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Words Matter: Re-Thinking ‘De-Personalize’

Words matter, and the right one is priceless. Have written about ‘Staging’ (vs ‘preparing’– several times, in fact), but today let’s re-think ‘de-personalize’. ‘What do you know about Home Staging?’ is how I start out my Home Staging classes. ‘De-personalize’ usually come … Continued

*Most* Agents Who `Stage` Diminish Both Our Jobs

In 2008, I understood, respected, and embraced agents who also prepared their own listings for sale. Ditto 2009-2011. 2012, it started getting old, and now, here, in 2013, I suggest that *most* agents who do their own Staging are diminishing both our … Continued

MLB Umpire Jim Joyce: The Story Keeps Getting Better

Regular readers know I am a big baseball fan,  but I had never heard of MLB umpire Jim Joyce before summer of 2010…then in an unlikely confluence of events, he burst into probably all our consciousnesses. Doug and I had attended a high school lacrosse game that … Continued

Choosing to Be Happy

In the 80s and 90s, there was little talk of how someone “felt” when they were buying things and doing stuff to their house.  Everything was about the visual.  People spoke, and thought in singular, visionary words: stunning, gorgeous, elegant. Then feelings entered the … Continued

“Death Wish Coffee”: Are You Kidding Me??

Death Wish Coffee.  Are you kidding me? Seriously-have you heard about this stuff yet? Touted as The World’s Strongest Coffee, it comes from a mysterious bean that contains 200% more caffeine than the regular Arabica beans. NOT CHEAP ($20.00/lb) but … Continued

RUTHLESS? Yeah, Whatever…

Over the weekend the NYT ran a great feature, Ruthless Came the Stager.  Two clients fw. me the link, wanted to be sure I saw it. Thought the article was good: accurate and fair, sharing insight to the range of things  … Continued

Word of the Week: SHEPHERD

The right word clarifies and elevates the  message, as well as the speaker. Good speakers know the right words engage, and bond their audience to them, as well as their message.   I have chosen SHEPHERD as this edition’s Word of the … Continued