Termites or Ants?

When Good Wood Goes Bad

Few issues have complicated or killed more real estate deals than the dastardly WDO inspection. The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way! Soon after starting HomePro Inspections in 1994 wood rot and termites became the largest single source of customer complaints that came across my desk. The frustration was the fact that none of those WDO inspections were done by my company. Desperate to find a solution to this situation, I did what I always do — dug deep … [Continue Reading...]

Wally and the MG 
Hauling Black Kow... that's NO BS!

The Story of My Orange MG Midget

They Laughed When I Drove Up In An Orange MG Midget....Until I Told Them Why! Researching and writing about your Realtor Rides is been great fun. Your choice of rides says a lot who you are, where you’ve been and even where you’re going. You’ve seen my ride pictured in every edition of this newsletter, but the story has yet to be told…how the heck does a retired Navy pilot turned home inspection entrepreneur wind up sporting about Jacksonville in an Orange 1976 … [Continue Reading...]

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes…

  April Showers Bring May Flowers!  It’s that time of year when you want to sit outside, sip a cool drink and squish mosquito guts on your sweetie’s sweaty cheeks! Okay, you’re right, that last part about squashed mosquito guts on your sweetie’s sweaty cheeks is disgusting. Putting this in a historical real estate prospective is important.  Until we solved the problem of sweltering heat and swarms of mosquitoes no one wanted buy homes in Florida! The … [Continue Reading...]

"On Writing" by Stephen King

“On Writing” by Stephen King

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.  There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” Stephen King I’m not a Stephen King fan.  Only read one of his books “Pet Sematary”.  Scared the crap out of me! Thankfully I read it while deployed onboard the aircraft carrier USS America. I was safe there. No zombie pets could eat me. What possessed me to read another Stephen King book?  Simple. … [Continue Reading...]

Chocolate Chai Seed Pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I love easy recipes, especially when I can make ahead.  This makes a nice alternative pudding for special occasions... and no one will EVER know it’s dairy free unless you tell them!         Ingredients: 1/3 cups chia seeds 3 TB cacao or unsweet cocoa powder 1/8 tsp salt Dash of cinnamon 1-1/4 cups non-dairy milk (almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, etc. or a blend) 3-4 TB maple syrup (to taste) 1/4 tsp vanilla … [Continue Reading...]

This Week’s Top Story

Barnes & Noble Bust, Wally Now #1 on Amazon!

Life for all of us in the real estate professions has changed dramatically over the past decade. Dramatic as they have been, our challenges pale in comparison … [Continue Reading...]

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Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes…

  April Showers Bring May Flowers!  It’s that time of year when you want to sit outside, sip a cool drink and squish mosquito guts on your sweetie’s sweaty cheeks! Okay, you’re right, that last … [Continue reading...]

Real Estate Agents Named Best Dressed Professionals

Real Estate Agents Named Best Dressed Professionals in Recent Poll. Data Suggests Women Realtors Dress for Success, Male Realtors Dress Like School Teachers! Like it or not we are judged by our appearance. … [Continue reading...]

No Action Taken by Florida Legislature!!!

No Action Taken by Florida Legislature to Help Protect Homeowners from Out-of-Control Contractors and Plaintiff Lawyers in Assignment of Benefits (AOB) Claims Hurricane season is upon us. If your home floods … [Continue reading...]

My Realtor Told Me I Didn’t Need Flood Insurance!

 People need to realize . . . that houses flood even when they are not waterfront. They flood even in a normal neighborhood” Tim Nolan, flood victim . . . Orange Park, FL Tim’s home purchase was a dream … [Continue reading...]

TED – Technology…Entertainment… and Design…

Interested in “Ideas Worth Spreading”, then TED is your ticket! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the world’s most creative minds could gather together to share their ideas in open forum?  What if each individual … [Continue reading...]

Revolutionary Research Revels American July 4th Independence Day Celebration Held on WRONG Day

Revolutionary Research Revels American July 4th Independence Day Celebration Held on WRONG Day for 237 Years! Meanwhile 317 Million Americans Wonder Why It’s NOT A 3-Day Weekend? Should the American … [Continue reading...]

Jacksonville Realtor Demands Commission on Sale of Chicken Coop. Frustrated Buyer Vows Agent Will Have Egg on His Face!

It started out as an innocent inquiry to a Craigslist add that read “Mobile Chicken Tractor at The Hen House in Callahan $450”.  From the photos and description it seemed we had found our dream coop.  It was an … [Continue reading...]

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