Revisiting: A life-altering moment. Putting things in perspective.

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Jay's note: This week last year I came upon a horrific accident scene that I was certain involved my only son. Shortly after I wrote this someone, I can't remember who now, said I should revisit it in a year. So here it is. "Personally, I'm going to make a concerted effort to stop taking things for granted. To appreciate life more. To not sweat the small stuff," was a pledge made in this article. … [Read more...]

Why your listing is on my website

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I get emails like this all the time... Hello Phoenix Real Estate Guy. Can you tell me why you have my listing on your web site? This is my listing and you aren't authorized to have it on your site. Please remove it immediately. The short answer is because YOU authorized it when you entered the listing. Apparently though, there are a number of real estate agents and even Designated Brokers … [Read more...]

The Thompson’s Realty Manifesto

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Manifesto: man·i·fes·to noun \ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō\ : a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer. Spend any length of time in the real estate industry and you will hear buzz words like "Unique Selling Proposition," "Value Add," and the like tossed about as real estate brokerages volley back and forth in usually futile attempts to differentiate … [Read more...]

A Peek Inside One Real Estate Brokerage Model

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Disclosure: I need to be careful here and not get myself sued or slapped with a Code of Ethics violation. Hence the complete lack of individual and company names. Any exchanges that have taken place via email, Facebook, or smoke signal have been paraphrased. What follows is simply my thoughts on a prevalent real estate brokerage model. I'm not singling out anyone, so please don't ask. Trust me … [Read more...]

What Clint Miller Taught Me About Life

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Clint Aaron Miller March 8, 1971 - December 11, 2011 It is not often that I sit and stare at a computer screen, and have no idea what to write... Last night, Clint Miller passed away after an incredibly courageous battle with testicular cancer. Cancer that spread to his brain and elsewhere. It ravaged his body, but it could not touch that man's huge heart. Clint was 40 years old, and left … [Read more...]