Category Archives: Technology


spider_and_the_fly3Hint to my non realtor friends–If you see a link that says, “Click Here to Instantly Find Out What Your Home’s  Worth,” here is the extended translation…

Leveraging curiosity to get you to my landing page, capture your email and phone number in attempt to gain permission to call, email and then stick you in a drip marketing campaign till you either break down and do business with me, unsubscribe or die. Oh yea, the ‘instant value‘ is based on inflexible algorithms that contain as many factors that do not apply as do. In effect, you will be confused by the result and perhaps be inspired to call me for further detail, cause I have the wisdom that the other thousands of realtors do not. You know that to be true, cause of this clever link in my email signature, yes?

OK, I’ll admit I have that type of link in my email signature. And all the rest is true too. “Why Mike?, you may ask….

Zillow, Trulia, stealth web sites and most every major real estate franchise on the planet has their own version of terribly inaccurate home value assessment. Millions utilize the “service” and are then siphoned to their select pool of realtors who pay mightily to grab those types of leads and then hope for a chance to sell your home. Well, I’d like to talk to you as well and unfortunately this is a necessary means to gain that initial access. There you go.

Seasoned buyers and sellers already know this, but now you have a seasoned real estate professional confirming the same. So, what to do if you need good real estate advice?

Well, if you are in Austin, call me of course, but otherwise contact a reputable realtor that has already helped someone you know. Trust me, nothing better than a reference. And I promise–if said referred realtor is worth her salt, she/he will be most happy to provide info, guidance and organic wisdom–whether you are in the market or not. And hopefully not refer to you as a Client For Life 10 minutes from the initial meet.






Love That Technology

Let a biz associate admire my new IPhone. As I so braggedly pointed out the great features and cool apps, she stopped me ask about one in particular. Seems my daughter loaded the Justin Beiber app to the main screen, which, when tapped will thrust a whirlwind of “Baby Baby!” and plenty of JB pix. Wow, talk about bursting my bubble, hahaha

Apple Event 2010: Apple To Show ‘Latest Creation’ Next Week

I’m certain the product will please, but I’m more impressed by Apple’s skill at manipulating the media to promote their company. It is another layer of brilliance that defines perhaps the most influential company of this century (so far).
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


My recent trip to San Diego forced me to gain insight to my nemesis–the Blackberry Storm. Since I am a self-confessed e-mail addict, I needed a way to stay in touch while on the road. Well, other than the new callouses on my thumbs, I made it through mostly unscathed. I did come up with five good reasons to shout out the incredible virtues of this amazing technology feat though. Here they are, in no particular order:

1.) My Blackberry Storm forces me to keep my nails trimmed

2.) It makes me squint
3.) Takes me to a business card sized world and actually holds my interest for awhile
4.) Keeps me up to date with those important e-mails—Did you know Amazon has a 20% off sale on electronic gadgets from 2006?
5.) Allows my 12-year-old daughter to make me feel incompetent, as her tech saavy mind breezes through the applications

Why did I sign that two year contract?

Just Bugs Me, That’s All

The human animal is a social one. Most of us tend to be comfortable doing our own thing in public, while others simultaneously eat, drink, play or simply chat amongst themselves.

With that said, I must say that it really pisses me off when I sip my coffee at the local Joe house, while the gal who sits at the adjacent table breaks up with her boyfriend on her cell phone. It also strikes a nerve when the “Big Important Guy” chats on his I-Phone and loudly directs the person on the other end to put file so-and-so in cabinet such-and-such or even that series of “uh huhs” and “yups” that emit from the haggard looking guy by the fireplace.

What bugs me so much about those cell phone calls? After all, I hardly notice the business deal closing at table C or the tweener slang tossed between the gum smackers who slurp double mochas on the adjacent sofa.

Is it because I resent technology? Well, no—I use a PDA phone myself.

Perhaps it stems from an absence of one piece of the social puzzle.

“WTF?” you may ask.

Okay, all that seems to exist is one side of the conversation. It’s like sitting in a lobby while the TV blares a movie or talk show. Though you may not care or pay much attention to the babble, you do notice that only half of the characters speak, while the others are muted. That absence of dialogue throws your normal sensors off balance cause it’s simply unnatural.

Now, you may think I’m nosey or overtly curious. Is it really my business what one person says in private to another on the phone?

Well—they are not in a private place. I say if you choose to be in public, you have also decided to open your piece of the world to whoever happens to be within earshot. Sure, a quick call from the office or Mom checking on your whereabouts is okay. Even the walk through Safeway, while your other half directs you to dinner fixin’s. That’s intent and purpose and doesn’t bother me. It’s the long and loud blather that chips away my tolerance shield.

To use a well-worn phrase, normally reserved for newly dating couples in public, “Get a room!”