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5/27/2020 10:42:19 AM

Excellent article by Robert Siciliano Though we, as humans, are supposed to be pretty smart, we do a lot of things that might not seem rational. For example, we do things like text and drive, we don’t get flu shots that can stop us from getting sick, and we hoard things like toilet paper…Dan Ariely, a professor from Duke University, has some reasons for this. Ariely has released a book called “Predictable Irrational,” and it takes a look at why we do these irrational things…especially in a time of crisis. One of the most mind-boggling things is why we have all become such toilet paper hoarders and why, when we see empty shelves, we start to panic. According to Ariely, when we are in these situations, you are saying to yourself “This must be something I need to get very quickly and let me get a lot of it so I don’t run out.” But, in general, our responses to things like this are flawed. On top of this, we don’t do a good job at thinking ahead. Ariely says, “We don’t pay much attention to things that will happen in the future, even if the future is two weeks from now.” He also says that we “don’t pay attention to things that are invisible like viruses.” All of this is compounded even more as COVID-19 started to spread, and this led to a slow government response and the population’s collective apathy to the threat. Another thing that compounds it is that we, at our core, are also pretty selfish. “We do what is selfishly good for us and not what’s good for other people,” Ariely says. This means that people who should be staying home because they are sick, go out anyway, and then they contaminate others. This is a normal impulse to defy the stay-at-home orders that many of us are under. And wearing a mask is NOT a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of caring for others than yourself. Ariely says, “What’s interesting about public goods problems is, as long as everybody participates, everybody gets a lot of benefits, and when people start defecting or betraying the public good, lots of bad things happen. And in a situation like a pandemic, it’s enough that a small percentage of people don’t adhere to the rules and they can hurt everybody.” Now, we also have the issue of some government officials and health experts being at odds with themselves. President Trump is pushing governors to open their states back up quickly, while public health experts are warning that doing this could quickly cause a huge uptick in cases. What does Ariely say about this? He says, “The sad reality is that we’ve always had a tradeoff between money and saving lives. This is not something new.” He also adds that the best thing we can do right now is make the best of our quarantine: “It’s an opportunity to start new habits, new routines like exercise, eat better, spend time with your family,” he says. “It’s also an opportunity to start worse habits, like not exercising, overeating and developing addiction to social media and the news.” ROBERT SICILIANO CSP, is a #1 Best Selling Amazon author, CEO of CreditParent.com, the architect of the CSI Protection certification; a Cyber Social and Identity and Personal Protection security awareness training program. © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

5/23/2020 3:04:19 PM

I love this blogpost by Marte Cliff. So often a writer will cram too much into a sentence. Then they make a mistake. When you proofread what you’ve written, you’re probably looking for mis-used or misspelled words, extra words, and typos. But don’t stop there… Your purpose in proofreading is to remove all the “stop signs” that make reader think about your words, rather than your meaning. Misplaced modifiers are huge stop signs, and they are all too common. Even professional writers sometimes forget to re-read their work to make sure it makes sense. Here are examples I found just yesterday: From an on-line article: “The Police Department warned individuals to stay out of the area and then informed the public when the suspect was apprehended through social media.” “The suspected shooter can be could be seen in this video boasting before he did it over social media:” From those two sentences, the reader would think that the crime was committed over social media, and the suspect was apprehended through social media. Simple changes would have made the sentences make sense: “The police department used social media to warn individuals to stay out of the area and to inform them when the suspect was apprehended.” “The suspected shooter could be seen in this video, boasting over social media before he did it.” (And yes – there was more proof that someone didn’t proofread: “can be could be.”) From another article: “Abrams however, has never even won a statewide contest casting doubt on her ability to help pull of a nationwide victory let alone run the White House in Biden’s absence, who is 77-years-old.” Ugh. Obviously, absence is not 77 years old, but the whole sentence is so full of punctuation and spelling errors that it should just be scrapped. Start over with a better writer! From a hard-bound novel: "... a bad portrait swinging in the wind of his majesty." The wind of his majesty? That’s a bit crude and rude. The bottom line: Read what you wrote. Proofread for errors, then read it again to make sure that your modifying words and phrases are placed where they belong. If you need to re-write the sentence to make it make sense, do it! Graphics courtesy of stuart miles at freedigitalphotos.net marte@copybymarte.comwww.copybymarte.com Priest River, Idaho208-448-1479 Call on Copy by Marte for: Custom Web Copy....Agent Bios....E-mail Campaigns Community Pages....Postcards....Custom Prospecting Letters Articles....Blog Posts....Print Ads PLUS Pre-written real estate letters that save you time and money - and keep you in touch with your prospects. © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

