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Real estate links and how to enact a Hollywood Western . . .

Teresa Boardman guest blogs at The Real Estate Tomato with some excellent advice on honing our technology skills.

Free The Drones has more on the Google Sandbox.

Bonnie Erickson at Real Estate Snippets is raising a stink about smelly houses. This may be the perfect answer to the question, “Why preview?”

More counter-intuitive rising-home-value news from Hot Property at BusinessWeek. If there were as many different ways to count groceries, you’d never make it home with a dozen eggs.

Back home in San Diego, Kris Berg has an excellent cautionary tale on the peril of ignoring the preliminary title report.

Two words: Galen Ward. The man is a poet.

Geri Sonkin at All About Long Island has thoughts on discounting. My preliminary conclusion is still that buyers don’t care very much, but I’m still playing with the idea. Three of the houses I have closing in December I would not have had without the flat fee buyer’s agent’s commission, so that’s a counter-argument.

In a Hollywood Western, about a half-hour after the second-act gun-battle, a seeming rout for the bad guys, the respectable townsfolk start poking their heads out to see if it’s safe to come outdoors. Then they gather in the town square and cluck about how much they abhor violence. This is done as comic relief and to set up the expectation of peace, to be spectacularly defeated by the third-act gun-battle. (Can you imagine what fun it is to sit through a movie or a play with me while I pick it apart line by line?) Today some of the townspeople of the have decided my brief war with Keith at Housing Panic was unseemly. Oh well. Kris Berg brought home a nice post on Realtor bashing, and, of course, Jay Thompson was a combatant. Other remarks suggest that — alike unto the comments of the BubbleHeads — people still don’t understand the issue: When someone tries to extort away your right to say what you choose, that is when I will be eager to engage in a discussion of what is ugly or a waste of time. At the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp said, “The fighting’s commenced! Get to shooting or get away!” Nothing could be easier in the world of weblogs: If you don’t like a particular post, skip to the next one. I don’t relish a fight like that, but I don’t shrink from it, either. My guess is that we are all safer because I beat Foghorn Leghorn back into his chicken coop, but that doesn’t matter to me. I didn’t do it for your sake but for my own…

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    6 Comments so far

    1. geno petro November 30th, 2006 9:02 pm

      Actually, I concur. As I said, I’m a Realtor. If I don’t close a million a month every month I can barely make my nut. Nor am I above giving someone a literary smack if I feel like they are jabbing pot shots in my direction.

      The point I was making was directed at those who post the comments–the commentors. While the two opposing Pros are the main venue, as it were, it always seems to be their respective fans in the aisles who fight the ugliest and with the least skill. At least in Chicago. But then again, none of this is high art–its just a couple million opinions of people with spare time, apparently.

    2. kaiser sose December 1st, 2006 8:31 am

      [Comment redacted for plagiarism.]

    3. kaiser sose December 1st, 2006 11:06 am

      It’s not plagiarism when you cite the source Greg. Of course, if you actually had a formal education, you would know that.

    4. Joe December 1st, 2006 1:53 pm

      >My guess is that we are all safer because I beat
      >Foghorn Leghorn back into his chicken coop

      Oh for Pete’s sake, enough with the self-congratulatory back-slapping already. You didn’t “beat anyone back into their coop”, considering that you continue to devote column space to this ridiculous childish war of words.

      Most of your posts were as infantile as his.

      Back to the issues at hand, already.

    5. Buzz Saw December 1st, 2006 3:47 pm

      My guess is that we are all safer because I beat Foghorn Leghorn back into his chicken coop, but that doesn’t matter to me. I didn’t do it for your sake but for my own…

      Swanny is a self-flagellating POS. You invite abuse, you revel in it, your lack of scruples is evident for all to see. Realtwhores like you merit the low esteem you receive from the bubbleheads.

    6. John K December 1st, 2006 6:02 pm

      Holden Lewis over at Bankrate, who writes the Mortgage Matters blog, has some choice words about your entire blog, actually:

      SANGUINE POOCH: Not long ago, I stumbled upon a strange blog about Arizona real estate called Bloodhoundblog. Now it has turned into a group blog with a broader geographic reach. It remains strange.

      The weird thing about Bloodhoundblog is that the bloggers seem so angry and unhappy. I check it every few days out of morbid curiosity, like a kid exploring a burned-out house in the neighborhood.

      Read this post and see what I mean. On the surface, the guy seems awfully impressed with himself. But I think he’s crying for help.

      I hope I’m not stirring up an ant’s nest. Then again, I sorta hope I am. Sorta. Kinda.