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Most of us live where we live because we love it (although some do because of circumstance). Rick and I love Miami and celebrate it almost every day. It makes such a difference to love what you do and share that passion with others…..I guess that’s why I like blogging so much.

If you look around real estate blogs, you will find that a lot of hyper-local blogs have a fun feature where they let their guard down, we have Miamism Fridays and actually encourage our readers to send in “Miamisms”. Our blog is not a year old yet, but can tell you that people stop us to tell us that they look forward to reading our Friday posts.

I would love to hear what others are doing that is “out of the box” to encourage interaction and to have a little fun in your blog? I can tell you that the trick to these fun posts is consistency!

Here are some great examples:

  • Our own Lani Anglin does Bubble Gum Interviews (which I am sad because I have never been interviewed <snif snif>)
  • Agent Genius has Thursdays WTF (which is a bit random and not consistent……WTF?)

**please add links to your blogs when you share so that we can go take a peek**

Ines is all Miami, all the time. A Miami Beach Realtor® with Majestic properties, Ines authors,, and and is always on communication's leading edge. She goes out of her way to engage and be engaged, often using Mojitos to keep the mood light and give everything she does a Miami flavor. You can find her goofing off or instigating trouble at Twitter, Flickr, Facebook or LinkedIn.

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  1. Bill Lublin

    May 23, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Ines – Your post made me feel better –
    Lani never interviewed me either, and you and Rick and way better looking and have that whole Wind in the hair Miami thing going – All I have are soft pretzels, cheesesteaks and the Philadelphia Eagles 😉

  2. Barry Cunningham

    May 23, 2008 at 11:06 am

    We are launching a “What’s Cooking” feature. Gets us out speaking to local restaurants, interviewing them, letting them spread the word and a free meal to boot! Cross promotion is righteous!

    Ans as Ines knows..we have some unreal restaurants to talk about down here.

  3. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    May 23, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Ines, Bill- your day will come and you’ll be sorry you ever brought it up, the interviews have ruined many a career 😉

    Barry- I LOVE that! We’ve had great success on our hyperlocal blogs with featuring events especially at music venues and restaurants, let us know how it goes!

  4. Ines

    May 23, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Bill – Philly Cheesesteaks RULE!! I would do a “where’s the cheesesteak” bit on your blog and photoshop an inconspicuous sandwich in known Philly places…..that would be a lot of fun.

    Barry – that really sounds like a great idea – I do restaurant reviews on Miamism (just did one yesterday for Burrito Grill) and it’s usually restaurants where owners are involved and welcome the consumer. Some of them, in return, place a “” window cling somewhere on their window fronts. Good Luck with that……and yes we have awesome restaurants.

    Lani – I’m sure I will regret this 😉 …..or NOT!

  5. Benn Rosales

    May 23, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Sometimes Friday gets here and I am like ahh wtf?! What happened to Thursday?!

  6. Jonathan Dalton

    May 23, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Clearly you’re not one of my 3 loyal readers else you’d have known about the Friday afternoon theme music.

    This one’s for you, Ines …

  7. Rich Jacobson

    May 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    While many of us let our hair on our blogs a bit more than we probably should, I think it’s a great idea to create a regular weekly feature to attract more readership and participation. Local interaction, Baby!

  8. Ines

    May 23, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Benn – I know what you mean, but put it in your schedule for God’s sake!! you can have a Thursday Theme without a Thursday Post! or delegate it my friend…..there are plenty of us here.

    Now Jonathan….THAT’s what I call a fun post!! I do have you in my feed reader, now I just have to get there.

    Rich – you know all about local interaction……your crab says it all!

  9. Ricardo Bueno

    May 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I still haven’t come up with something as clever as “Miamism” or “Turn-Around Tuesdays” or…you get the idea.

    I probably need to find something that brands itself around “Bueno.” Any ideas? 😀

  10. Jonathan Dalton

    May 23, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Rich – letting your hair down isn’t all bad, as long as it’s not done to excess. Helps the readers see a more intimate side of the writer which in turn can help them build that connection.

  11. Ines

    May 23, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Ricardo, since you are in mortgages and rely on Realtors to give you business – you could identify a “good guy award” to someone around the country – or people within the industry.
    “Bueno’s agent pick” or Bueno con Ricardo. If your readers are more local, think of something silly or fun in your town – Bueno AWARD! Buenos Dias. You could also keep it general and switch it up a bit (the award may go to a local cop or pizza guy or even a meter maid)…..OK……I think I’ll stop now.

    Jonathan – I’m with you there!

  12. Benn Rosales

    May 23, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Ines, last time I checked Thursday is still on my calendar! =]

  13. Athol Kay

    May 23, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Actually I cursed that I had not thought of “Miamism!” when I saw it on your site Ines. It’s effortlessly good every time.

  14. Ricardo Bueno

    May 23, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Ines: Muchisimas gracias! Talking it out with someone usually gets the creative juices goin’…

  15. Ines

    May 23, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Very funny Benn!! very funny….

    Athol – how about “connecticutisms”??? 😀

    Ricardo, I’m sure I can keep going

  16. Chris Shouse

    May 23, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I am really going to have to think about this. I have not felt real fun lately. Can anyone give me some ideas on fun things for my sight?

  17. Ines

    May 23, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Chris – with hyperlocal blogs it’s not easy to get advice – but I can tell you I love your flower shots. It could be as easy as Summerlin’s Friday Flowers (it doesn’t have to be on Fridays either – pick and day and stick to it) – ask readers to share their flower shots and maybe a story to go with them.

    You could even share one of the photos from your photo blog with your main blog once a week. Look what Athol does with the bad MLS pictures…..people from everywhere send him stuff.

  18. Ricardo Bueno

    May 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    orale pues…don’t let me stop you 😀

  19. Kathy Drewien

    May 23, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Love the spontaneity of Miamism Fridays! Your post prompted me to get started with Saturday Stories.

  20. Chris Shouse

    May 23, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Ines that is a great idea and Friday’s Flowers would be perfect. Thank you. I will start next Fri.

  21. Irina Netchaev

    May 23, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Ines, what a great idea! I’ll need to put my thinking hat on and create something similar.

  22. Jamie Geiger

    May 24, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Great idea, I guess I am kind of doing it with my dogs- I am a Foster Mom for Basset hounds and bloodhounds and have posted a couple of times about that- so I think I can come up with Hound Day or something along those lines and share stories and pictures of my new hounds and the funny things they do- I really need a great video camera

  23. Athol Kay

    May 24, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Ines… I’ve thought of “Connecticutisms”, but it’s a horrible mouthful, plus I don’t think I can pull off your peppy sense of fun about it. Mine would be dark stuff like “Snow: We lived here our whole lives and we still can’t drive in it” and pictures of crashed cars. Or “Construction on I-84… since 1982”.

    Maybe Connecticutitis…

  24. ines

    May 24, 2008 at 11:20 am

    BUENO is in DA Haus! – 🙂

    Chris – sometimes it takes a little brainstorming to get those juices flowing, let me know what you come up with.

    Jamie- that’s an amazing idea – and if you can engage other “foster parents” to share their stories, imagine the power!

    Athol – HA HA!! you are right about the mouth full, connecticutitis is hilarious (sounds like a horrible infection), although I don’t think you need any more theme days on your blog – every time I stop by I have fun and your sense of humor and personality shines through.

  25. ines

    May 24, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Kathy, I skipped you purposely – what a great start and I am so happy that this post inspired you. Your link was broken, but here it is – Saturday Stories

  26. Vicki Moore

    May 24, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Ines – You are so creative you’re infectious. I love your ideas.

  27. ines

    May 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks Vicki!! 🙂

  28. Mariana

    May 24, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Ah! Once upon a time I had an off-topic day, but I haven’t done it lately … I may have to pick it back up! (And I agree with Vicki. Ines is one ofhte most creative people I have ever known-but-not-met-in-person…)

  29. Chris Shouse

    May 24, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Ines this is what I decided to do if it works I spent the day researching people on flickr who take pics of Summerlin. Instead of just flowers I think Summerlin Saturday and have people submit their favorite Summerlin pic. hoping that just by contacting those people it will start the ball rolling. If worse comes to worse I could always take an ad out in our hometown paper. Hoping that word of mouth will start it rolling and be enough to keep it going. What do you all think?

  30. ines

    May 24, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Mariana – I did go into your blog remembering you did something funny and couldn’t find it… go do it! (and thanks for the creativity part…….I need an OUT!!)

    Chris – I think that’s a beautiful idea. There’s a local non-re blog that actually includes flickr pictures of miami without having to contact them. So it would be easy to supplement those days people don’t send you stuff.

  31. Teresa Boardman

    May 25, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Thanks for the link. My Friday fun post has helped me get listings. Who knew?

  32. ines

    May 25, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Teresa, that’s what I’m talking about – and let me not get started on your Churches either. I think you have inspired many of us into coming up with different ideas and to not be afraid of being ourselves in our blogs……and……most importantly…….consistency!

  33. Barry Cunningham

    May 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I can’t see the Bentley in the picture! Must mean miamism Fridays and being an architect are working for you. 🙂

  34. ines

    May 25, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Barry, no….it means you just have to take my word for it about the Bentley 😉

  35. Barry Cunningham

    May 25, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Fuhgettaboutit..your word is taken!

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“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.)

Still Smoldering…

“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.)



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“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.)


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“Scalped ceilings” and other MLS hair-raisers



Wait until you see the characters who showed up this week on the MLS…well, at least tangentially. It was a great week for laughs, and many were provided by Jane PetersJan Pastras, and Patrick Martin, all from right here in sunny L.A. Thanks to you all for helping me be virulent. Uh, I mean vigilant:

Neither ‘Hair” nor There

“Nice scalped ceilings” (Designed by Tonto Interiors)

“Larder than others in the area”  ( Roseanne Barr must be selling her house.)

“Fellow directions” (Since when do fellows ask for directions?)

‘I’ll work garder for you” (Thank you,  Blaze Starr.)

“Horse property w/ room for stills” (Uncle Paddy, get off your bar stool – I found the house of your dreams!)

You Say Potato, I Say Kato

“Drop by for coattail hour” (Hosted by coattail experts Larry Fortensky, Kato Kaelin and Kevin Federline.)

“Needs work but not a teard” (Don’t cry for me Argentina.)

“Nice home. Show cokd.” (That’s fairly obvious, Ms. McSnorty.)

“”Manure foliage” (Sh_t for brains agent)

“Gas ready” (Just like Uncle Paddy…)

Quaked and Half-Baked

“So sorry – no seismic ins” (This must be on the Not My Fault Line.)

“New fence gaye” (A fence with a lisp?)

“Famedia room” (Is this a room or an STD?)

“Master now don” (I’ll call him “The Donald,” but there’s no way I’ll call him “master”!

My Fave’ Rave

“Sellr movng away –  not going to fix anyting, not repairs, not pest, not cracks, not nothimng.” (Buyer walking away – not going  to offer a dollar, not a dime, not a farthing…not nothimng, nit-wit!)

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