Posts Categorized: Myths & Lies

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You Get What You Pay For……..NOT!

Anyone who is savvy enough to shop around knows that the old adage “you get what you pay for” is simply not true. The fact that many people still believe it to be true creates job security for the marketing gurus since the whole purpose of marketing is to create perceived value that is substantially… Read more

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Listing Agent Myths & Lies

When people are picking a listing agent to sell their home they can fall victim to any number of self-imposed myths or outright lies perpetuated by the agents they talk to. When I hear about these it really gets my dander up. Of course, in reality, I don’t have dander. Dander is “loose scales formed… Read more

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For Sale by Owner?

I have to be really careful writing this because the last thing I want to do is come across as being self serving. Nevertheless, I want to examine the issue of selling a house on your own. Starting with my parents, my family has always had a great degree of mistrust with regard to the… Read more

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The Truth About Chicago Area Housing Prices

Not many real estate brokers will tell you what I am about to tell you: Most of the data you’ve been fed about housing price changes is grossly misleading Housing is not the great investment that the NAR (National Association of Realtors) wants you to believe Let me give you some typical examples of the… Read more

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Lying With Statistics – Part I

This is Part I because I have a feeling that I am going to be writing about this topic for a long time. Having spent a lot of time in past lives analyzing data to make business decisions I know how people often mistakenly use data or intentionally use them to misrepresent the facts. The… Read more