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The Big Linkowski: Catching up in the hopes of getting no further behind . . .

I’m hugely far behind, but I want to do my best to catch up over the weekend, because I think I’m about to get very busy. I’m linking as much for my own future benefit as for yours, so, if you’ve already taken note of some of these posts, forgive my redundancy. If you haven’t seen them, though, please do. This is good stuff.

Like this: The Phoenix Real Estate Guy teaches you how to catch a CLUE report. I don’t know how serious this is outside Arizona, and it was much worse here two years ago than it is now, but since it is by now enshrined in our standard contract, we have to know how to deal with it like it or don’t. Also: An excellent discussion of disintermediation and a smart take on this week’s Phoenix real estate news. Cliff’s Notes: The sky remains unfallen.

Two of note from Daniel Rothamel at The Real Estate Zebra: Working with clients before the real game starts to make sure they understand the process and some unsavory games being run north of the border.

Holy Cow! has been reading our mail! No, not really, but the advice they offer to sellers is remarkably like the things we do for our sellers. (Realtors: Would you like to know how to justify your commissions? Doing more for the money goes a long, long way.) But wait. There’s more. Plummeting costs for building materials suggest it may be wiser to build than buy. And How to prime the referral pump. If you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the PressReal feed. These are serious folks with a very professional approach to real estate commentary.

There’s Double-Bubble trouble at 360 Digest and Rain City Guide, with cavitation echoes in San Diego and who knows where else. The ugly truth is, if you resolve to lay down with fleas, you had better be prepared to fight like a dog. The thread at RCG ran to 106 comments, possibly not including some that were deleted. My own best effort at bubble ballistics has only accrued 92 comments, but that may be because I won’t talk to the rude ones. That post was the origin of the “winged monkeys” crack, incidentally.

Jim Cronin at The Real Estate Tomato posts two sweet lists of what is bad and what is good in business blogging. What’s the twist? They’re the same list. Jim is looking for real estate horror stories for Halloween. Deadline is October 29th.

More to come…

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4 Comments so far

  1. dustin October 14th, 2006 1:20 am


    It’s definitely been a flee-infected couple of days, but I like to think I’m a hard guy to intimidate, so I’ve started a new conversation (complete with deleted off-topic comments from the get-go) and it seems to be a much more pleasant experience so far. (I’ve only had to delete two out of the first seven comments!). As with all things real estate blogging, it is just an experiment, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

    Don’t get too busy to post! 😉

  2. Greg Swann October 14th, 2006 6:14 am

    It’s like roasting a marshmallow. It starts out ghostly white and perfect and it takes forever and you’re sure nothing is ever going to happen. Then it gets all toasty brown, and your mouth starts to water, but you know if you just wait a few seconds longer it will hit your mouth like a melted-sugar atmosphere, like universal splendor, like permanent bliss. And then, just when you think you’ve timed it perfectly — the conflagration! The entire marshmallow erupts in enormous flames, and no matter how hard you blow, you can’t blow them out. Finally you’re left with the vast charred remains of a former marshmallow. So what do you do? You eat the damn thing anyway, that’s what. Surprisingly tasty, under the circumstances, and now you know what char tastes like. And, besides, it’s the easiest way to get the sticky mess off the end of your stick so you can roast another one

  3. dustin October 14th, 2006 12:22 pm


  4. Galen October 14th, 2006 5:02 pm

    You make a joke and the half the world that should be laughing doesn’t even get it. Mix in some serious crazy and you get the responses to my post.