Author Archive

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

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