Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Accepting Stranded Clients & Their Mortgages! Want to Know More?
I've been here on Active Rain, and writing on my own site, for a couple years now. I watched when the market will still racing and all the talk was "when will the bubble burst." And then I watched and learned as the markets went into turmoil and real estate professionals lost their minds.
But, the good news is that there are some survivors who still care about home buyers and borrowers in NW Indiana. I'd like to feature the top 20 New Media-Social Media Real Estate Professionals here in NW Indiana on Friday. I'll feature the list and links to their online locations here on this blog, and on my own personal blogs.
Between now and then I'd like nominations, don't be shy nominate yourself, make your case. If may not know you if you're new to Active Rain or the industry. Entries will be ranked by:
- Actual levels of social marketing, connecting, conversation ... not just broadcasting listings
- SEO power
- Traffic - where applicable and available
- Committment to the industry beyond one's own listings and clients, committment to NW Indiana
- Actual dollar volume of production - it still matters it's just not first
All pretty subjective, I know, but it's important that customers get a chance to see who's really interacting and involved in the community, not just listing tons of bank properties and getting volume numbers.
Depending on the number of entries, I may run a separate list for lenders and "other" catagories. Come on help me out with some nominations.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
An email circulating around the net:
On my way to a restaurant, saw a homeless guy on the street with an Obama sign.
In the local restaurant my server had on a “Obama 08″ tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference–just imagine the coincidence.
When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need–the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful. (the one part of the story not very realistic)
At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.
I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
From Howey Politics
Jerry Davich, Post-Tribune: Oh, to be a fly on the wall over a ballot booth on Election Day during the most historic presidential campaign of our lives. Oh, to watch how many white voters enter the voting site sticking to their promise of voting for Sen. Barack Obama, only to vote for Sen. John McCain instead. Oh, to peek at them in the ballot booth — all alone with their consciences and love of country — after months of saying all the politically correct things to pollsters and pundits, friends and family. Finally, they can be true to themselves. Finally, they can vote with their hearts, not their heads. Finally, without admitting to another soul, they can cast their race-based votes. Think I’m off-base? Or stirring the race-relations pot? Or lacking faith in our country and the democratic process? Think again, all you political Pollyannas, and take off your rose-colored glasses. Sure, the polls have Obama leading by several percentage points over McCain. But those polls are based on what voters say they’ll do on Election Day, not what they’ll actually do in the voting booth. I personally know quite a few white voters who simply are not willing to vote for a black man — any black man. Period. Ever. Not for president of the local PTA board, let alone president of this country.
Doug Ross, Times of Northwest Indiana: Everybody’s talking about the presidential race this year. But how powerful will those coattails be? The answer — until the results become apparent late on Nov. 4, at least — depends on who you listen to. One candidate, a white Democrat, told me of knocking on doors in southern Lake County and encountering what, at least to the candidate, was a surprising number of racists who won’t vote for Barack Obama simply because of his race. It seems that a number of voters — though perhaps not in southern Lake County — who will vote for Obama precisely because he is black. His win in this election would be one more barrier broken, the rationale goes. But enough of race relations and back to the traditional use of “race” in campaign season. I have asked many candidates over the past few weeks how their specific race will be affected by the presidential election, and some are clearly nervous. State Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, a Democrat who replaced Bob Kuzman last year and has just one legislative session for experience, is reminding voters in District 19 that they can split their vote. She worried that Republicans who voted in the Democratic primary because that’s where the hottest races were will vote a straight Republican ticket for the general election. As for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson, she professes to be excited about the coattail effect. “I think it’s having a very positive impact,” she said. “I think that Barack Obama is an incredible candidate,” she gushed on Wednesday in a meeting with The Times editorial board. “He’s very direct,” which resonates with voters, Thompson said. According to the polls, at least, Thompson is either neck-and-neck with Republican Mitch Daniels, the incumbent, or is somewhat behind him. Any coattail effect from an Obama win in a state that traditionally elects Republican presidential candidates could put her over the top. “I think there will be a lot of straight-ticket voting around the state,” she said. Earlier this month, I asked visitors at http://nwi.com to say whether they would vote a straight ticket this year. The results surprised me — 38 percent said yes, while only 62 percent said no. That’s with a sample size of 892 respondents in a completely unscientific poll. Is that a sign of complete disgust with President Bush’s policies? Will it buoy all Democrats?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Here's the genesis of this artice: Rush Limbaugh read it today on air, I posted a tweet about it and then got quite a few requests for a link to the article from friendfeed followers. So I went searching, and (update) found the article on the author's blog.
