Archive | February, 2015

What is seen and what is said

8 Feb

Walker Evans work is stunning!

The New English Landscape

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Derelict barn, Dartford, Kent, 2007

In 1936 the writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans were commissioned by Fortune magazine to produce an article on the lives of poor sharecroppers in the American South. The ethos of Roosevelt’s New Deal produced a whole series of collaborations between writers, photographers, artists, composers, choreographers and ethnologists, encouraged and funded to portray the lives of everyday American life in all its regions and cultures. The article eventually led to a book which was published in 1941, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, now regarded as one of the great books of the 20th century. In his introduction, Agee wrote quite specifically on the relationship between the words and the images: ‘The photographs are not illustrative. They, and the text, are coequal, mutually independent, fully collaborative.’

The subject of how writers and photographers work together is, not surprisingly, something which deeply interests…

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Four Social Media Strategies that Work- According to NAR

8 Feb

Callmarniefirst's Blog

If we know one thing about today’s consumer, it’s that they are communicating online. According to the 2009 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, more than one-third of home buyers looked online for properties as their first step in the home-buying process last year.

Developing a social media strategy allows agents to start conversations and interact with potential clients online without the pressure that comes with traditional marketing methods. While a balance of various types of traditional and new marketing methods is ideal, agents who spend time developing a solid social media strategy can build top-of-mind awareness for buyers when they start their home search online.

Whether you are new to the social media realm or are already interacting and sharing useful content, take a few moments to review these tips and best practices for maximizing your Web 2.0 plan from a recent REBAC Connection Webinar. It could make…

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Top 10 Deal Breakers for Buyers & Sellers

8 Feb

Written a few years back

Callmarniefirst's Blog

Your buyers have found the home of their dreams, started packing their stuff and have mentally moved in when suddenly a challenge arises that could put a serious wrench in the home buying process. In today’s market, finding the home is only the start of a transaction that can have many stumbling blocks along the way.

Here are the top 10 deal breakers buyers and sellers encounter that can impact the sale of a home:
1. Fixtures and Personal Property Pitfalls

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen deals falter because of disagreements over silly stuff like who gets the fireplace screen, the wall sconces or the appliances. For some buyers and sellers it can be difficult to distinguish between personal property and fixtures that come with the house. I once had someone try to take a beloved bathtub. Like the buyer wouldn’t notice?

How to avoid…

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10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

8 Feb

Great read!

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Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

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We Believe

8 Feb