I don’t write much that is serious on Friday, and I just noticed that we have a category called “silly”, I am thinking that must have been Lani’s idea. I can’t believe it took me so long to write an appropriate post for it. Real estate really is local. For example there are maybe 10 days a year here in Minnesota where it is so cold that it isn’t a good idea to go outside. For those of us that have to go out we can’t stay out very long.
Tomorrow it will be in the double digits below zero, with wind chills in the -35 below range. If you have never experienced that kind of cold, all I can say is that it is painful and that every inch of skin has to be covered or frost bite is a real concern.
It is on the -35 days the people want to go house hunting. I am working with 3 buyers this weekend and meeting with a developer. I will show a minimum of fifteen houses and at least five will not have the heat on.
The rules for dressing are a bit different under these conditions. I will not be wearing any suites this weekend no matter who I am meeting with and no one will think less of me.
I will wear a floor length wool coat, gloves, boots, a cashmeir scarf and a hat similar to the hat in the picture. Beneath the coat I start with a thick cotton turtle neck shirt, and on top of that a wool sweater. No matter what anyone says natural fibers work the best.
Long-johns are a must. Yup you betcha. They are made of silk and can be comfortably worn under jeans or dress slacks. The boots are insulated with lambs wool, and the socks are made of wool. Very important to wear warm socks, I wear red wool because red socks are the warmest. Once the feet get cold it is all over.
Some of my clients are not from around here and they don’t get it when I suggest that it might be too cold to go house hunting. I advise them on how to dress and they don’t listen. I will be comfortable but very tired when it is all over and they will be cold and want to go home. Some will be crying for their mothers. It shouldn’t but the idea puts a smile on my face.
The next weekend will be much warmer and chances are I will be showing four or five houses all weekend. People just love to see houses in super sub-zero weather, and gravitate toward the unheated homes. I will smile as at least one of my buyers will show up in tennis shoes, and won’t make it through all the showing.
The hat in the picture is available through SuperCasuals. Even though red is a warmer color, I like the pink, it makes a statement, not everyone can pull the bomber hat look off, and some worry about hat hair. I am lucky, the look works for me. My attire may seem “unprofessional” to some but I want to live. 🙂
Funny video most real estate professionals can relate to
Have you ever had a buyer that was so enthusiastic about their potential home that they have a list a mile long of requirements? The front door must face east, the windows must be Pella brand, the carpet must be cut pile berber, it must be within two lots of a fire hydrant, needs to have wooden rods in the closet, not metal and of course the exterior paint must be barn red.
You already know what home they need and will love based on their actual needs and you’re going to show them that house, but in the meantime you may end up feeling a bit like the character in this video that is just so funny, we can all relate to (whether about a buyer or otherwise):
Can you relate? Maybe in a former career or if you’re one of our readers that is a designer first and foremost?
Funniest Realtor parody videos you’ll see all minute, guaranteed!
Who says the phenomenon of funny cat videos and stupid girl falling in a fountain while texting at the mall videos don’t spill over into the real estate world? We’ve highlighted three hilarious real estate videos below that are well worth the ten minutes to watch, even if you’re in the office and have to put headphones on.
Video 1: theagent.tv… the best part is at 2:29… MOVE!
Video 2: I Love You, Man… the best part is the whole clip. If you haven’t seen this horribly inappropriate movie, the lead character is a Realtor. He is awesome.
Video 3: Realtor loves his job. Or something… the best part is at 0:39. Is that the fireplace over there!?
Tell us in comments which video moment caught your eye!
A pig and a poke (The MLS “Menu”)
This week I actually got hungry reading the MLS and the LA Times real estate ads. Check out these bloopers so you can see what’s currently on the menu. I must warn you, you may want to hit the sauce and trim the fat:
I’m In the Mood For Food
“This hame is well stocked.” (Thank you, Porky Pig.)
“Hear is the glolden egg!” (…Which apparently comes scrambled.)
“Counter w/ new pop and fresh” ( Fat little dough boy included.)
“This one has alla the gravy” (Said Carmella Soprano as she proudly served her baked ziti.)
“You’ll marble when you see this beauty” (Bummer. At least Lot’s wife got to be a condiment.)
“We hamdle REOs” (That’s one way to bring home the bacon.)
Ham Fingers…So The Pork Lingers
“Small pad w/ view of peer” (Why go home when you can sleep at the office?)
“This is not a TIC” (…said Jeff Goldblum’s hands.)
“Cabinets w/ polished mental inserts” (Listing w/ punch drunk mental idiot.)
“This is a Short Shale” (Say that five times really fast.)
Is It Happy hour Yet?
“Just done finished floored” (Bottle done, finished agent on floor.)
“Cork floors in bar aria” (Methinks the cork was popped several drinks ago.)
“Stunning hammerred doors” (Offered by stumbling hammered dufus.)
“This condonimiun has all the trimmins” (Sauced agent has the tremorrrrs.)
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