I have no doubt that if these facts had pointed to the Republican Party or to John McCain as the guilty parties, you would be treating it as a vast scandal. "Housing-gate," no doubt. Or "Fannie-gate."
Monday, October 20, 2008
Colin Powell is no Alexander Hamilton
His private character is not defended by his most partial friends. He is bankrupt beyond redemption, except by the plunder of his country. His ambition will not be content with those objects which virtuous men of either party will allot to it, and his situation and his habits will oblige him to have recourse to corrupt expedients, from which he will be restrained by no moral scruple. To accomplish his ends, he must lean upon unprincipled men, and will continue to adhere to the myrmidons who have hitherto seconded him.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The activists are leaders of a group called “Vote From Home ‘08.” The group is self-identified as having “extensive experience with political organizing, election administration, and Democratic politics.” They were hailed as the “Justice League” by a Daily Kos blogger. Their Facebook page brags: “Want to turn the Presidential election blue in a key swing state?
My friends at Palestra.net, a network of young reporters who have been doing the voter and registration fraud reporting that the MSM has been slow to do, have a breaking investigative report on how several members of the Democrat Vote From Home team — all Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Truman Scholars studying abroad
Monday, October 13, 2008
My 111 Social Networks list after reading the original post:
- Twitter (Micro-Blogging) Daltonsbriefs NWIndiana Blogs
- Blogger (Blog Platform) Briefs Profile Daltonsbriefs
- ActiveRain (Real Estate Industry Site) My profile and Blog
- Facebook (Generic Social Network) My profile
- LinkedIn (Contacts and Jobs) My profile
- FriendFeed (Micro Blogging and Bookmarking) Daltonsbriefs
- Google Shared Reader Items Page
- StumbleUpon (Bookmarking) Daltonsbriefs
- Clipmarks Daltonsbriefs
- Digg (Bookmarking) Daltonsbriefs
- Zolve (Real Estate) Northwest Indiana Profile and Northwest Indiana Blog
- Technorati (Tracking Links) Daltonsbriefs Profile
- Delicious (Bookmarking) Daltonsbriefs
- Flickr (Media Sharing) My profile
- cre8Buzz (Business Niche Network) My profile
- Youtube (Media Sharing) My profile
- Plurk (Micro Blogging) Daltonsbriefs
- Plaxo (Micro Blogging) My profile
- Smaller Indiana (Geo Social) My profile
- 219.com (Geo Social) My profile and blog
- Northwest Indiana (Geo Social Ning) My profile and blog
- Zillow (Real Estate) My profile and
- Lets get this right (Conservative Politics) Daltonsbriefs
- Ma.gnolia (Bookmarking) Northwest Indiana Profile
- Red County (Conservative Politics) Porter County
- Bebo.com (Generic Social Network) My profile
- Biggerpockets (Real Estate) My Profile
- Wikipedia (Collaborative Information Source) Profile
- Google Notes (Bookmarking) My interesting finds
- Google Knol (Collaborative Information Source) Profile
- disqus.com (Comment Network) my profile
- Squidoo (blog platform) my profile
- Mybloglog (social network) daltonsbriefs
- 360.yahoo.com (Generic Social Network) My profile and blog
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I'm trying to set up the comments section for this blog as a test drive. If you stop by today, please comment, and sign up for disqus if you want to check out the system.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Took me 6 hours to join all the ones I hadn't joined yet