lesson on how not to message: Neil Siegel, a former special counsel to Joe Biden and supporter of ObamaCare/Affordable Care Act, was on WUNC’s The State of Things on Wednesday discussing recent appellate litigation involving the subsidies authorized by the Act. The DC Circuit ruled Monday that subsidies […]

Passed my Check Ride

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:32:42 +0000

Back in January, I wrote here about taking private pilot lessons. My post was inspired by one Greg wrote in December about mastering something difficult this year. Earlier this month I took an oral exam and then check ride with an designated examiner for the FAA, and I passed! The next day, I piled my […]

Hey, @Zillow: Why are you calling the Realtors and lenders you prey upon #racist?

Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:22:19 +0000

And why on earth do they continue to do business with you?

Flourishing, Flying, and the FAA

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:52:43 +0000

Greg has a nice post on mastering something difficult this year. I’m not sure it counts as a truly difficult task, but I started taking private pilot lessons in August, and was hooked. It turns out that flying in a small plane is fun, especially when you can fly most places you want with comparatively […]

Want to be a better, more-perfect version of yourself? Master something difficult this year.

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:00:37 +0000

You weren’t just cheated of an education when you were young, you were cheated out of the full awareness of your own humanity.Mait Jüriado / / CC BY-NC-SA I always love to read about the outrageously nefarious bad guys who are doing all the things we hate. Doesn’t matter who “we” are, since the […]

How Are YOU Getting Real Estate Leads?

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:46:54 +0000

Let’s get back to it. We’re all sitting around today, plotting and planning our strategies for 2014… Writing down goals. Looking over our numbers, canceling the crap that aint working and signing up for stuff that might… For me, (ever since I read MREA back in 2004) the modus o has always been “If I […]

Most Creative Loans We Funded in 2013

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 02:08:08 +0000

1- We funded a $900,000 Orange County purchase with just 6.5% down payment and no mortgage insurance 2- We funded an Orange County condo, with a VA loan, and got both the Master Association and Condo Association VA approved in 30 days 3- We funded a $600,000 San Diego County purchase, with just 5% down […]

When I start a church, I’m going to call it The Second Church of I-Don’t-Go-To-Your-Church.

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:18:05 +0000

Thomas Hawk / / CC BY-NC How do you know when a time is right for your idea? How about when someone else comes up with something similar?: Atheist ‘mega-churches’ take root across USA, world. For the past three months, I’ve been thinking about starting a church evangelizing egoism and excluding no one, and […]

Rock Me Mama Egoism In Action: The link from art to human values and back.

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:35:18 +0000

Everything is all one thing, so this is a video essay about art about music about morality about song-writing about marriage about redemption – simple stuff. This is egoism in action, me being me. This video connects directly to the argument I made on Friday about ‘conservative’ art, and all of everything I am saying […]

Celebrating the father of our freedoms: The freedom to own real estate

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:25:12 +0000

Kicking this back to the top. Happy Independence Day! — GSS  This is me in today’s Arizona Republic (permanent link): Celebrating the father of our freedoms: The freedom to own real estate By the time you read this, Independence Day will have passed, but I thought I’d give you one more reason to celebrate our […]

Seven years of the dawgs: Reflections on BloodhoundBlog’s anniversary.

Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:16:09 +0000

We started here, and still the question rings in my ear: If almost-as-good is free or nearly free, what is the market value of slightly-better? Big changes in the world since then. Brick ’n’ mortar retail is all but dead. Books, records and software ‘apps’ are aiming for a price point under ninety-nine cents — […]

Practical ontology in real estate? Who ever heard of such a thing?

Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:29:37 +0000

From KJZZ Radio in Phoenix, The Way of the Bloodhound: ‘“From now on whenever you’re driving on the freeway look for a truss,” Swann said, referring to a roof truss on the back of a truck. “And when you start to see a truss every day, then things have turned around. If you see three […]

Bidding farewell to brave Odysseus…

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:40:56 +0000

It’s a dread we’ve learned to live with. I wrote about this day in fiction a couple of months ago so I would have the choice not to write about the facts today. I can make death beautiful — big deal. Nothing can make death tolerable, nothing but time. But: He died as he lived, […]