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While many of us were at the NAR Convention networking, partying it up and taking advantage of the myriad programs and offerings to help us improve our personal businesses, there was another group of individuals in Orlando working diligently for the benefit of all of us members of the REALTOR organization and consumers. You probably will not see them in many of the pictures of the festivities, nor would you have likely seen them in any of the live session feeds that were broadcast throughout the week. You see, this group of individuals was busy working on things like Association Governance, an Economic & Housing Stimulus Proposal and accepting a charter for a new and greatly needed REALTOR Credit Union, among other things. I learned that the schedule for these leaders of ours was very busy, leaving little time for attending sessions or parties.

I bring this up to emphasize what is great about our organization and to remind all of us about the scope and focus of our National Association. While we all have our personal gripes and maybe even think there are some pretty huge issues that need to be addressed, the fact remains that our Association remains dedicated to the betterment of all of our lives and businesses, to the welfare of our country’s economy, and to the rights of homeowners across our great land. Furthermore, all of this important work is driven by the dedication of our tireless volunteer leadership who think nothing of taking a week away from their families and businesses to give their time and talent for each of us.

Please take a moment out of your day to thank these individuals. I, personally, am very grateful to them.

Lisa sells residential real estate in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern PA, and authors The Poconos Real Estate Blog. Being a strong believer in community participation, she currently serves as President of a 1700 home Property Owners' Association and Secretary of the Board of the local REALTOR Association for 2009. Her most challenging and fulfilling role, though, is that of Mom to two teenage girls, and her main hope for them is that they learn to appreciate the abundant joys of a life lived with a positive attitude. You can connect with Lisa on Twitter, Facebook and/or LinkedIn.

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  1. Mark Eibner

    November 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    we’re at it again Our Behind-the-Scenes Warriors: Get out of your feed reader and comme..

  2. Bob Wilson

    November 15, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Lisa, I am grateful for the time and resources these people invest, but my concern is still the direction that NAR is going and the public screw ups (Dick Gaylord on AM TV, short sighted TV campaigns, or almost anything that comes out of Yun’s mouth) that reflect negatively on all of us.

    Some details into the thought process would be nice. Insight into the goals would be better. A thorough plan that spells out what needs to be done, and how, would be best.

    For example, is there more to the Economic & Housing Stimulus Proposal than this?

    As the nation’s largest lobby, is that the best they can do?

  3. Paula Henry

    November 15, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I had dinner last night with our previous Board President and his wife; both attended the NAR convention. Their stories of the convention were quite different – he in meetings and she enjoying the festivities and programs.

    The hours he puts into the community and service astounds me; all for no pay – only the reward of having served.

    Thanks to all for your selfless work behind the scenes.

  4. Lisa Sanderson

    November 16, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Bob: When you put it that way, it sounds like we need your help…bad! Are you involved?

    Paula: I watch someone very close to me give a huge amount of time to the State & National Associations. These people truly only want to do what’s good for our industry and we should all support them in their efforts either by pitching in where we can or by showing support. It’s hugely frustrating to hear ‘they should be doing this’ or ‘they should be doing that.’ It’s about Us & We, not They & Them.

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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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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…



Keeping organized

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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