David Saks: The Inquisition: Or Has the Blog Become the Flog ?

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The Inquisition: Or Has the Blog Become the Flog ?



Could a blog become a "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 over the last five years because of the gold rush. 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 the new experiences. Agreed?

David Saks

Time&Temp Memphis

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Comment balloon 2 commentsDavid Saks • March 18 2008 04:12PM


Not only that, but have you seen some of the blogs of people going through a nasty divorce. I used to not believe that people on the Jerry Springer show were real, but after reading some of these real-life blogs, I'm convinced.

Even some of the people here at Active Rain when they do 20 blog entries a week ranting and raving about politics. Good lord, people! Realize that unless we can elect a President, a Vice-President, 435 members of Congress, 100 Senators, and all our Governors and state legislatures AT THE EXACT SAME TIME, there won't be any significant change. One person can't do it. Two can't do it. And as we constantly see al the time, 535 people can't do it.

So if you disagree with something, take a chill pill and realize that the world not's going to end tomorrow.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) almost 12 years ago

Comes with the territory Jim. Too much bar room advice in some of these groups. Have a nice wwekend. Thanks for taking time to visit.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

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