January 29, 2011

Landmarks, On Land . . . and Not

George Carlinism #37 If the Guthrie Theatre qualifies as a Twin Cities landmark, does that make the Mississippi River a Twin Cities watermark? Just asking . . . (actually, it was my eight-year-old son who asked). P.S.:  if you liked this post, check out this one.
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When to List That Duplex

The Human Factor When do you list that duplex? It’s not after the city inspection is done. It’s not when the thermostat finally turns up. If you’re an especially decent landlord/owner (who also happens to be a client of mine), it’s a month from now, when your tenant has recovered from a health problem that...
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“Yield” — Realtor Version

Yields Down in Housing, Too Yield to a saver is how much interest they get on their savings. To an airline or hotel, it’s how much money they make from a given seat or room, respectively. So, what’s “yield” to a Realtor? It’s how many clients they need to be actively working with to net a prescribed number...
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Making Price Cuts Count

Keeping Your (Price Cut) Powder Dry If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” –Ancient Riddle If you have to take a price cut, when is the best time to do it?  (See also, “Nurse, I Need a Price Reduction, Stat!”).  Put it...
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“Keeping Up With the Paulson’s”

Make that *200 Mercedes Benzes, at $100k a pop Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz ? –Janis Joplin; lyrics, “Mercedes Benz” It’s hard...
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Slush, and Other Signs of Spring

Dog Days of Summer Winter At least in Minnesota, the Dog Days of Winter come a little earlier than their Summer counterpart — presumably, because Winter here starts so early. But by early February — or whenever the snow on the ground turns more grey than white — you know they’re here. Along with the lengthening days...
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