5/23/2020 10:08:24 AM

There was a time when I hugged everyone that I liked. Of course that practice is no longer acceptable, heck it might even be dangerous. So social distancing and proper precautions are the practice we must follow today.For about ten years I would recommend one home inspector above all others. The company, a man and wife team, (she did the office, he the inspections) did an exemplary job. His credentials included being a licensed civil engineer and many years’ experience as a certified inspector. His wife ran a tight ship in the office. She always made sure that the house was ready for inspection (utilities on, lockbox access, seller ready) before the inspector showed up on site.Alas this great team of partners abruptly retired last year due to illness. I didn’t get a chance to hug them and wish them well. I was forced to find a new home inspection company. Today I have several that I use. While they are well-credentialed and reliable, I miss my old partners.I recently had one of the new companies perform an inspection for a buyer. Because of the Corona Virus epidemic we all took extra precautions. Masks, gloves, booties and hand sanitizer were the order of the dayThe inspection went great. The property was in great shape. The buyer was happy. The new inspector professional and thorough.I didn’t get to shake his hand; we did fist bumps. I am not really sure what he looks like, nor does he know what I look like. He doesn’t know if my buyer was smiling, or grimacing when he handed her the bill. But that is the new norm.I will recommend this inspector again, as long as he keeps doing a good job. I just won’t be hugging him anytime soon.  oe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

5/17/2020 9:35:34 AM

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”. ― Emma LazarusThis quote by American poet Emma Lazarus which is emblazed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty exemplifies the ultimate Welcome Home sign. It says to everyone that approaches it, “Please enter and make this place your new home.”So now you are trying to sell your home. You want to make a good impression. Shouldn’t every visitor to your home should be treated with the same respect that an immigrant is offered by the Statue of Liberty?One of the best places to start welcoming the visitors to your home is the front door. For most people, the front door is the place where you make your first impression. Nothing turns a buyer off more than walking up to a house and seeing a messy or ugly front door.Before they go in the potential buyer must open the front door. But what if the door is broken? Dirty or in need of paint? What if the lock does not work properly and is hard to open? What will be your home’s first impression?As both a home buyer and seller I can attest to what happens when the first impression leaves the buyer thinking. “I will have to fix that.” It immediately signals the house needs work. “What else is wrong?”A few days ago, I showed a prospective buyer a house that was being flipped by an investor. It was in a good location, nice floorplan and the seller had invested a significant amount of money on new flooring, a kitchen remodel, and new paint, among other repairs. Yet they failed at the most basic step in remarketing this property. The front door.When I approached the door I was turned off by the fact that the screen door was filthy. It had rust in the corners and cobwebs on the screen. The large wooden front door was equally as bad. While it at one time it was likely a grand entrance, a golden door, on that day it looked sad and tired. At a minimum, a good cleaning and fresh coat of paint would have improved the look.At some point, a buyer will come along and look past the first impression and make an offer on this house. But it was not this day or this buyer. We moved on to another property.My advice to home sellers and listing agents across the globe? Be like the Statue of Liberty. Welcome, all comers with hope and respect. Offer them the feeling of hospitality. Help them see the house as a home, not a project.“A good first impression can work wonders”. J. K. Rowling   Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

5/13/2020 6:29:54 PM

Ah yes, the life of a Real Estate Agent. It looks easy. Big money, little risk, wealthy clients that are easy to please. Or so it seems.The average Real Estate Agent longs for the situation described above. In reality, the work is inconsistent, and the clients are demanding, unsure, and fickle. Yet we champion on because that is what we do.Most people think that being a real estate agent is about sales. But selling is only one component in the job description. Other times you must be an analyst, a detective, sometimes a babysitter.Every real estate agent has had their share of difficult transactions that are loaded with drama. Sometimes those transactions fall out making it look as if we screwed up. Most of the time it is not the agent that screws up. Other times a transaction goes so smooth you wonder why they all cannot be this way. Some will make you laugh; others will make you cry. You may find some hard to grasp, or simply shake your head in disbelief.If you are lucky you connect with a serious and realistic client, the property is exemplary, and the cooperating agent is knowledgeable and attentive. But most often the buyers are demanding, the sellers inflexible and the property has a personality all its own.That is why a real estate agent, no matter how successful, must weather the highs and lows, smooth out the ups and downs and make it all look easy.If you are fortunate to get through the escrow process and finally here those words, “The property has closed.” You can reflect back on how well it all turned out.I am reminded of the old television show The A-Team. Their famous byline was, “I love it when a plan comes together.” I cannot agree more.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved