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June 15, 2017

You’re Fired….and I’m not sad about it, either.

I’m generally a patient person.  Let’s face it….to succeed or even survive in property management and leasing you must have a reservoir of patience to interact with all the craziness of our industry. I’m also generally an understanding person.  Life happens, I get it.  We are all humans and screw up. So I’m a patient and understanding person…Until I’m taken advantage of by someone for these traits of generosity.  At that inflection point, I transform into what my title company rep infamously nicknamed me:  “BB Baldini.” Ball Buster Baldini. When I reach that level, the gloves come off and it’s not pretty to be on the receiving end.  So when a Client or vendor jerks me around for payment or is acting in an in-congruent manner with the expectations set between our two entities, it’s Go Time.  Unless resolved correctly, it ends with me firing them. Is that mean?  Is […]
June 7, 2017

Can Anyone THINK anymore these days?

Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging. At more than half of schools, at least a third of seniors were unable to make a cohesive argument, assess the quality of evidence in a document or interpret data in a table, The Wall Street Journal found after reviewing the latest results from dozens of public colleges and universities that gave the exam between 2013 and 2016. Ouch.  Double Ouch. https://www.wsj.com/article_email/exclusive-test-data-many-colleges-fail-to-improve-critical-thinking-skills-1496686662-lMyQjAxMTI3MDA4NjcwMzY0Wj/ I bring this new article to your attention for the following reason:  Rental properties involve, fortunately or unfortunately, human beings.  As I have written about human beings in other articles on this site, we are messy creatures–physically, emotionally, and mentally.  (I mean, come on….if we weren’t, we wouldn’t have jobs in leasing, property management, real estate, court […]
May 20, 2017

Why did they do it?

The real estate market is having a record-breaking year. Agents are selling their listings in literally hours on the market instead of weeks and months. Yet when reading some of the comments on various social media posts like Twitter and Facebook, you’d think the world was falling apart, planets are about to collide and millions are about to die Agents complaining about how other agents aren’t changing their status in the BLC fast enough to reflect accepted offers. Agents complaining about how inspection responses from Buyers are ridiculous and out of control. Multiple offer scenarios and issues with paperwork. Buyers complaining about a lack of homes to buy. I’m calling Time Out.  Let’s all take a deep breath and drop our shoulders a half an inch before we all get a migraine.  Perhaps it’s time we reflect on just how damn good we have it.  We live and work in a […]
April 28, 2017

Situational Awareness & Your Personal Safety

Today’s blog post is related to your personal safety.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take a few minutes to read this information and incorporate it into your personal and company protocols. Dear Colleague, I am writing to share tragic news from South Bend, where a REALTOR® was brutally attacked and raped last Thursday afternoon while photographing a vacant home (not preparing to show the home or meet a client as the article says). The REALTOR® is a member of the Elkhart County Board whose Association Executive, Julie Alert, told us that an alarm sounded during the attack which caused the attacker to flee and neighbors to call the police. Police arrived to find the REALTOR® unconscious in the basement of the home. No arrests have been made.  Please take a moment to share this news with everyone you know in the industry, so that it may serve as a reminder that safety precautions are […]
April 25, 2017

If you are in the real estate business and don’t own rental properties….smh.

I was chatting with a lady at a local association meeting who was nervous about her retirement coming quickly in less than 10 years.  She was, as many folks just like her, not prepared financially to put up her spurs and sip on a fruity beverage on a beach.  After lots of dialogue, it hit me like a ton of bricks. This person owned zero real estate besides her home.  And she is a licensed REALTOR.   Why would a person in the industry not take advantage of the unique opportunity they have to increase their wealth?  It boiled down to ignorance and fear for her. Literally sat there shaking my damn head…. So, the question on the table is this: Should you invest in rental properties for income when you retire? My short answer is this: 90% of you in this audience probably fall into the damn ignorant stupid foolish category if you […]
 

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