We’ve Come a Long Long Way in a Year
Over the past year we’ve grown at lightning speed, watched the real estate industry evolve, and captured and covered it together. We’ve brought thousands to social media, helped thousands to wrap their offline businesses around social media, covered new technology and issues that impact the individual agent and brokers alike, and made a lot of new friends along the way.
We’ve teamed up with a few of those friends to bring the Agent Genius contributors a great big Merry Christmas and gigantic thank you for all that you do in the real estate space. Your leadership, insights, coaching, mentoring, and selfless giving has brightly impacted the real estate community and us personally. All of you have become a part of our family, including those that contribute through feedback, comments, and input, both on and offline. (Special note: 8 sponsors were collected to honor our Jewish writers and readers to celebrate the 8 days of light for Hanukkah.)
So let’s unwrap some gifts, shall we?
– has wrapped a red bow around it’s dsSearchAgent IDX solution for our contributors for the next 6 months, and is issuing a 6 month credit to those that are currently paying to receive the product! Not available in your area yet? That’s okay because you’re getting a raincheck! Valued at $24,800.
– the sweet single property website solution is offering a one year discount on every single property website through to December 31, 2009 making each site only $25! This gift’s minimum value is $400, but we imagine it will be much higher by years end!
– the socially empowered real estate search portal is giving 1 year of its Premium Membership through 2009, and those that already have it will be extended through the end of 2009! Valued at over $7,700.
– has kicked in a one year subscription of the fabulous RES. RES is a powerful suite of tools designed to create a professional show from still pictures and allows you easily syndicate your properties online. If you’ve already paid on the year, you can expect a one year add on! Valued at over $3,875.
– the deliciously simple bulk email solution is an incredible tool at any price, but for our contributors Mimi is sliding down the chimney with the $24 email starter package to help you reach your goals in 2009. Valued at over $8,900.
– we all need a little inspiration or even a ghost writer from time to time, and Bring the Blog provides both. Incredible insight into the economy, lending, and the markets written in a language every day consumers can understand- subscribers can chop it up and use the facts within each post to conceive a new post, or use the post as it comes! Valued at over $8,800.
– the online real estate property bookmarking site is offering six months of their pro account for six months at no charge to all of our contributors. Dwellicious is the next big thing in real estate and contributors get a chance to try it on for size at no cost! Valued at over $7,200.
– is offering a 30 day free trial of MLBroadcast where writers and all AG readers and commentators can sign up to establish a web broadcast channel and create a free web show by using your still photos and data. You’ll even get a free initial consultation from the President of MLBroadcast! Valued at over $2,418.
The total estimated value is $64,093.00!
And Presents for One Special Commentator:
Now, I bet you’re wondering if we thought of those that contribute through comments here on Agent Genius… It just so happens that we have! But we’re going to let the contributors decide who gets this same AG spread of swag! That’s right! For the next 24 hours we’re taking private nominations from our contributors via email on whom they believe has offered the most inspiring and insightful community involvement- so contributors, get to nominating and watch your email on December 26th for an email on how to go about redeeming these exceptional services.
The last order of business…
Now, there is one last order of business here on Ag we’ve yet to address, and that would be Lani Rosales. She’s not an agent, but her dedication to the real estate community is well documented, she takes phone calls from contributors, mainstream media, our partners, and even our community commentators virtually 24 hours a day. She brilliantly connects people on a daily basis and happens to have assisted many many partnerships both inside and outside of the real estate space using social media. She’s recognized around the world for her tireless efforts, and she should be recognized here as well.
Jeff Turner, President of Real Estate Shows knew that Lani would have virtually no use for any of the above mentioned gifts and has graciously filled the gap with a beautiful new Samsung NV24HD camera, pictured below! Lani had just received a new camera prior to Inman SF this year, and had it stolen on the trip! Ag and I both send out a huge thank you to Jeff Turner at RES!
So from us to you, we wish you all a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
“House has spark” – burning up the MLS with typos and other bloopers
The year is starting a march toward its natural ending, friends…and it seems a few real estate careers may be also. This week I found some real head-scratchers in local real estate ads and the MLS. However, I get submissions from all over the U.S., so no one is safe from the eyes of the Blooper Scooper. Check out these blunders:
Do You Smell Smoke?
