Buyers Info

January 29, 2010
Just for fun...

Freaky Friday: 10 Signs that the photo on your business card is outdated…

One of the reasons I don't have a photo on my business card or web site is because agent photos have gotten so ridiculous. I'm firmly convinced that if I put my 45-year-old mug on a card, people would automatically think I was 80 years of age. After all, having a photo that is dated to about half of our actual age seems to be the industry standard.
January 28, 2010
Puppy with Pumpkins

Finding a Pet-Friendly Condo/Coop in Westchester NY – It isn’t easy, but it can be done….

Its tough enough to find a condo or cooperative that will accept dogs - but a German Shepherd is much tougher. Even if the complex accepts larger dogs many are restrictive with respect to breeds. The German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Akita, Pit Bull, and from time to time my beloved Siberian Huskies are often on the chopping block specifically by condo and coop boards.
January 21, 2010
Real Estate Issues

The Self Defeating Brokerage Recruitment Model…the vicious circle continues:

The way brokerages function often is a mystery to the consumer and it often comes as a shock to new agents who think that the brokerage is there to "support" them. Most brokerages disconnected from customer service and the newly licensed agent course became the big cash cow. They recruited and recruited throwing anyone with a license and a pulse up against a wall and hoping that something will stick.
January 17, 2010
Real Estate Issues

How far is too far? Does having a large geographic range of service make sense for the client?

It is very interesting that just as consumers are demanding ever more hyper-local content and knowledge from agents that we are also seeing another distinct trend in the opposite direction: the tendency to list and sell to larger and larger geographic areas.
November 22, 2009
Real Estate Issues

Defining “success” in the real estate – or how not to choose a real estate agent

How exactly should one define success in real estate? How should these bottom line numbers like sales production and number of listings held factor into a home owners decision about who to sign a listing contract with?
September 28, 2009
Trust - A broken link

Vote with your feet: Just say “NO” to Big-Box Bankmarts!

Over the past four months, I've had five transactions with one particular big-box bank. All save one were a complete nightmare. all I ever get from the powers that be at any Big-Box Bankmart is snarky arrogance bordering on disdain. Its pretty simple....Big-Box Bankmarts pretty much feel that they are in full control of the situation.