Book Reviews 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

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

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

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

Success Comes from Adversity

Very few people would be thrilled to discover that the building in which they had done years of scientific research had burned to the ground, reducing thousands of hours of work to a pile of ashes. When this very thing...
October 14, 2015

Reimagining Home

I graduated from college in May of this year.  After moving back home, the thing I immediately missed the most was living with a few close friends and within walking distance of the rest.  While many friends have stayed...
October 8, 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

Writing Tips for the Digital Native

Let’s face it. No matter who your customer is or what type of transaction you represent, each one of us can improve our digital communications. Whether you are exchanging e-mail, posting to social media, or texting, how you structure...
August 13, 2015

Use Search Like a (Web) Master

If information is power and the World Wide Web hosts it all, then the No. 1 skill set to access what you need when you need it is search. And how you search for information is just as important...
July 28, 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

Bringing Humanity Back to Business

There’s an app or a website for just about any service nowadays, which seems to make person-to-person contact obsolete. Why would I call a car service when I can just get an Uber driver to come pick me up...
June 29, 2015

The Gentle Art of Asking

Every day we ask for help. It could be as simple as asking for a referral or it could be as complicated as asking a broker to join your franchise.  Either way the ask not only depends on what you...
June 4, 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

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