Looks like Zillow is here to stay

by Joe Spake on August 11, 2014

I have decided to start doing some real estate oriented posts on this blog.  I realize many readers are happy in their homes, but others who know me know that I have been a real estate agent since 1996, and I do try to stay very current with the happenings in the industry.  If you are currently in the real estate market as a buyer or seller, or if you have done any Google real estate searches in the last few years you have probably noticed that the local real estate companies, even the big ones, are not generally at the top of the search results.

zillow download 300x63 Looks like Zillow is here to stayUsually the results take you to the national real estate portals like Zillow and Trulia.  You can get all the info you need about properties that meet your criteria as well as demographic, financing, and valuation information, framed by easy links to contact a real estate agent for assistance.  Zillow has become the go-to site for consumers shopping for real estate.  Consumers can search anonymously, and get a lot of data in one place that might otherwise take a long time to compile, all without the assistance of a local agent.  The real estate community has all sorts of complaints about the big portals: inaccurate data, making agents pay for leads, and de-emphasizing the listing agent’s role in the published listing.  In my opinion the tipping point has been reached as folks go directly to Zillow to start their search rather than doing a Google search for a term like “condos in 38103″. [Click to Continue....]

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Writer’s block and other pressing issues

by Joe Spake on July 22, 2014

It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted here since March 7.  It’s not like I don’t have time to post regularly;  I mean one can’t spend EVERY waking hour binge watching  the must-see TV series, or crafting witty posts and replies on Facebook and Google+. And I have kind of a job I have to deal with to take care of the bills.

Knowing full well that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, here are a few things I intend to write  about :

That “I’m so Memphis…” thing

Open carry

Win-Win negotiations

Food Trucks

Disintermediation

Reviews of restaurants and businesses I like

Beale St. Landing

Portlandia,  Hipsters  and  Artisan anything

Cooking

Well, maybe, when I get around to it.

 

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Daylight Saving Time starts March 9, 2014

by Joe Spake on March 7, 2014

Daylight Saving Time starts March 9, 2014

Whether you call it Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time, it will be nice to have some extra evening light.   While you are setting your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO detectors and test them.

When Daylight Saving Time kicks in, Spring can’t be far behind.

pixel Daylight Saving Time starts March 9, 2014

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