November 18, 2008

Talking Heads - Do They Ever Get It Right?

I follow a few blogs regularly. I still don't have the discipline to use a RSS feeder because then I have to go and check it each day. I prefer the blogs that allow me to register my email address and it send me updates each time a new post is added. (FYI - You can do this on The Realtor's Toolbox by adding your email address in the box on the side column).

One of the first real estate blogs that I began to follow is Jim Duncan's blog about the real estate market and happenings in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. Now I don't have any pressing need to learn about the town of Charlottesville or the real estate market in central Virginia but this site offers a lot of cool information for both real estate agents and aspiring bloggers. I fit into both of those categories.

Mr. Duncan is a Realtor with Century 21 and a very successful blogger. He is often invited to sit on panels at various real estate conventions and events to discuss his experience with blogging and I have even reached out to Jim for assistance in figuring out this whole "blogosphere" gig.

With the hyperbole that is spewed from many of the talking heads on the thousands of TV news channels these days, it's hard to keep score of who's predictions of doom and gloom are right and who's predictions of "sunshine and Skittles" are right. If you have two people predicting different things about the same topic, someone is going to be wrong, right?

In my first attempt to "re-blog" I'd like to suggest you read this post from Mr. Duncan on his site. Please understand that The Realtor's Toolbox did not create this content but felt it is a very valuable message that might make you think twice before you "buy in" to the positive or negative rhetoric. Be sure to watch the video at the end of this post - Are You a Complete Moron? It is truly amazing at how "right" one of these talking heads turns out to be yet you see the ridicule, contempt and general lack of credibility that the "positive Petes" seem to offer.

Thanks to Jim Duncan for his insights on the real estate market in general as well as his skills as a blogger. If you have any real estate needs in the Charlottesville, Virginia area, I might suggest you reach out to Jim.