Articles in the Society Columns Category

Improvement — Not Perfection
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Posted in Society Columns, Spring 2017 on April 2017
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Recently I was at a dinner with a group. One of the attendees was clearing and wiping the table. I was having a little fun with him, and said, “You missed a spot” and pointed. He calmly looked at me and said, “I’m working on improvement, not perfection.” A lot of life is like this—can […]

Creativity, Patience, and Persistence
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Posted in Society Columns, Winter 2017 on February 2017
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Editor’s Note: Steve Eustis and Jeff Drinkard were the recipients of the 2016 Clifford P. Weaver Award given by the Society to recognize the most creative transaction of the year.  The narrative below was provided by Steve Eustis when he submitted his application for the award.  The editor assigned the title of the article. In […]

Situational Awareness
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Posted in Fall 2016, Society Columns on October 2016
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It is no secret among S.E.C.s that some of our Members enjoy tactical shooting: we sweat and roll around in the mud with rifles and handguns and see if we can outdo each other in different tactical situations, shooting hundreds of rounds of live ammunition. We spend time thinking of different scenarios about what to […]

Is a Twitter Hashtag the Answer? Maybe.
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2016 on June 2016
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Over the years I, like many others who have attended real estate marketing meetings, have pondered this question: “How can we play a part in promoting the local, regional, and national groups where real estate equity marketing takes place? How can we make them more aware of the meetings that are currently taking place across […]

What is the Vision?
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2016 on June 2016
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Does our organization or our business have a good vision? I listened to a speaker this week who used an illustration for all organizations and businesses.  He told us to think about our business or group as a rope circle with all of our employees or members inside, but holding on to the rope.  The […]

Professional Sports Teams and Real Estate Investors
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Posted in Society Columns, Winter 2016 on February 2016
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While watching the National Basketball Association draft of college players recently, it occurred to me that there are a lot of analogies between professional sports teams and real estate investors. Both have inventory (players or buildings), an owner, a CFO (CPA), a general manager (attorney), and a director of player personnel (spouse). In order to […]

The Manly Thing to Do
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Posted in Fall 2015, Society Columns on October 2015
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Because the Society is about relationships, I want to share a life lesson with my Society friends. As Society members, we pride ourselves as being “family” and have developed close bonds with each other.

The Benefits of Becoming a Member of the Society
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Posted in Fall 2015, Society Columns on October 2015
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There is an old saying, “You get out of something what you put into it.” This usually means that if you put a lot into something, you will get a lot back, or if you put a little in, you can expect little back. But sometimes you can put a lot of effort into a poorly thought-out project and get nothing back.

My Most Challenging Transaction – the One that Taught Me the Most!
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Posted in Society Columns, Summer 2015 on August 2015
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In the late 1970s, I was a farm specialist and received a call from a former client. Pat then worked for a small-town feed company that was owner and manager of a 640-sow farrow-to-finish hog operation that he wanted to sell. Being a young broker, I was really proud of my new listing but never expected it to be as challenging as it was.