This guy should make the “most stupid criminals list”. Not paying payroll taxes? Really? That’s was you plan?
Andrea V. Brambila of Inman News
“Charles Smith, 54, of Bear, Del., founded his 180-employee firm, eShowings Inc., in 1999. In April, Smith pleaded guilty to 10 counts of “failure to truthfully account for and pay over payroll taxes” during a nearly three-year period between 2007 and 2009. On Oct. 4, a U.S. District Court judge sentenced Smith to 30 months in prison.”
The real travesty is the 180 people who put their trust in this guy.
And then there’s this.
“BHHS Fox & Roach has already chosen another appointment center from showing management tech company ShowingTime for its 62 offices and 4,000 agents.”
A wins a win.
Here’s a list of gifts for the vendor in your life.
1. Mophie Juice Pack
I have to admit my iPhone 5s gets incredible battery life at home. But when I’m on the road I find that having a little extra juice helps. The Mophie Juice Pack Plus is just the ticket. The perfect mix of style and functionality.
2. iPad Air
I love my iPad Mini. It’s most likely the best computer I’ve ever owned. When Apple announced a new retina version of the iPad mini and the new iPad Air (both with a super fast A7 chip) a lot of people were flummoxed on which to buy. My choice is the iPad Air. It’s got a smaller form factor and since my eyesight is getting worse I’m opting for a bigger screen. And do yourself a favor and get the built in Cellular option. It also come in handy for a perfect hot spot for your regular notebook.
3. Pencil by FiftyThree
Tapping with my finger when using apps is fine, but when I want to sketch something I need a pencil. FiftyThree makes a great app for sketching called Paper. Now they have introduced Pencil, a perfect stylus that is made to use with Paper. Can’t wait till mine arrives next week.
Coin, available for pre-order, is the perfect solution for the multi-credit card vendor. Now picking up the tab at Morton’s is even easier!
What vendor wouldn’t love a bottle of Tanqueray? A perfect way to end the day of answering RFPs and making phone calls. Tonight we Tanqueray!
Recently Brad Inman wrote an article giving his opinion on realtor.com’s Agent Match experiment.
“Recently, I sent an email to a colleague asking about the brouhaha over agent ratings and he said, “Why don’t you write an article for your own news service and take a stand.”
He was right.
Here is my stand: Agent data holed up in the multiple listing service should be displayed for consumers to review and analyze.”
The comment thread is growing, 88 when I posted this. The basic gist of a lot of the agent’s comments is that Brad “doesn’t have a dog in this fight”, meaning he isn’t a working agent so his opinion means nothing. Or worse he has some sort of nefarious agenda for publishing this opinion.
Let me educate these short sighted commenters. This is a real estate industry. It consists of agents, brokers, vendors, mortgage professionals, title professionals, bloggers, writers, journalists, MLSs, etc.
I was going to write something about this AgentMatch kerfuffle but Lani Rosales at AGBeat hits on all the key points (good and bad).
“The industry must be more consumer-driven and quit giving the opportunities to third party sites that don’t have industry affiliations. If real estate technology innovates at the pace that some of the naysayers prefer, the MLS would still be exclusively on paper. If the few loud objections overrule the potential national launch of this tool, it will eventually be mastered by a third party company that has no industry affiliation, no ramifications for not following the rules, and no requirement to follow the Code of Ethics.”
Don’t get me started on the “Code of Ethics” but she’s exactly right. Also how weird is it that Keller Williams‘ is protesting this (asking their agents not to participate), via a letter to their agents?
I just caught this acceptance speech from Steve Martin this past weekend. He received an Honorary Award at the 2013 Governors Awards. It’s a really funny and touching speech, you should watch it.
I’ve written about Steve Martin before, did you know his Dad, Glenn Martin was the Board President of the Newport Beach Association of REALTORS? It’s true. Steve grew up in Orange County, worked at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm (my sister worked there too). He’s one of my all-time favorites (comedian, writer, and actor). Truly an original. He also wrote a really touching piece for the New Yorker about his last days with his father. You should go check that out too. He recently just became a father himself, at the age of 67. He has a little girl.
I lost my father, Gene, about 4 years ago, today would have been his 74th birthday. I remember that my father and I really liked the Steve Martin movie “The Jerk”. It was so silly and full of great one-liners. Anyone who has seen it and enjoyed it knows what I mean.
“Things are gonna start happening to me NOW!”
“He hates these cans! Stay away from the cans!”
“I found out what my special purpose was for!”
“Bring us some fresh wine, not this old stuff”
I remember these lines so well because my Dad and I would always find some circumstance to utter them in a funny situation we found ourselves in.
I’ll never stop missing him.
“‘Cause we got a little ‘ole convoy
Rockin’ through the night
Yeah, we got a little ‘ole convoy
Ain’t she a beautiful sight
C’mon and join our Convoy
Ain’t nothin’ gonna get in our way
We gonna roll this truckin’ convoy
‘Cross the USA
-Convoy- C.W. McCall
MetroList Services is the largest MLS provider, geographically, in the state of California. This year they organized a bus tour where they brought over 650 MetroList members to the NAR Expo in San Francisco. How did they do it? Well Rubber Ducky they organized themselves a convoy!
I can’t think of any other MLS provider that has come close to bringing this many of their members to a national (or state) event. You gotta hand it to Dave Howe and Bill Miller for making this happen. NAR should give these guys some sort of medal or something.
Check out this video they put together highlighting the trip:
In my opinion Redfin is the only true disruptor in the industry.
“But software entrepreneurs have mostly gone only halfway. We have sometimes been like the medieval monks who were once so committed to the celestial sphere that they had to confess to any acts of manual labor.
The result of this cloistering has been breathtaking virtual worlds. But from the perspective of a new generation of entrepreneurs who are using our software expertise to build, say, electric cars, these worlds can sometimes seem like a high school science fair project, with a limited impact on the real world. Just look at what is happening now that the people who make 1′s and 0′s are also trying their hand at physical goods and services:
-Uber is an iPhone app for ordering a ride, but it’s worth 100 times more than Taxi Magic because it has built its own transportation system.