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In switching to a new CMS…

… should the blog posts on the former site get transferred over to the new blog or should the new blog start with a clean slate?

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Spokeo really…

scares the bejesus out of me! They seem to have their privacy issue backwards. They are allowing you to see information of your contacts from email groups, but they can’t see that you saw them. Can you say ‘high stalker-ability’?!

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Microblogging feels…

easier, more concise, and more easily digestable (like Twitterfollow me).

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Why farmers now MAY NOT get stuck in a ditch

Approximately .2 seconds after submitting my last post about certain agricultural lands possibly being deemed not like-kind to other real estate I got an update that, thankfully, this issue now looks to be ironed out!

With the lobbying of Dave Brown, an Iowa-based Qualified Intermediary, and Max Hansen of Montana, Senate Bill 2242 proponent Democratic Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, also from Montana, has indicated that he now opposes the provision. So, it will likely be pulled from the final version.

What does this mean for REALTORS and Escrow companies?

As I see it, there are two ways to look at this issue, both of which benefit REALTORS, Escrow companies, and the real estate market on the whole. First, if the Farm Bill went through, then farmers wouldn’t be able to exchange out of their farms upon retirement and buy other properties. That would obviously hurt their realtor’s wallet. The second way to look at the issue is that if the Farm Bill were to go through, then this would be the first legislative step towards eliminating 1031 exchanges overall. With the fears people already have about 1031 exchanges because of the yay-hoos that skipped town with peoples’ 1031 money, passage of this bill would be tough to overcome the downward spiral of you and your clients buying and selling properties tax-deferred. From “scary stuff” last night, now we can breath a little easier.

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Bad Boys, Bad Boys, what you gonna do…

Everyone hide! The FBI is looking for YOU! Yes you sitting behind your laptop sipping your $5 Starbucks cappuccino and muffin. SFGate reported that the FBI is out looking for the culprits of the Mortgage Meltdown we have all been living through. But, “unlike other big financial scandals such as Enron and the savings and loan crisis, the perpetrators are not a cadre of easy-to-finger folks in the executive suite. Instead, they’re everywhere in the mortgage food chain. Borrowers who lied about their income, mortgage brokers who flogged risky loans, appraisers who inflated home values, lenders that originated dicey mortgages, Wall Street firms that packaged them as securities and sold them, ratings firms that said those were safe investments – many participants in the market pushed the envelope, or, in some cases, may have committed outright fraud.

Does this description fit you?

Did you help a client “round up” their income because you knew that might have pushed them down 1/8% on their loan? Did you price that property in 2005 $10k too high just to see if someone would bite?

The Solution (is there one?) My Solution

If you think you will ever feel wrong by the transaction you are contemplating, do you think it would be better to be able to look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day rather than have received a commission you may not have truly deserved? I say this all preachy-like and am in no way perfect, but it seems like when we ask ourselves what’s most important to us in life, our ethics and personal values will far surpass the number in our bank account we all seek after.

I guess this article got me thinking that at the end of the day, I can go forward a better person than I have been in the past if I choose to live the values I espouse.

* Sorry about the sappy-ness, but I am running under the influence of two people that I care about passing in the last week and have thought much of the man I am and want to be when that day comes. *

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