Do the Impossible

When is a Mistake Not a Mistake?

Christmas Decorating Fail

We Are Not Rational Creatures

How Unique?

It’s Like Magic

Plus or Minus

A Blessing

On Winning

A Dread Disease

Want To Feel Rich?

Isn’t This How Culture Evolves?

Reframing Neighborhood

Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

A Welcome Change

Ignore Your Cobra

The Safest Place

I Don’t Mean to Complain, But…

Delivery Counts

Altruism?

Do the Impossible

I got a call from a gentlemen who owns a vacation home on the Jersey Shore. It seems that an undersized lot adjacent to his home is coming up for sale and he wanted to know what he should offer.* I was his second call. The first call to a residential appraiser who did a […]

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When is a Mistake Not a Mistake?

McDonald’s recently reintroduced Chicken Tenders, a crispy fried chicken breast treat. And promptly ran out of them. For an entire month. Because they were too popular. To make Chicken Tenders one must have chicken breast meat, batter (which is mostly flour, eggs and spices) and a deep fryer...

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Christmas Decorating Fail

In my defense, the wreath seemed secure.  

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We Are Not Rational Creatures

This week I spent several hours making telephone calls and sending messages to get automatic subscription charges removed from my company debit card. At my hourly rate this made absolutely no sense. I should have just let Pandora charge me $4.00 per month ad infinitum. We are not rational creatures...

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How Unique?

Answer Yes or No to the following: Is the work you do every day repetitive? Do you know the answer before you start? Can someone be trained to do what you do in a month or less? Is what you do something that any healthy adult can do? Does your work involve forms of any […]

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It’s Like Magic

When I regularly post blogs, the traffic on my website goes up. Dramatically. Calls for proposals also go up. Dramatically. The complexity and challenge of the work also goes up. Dramatically. Did the calls come from the same people that came to my website? I don’t think so. A desire to encour...

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Plus or Minus

Real estate appraisers use the term “plus or minus” and symbols like +/- a lot. It’s not that we don’t have confidence in what we are doing. It’s because we are reporting on and analyzing a market. A market in which every item is unique. It’s artscience.

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A Blessing

She can’t walk like other people. She has to throw her upper body back, and her gait is rocking, unsteady and tentative. It is awkward. And painful sometimes. Sometimes she is self conscious. But not today. He was a little fussy, but he stopped and stared at the kindly priest, dazzled by the l...

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On Winning

Winning isn’t the only thing, but it is the only thing that gets archived.

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A Dread Disease

I have an affliction. It is incurable. It was first identified by The Buddha, who called it Kapicitta. Today we call it monkey mind. The incessant chattering of internal monologue. Monkey Mind sufferers are easy to spot. They can’t sit still. They can’t finish a task. They walk into roo...

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Want To Feel Rich?

Give away money. Want to grow? Take a risk. Want to get better? Make a mistake. Want to make art? Risk embarrassment. Want gratitude? Visit a children’s hospital.

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Isn’t This How Culture Evolves?

An homage, a celebration, a shout out, a gesture of respect, admiration and appreciation is now potentially cultural appropriation? Isn’t this how art, music, film, food and culture evolves?  

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Reframing Neighborhood

The real estate appraisal industry, like most industries, is stuck in old thinking. Perhaps the worst of this thinking is the term and concept of Neighborhood. Most people correctly understand neighborhood as a collection of homes and perhaps businesses near their homes. Google images of neighborhoo...

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Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

Where is the modern Algonquin Round Table where artists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines come together to discuss big ideas? Where are the coffeehouses of Vienna where the likes of Jung, Freud, Zweig, Klimt, Loos and Adler would get together and toss about some bon mots? Where are the non-...

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A Welcome Change

Last week President Trump signed an Executive Order allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines. This is all well and good, I thought, but how would it work mechanically? So I did some research and realized that this is change could be very exciting, especially for people who own small...

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Ignore Your Cobra

I take issue with modern psychology. Sure we want to uncover repressed issues and deal with them, but discussing a problem ad nauseam hardly seems like the path to peace of mind. After all, nothing makes a wound fester like scratching at the scab. Let’s say you bought a baby cobra (yes, a cobr...

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The Safest Place

My extended (including boyfriends) family is planning a pre-Halloween outing this Saturday in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Last year Miss Kelly and her friends stumbled upon The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, where volunteers create sea serpents, dinosaurs, a train and yes, the Headless Horseman Hims...

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I Don’t Mean to Complain, But…

This past Saturday was my 56th birthday. Not a particularly special birthday, but I had a lot of fun training to volunteer for the upcoming President’s Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. It was a golf nerd’s dream. During the course of the day, my Inbox swelled with well-w...

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Delivery Counts

I am cancelling my subscription to the Wall Street Journal, which saddens me. I once gave up the Journal because the delivery of the physical newspaper became unreliable. So I started reading it on my iPad. But the app sometimes locks me out of stories for no reason. It takes forever to download tod...

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Altruism?

Drew University last week announced that it was slashing its tuition by 20% from $48,336 this year to $38,668 next year. So what prompted this act of altruism? Economic reality. Drew, like many small private universities, has struggled to maintain enrollment while charging a higher-than-average tuit...

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