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Random non-real estate related post

Nothing real estate related here at all. Just found a cool new blog that I added to my feed reader, called JetHead: The World from 30,000 feet at 500 mph.


JetHead is over at Wordpress.com and it's the periodic musings of a commercial airline pilot. He flies a 737.
I’m typical of the major airline pilot: seven years as an Air Force pilot flying worldwide, twenty-five plus years in [American Airlines] cockpits, captain since 1991, and many, many thousands of pilot-in-command hours with the commensurate number of take-off and landings to match. Like all of our cockpit crews, “this ain’t my first rodeo.”

My favorite post so far is the one called Fearful Flyers: What Not to Worry About. JetHead goes into great detail about the safety engineering on big commercial jets ....and then throws out this little chuckler:
Your jet is designed to endure a shaking like Charro on crack and still go about its business. Although I’ve never asked a nervous flyer because I’m trying to calm them, not piss them off, if you are a white knuckle flyer, do you worry about your car falling apart whenever you cross railroad tracks? Probably not–even though your car is NOT designed with the stress tolerances of our jet. Just something to think about.

Some of his posts are technical, like comparing the old MacDonnel-Douglas MD80 to the brand new Boeing 737-800. But some are "sketch of life" type posts, like extra-odd people he finds in the airports during the Christmas holidays.



Now, at the airport, odd stuff is a given. That’s because odd people still have very little time and so must go by air, I suppose, to share their weirdness with family and friends.

Plus JetHead has beautiful photos of his time in-flight. Cruise on over and see if you like what WordPress.com has to offer. Or check out our blogroll of interesting and useful blogs about real estate, life, tech & geeky stuff, and other stuff like design.  Enjoy!


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Pushy Salespeople

Had a conversation with a colleague the other day about trying to gauge how much (or how little) business we each might be losing due to the fact that neither of us is particularly good at being a pushy salesperson.  Cold-calling, pressing buyers to write up an offer already, convincing potential sellers to sign the listing agreement right now....


The whole conversation wasn't about that, but we touched on it. Anyway, I know I feel like I'd do at least 1 to 3 more deal per year if I were just pushier.


But on the flip side.... One of the reasons my colleague and I agreed that we have such loyal clients as we do is that we're not pushy. We're real people. We have actual give-and-take conversations with clients. We give truthful advice, even when that advice means we're not going to make a sale or get another listing.


To borrow a Forrest Gumpist sort of phrase, pushy is as pushy does. And in my mind, pushy doesn't do well at all. Nobody likes pushy salespeople. I think the Internet will make aggressive sales techniques counterproductive as well as unlikeable.


Readers, what do you think?

More Bad MLS Photos

This text:

OWNER HAS TWO DOG! MUST ARRANGE WITH OWNER WHEN SHOW. OWNER DID A OUTSTANDING JOB ON THE REMODELING. KITCHEN REMODELED WITH GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES AND CUSTOM MAPLE CABINETS. BOTH BATHS HAVE BEEN UPGRADED AND REMODELED. THE WHOLE HOUSE HAS BEEN REPLUMBED WITH COPPER PLUMBING AND UPGRADED 1/4' DUAL PANE WINDOWS. THERE ARE BLOCK-OUT WINDOW BLINDS IN THE BEDROOM. NORTH/SOUTH EXSPOSER. LARGER IRRIGATED LOT WITH SPARKLING RESUFACED POOL WITH ORANGE TREES AND POSTINOS. BACKYARD IS GREAT WITH PLENTY OF ROOM WITH CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA AND LARGE COVERED PATIO.



is accompanied by this photo (and only this photo):


The owner may have done an outstanding job remodeling, but the Realtor didn't do such an outstanding job photographing. In this age of digital cameras barely larger than a credit card, this is just unacceptable.


By the way, only certain Phoenicians would know that "postinos" isn't an architectural feature. It's a local wine bar. Don't even get me started on the awkward sentence construction. Was the pool resurfaced with  plaster or with actual orange trees?


I'm shaking my head, and heading off to the next meeting of the Professional Organization of English Majors. (Fans of Garrison Keillors weekly radio show and it's fake commercials will get that reference; others can see here but I warn you that old GK has a distinctly Midwestern sense of humor.)

Yet Another Bad MLS Photo


Granted, it's a bank owned property. Goodness knows the listing agents who work for the banks are swamped with inventory and don't have a lot of time on their hands. Often they don't have access to the inside of the home until days after the photograph's been taken.


But for the love of sinkholes people! Straighten your photos. Picasa is free to download and makes it a 5 second job.