What do you think?Â There are several tweaks that I would need to make were I to keep this appearance, but I just don’t know yet …
I don’t know quite how I stumbled onto this story, but it appears that Micro$oft is going to implement RSS into their next version of IE …Â and they are going to use the Firefox icon to indicate when a feed is present.Â To those who are not currently familiar with RSS, 1) This may not seem like a big deal and 2) It is, and you will know become very familiar with RSS next year.Â RSS is the next thing for real estate website technology, and one that I hope to implement in some fashion in the first quarter of 2006.
This article speaks to how I try to do business, and about one of the “target markets” I like to think I work well with.Members of this age group care very much about HOW the entire sales process goes.Â Intangibles, like whether the desired information can be found online, or the personality and sales style of their real estate agent, take on considerable importance.Â Mess up there, and the buyer walks.As a group, Generation X home buyers are characterized as pragmatic, flexible, self-reliant, independent, informal, and disillusioned.Â The want what they want, the way they want itâ€”and they want it now.Â To work effectively with these buyers, an agent needs to step back and give them cooperation, without imposing their perspective.Â Competence is valued over schmoozing.An important quality of this group is a preference for loyalty and long-term relationships.Â They share recommendations with their friends, and they keep coming back.Hmmm – guiding and advising rather than dictating, establishing trusted relationships with the expectation that these relationships will be ongoing and long-lasting …Â I can do that.
The Washington Post has an article discussing how localities are preparing for the real estate market downturn:At the same time, officials increasingly are looking at what would happen if the housing market flattens so significantly that it no longer provides enough tax money to underwrite steady growth in spending.Â Some have instructed their staffs to craft proposed budgets that cap expanded spending.Â …Despite signs that the market is softening — home sales nationwide slowed more than expected in October, and inventory is at its highest level in 20 years — assessments typically lag behind the business climate.Â So a downward trend won’t be reflected in the new round of valuations.Yet this article in the DP notes how a a few Delegates are making promises:House Speaker William J….Â Wardrup, R-Virginia Beach, told a gathering of Virginia reporters and editors that the House of Delegates will not pass a measure increasing the state gas tax in 2006.”We have to look at other sources of revenue,” Howell said during the Associated Press Day at the Capital annual forum on pending state issues.Â “I think that’s what the whole discussion is going to be about.”Howell suggested that increased fines for bad drivers could bring in a sustained source of transportation revenue of $400 million or more for each two-year budget cycle and that international investors could provide hundreds of millions of dollars more for purchasing the right to collect tolls on certain highways.$400 million in increased enforcement?Â Let the police police, don’t make them become de facto tax collectors (probably with quotas too).This is an interesting idea – In Fairfax …Â For next year’s proposed spending plan limits, he has instructed department heads to “essentially give us the same budget you gave us last year,” meaning no growth, except for pay raises and increases to cover such items as rising health care costs for employees and retirees.Why haven’t they been doing this all along?
Maybe not “the” things leaders do, but certainly some very good ones.I like them all; these stand out to me:Stay disciplined and detailed.”Good leaders are never afraid to intervene personally on things that are important.Â Leaders learn constantly and also have to learn how to teach.Â “A leader’s primary role is to teach.Â People who work with you don’t have to agree with you, but they have to feel you’re willing to share what you’ve learned.”Stay true to your own style.”Leadership is an intense journey into yourself.Â You can use your own style to get anything done.Â It’s about being self-aware.Â Every morning, I look in the mirror and say, ‘I could have done three things better yesterday.’