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Russell has been an Associate Broker with John Hall & Associates since 1978 and ranks in the top 1% of all agents in the U.S. Most recently The Wall Street Journal recognized the Top 200 Agents in America, awarding Russell # 25 for number of units sold. Russell has been featured in many books such as, "The Billion Dollar Agent" by Steve Kantor and "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent" by Gary Keller and has often been a featured speaker for national conventions and routinely speaks at various state and local association conventions. Visit him also at and

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  1. Jamie Geiger

    August 28, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Guess I don’t get this post-apparently someone does not like animated gifs.

  2. Lani Anglin-Rosales

    August 28, 2008 at 7:46 am

    I stand by my statement that I hate animated gifs. Also, we enjoyed spending time with you ENORMOUSLY- you and Wendy are a trip! So in honor of you, I present this animated gif:

  3. Todd

    August 28, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Ugh. Elegant Agent Genius, with it’s clean, professional theme and easy to read typesetting has become Myspace. Where are the RockYou! embeds with photos of drunken frat parties? Or maybe some of those awful “copy paste” sparkely gifs that say “U R my BFF!!!1!”

  4. Chris de Jong

    August 28, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Why use animated Gifs, when you can use simple Jpegs to blow some minds!

    Also, great post Russell. I share your sentiments on animated Gifs as I am of the generation that seems to rank popularity based on how gaudy a profile you keep on your social network of choice. On the plus side however, Gifs have led to innovative ways for me to Rick-Roll my fellow employees!

  5. Glenn fm Naples

    August 29, 2008 at 6:23 am

    At least I found a good source for animated gif’s from this post – much easier than PS.

  6. Daniel Bates

    September 3, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    There is something mesmerizing about animated gifs, I had to stop everything that I was doing and read every frame of the image, so they do work. Now I need to incorporate them in my website somewhere.

  7. Paula Henry

    September 3, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    This post made me love animated gifs, cause you made me laugh:)

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Lie To Me? I Saw You Twitch…



Whatever You Do, Don’t Blink

I don’t watch a lot of tv, mainly because I have a short attention span, and something has to be pretty compelling to catch my interest.  If you haven’t caught an episode of Fox’s new series, “Lie to Me” you probably want to check it out. The show follows Dr. Cal Lightman, a ‘deception expert’ who studies micro expressions and body language to figure out if someone is lying.  The interesting part of this (for me, at least), is that the science underpinning the show is the work of Dr. Paul Ekman, who holds a PhD in clinical psychology and has been studying facial expressions and body movement since 1954.

The show points out that facial expressions are universal, and frequently places photos of the show’s characters, frozen in emotion, next to cultural references making the same gesture or expression to illustrate the point. (The last show pointed out a ‘self comforting gesture’ of holding one’s own hand, with photos of Princess Diana and Michelle Obama.)  Darwin was the first to publish on the topic, in 1872, and Ekman’s work expands on that. The show also points out how expressions can ‘leak out’ without the subject realizing they’ve done it. I’ve spoken with a few different people who thought the observations in the show were so dead on (liars actually maintain eye contact, to watch and see if you believe their lies) that they were uncomfortable watching and turned it off.

Reading Your Clients?

From a real estate perspective, I am always using body language and facial expression to help read a client’s thoughts…it’s easy to see as you show a couple a home if they like it, without ever needing them to say anything. Granted, some folks are tougher to read than others.  I know lots of Realtors who have been trained to recognize and interact with different personality types, so perhaps a brief training in reading microexpressions could be useful too? Dr. Ekman’s company offers a Microexpression Training Tool that claims to teach you to read microexpressions in an hour’s time.  (You can demo the tool on the website, trying to guess on five different expressions. I scored an 80 percent, not bad!)

Although I don’t think that the focus on sniffing out lies is necessarily the most important use of the skill for agents, being able to read microexpressions could probably help you interact and communicate with your clients more effectively. Test out the demo and let me know how you did!

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Thailand: Americans Are Scared – Want To Come Home



This is not typical Ag but I hope you’ll allow me. I did get a hall pass, you know. But I don’t think this will excuse me from writing my regular post.

This is Michele. One of my dearest friends. She was supposed to be home from Thailand yesterday. At this point we have no idea when she’ll be home but we could sure use your help.

The Austrialians, Chinese, Japanese are all getting their citizens out while the Americans are seemingly – seeming to me anyway – to do nothing.

I’m asking for 5 minutes of your time today. Just 5. That’s all it takes to make a couple of phone calls. And I know you can do it because you can market anything.  All we’re doing is marketing an idea: Get them home.

Call your Senators  It’s a drop-down list.  Click on your state and dial.  Get a live person.  Just hit 3 or whatever.  An extremely helpful aid will answer.  Tell him/her that we must do something to get the Americans stranded in Thailand home.  That’s it.  It’s fast and painless. 

Still got 4 minutes left.

Email the US Embassy in Thailand:
Subject:  Americans In Thailand
Message:  Get our American families home.

This will probably take the last 4 minutes:
Contact your representative.  This site will get you to their site and contact infoYou’ll need your zip code plus the 4 numbers that follow it.

Got a few more minutes?

The White House

Twit Obama

If you have time to do one or all of these things you will make a difference.  All our voices will make a difference.  If you don’t have time to do any of it Lani will mail you a bag of flaming Cracker poo.

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Wealth Building, Rule #1



Wealthy II

“Only borrow money to pay for things that increase in value” – Seth

People often say “Debt is bad.” It’s not quite this clear cut. Bad debt is very bad; Good debt can be very good.

Bad Debt = borrowing to buy a depreciating asset or experience (shoes, boat, car, most vacations)

Good Debt = borrowing to buy things which increase in value (real estate, businesses, collectables) or increase your value (targeted education and training, for example).

Pay off your bad debt ASAP. Take on Good Debt, in small doses, after loads of education.

Got it ?

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