It’s a Dog’s Life

avatarthumbnail.jpgAs has been said by better than me, there are lies, damn lies and statistics. I’m not sure into which category shoddy research should fall, but that’s a different tale for a different day.

For those concerned about such things, yes, I have sold listings this year. No, I don’t keep the sold widget anywhere on here because as time goes by the sales I had back in 2005 or 2006 are irrelevant. Not that I’m shy about sharing such figures … it has happened time and again here on this blog.

Incidentally, the additional publicity provided for my listings is much appreciated … two of those four listings are short sales and I would truly love to see a buyer come help out those sellers. Such is the nature of that particular beast that fewer and fewer buyers are interested in them.

I could ask how the slayer of dual agency ended up in a dual agency situation himself, but there’s not much point. I could ask how many buyers he’s had this year (hint: I already know the answer … so perhaps I’m not the “lazy mediocrity”), but again there’s not much point.

Really, the sole point of that blog is to bully and wait for the other party to shrink away. That’s really not my style. And while I appreciate the phone calls and e-mails this morning, don’t paint me as victim.

What I realized long ago is if you put yourself out there on any of these online outlets, you’re opening yourself up to question and criticism. When I see what looks like a Fair Housing violation on Trulia Voices, I’m going to call it out. When I see what looks like COE violations, I’m going to call it out. And when you take the time to call everyone who disagrees with you lazy and pimp your own marketing plan, it’s now open for vivisection.

Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same attitude. In fact, some in the real estate blogging world are so thin-skinned (all while spouting bravado) it’s amazing they survive the first comment on their work.

There was a time when I read BHB regularly just so I could keep tabs on what my “competition” was saying. Until one day I woke up and realized that what I was viewing as competition really wasn’t. And so I clicked “unsubscribe” and life has been simpler ever since. Life’s too short to waste on pure bile.

(Apparently others think the same since there has scarcely been a blip in this site’s traffic even with the direct link.)

P.S. No, I’m not linking back to the article. Providing such a link is like rewarding a shrieking child with a the lollipop they so desperately want.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at