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My first Memphis antebellum home sale

Live in the heart of the city

Memphis is not as old as some of the other famous Southern towns or even some of its less famous suburbs.  Antebellum homes are pretty rare.  It was a pleasure to work with Shelley and Mike on the purchase of  a circa 1854 home in the Uptown neighborhood.

Stacey Wiedower tells the story of Mike and Shelley’s move from New Mexico/Wyoming to inner city Memphis in her feature article in today’s Commercial Appeal.

I love working with buyers and sellers of unusual and historic properties in Downtown, Midtown, and East Memphis.  Contact me if I can help you.

Part-Time Realtors

When I read the post on the Inman News Blog, Defining Real Estate Part-timers, I thought it was interesting enough to clip a quote and post it in my Real Estate-the Cutting Edge Friendfeed room. The full article was originally posted, but the link to the article currently available gives you a paragraph, and then asks you to sign int the Inman Premium program. While the article presented varied points of view, the mention of part-time practitioners, in any context causes, seasoned full-time (actually full-time+ in many cases) Realtors to bristle.

Gail Hurst, a Broker in Charlotte, NC, in a reply to the article, states what I think is the biggest threat to our Profession: “The No. 1 reason for the lack of consumer confidence with our industry is because of those people who proclaim to be professional, focused, educated Realtors when in fact they are giving only half their focus to the affairs of the consumer.”

Being a real estate professional requires full time attention to changing market conditions, contracts, legal issues, fulfilling responsibilities to clients. A complaint in the Inman article was that it was harder to do business with a part-time agent for those reasons – it’s the full-time professional providing on the job training to the part-timer, who has had to rush to an appointment during his lunch hour at his “real job”.

Obviously, many folks got into doing real estate part time during the boom years, and many of them made lots of money due to the buyer and seller frenzy without really having to work at it. Encouraged by The National Association of Realtors and local Realtor associations (after all part-timers pay the same dues and fees as full-timers), part-timers flourshied, and the full-timers carried them, helping them prepare contracts and making sure they did their due diligence in order to bring about a successful closing.

Gail Hurst is right. With the advent of Web 2.0, the public is less trusting of Realtors. Consumers SHOULD expect more from their agent, who is handling the negotiations and execution of the biggest transaction of their client’s life. While the thinking person would not choose a part-time brain surgeon, or airline pilot, the same person would not bother to check out the credentials or experience of a real estate practitioner.

Until the PUBLIC demands Professionalism at the highest level from our profession, we will proceed, business as usual, and “part-time real estate agent” will be considered a viable part-time job for those who have “real jobs” full time.

Winners announced in YouTube contest – Sponsored by Memphis Realtors

A while ago the Memphis Area Association of Realtors initiated a You Tube video contest: Your Memphis: Take One. The challenge was to produce a 3 minute video about what you love about about Memphis. The 50+ entries were a mix of serious and humorous and encompassed a wide range of points of view about what we love about Memphis. Thanks to everyone who entered. Click here to view all entries.
This morning the contest winners were announced:

nd now for the winners…

First Prize – $10,000

My Memphis – Home | Brian Pitre, Lakeland, TN

Second Prize – $5,000

My Memphis is My Voice | Dan Baker & Chris Pollock, Memphis, TN

Third Prize – $1,000

My Memphis – The Arts | David Shipley, Memphis, TN

REALTOR® Prize – $5,000

Something for Everyone | Clay Hurley, Cordova, TN

Viewership Prize – $1,000

My Memphis Pie | David Hymel and Jim Esposito, Memphis, TN


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