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Inman’s 25 Most Influential Bloggers 2008



Several Agent Genius Writers Awarded

Today, released their 2008 version of the 25 Most Influential Bloggers List and features several Agent Genius writers:

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We are also proud to announce that with the 25 Most Influential Bloggers list comes the Top 10 International Blogs which names Poppy Dinsey in London, UK. We look forward to the shenanigans of last year (see where I named myself the 26th Most Influential and people thought it was real and Kris made an “Inman Runner Up” badge for her and others to place on their site) and congratulate everyone on the list!

On a related note, Agent Genius announced this week the 127 Most Sphere’d in Real Estate, so check out who’s in the AG Sphere!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Nick Bastian

    October 30, 2008 at 9:22 am

    you all already know it but… AG rocks! Congrats to all of you for your hard work. Glad to be able to call you friends… I think! 🙂

  2. Brian Block

    October 30, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Congrats to all from AG who made the list and to everyone in the Top 25!

  3. Benn Rosales

    October 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Wow, what a sweet list and it’s about time for some, especially Lani – you’re amazing.

    I don’t know about that Poppy girl though… 😉

  4. Poppy Dinsey

    October 30, 2008 at 9:59 am

    What a super list, you’re all heroes!

    Personally, I’ll be celebrating with an enormous chocolate sundae when I get home from work. Teresa, Kris, Jay, Daniel…I suggest you too celebrate with some sort of fancy dessert.

    Lani, you can celebrate by hurting your husband on my behalf :-p

  5. Jay Thompson

    October 30, 2008 at 10:23 am

    @Poppy – can I substitute an enormous beer for the fancy desert?

  6. Elaine Hanson

    October 30, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Congratulations on consistently producing really high quality content. I’ve learned a lot from you guys! Thanks!

  7. Poppy Dinsey

    October 30, 2008 at 10:25 am

    @Jay – You have my express permission to drink yourself silly in light of your recent success.

  8. Ravi Shah

    October 30, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Nice job all, congrats! So who is buying the first round?

  9. Benn

    October 30, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Ravi, I heard you were!

    @poppyd you vixen…

  10. Jay Thompson

    October 30, 2008 at 11:13 am

    “Ravi, I heard you were!”

    Interesting. I heard exactly the same thing!

    @Poppy – Thank you. Consider it done.

    In all seriousness, congrats to all. Lest we not forget, much of any bloggers “success” comes from the support we get from readers, supporters, and folks like Benn and Lani that provide an additional platform and put up with our quirks.

  11. Rudy from Trulia

    October 30, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Congrats all!

    Social Media Guru at Trulia

  12. Gerry 'RealtyMan' Bourgeois

    October 30, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Great Job All & Congratulations!

  13. Tim McDonald

    October 30, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Congrats to all of you! You’ve all been a great resource and inspiration for me as I prepare to get going myself. Keep up the great work and giving me something to aim for.

  14. Teresa Boardman

    October 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Congratulations to all of you. Laughed hard when I saw this post. Still laughing. Thank you Lani. Have I told you lately that I love you?

  15. Missy Caulk

    October 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    This is great!! Congratulations to everyone. (((clink, clink)))

  16. Missy Caulk

    October 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Lani, how did you get that list? early? LOL
    I checked Inman today and it says release tomorrow. You got the scoop.

  17. Jay Thompson

    October 30, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    @Missy – it’s been available on Inman since midnight last night (Premium Members only, which is goofy).

    The blog post on Inman was made yesterday and never updated.

  18. Joseph Ferrara.sellsius

    October 30, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations to all you geniuses. Beers on me at Inman NYC.

  19. Ben Roberts

    October 31, 2008 at 11:09 am

    AG seriously rocks. Being an avid beginner (is that a category?) I have subscribed to most of the sphere’d blogs in hopes of being one myself someday. Keep it up!

  20. Mack

    October 31, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Congratulations to you all. Maybe if they would expand the list to the top 50,000 I could make it.

  21. Nickie Rothwell

    October 31, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations Everybody!

    Enjoy those desserts and drinks-well deserved!

  22. Derek Overbey

    October 31, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    The list is awesome and I’m so happy to see all my AG buds on the list! Maybe I can make a list in the future if it only takes Twitter and Seesmic into consideration. I’m really happy for all of you!

  23. Lisa Sanderson

    October 31, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    A big thank you to all you trail-blazers who are leading the way for the rest of us. Congratulations on the recognition…but we *knew* this already!

  24. Paula Henry

    October 31, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Congrats to all – well deseved!

  25. Paula Henry

    October 31, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Okay – that is deserved and you should never type in the dark, from the light of your screen.

  26. Vicki Moore

    November 1, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    A list of 25 and 5 are on AG. Now that’s somethin’!

  27. Vicki Moore

    November 1, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Oh WAIT! 6!!

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Business Marketing

“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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Business Marketing

“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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