I wrote this for ActiveRain five and a half years ago.
Thought you might enjoy it again.
Could the blog be the "flog"?
Many Real Estate Blogs are becoming on-line confessionals for heavily mortgaged investors, homeowners and agents tottering bankruptcy, foreclosure and financial ruin, facing quit-claim and court ordered dissolution of property from divorce proceedings or other litigation.
Miles and miles of pseudo-intellectual banter, espoused in form through indiscriminate tongue-in-cheek contributors, most sounding like second year undergraduates, are taking up the cause, ideology, practice, and method of someone else and using it as their own to project a semblance of creative prowess divested in kind through the need to overcome failure.
Worse, they sound like they're repeating the collective thinking coming from the mouth of some erudite's sapience overheard in a classroom.
If you fall into the lake without a life vest and the shore is too far away your going to drown, unless the Coast Guard is nearby.
It's sink or swim and many real estate bloggers have turned to the web for a lifevest when their portfolios, property taxes and other maintenance become unmanageable and the cash flow chart plunges into deep water.
Will it get better ?
And for whom ?
More swindlers taking advantage of the "motivated sale" for the "quick flip" ?
The agents and representatives in the real estate professionial community that adhere to the standards of reason and ethics, when qualifying buyers or investing in property, are getting a bad reputation from those who don't.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) membership exploded because of the real estate gold rush (update: it crashed and burned).
It makes one agent look like a needle in a haystack by the count. Enrollment in real estate schools greatly increased.
A very ugly concept arose from the opportunity to make easy money money known as "something for nothing".
It's the single most widely accepted psychological theory behind gambling addiction. Now that mortgage fraud appears to be the number one financial crime in the United States, the banks, when they forfeit laundered loan proceedings, and the public, when they lose their homes to these swindlers, are going to blame somebody.
Could it be NAR ?
Could it be you ?
Your mortgage broker ?
Could it be your spouse for talking you into buying that house ?
Could it be that blogging is the beginning of the flogging; the inquisition, a real estate tribunal created to discover and suppress heresy within the profession ?
Opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position of many will indeed, appear derisory, incongruous or cockeyed.
By relegation to a canonical and basic mental position from which things are viewed, conforming to sanctions and recognized rules in demographic fashion make you a member of the local "club" in kind by the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing your product or service.
We'll get better as real estate professionals from these new experiences.
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