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Why no 1031 posting…

I’ve got 3 reasons why I have not been posting for several weeks, and not of them are individually sufficient, but combined they make sense to me.

1.  Ever since 1031 Exchange Coordinators decided to change up our CMS, there has been talk of wiping clean all of the posts from this blog and start afresh on our new site’s blog. As those talks have been circulating, the motivation to write has been absolutely sucked from me. Wish I had it in me, but it’s all been sucked out.

2. Right around the time these discussions began I hit a spate of huge projects to complete. With no desire to post or follow much of the blogging world I have come to love, I threw myself into the projects and have gotten some fairly decent results.

As an aside, I don’t think I ever realized just how much time blogging took in my life. Not that it was really time poorly spent by any stretch of the imagination, but time spent nonetheless.

3. About three weeks ago my wife Melanie, 2 year old son Payton, and I went on Fulll-Time Baby Alert. Melanie was due just two days ago, March 12, but our doctor was not liking how our son-to-be was growing. Over the last 4 weeks we had weekly non-stress tests to check the baby’s movement as well as weekly ultrasounds checking Melanie’s amniotic fluid levels. the doctor worried that there wasn’t enough fluid, which could lead to the umbilical cord getting pinched and not give the proper nutrients to our son. We were shocked to find that everything we did – every activity, every car ride, every planned future activity, simply everything – was done with the thought that the baby may need to be induced at a moment’s notice. We were stressed to the max to get everything we possibly could before the baby was born and total space cadets as to things around us.

When we did another non-stress test last Tuesday afternoon, March 4th, the doctor, decided to induce Melanie right away. Gratefully, Carson Alan Hallberg was born without complications on Tuesday, March 4th at 8:33pm. He weighed in at 6 lbs., 7 oz. and 18″ long. He ad Melanie have been thriving since the labor and birth. His parents, on the other hand, are struggling to get enough sleep and to give him and his big brother enough attention.

So, while each of my individual reasons for not posting may amount to good reasons to be so late with a post, together they make sense to me. Look for continued posts until a final decision is made as to whether to transfer over my posts on this blog to our new site.

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1031 Exchange Coordinators chooses Drupal for…

its open source Content Management System.

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I knew you all were wondering and waiting with baited breath ever since I solicited opinions on Friday’s Link it up! for your likes and dislikes of the different plans we were looking at. I had a say in the matter somewhat, but I think what got our consultant and owner to agree on most was the low cost for a great service that just came out with a new version not long ago. Also, Drupal just revamped Fast Company‘s site and blogs, which speaks volumes about the company.

So, in the next weeks we will be transferring over everything from our old site to the new one as well as this blog to our new blog, which will be hosted in conjunction with the website. As such, I may be a little more incommunicado, but still checking on things often.

Any tips and tricks you may have found with using Drupal would be appreciated.

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Love is in the air…doo-be doo-be doo

A Hap Happ Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone in the RE.net! Tell me, how is your Valentine’s Day different than any other day in your work? Do you get husbands that are wanting to give their wives keys for Valentine’s Day? Do all phone calls slow down to a trickle? Is it business as usual?

Here at 1031 Exchange Coordinators things stay the same for the most part. Of course more flowers come in the office from the various hubbies of our staff. Beyond that, we have yet to experience anything drastic. I’ll let you know of anything special by the end of the day.

You may be interested in giving clients or other realtors a real estate themed eCard. Check it out at Real Estate eCards.

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Why would you not…

want to live in Seattle? Thank you Ardell and Harley!

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And we’re back…

So, we are back in business for 2008.

After a near month long hiatus, the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange Blog is officially back in business, primed and ready to go in 2008! From the non-reality of holiday shopping, old family movies, more holiday shopping, tons of food, “taking stuff back” shopping, more food (of the chocolate variety), and no work, I have been excited to get back to the real life day-to-day happenings. Although, while I can play golf any day of the year, there really was nothing like playing 9 holes of four-man best ball at 9am on New Year’s day with frigid temperatures and a howling wind. I struggle enough with good weather. Let’s just say that I felt fortunate that my ball was almost picked once as the best ball on one of our shots.
Three things of note from the break and for 2008:

1. In the coming months our website is getting a major overhaul to have tons more “Calls to Action” and interactivity. As such, we will also finally get this blog going on its own theme and off the freebie version of WP. Any suggestions for our overhaul, or links to great sites for help (I already scour the Tomato often) would be appreciated.

2. In talking with Richard, we are going to be adding on another contributor to the blog from our crack staff. Eric Brown will begin putting in his two bits here and there. Eric’s got a sharp brain, sharp wit, and an ability to talk about 1031 exchanges on all sorts of levels of sophistication.

3. I was notified today that we’re getting picked up by business.com. Anyone know who runs this site? Is it just a Google feeder site that’s not being actively hosted?

Good to see that everyone had a great time at Inman Connect NYC 2008. Rudy and Joe and the RealEstateZebra had some great footage. I’m begging our powers that be to go to SF in July. (BTW, is SF Connect attended by as many people as NYC Connect?)

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Reverse 1031 Exchanges 101 Updated

I just updated the Reverse 1031 Exchanges 101post from last week. The post now has a more complete picture of what an investor / exchanger is getting into when he or she looks into doing a reverse 1031 exchange.  As reverse 1031 exchanges can be burdensome to conceptualize and effectuate, post a comment, shoot me an email (chad at 1031eci dot com) or give us a call (425.644.1031) and we can discuss more in-depth if you have a specific question.

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Top 50 Real Estate Marketing Bloggers

Top 50 Real Estate Marketing Blogs1031 Like-Kind Exchange Blog is honored to announce that we were selected as one of the Top 50 Real Estate Marketing Bloggers by International Listings, an international luxury real estate brokerage firm.  We wish to give our heartfelt thanks to International Listings and to everyone that has been reading our often meandering and tangential musings on 1031 like-kind exchanges.

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