Author Archive

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

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

Funny Business

When I was looking for a real estate professional to call my agent, I had several qualities in mind. But the one that I was most focused on in the initial interview (beyond basic competence, of course) was a...
November 3, 2015

Real Estate Reading Guide for Fall

Now that summer is officially over, it’s time to spruce up our reading lists with something a bit more businesslike than the average beach read. And what a better way to do that than looking forward to the 2015...
September 29, 2015

Smart Design Advice From Real People

A soon-to-be-released home design guide from the Young House Love couple shows how friendly advice need not be stuffy, messy, or boilerplate. ...
August 20, 2015

Zen and the Art of Real Estate

One broker looks beyond the traditional sales contest to come up with a creative way for agents to let off steam and cultivate new skills....
August 7, 2015

Want to Predict the Future?

This reading list will help you understand which trends are here to stay, and how to craft elegant solutions to big-picture challenges. ...
July 7, 2015

An 800th Birthday for Property Rights

On Monday, June 15, historians across the world will celebrate eight centuries of a dusty old document. So, what does that mean to you, a modern real estate professional? Everything. The Magna Carta was the first agreement in the...
June 12, 2015

A Source for Summer Reading Lists

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, our minds turn to the unofficial kick-off of summer. While the market heats up in many locations across the country, real estate pros may be too busy to consider what reading material to...
May 19, 2015

Midyear Reading List

On your way to the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo this May? I’m always curious to hear what you guys are packing in your carry-ons as reading material. If you still need to grab something, allow me to...
April 29, 2015

The Search for the Perfect Kitchen

I’ve seen a lot of ugly kitchens the past few weeks. My husband and I recently started searching for a new home, and let me tell you, folks: It ain’t pretty. Now, let me preface this with a few...
April 20, 2015

The Fictional Value of Street Names

Back in January, I found nearly endless fun playing around with an online “tool” created by The New York Times to analyze what effect a street name might have on the value of a single-family home. Basically, you key...
April 7, 2015

A Spoonful of Sugar

When I first heard about Chip Bell’s new book, Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2015), I was expecting the usual 200-300 page business paperback. So when a colorful, square-shaped hardback clocking in at...
April 1, 2015

The Evolution of Attention

As soon as I started tracking analytics, I found myself watching the way that I browse websites and read marketing e-mails. I couldn’t help it! I began taking mental note of practices that made me want to click away...
March 16, 2015