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#iPhone 6, #iOS8

To the idiots waiting in line since September 3rd, can I check your voter ID?  What?  You won’t wait in line to vote but you’ll wait to get a cell phone?  A phone that does things only a bit better than the one you have.  Wow, you’re life will really change……NOT! About 85% of the voters in Scotland stopped by the polls yesterday to vote.  LA county had about a 20% turnout for the last elections.  Hello?!?  OK, off topic. I downloaded #iOS8 on my phone.  Two suggestions. First on the flip up screen that you can turn on or off bluetooth, wifi, etc., you can’t control the location option.  Hello?!? Second, they were nice enough to now show you what is draining your battery  (General-Usage-Battery Usage).  Why couldn’t you have made a swipe to close the item that you want to close to save the battery. Mr. Cook, “it’s the battery, stupid.” If the battery lasted 5 times longer, we would all be in line for 12 days. Give...

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Everyone has it wrong. Why #Apple is really buying #Beats

Everyone has it wrong. Why #Apple is really buying #Beats

Don’t you just love the speculation, the “I have it figured out” noise from all over the web as to why Apple overpaid for a headphone maker?    I’m no expert, but I think I put two and two together and got four instead of 3 1/2.                                                 Before this announcement, the speculation on new products from Apple had to do with acquisitions of biometric companies.  The world thinks that #TimCook and crew are coming out with the iWatch to measure what is going on inside of your body. I think it may, but the real place they will get their data to help you is not from your wrist, but through your ears.  When Apple announces their new iPhone 6 soon, I believe that they will also introduce a new type of earplugs that will measure medical items in your body. It can get your temperature,...

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Smiles, Polyester and Polyamorous

Smiles, Polyester and Polyamorous

Yea, it’s still cool to be able to access the web from 30k feet on @VirginAmerica.  Coffee is clicking, fingers are working, so here goes. I am on my way to the National Association or REALTORS(R) annual convention in San Francisco.  Yea, it’s where polyester meets polyamorous. What I am looking forward to is meeting people that I have never met, hearing ideas I’ve never heard and finding foods at restaurants I’ve never ate. What I am not looking forward to is the smily paid greeters and brainwashed salespeople trying to sell products or services that are going the same way as the Blackberry (yes, I do miss the keyboard).  Because this is a national convention, they must sell to those high and low tech, urban, suburban and rural.  Those with flip phones and the cool kids with their iPhone 5C/Ipad Air and MacAir in tow. Ah, that’s just the conventioneering thing I guess. But there will be discussions that will affect how agents work, compete and survive.  Listing...

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Real Estate Agents…Stop Writing, Maureen Dowd Might Get You

Real Estate Agents…Stop Writing, Maureen Dowd Might Get You

Don’t be excited and a worshiper of agents that post frantically on Active Rain, Twitter and Facebook. The fact that someone posts and posts and posts with regularity in excruciating detail is not an indication of the intelligence, character or success of agents.  Also, most of what they write is regurgitation of items read written by journalists or colleagues.  Maybe they are written for them by a PR firm, maybe they are plagiarizing. But the best is, they don’t write well! Being personally aware of agents I read that post all the time actually do very little business. Take for example an agent who works at a large franchise in the east that has tweeted over 104,000 times.  Yes, 104,000. If Twitter had been around since World War 2, this may not be a big deal but Jack, Noah, Biz and Evan loaded it in March of 2006. Then, there is the agents on AR that have 100,000,000 points (yes, I am exaggerating). No one, not even Maureen Dowd could do that.   The fact...

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VA Modernizing by Allowing Gay Couples to Get Mortgages

VA Modernizing by Allowing Gay Couples to Get Mortgages

For years, the Veterans Administration only allowed single people individually or married couples to get a mortgage.  If you were “living in sin ” heterosexually or gay, you could not get a mortgage like others that have served. Still, the VA will not allow unmarried couples to be on their guaranteed loans.  In some states, you can have other people on the deed but the mortgage would only be for the veteran. The good new is that gay, married couples are making progress. I just received this directive from one of my wholesale lenders: Interim Process for Determining Spousal Income Qualifications in Jurisdictions that Recognize Same-Sex marriages The VA will now review loans submitted by married same-sex couples to determine, on a case-by- case basis, whether same-sex married couples can use both spouses’ income to qualify for a VA loan. Lenders receiving loan applications from same-sex married couples must forward the documentation listed below to the appropriate VA Regional Loan Center (RLC) for review. Note: most of the information...

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