Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Book Review: The ONE Thing

OneThing3dLeftI read a lot. Part of it is what I do for a living, which includes things like reading stuff written in legalese (aka, crime against English language), but a part of it is because I like to read. For the most part, it’s fiction — especially works of high fantasy like A Song of Ice and Fire (that would be Game of Thrones for you non-geeks). But from time to time, I review ‘business’ books. Especially when the publisher sends me a free copy.

I do love free books. :)

To be honest, most of the time, I find such “business” books to be dreadful. They make the same impact as a stone skipping over a calm pond: momentary, quickly fading, and never touching any deeper depths. Well, I’m happy to report that the new book, The One Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan of Keller Williams fame is not one of those books.

In fact, I would classify this book as far more of a personal help book than a business book, although I’m sure that tens of thousands of real estate people will use it for both.

Normally, a Notorious review consists of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, just because I really like Clint Eastwood. But in this case, I think we should go with the Good, the Hmmm…, and the Could Do Without.

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For the Zillow, Trulia, Report Buyers

Hi there – first of all, thanks!

Second, though, since I’m ironing out the bugs/issues with membership/premium content plugins, I realized some of you were having issues accessing the free follow-on report. I think I’ve fixed it for everybody, but if you’re having any problems, contact me please and we’ll sort it out.

Also, for everyone who is purchasing the premium content, I’m having some professional coder help in the next couple of days (I honestly did not expect this kind of awesome response), but in the meantime… the easiest way to access posts is:

Go to the PREMIUM link in the navigation.

Login; there should be a form if you’re not logged in. It will either take you to the post, or to the Dashboard. The links are in the Dashboard.

If, instead, you see your name… you’re already logged in. The links are also in the Premium section page — you should be able to get to what you paid for.

Again, if you run into any issues, please contact me:

Thanks, and I apologize for any inconvenience as I work out the technical details from having overwhelming response for a one-man shop here. :)


Oh Lordy. Chicago (Association) Blows Up.



I was going to just keep posting my series on REThinkFuture, but this development simply demands attention:

The Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) is suing Andrea Geller, a CAR member and agent for Coldwell Banker, for defamation for public statements she made on Chicago Agent magazine’s story on the impeachment of former CAR President Bob Floss.

The lawsuit, which seeks damages in excess $50,000 from Geller, according to a Chicago Tribune story on the lawsuit, is believed to be the first such lawsuit in the association’s 129-year history.

Oh. My. God.

I wrote a couple of months ago about the unfolding drama in GLVAR, in which three members of the Association are suing the Association, its past CEO, and possibly members of its Board of Directors, and said that was a story that Association leaders simply could not ignore. I could not imagine for a second that a mere two months later, a major Association would actually take the step of initiating legal action against one of its own members. For defamation.

I don’t know the specific facts behind this lawsuit, and I suspect we’ll find out over time, but… I have to ask the Board of the Chicago Association of REALTORS something: Y’all didn’t read my post on GLVAR, did you?

There are some vital takeaways in this story for other Associations.

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Episode 5 of Trialogues Podcast is Up

In case you didn’t know, I’ve been having some fun with Matthew Shadbolt of Corcoran and Gahlord Dewald of Thoughtfaucet on a podcast thing of late. Episode 5 is now up:

Take a listen if you enjoy the kind of impractical, highly theoretical ramblings that we happen to like. :)