November 27, 2007
Mobile podcasting studio seeks to turn open houses into block parties
Admittedly, an ice cream truck in Boston during the winter sounds a bit misplaced, but that's why we're using the "off-season" to convert this near-vintage vehicle into a mobile mapping / podcasting studio.
As we write a business plan and raise funds to repair the truck, we're looking for creative partners, special event proposals, and a place to park the truck. The vehicle is much traveled and much loved -- think of it as the "Velveteen Rabbit" of ice cream trucks. Some rust and needed repairs outside and in, but lots of makeover potential to become at least as appealing as this Hug Mobile.
We're seeking 10 to 20 "Best of Breed," money-saving real estate web sites and local real estate partners (lenders, inspectors, closing attorneys, etc.) to cosponsor the truck and a menu of marketing opportunities -- from site demos, to sidewalk seminars, to block parties and more. Our goal is to build a bridge between social networking sites and sidewalks by turning any open house into a block party. (More details upon request.)
Sorry we've missed the opportunity to serve hot chocolate during college tail gating season, but we'll be ready next year. If things come together quickly, maybe we can do a "Homecoming Blitz" in time to cheer the Patriots from the playoffs to the Superbowl. If we're not ready in time for Christmas parties, the next marketing opportunity is Valentine's Day 2008. We've got lots of creative coop advertising ideas and invite yours as well.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a design contest to turn this ice cream truck into a drive-by block party?
November 26, 2007
Hand delivered $19,000 rebate to 1st client to select "$3,000 flat fee, plus performance bonus" from menu of fees.
November 10, 2007
If airlines have fare sales, should real estate agents?
If airlines have fare sales, should real estate agents? We think so. We understand buyers are waiting for prices to fall, but candidly, that's translated into a cash flow crisis for The Real Estate Cafe. Still, as one of the nation's first fee-for-service real estate concepts we've had the experience to develop a menu of fees and rebates to get through slow times. The key is offering compelling saving opportunities for clients -- so compelling, we hope at least one new or existing client decides to select one of our "flat fee" options the next three days. So, if you think you'll be buying a home in the next six months and want to "buy down" your hourly consulting fee, we'd be glad to explain how you to save up to $75 per hour. (Current client case study available upon request or just read what the Wall Street Journal said about our 100% rebate options.). If our $3,000 to $5,000 flat fee options are beyond your budget, consider these SPECIAL OFFERS:
- Prepay for 5 hours of consulting service ($500), get one hour FREE ($100 savings).
- Prepay for 10 hours of consulting service ($1,000), get three hours FREE ($300 savings).
Limited to the first three existing or new clients to respond.
November 01, 2007
All Saints' Day debate: Should sellers bury St. Joseph statues?
Earlier this week, a friend sent an article from the Wall Street Journal about burying St. Joseph statues entitled, "When It Takes a Miracle To Sell Your House." As show in the image above, the story was the MOST EMAILED link on the Wall Street Journal, five rankings ahead of Google's new G-Phone. Amazing, and amazingly misguided IMHO.
Over the past few years, I've blogged repeatedly about the practice (click on "Continue reading" below for links). In 1998, my initial objections were stated in a well-researched article, which journalists may find worth reading, entitled, "Beyond Superstition: Doing Justice to the 'Just Man'." Nearly a decade later, I created an interactive map called "St. Joe 2.0: Geography of Faith" where anyone who believed in the practice could document their prayer experiences to St. Joseph and others could propose alternative spiritual practices.
after a Catholic conference on Social Justice was canceled in Boston
for lack of interest, my blog posts became more pointed: "Social Justice for Real Estate Dummies."
Unlike NPR's Talk of the Nation which kicked off their program "Selling Your Soul to Sell Your House" with an interview about St. Joseph, the Wall Street Journal told their audience that some Catholics are offended by the practice of burying St. Joseph statues upside down because they believe it is superstitious. Some Catholic bookstores objective to selling the statues for the same reason.
For years, I've thought about offering a "St. Joseph Statue Buy-Back Program." An employee of one local religious book store expressed an interest in exchanging statues for coupons to buy books which would give real insight into Catholic teachings. My recommendation, on this celebration of All Saints' Day, would be The Saints' Guide to Happiness. (The author, Robert Ellsberg, was a classmate at Harvard and is the son of Daniel Ellsberg.)
Looks like the WSJ blog post is generating some heated discussion. I'd love to invite anyone who wants to take a more positive approach towards "reinventing" this misguided devotion to St. Joseph to consider
our fund raising campaign for AIDS orphans or to propose their own ideas to the honor patron saint of the Catholic church and Social
Justice. Isn't it time sellers, real estate agents, and the press do justice to the "just man"? Your comments are most welcome here or on our wiki.
Real Estate Cafe blog posts on practice of burying St. Joseph statues to sell real estate: