Cracking the Burglary Code: Are You a Target?

Criminals look at a neighborhood using a totally different calculus than residents and real estate pros do. Learn how their lenses make targets out of certain geographic, social and architectural features. ...
June 24, 2016

3 Surprising Ways to Measure Sustainability in Your Community

Sustainability is a popular word, and I think that’s mostly because it can mean so many different (but mostly positive) things: environmentally friendliness, durability, longevity, monetary balance. I would be willing to bet that at the 24th annual Congress...
June 8, 2016

3 Ways to Manage Your Yelp Rep

I found my agent on Yelp. Of course, it’s not like just chose the first local agent with a five-star rating. My reading of review sites goes much deeper than that (especially for important decisions such as finding a...
June 2, 2016

A List to Take to the Bookstore

It’s been awhile since we checked in with the New York Times Best Sellers in the business category. Although there are only two that specifically deal with real estate this month (number five overtly and number eight abstractly), I...
May 23, 2016

Why Prince was the Pinnacle of Business Savvy

Prince was the ultimate independent contractor. When he wasn’t happy with the way corporate America was treating his product, he went off on his own to serve his constituents directly. And how could you deny the branding chops of...
April 28, 2016

4 Ways You’re Wrong About Boomers

It seems everywhere you turn these days there’s some new diatribe against the generational focus of commentaries on society. It’s boomers attacking millennials attacking boomers… Heck, we even played an April Fool’s joke based on the trend a couple...
April 15, 2016

Happy Bi_thday to the _EALTO_® T_adema_k!

After 100 years, it’s easy to forget how important one little innovation is, especially if it’s something you use every day. Such is the case with the beloved REALTOR® “R,” which has been with us for a century....
March 24, 2016

5 Surprising Public Speaking Tips

I’ve never really been comfortable that oft-quoted stat that humans are more afraid of public speaking than death, or abnormally large spiders even. Giving a speech doesn’t often kill a person, President William Henry Harrison being a noted exception....
March 10, 2016

The Power of Beer and Cheap Houses

In the dark days that lead up to a presidential election—wherein candidates inevitably benefit from pointing out all the ways in which our country is failing—it can be tough to see the path to better times. That’s not the...
February 25, 2016

The Biophysics of Home Ownership

After spending years on the sidelines of conversations between real estate professionals, I know you guys like to talk shop just as much as I enjoy nerding out about grammar and publishing platforms with fellow writers and editors. People...
February 5, 2016

Shakespeare and the Real Estate Investor

I have spent most of my life studying stories, with the exception of that brief unfortunate period as a child where math was required. (OK, by brief I actually mean the eleven years that it was required, but you...
January 25, 2016

Um, We Need to Talk.

I’m ready for the day. My iPhone, iPad, laptop, and back-up batteries are fully charged, apps are updated, and cache is cleared. I’m ready to have an awesome day, positive that technology is not going to get in my...
January 6, 2016

What You May Have Missed in 2015

The end of the year is a time to look back on one’s accomplishments in the past twelve months, so that we can get ready to face the next twelve. In the age of analytics, it’s easy to get...
December 11, 2015

A Real Estate Riff

Around this time of year, you’ll probably see a number of variations on the popular poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore (often nicknamed, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” thanks to its rhythmic first line). So...
December 8, 2015

Corporate Anthropology and the Beta Business

As an intern with REALTOR® Magazine this fall, I had to see the movie “The Intern” when it hit the theaters. But I was surprised to find myself more engaged with the business culture of the fictional online clothing retailer...
November 23, 2015