hard impossible to grow up in a former British colony in Africa — at least this one — without becoming an avid soccer fan. (In answer to your next question, no, I am not responsible for this.) What I am responsible for is this week’s Carnival of Real Estate, and since that means I get to write this week’s rules, I have decreed a “World Cup Soccer” theme, and, in a nod to the continent that missed birthing me by 6 weeks, but where I nonetheless spent 2/3rds of my life, the theme specifically is “World Cup Soccers stars of African origin.”
The world’s most famous soccer player ever is arguably Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé. But wait, you say, isn’t he Brazilian? Indeed he is…but I sidestep that one nicely by pointing out that he is of African origin.
The Pelé award this week goes to Danilo Bogdanovic of Real/diaBlog with the discouragingly-titled but well-written post How To Be A Successful Agent In One Of The Worst Real Estate Markets Ever. While Pelé was well-known for taking nearly impossible situations and turning them into artful goals — witness his famous goal from behind the halfway line when he took advantage of an errant goalkeeper — Danilo recommends turning the difficult situation in many markets into a profitable business. He says:
With foreclosures on the rise, agents should be reaching out to lenders and banks to get on their “approved list” in order to sell their foreclosure listings. Foreclosures are going to be a key part of every successful agent’s business strategy over the next few years…
[On the buy side] agents should be focused on investor clients to take the place of the missing traditional buyer traffic.
The second place award, named after Liberian international soccer player-turned-public-servant George Weah, goes to Jim “Real Estate Tomato” Cronin for his article What is the Future of the Real Estate Blog? Weah put his knowledge, talent, and finances to work for his war-ravaged nation Liberia; Jim Cronin, on the other hand, churns out a steady stream of articles of great help to the real estate blogging community; this article is simply one example. He highlights some future trends — for example, video — and some future pitfalls — for instance, broker-domination, and Google’s finicky-ness.
The third place award is the Zenedine Zidane “I’m Sick and Tired of Your Behavior and I’m not Going to Take it Any More” headbutt-into-reality. Ines Hegedus-Garcia writes Home Sellers Can’t Handle the Truth and rants about sellers choosing a Realtor not on the basis of skill or truth-telling, but on the basis of making unfulfillable promises. Unlike Zidane’s headbutt-inspired send-off in the finals of the last World Cup, we applaud Ines’ attempt to head-butt sense into stubborn sellers. (Sidebar to purists: Zidane, though on the French team, is of Algerian origin, and hence fits with the theme.)
Among the remaining 20 articles, an honorable mention stood out:
The Nwankwo Kanu award, bestowed on the author with the article most reminiscent of Nigerian International Kanu’s fabled creativity on the field, goes to Scott Ficek with Reverse Prospecting for Tenants. Who hasn’t thought of using Craigslist to list properties, to find properties, or to find a rental? Scott suggests using Craiglist for something completely different — reverse prospecting for tenants.
Thanks to everyone else for your contributions!
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