“House has spark” (Apparently your real estate career isn’t the only thing going up in smoke.)
“Big pep area in kitchen” (Is that the cookie jar where Mommy Dearest stashes her uppers?)
“Dull Viking ovens” (Methinks there’s something in the cookie jar that will perk up those dull Vikings.)
“Large greenhose in back” (Large, naked Jolly Green Giant in yard.)
“Mush added to this house” (Was that the overflow from between your ears?)
I Think I See Flames
“Beautifully remolded guest” (Another cosmetically-altered Barbie hits the Hollywood party circuit.)
“Enjoy a drink poolslide” ( Hell, if the pool is sliding, I’ll need a whole pint of Jack.)
“Each bedroom has own bedrooom” (Hello-o-o, Alice, how are things down there in the rabbit hole?)
“Separate pod to build GH” (That should please my pea-sized buyers.)
“Play room for the kiss” (Something tells me this is the back seat of a ’67 Chevy.)
“Ideal for gusts” (That’s great…if you want to live in a wind sock.)
“Impaccably detailed” (Incredibly challenged)
“Stylish pewder room” (Try burning a match.)
“Stone pillars flake driveway” (Flakey agent got stoned in driveway.)
Nothing But Embers (This Week’s Fave):
“From a bygone error” (You have just written your own epitaph.)
“New bd pans inc” – Making a Splash on the MLS
I have two things to say this week: 1. When you drink, you can’t think. 2. When you drink you can’t- … uh, what was I saying? Oh, yes – the MLS. It was so full of bloopers this week that I am led to conclude that happy hour started Monday and never stopped. Read these and tell me if it is any wonder I was driven to throw back a few martinis myself:
Booze ‘N’ Fools
“Free membership to gin inc” (It seems someone else beat us to it, Martini Mary.)
“Grab now use imagination” (That’s what Arnold said to his housekeeper.)
“House has new edition” (Agent lacks erudition.)
“Babblying broke runs in back” (Bumbling buffoon runs amuck.)
“Drop by for cocktail ho” (Oh, is the Sunset Strip for sale?)
Puff ‘N’ Stuff
“Near Sacramento airpot” (I believe his name is Jerry Brown.)
“Claw me for selling” (I’m too busy clawing my eyes out over your spelling.)
“Reduction on mid-century ner Holywod” (Another mid-sixties porn star is looking for work.)
“We can sake your home” (Can I get fried rice with my sake?)
Proof or Goof
“Nice streem” (Said Grandma to Grandpa after his diaper exploded.)
“Nice for dog kids” (Uh, they’re called ‘puppies,” pal.)
“New bd pans included” (Thank you, Nurse Nancy – can you warm those first?)
“Good stable in neighborhood.” (Have you contacted Mary and Joseph?)
“Drawing for plasma” (Is this a blood-bank?)
And This Week’s Winner Is:
“Good school in areola” (Thanks for keeping me abreast of things.)
PROOF OR GOOF, FRIENDS – I’M WATCHING EWE 🙂
My secret office organization tip – Sharpies and tape
If you’re still practicing to be OCD, here is a secret I don’t typically share with anyone, but I’m willing to share with you today…
I used to be obsessed with the P-touch machine. I labeled everything. Drawers, shelves, folders, canisters, and anything that I could think of putting a label on.
But the label makers weren’t as pretty as my own handwriting and didn’t come in every color a Sharpie does, so I got the brilliant idea one day to write in light blue sharpie in my beautiful handwriting on clear tape, placed neatly on the shelves in the pantry. Visitors thought I had written on the cabinets, “what if you have to move things?” they asked. “It’s just tape, look!” I said as if I was performing a complicated magic trick.
Not just shelves!
It’s great to use this tip on files and folders so you can reuse them (especially if you have custom files or designer files), on drawers at the bottom of each section where pens and tape goes, and especially in the break room.
No more label maker, no more refill cartridges and no more mess, especially someone else’s mess! Trust me, this is an OCD person’s dream organizing tip!
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