The end of the world


 It is Friday and Fridays are for fun.  I don’t want to spend too much time writing this post because apparently the world is going to end tomorrow and I have stuff to do.  A need a hair cut and I have a few loads of wash to do.   My car needs gas and I think my homeowners insurance is due.  Seriously I am not making that up and I want to pay it even though it may not cover a disaster like the end of the world.   I should call my children and my parents and my brother, nieces and nephews and say goodbye.  My only regret is that I wrote a big check to the IRS last month instead of buying my dream camera which would only have cost half as much. 

People want to know how the end of the world is going to affect the housing market.   My guess is nothing could happen at this point that would make the housing market more messed up than it is.  According to some now is the time to buy. 

 Do you remember where you were and what you were doing the last time the world was supposed to end?  I think it was in September of 1994.  It is all so silly because everyone knows that the world will end in 2012.  

I agree

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun.  I have been thinking about all of the things I agree to.  Actually I am not sure what I agree to and am wondering how many others click “I agree” without reading all of the detail of the end user licencing agreement. 


The pages and pages of legal documents  pop up on the screen and I have to agree before I can down load an app or some software that I really want.  If I don’t agree punishment is swift,  I get nothing. 

Lets face it they could put anything they want to in those agreements and most of us would just click “I agree”.  We are forced to agree to something that no one except the people who write end user license agreements and a handful of lawyers understand and it is only a matter of time before some company exploits that fact.  It is possible that no one in the history of the internet has every clicked “I do not agree”. 

Photography for Realtors

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun.  I usually don’t write educational

point and shoot camera

type posts on Fridays but that is what I am going to do today.

I have spent a lot of time this week looking for homes for buyers that I am working with.  I just can’t help but notice that the property photos in the MLS are pretty bad. 

I find photos of room parts, open toilets, crooked rooms, poorly lit rooms, open toilets, did I mention open toilets?  bathroom mirrors and windows with bright lights in them and to be honest with some of the photos I can’t really tell what they are of but I try. 

You may have noticed from my blog that I like to take photos.  Maybe I love taking them and I know my way around a camera and if I try I can take a photo of an entire room and if there is a toilet in the room I put the seat down before taking the picture instead of after. (I think Realtors were taught to put the seat down after)  I decided to write some instructions for my peers in an effort to help them with their property photos. .

The following items are needed and my instructions should be followed to the letter.  You will need:  A camera, a towel, a table or sturdy flat surface a hammer, a phone and a room that needs to be photographed.

  • Remove camera from case
  • Remove battery from camera and put it in your pocket.
  • Place towel on flat surface
  • Place camera on top of towel
  • Fold towel over camera until it is completely covered. (Not the towel the camera)
  • Pick up the hammer and hit the camera at least 10 times. When the camera is flat you have hit it enough times.
  • Use the phone to call a photogrpaher
  • Carefully pick up the towel and keep it folded and toss it in the trash. (this part may take some practice)
  • Take the battery to a recycling center.

If these steps are followed I promise that the end result will be better property photos.