January 28, 2010

"The Trader Joe’s" Housing Market

Ready to Eat — er, Move Into — Homes Call it “The Trader Joe’s” Housing Market (or more accurately, the “middle-aisle-at-Trader Joe’s” housing market). That’s where the ready-to-eat, frozen meals are stocked. Not only are they attractively packaged, the right number of servings (4-6), and good quality — but they’re great values, too. Similarly, homes...
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No, I didn’t really need to learn (yet) another acronym (“SOTU,” I now know, stands for “State of the Union Address”). And, no, I didn’t watch it or read about it. But judging by “the markets,” there must have been something about (re)regulating Wall Street or raising taxes in it . . . (maybe both?)
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Real Estate’s Invisible Hand

Lots of Hats: The Office Manager’s Role What makes you think I got out of social work? –Josh Kaplan, Edina Realty- City Lakes Office Manager (and former social worker) If you’ve ever bought or sold a home through an agent who works for a big broker (Edina Realty, Coldwell Banker Burnet, etc.), your deal was...
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Today’s Guest Goldman Basher: Thomas L. Friedman

Friedman on Goldman Sachs Tired of me (deservedly) bashing Goldman Sachs? Here’s what the eminently fair-minded Thomas L. Friedman has to say about them: The behavior of some leading Wall Street banks, particularly Goldman Sachs, has been utterly selfish. U.S. taxpayers saved Goldman by saving one of its big counterparties, A.I.G. By any fair calculation,...
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Realtor Referrals — "Outgoing"

Payback (The Good Kind) I suppose that there are some people out there who hesitate to give out referrals for fear that a favorite contractor will somehow forsake them if they ever become too busy or popular. I find just the opposite is true. Once someone comes to see me as a steady source of...
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