“The Dog That Didn’t Bark, Updated”; or, “Getting ‘Norfed” (Gronked? Borked? Grokked?)*

The Warning Detector That Didn’t Beep How do you know that a new technology is a “keeper?” When it’s conspicuous by its absence. Exhibit A:  the warning detector that beeps in my car — but not my wife’s — as the driver backs up. Which explains how, driving her car and backing into a parking...
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That’s it for 2020 . . . in January!! (Huh?!?)

“One Post Every Two Weeks” vs.  . . . Daily(!) “A good blog needs to publish new, original content on a regular basis . . . As a general rule of thumb, a good blog should be updated with new posts at least once every other week.” –“Today’s Best Real Estate Blogs,” RETipster. Applying the...
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Sizing Up the Amazon-Realogy Deal: The $500 Million(?!?) In-Kind Referral Fee

WSJ: “Struggling Real-Estate Giant Realogy Strikes Deal With Amazon” [Editor’s Note:  The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire, and competes with Realogy subsidiary Coldwell Banker Burnet.] “We lose money on every...
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Home Security: Back to the Future (No Monthly Subscription Required)

A Win For the Luddites (or, ARE They??) What if there was a home security system that had all of the following virtues: it was simple and easy-to-use; (very) cheap; crash-proof; hack-proof; and never needed a software patch, update, or monthly subscription? (see, “very cheap”). Fortunately, there is. Give up? It’s called, “a key” (or,...
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Post Labor Day Weekend Market Pick-up: Top Signs (at least, to a Realtor Blogger)

Minnesota Realtors Get With the (Post-August 1) Program What’s one of the best signs that the Twin Cities housing market is back at full throttle, post-Labor Day? (and back-to-school). It’s purely anecdotal, but my answer would be that this post, “Sneak Peak: 2017-2018 Minnesota Real Estate Contract Changes,” is getting more play (read, hits) on...
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Talk of New Stock Market Bubble . . . umm, Bubbles Up

Comparing Yahoo’s Stock Price Then and Now “Sure, [today’s] stock market isn’t cheap by any rational standard. But if you want to see what an actual bubble is ” and the damage it leaves behind when it pops ” take a look at the latest iteration of the long-running deal under which Verizon is buying...
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