If I wanted your opinion, I would have asked for it

Clinton or Trump? Global warming or cooling? Black lives matter or all lives matter? In a time where emotions are running higher than any time in decades, the question is where do you draw your personal boundaries when you are working with clients — d…

Are you prepared for a future recession?

Now is a wonderful time to be in the real estate business. Home sales are up; home prices are up, and the demand for housing is strong. People have jobs, and the number of real estate agents and Realtors has been rising — four years in a row after fal…

5 women who could help change the future of NAR

I just read Teresa Boardman’s post on women in leadership in the real estate industry, and I have to admit, it struck a nerve. You see, I’m probably one of those who thinks the whole “gender equality” thing is overblown, because I tend to reject identi…

NAR, the 1980s called — they want their excuses back

This past week, readers reacted with outrage to the article about how National Association of Realtors top employees and board members are compensated. Several people suggested that NAR’s top brass gets paid too much …

So your tech failed you — figure it out

I can’t call myself a digital native because that term is reserved for people who are the same age as my adult children. I’ll just say that I have had internet access in my home since the 1980s, and I fully appreciate the difference between a 300 baud dial-up modem and a 1,400 baud dial-up modem because that is all we had back then. Technical problems and issues are as old as the technology, and often, I have had to be my own tech support …

Just give me 5 stars: The real deal with agent reviews

I have been thinking about agent reviews again because they have been in the news, well not in the national news or anything but in the real estate news. According to industry experts, real estate agents are supposed to embrace agent reviews without re…

As real estate evolves, we’re still exactly the same

For the third year in a row, I attended a bar camp for real estate professionals held in Omaha, Nebraska. (REBarCampOmaha) It is a six-hour drive from my home in St. Paul, Minnesota, but that includes a stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to pick up a f…

Is your broker’s technology holding you hostage?

I just love the question: should I use my brokerage’s technology? I see agents who are held hostage by email addresses and domain names that they do not own and held by the belief that it’s the technology they use and probably pay for through the real …

Stop using ‘I’m busy’ as an excuse

Spring is the busy time of year, especially in real estate and everyone is busy — or, at least, that is what people say. Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean making money, but if I were to tell someone that I’m busy, they would congratulate me …

6 reasons the Galaxy S7 might be perfect for you

Real estate agents just love their iPhones, but there are alternatives for those who want to try something new and a little different. And yes, you can easily sync a phone that has an Android operating system, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, with your i…