Weekly Twitter Digest (Link Roundup) for 2011-01-29

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.

13 comments:

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    I was coming here to post the graph of that last one–Tim, I don’t think you have much to worry about from the Seattle Times when it comes to quality of graphs! ;-)

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/01/28/2014065729.jpg

    (It doesn’t open right here, you need to go to the bottom link above and then click on the picture.)

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    Feedback says:

    I noticed the part where you abbreviated “Association” to “Ass.” It sends the subliminable message that Realtors are asses. Good.

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    RE: Feedback @ 2 – Actually, it’s somewhat immature, and also out of date. Because they didn’t like the abbreviation “WAR” it’s now just Washington Realtors or WR.

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    Scotsman says:

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 3RE: Feedback @ 2

    Sounds spot-on to me- I really liked this from the Wa. economist link:

    “Washington Realtors President Phil Harlan. . . a longtime South Sound real estate agent . . . urged the real estate professionals in the room to tell their lawmakers about the “magic” of homeownership and how it matters to families, neighborhoods and communities.”

    I think most of the “magic” is gone by now. Like any drug, it wears off with time. This was good too- just keep them hanging on:

    “The good news is that I do believe we’ve hit bottom and there’s only one way to go,” Raha told the audience. Still, he added, “We have to muddle through one more year.”

    “Somewhere, over the rainbow. . .”

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    Sam says:

    I believe you are correct. Those are Commie propaganda posters hanging in the Pioneer Square puff piece. Funny, that place doesn’t look very “proletariat”.

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    RE: Scotsman @ 4 – You do realize that Raha’s nickname is Dr. Doom, because he has not been very optimistic for the past several years. Thus, apparently he’s not a perma-bull or perma-bear, which gives him “a bit” more credibility.

    That said, as you know I’m not really that into predictions, and will note that state revenue predictions have to get adjusted time and time again.

    As to Phil’s comments, taken out of context it’s hard to know what he was talking about. Sounds like it might have been foreclosure prevention. The state is working on legislation that would require possible mandatory mediation (at the option of the homeowner). I question how effective that will be, because the option has to be made at the beginning of the process, when many people are just procrastinating. And again, this state legislation is not Chapter 13 “cramdown” which would be effective, but which the state cannot change.

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    Jugajoosh says:

    Basic skills a listing agent should have: #4 – Think about how the home he or she chooses to represent is a reflection of himself or herself. If it’s POS, don’t show it or at least don’t gallantly pretend it’s a dream home. #

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    By Jugajoosh @ 6:

    Basic skills a listing agent should have: #4 â�� Think about how the home he or she chooses to represent is a reflection of himself or herself. If it’s POS, don’t show it or at least don’t gallantly pretend it’s a dream home. #

    I would agree not to misrepresent that house, but to not list the house simply because it isn’t very nice, I can’t see that at all. The hope is that a new owner would improve the house and the neighborhood.

    BTW, to Tim’s list I would add: (4) Make sure the tax ID number is correct; and (5) Make sure the map placement is correct. And as to his #1, the correct address, 12345 232 Ave is not a correct address! (It should be 232nd).

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    By Kary L. Krismer @ 8:

    By Jugajoosh @ 6:

    Basic skills a listing agent should have: #4 � Think about how the home he or she chooses to represent is a reflection of himself or herself. If it’s POS, don’t show it or at least don’t gallantly pretend it’s a dream home. #

    I would agree not to misrepresent that house, but to not list the house simply because it isn’t very nice, I can’t see that at all. The hope is that a new owner would improve the house and the neighborhood.

    BTW, to Tim’s list I would add: (4) Make sure the tax ID number is correct; and (5) Make sure the map placement is correct. And as to his #1, the correct address, 12345 232 Ave is not a correct address! (It should be 232nd).

    That last one drives me nuts. I was showing a house in the Seward Park area recently, and it was listed as being on S 46th ST, instead of it’s actual 46th Avenue S address. Basic map reading skills and at least a vague familiarity of the neighborhood your listing is in might help all parties involved? How can you be the listing agent of a home and not know where it is ??? Grrr!

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    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 9 – If you’re unlucky enough to have a TomTom GPS, you very well may not be able to find that property.

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    Dirty Renter says:

    I have to confess I also have a USSR poster.
    After spending a day at the WW2 Museum in Moscow, my wife bought me a poster of the “Motherland Calling”, when they needed recruits in 1941.
    I was taken aback when I discovered one of their most famous WW2 fighter pilots was a woman. She was very beautiful; alas, she did not survive.

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    By calvin mccomfrey @ 12:

    I am wondering if consumers and RE personnel have seen this story:

    http://windermerewatch.com/Windermere_Commonwealth_Land_Title_Company_of_Puget_Sound_Reports.html#WindermereCommonwealthNegligent

    That’s one messed up website–even worse than what Pegasus usually links to. Other than the headline, is there anything there that pertains to the subject of the headline?

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