Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Something Around Here is Bound to be "YouTube Worthy"

As if my obsession for videos isn't already obnoxious and out of control, I have a new toy, opps...I mean TOOL, to aid in my weird desire to catch everything on video. Today I got the new Flip Video camera. What a handy dandy little contraption that fits in my purse, powers up in less than 3 seconds and then "flips" out a USB to transfer the video to my computer (or YouTube account) all in a heartbeat.

I run into so many obscure things every day just driving around, kind of like the guy who was dodging cars in the Campbell & Battlefield intersection the other day with no shoes or socks on and in 28 degree weather. That stuff deserves to be posted on YouTube. Kind of like Fat Man on a Scooter. That was hilarious too.

It will be so much easier for me to catch Tenant's stupidity when they throw parties, destroy (or burn down) our houses, have drug paraphanalia in the house, or allow unapproved pets to reside in our rental properties. I "flip" out the video camera as I am doing inspections and document the lease violations. Then I get to "flip" out on the Tenants as I show them and their co-signers the documentation on film and listen to their sad and pathetic excuses of how they didn't know it was a violation of their lease. (Can you tell I am bitter?) Watch out now. I get sweet revenge with a video camera and a little YouTube action.

It was also be great for following Paul around and catch his every eccentric move as I make him the video blog king of the real estate world. He "flips" out and so do I (with my FlipVideo camera!), now you really see him in raw form...and you only thought you had seen it all when he was in a hot tub!

Monday, November 19, 2007

So Much For Live Blogging from Vegas

OK, so I know what you're thinking..."uh...what happened to the 'live blogging from Vegas' thing?" I'm sorry, I got wrapped up in the quick trip to Vegas and didn't get to blog on this particular blog. But if you missed my whole "Seth Godin rant" on my personal blog, don't miss it.

Overall, the NAR convention went really good, we actually got a lot of work done. And if Amanda, or I, ever feel the need to quit our day job, we're certainly glad that the Playboy Store is now hiring at Ceasar's Palace. We just had to get our picture taken outside of it!

We spent a lot of time on the trade show floor. We got a lot of good ideas, good marketing plans, and learned a lot about different vendors. We were surprised that Property Automation (the makers of our Tenant Pro 7 software) were bought out by Domin-8. That's not necessarily a bad thing, we were just surprised and we wonder how their customer and tech support will stand up to that of Property Automation. Not that they have big shoes to fill.

So now is the time to focus on the year-end before I start planning for 2008. You know me, I'm a checklist maker. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Ready To Fly

Here we are, ready to fly to Las Vegas. Yes, that is me, Paul & Amanda waiting to board the plane, sucking off every bit of bandwidth we can on the free wi-fi! And thus we begin our live blogging event from the National Association of REALTORS annual convention in Las Vegas. It's a late flight, but we will catch up again with you when we hit the city!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Viva Las Vegas!

If you've been keeping up with my work blog for awhile now, you probably remember my live blogging posts from the National Association of REALTORS annual convention which was in New Orleans in 2006.

This year it is in Las Vegas and I'm getting really excited about it as we prepare to leave on Monday. There are over 25,000 REALTORS that attend this event and I usually come back ready to implement some big ideas for our business. This year, there should be more of a focus on Web 2.0 ideas for REALTORS. We won't be there but a few days this next week, but I fully intend on taking lots of pictures, videos and posting my plans and ideas on this blog, much in the same way I did last year when Jay and I went to the convention. Amanda is going with us this year, and I'm anxious to get her up and rolling in the real estate/property management world. She's been doing an awesome job so I'm glad she is getting to experience this. I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Passing The Torch

I have loved working my job in Property Management. After all, I Love Rentals, right?! But since Dizmang Properties has grown to the point where we are managing over 200 rental units and therefore over 600 Tenants, I just can’t do it all anymore.

Now despite all of the rumors…I am not quitting my job. But things are changing. Now that Amanda has got her real estate license, she can officially sign leases with new Tenants. This is working out great, because she is not only coordinating the Tenant Maintenance Requests & Issues, but she is pretty much handling anything Tenant related. I am still continuing to train Amanda in managing these properties, which will take some time. But, the good news is that she is catching on quick. I am still going to keep managing the office, do the bookkeeping, but I am going to focus more on finding the investment properties for our Owners in addition to the web design work and the projects with the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you’re a Tenant, I will still help you out. But don’t worry, you’re in good hands with Amanda too!