Thursday, June 20, 2013

Guest Blogger: Tim Richmond: Tiny Homes, the Financial Shortcut of Real Estate

Tiny Homes, the Financial Shortcut of Real Estate

Many people spend their entire existence with the goal of paying off and owning a home. While this is traditional, it doesn’t mean that alternative real estate goals are in the wrong. An emerging form of financially viable real estate can be seen within the tiny home movement. People are starting to reassess their aspirations when it comes to homeownership, and it’s beginning to change real estate landscape across the nation.

Tiny homes have disadvantages and advantages when compared with traditional real estate, but one clear benefit is that they are much more financially attainable. Below I list the ways that moving in the tiny home direction can save you money if you are interested in becoming a homeowner.

lL   Lack of debt.


When people purpchase property in the traditional real estate world, they are forming what is usually a 30 year commitment when mortgage is concerned. The ballpark of 30 years is a long time to commit to anything, let alone monthly monetary payments. A major advantage of tiny home real estate is that they don’t lead to much debt. They cost roughly $20,000 to build yourself and $50,000 to have one built. These prices are much, much lower than traditional housing. Most people who are legitimately considering a real estate purchase have at least $20,000 saved up for a down payment and start-up costs. Using this money toward a tiny home would cover much more of the total cost, while still providing a place to live.

Noticeable: Debt is a commitment that accrues interest and doesn’t fluctuate if your job or situation changes. Tiny home real estate offers an option to acquire and own property quickly, or even immediately.

2.  Energy costs.


The square footage of a house is directly related to monthly energy costs. Because of this, tiny homes are much more financially viable when energy consumption is considered. Every type of energy bill that people receive each month would be decreased substantially. This makes a noticeable difference in your bank account. It’s always a bonus in 2013 when something can be environmentally friendly while also saving money.

Noticeable: Being able to spend money on other interests rather than sky high energy bills is a major factor for those who support the tiny home movement. Reduced energy costs equate to more personalized spending.

3.  Amount of possessions.


When less space is available, there is inherently less room for possessions. While some view this as a positive and some view it as a negative, financially it is most definitely a benefit of tiny homes. If you were the owner of a tiny home, the decreased square footage would require far less furniture. The size would also limit excessive purchasing, thus keeping money in your pocket.

Noticeable: Many houses around America are littered with useless and dated possessions. Tiny homes are unique in that they eliminate potential for excess material objects. This can save you money, especially in the long run.

 The way that America has operated over the last several decades is that bigger is always better, particularly in real estate. The success of people is too often judged on the size of their garage and the number of bathrooms in their house. The American Dream is being achieved in alternative ways in 2013, and tiny home real estate is one of those ways. Bigger is not always better, particularly when finances are concerned.

Tiny homes may be small, but they’re making a large splash in the pool of American real estate.

Tim Richmond writes about the mortgage industry, real estate, green building, personal finance and home ownership. He currently writes for the Native American mortgage specialists 1st Tribal Lending.

Friday, January 11, 2013

JobTrak PA is about a new start!

#TGIF! Give us some #FF luv! We're working with #PA's 14 #comm_colleges to fill in-demand #jobs! #career #adulted

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We are...

parents, stepparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters-
family, first.
26 days of silence.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Keep it Simple...

Content is King, Quality is Queen and Disruption, the Jester.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Happy Dog Days-Real Estate is heating up a bit!!

Wisconsin real estate:Dane Co. Community Blog Network by Whirligig Marketing!:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Freedom. For everyone, anywhere:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

See you all Saturday in Ft Atkinson-It's an Open House, all day-everyone is invited!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Obamacare:Romney not making sense:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Remembering the Ft. Atkinson, WI July 2008 Flood:

A home that is 100 years old has parts that are much older than that, and can make you feel much, much older...#renovation

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The voice of reason needs to be heard in WI:

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ft. Atkinson WI 2012 Memorial Day Parade:#MemorialDay @USArmy @USNavy @usairforce @USCG #Marines We salute you.

Content is King-Disruption, the Jester. Edina Realty pulls the plug on | Inman News

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

There is never enough time to spend with good friends is there?Thanks to all my friends now&then:

Monday, March 5, 2012

A great home in a great Madison, WI neighborhood-for sale! :

Monday, February 27, 2012

Totally Unplugged!:no email phone or text until 3-7 just Friends, Ice and Fish! :

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

There are 14 St. Valentines? :

Thursday, February 2, 2012

...we recently became grandparents-Thanks to Dana, Ben and Little William. More Later!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

1 Million signatures down-Candidates, please sign in!:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Resolved for 2012: Pay no attention to the Mayan calendar:

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays and presents to all!: 448 Free Ideas for Blogs, Photos and Updates!: See you all Jan 3rd 2012.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Get you head around this: Half of us live in poverty.

Monday, December 12, 2011

"...Tell Santa Nana needs a new kidney..." overheard at the mall as she waited in line with her children to get pictures with Santa...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Zero calories!!!-and curvalicious:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thank you is always great to hear:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ask yourself this: Why are police in Boston attacking US veterans surrounding peaceful protestors? Video:

Friday, September 16, 2011

BBC Mobile: Blood Vessels Created on 3D Printer

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

On a get-a-life-hiatus until Sept. 5th: email me or call 920-691-6030!

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's curvalicious, and zero calories:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On staycation thru June 28th-if you need me: temp email: or call 920-691-6030.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

AT&T, Yahoo, Microsoft are in for a minor smackdown...after an email glitch and fix, back to sq 1! Temp email:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Say "social mobile webspace" three times as fast as you can...and check your updates!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Thank you, Veterans. For your service and our future.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Computer in for the annual Windows cleaning this week - call instead if you like and chat!: 920-691-6030

Monday, May 16, 2011

On and about in real life for the next three days-back Friday!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Dane County Community Blog Network

This guy built it-with a smile!

My friend in real life Pat Laemmrich

loves what he does.

Pat has been working for the better part of a decade

helping Realtors and small businesses

get noticed more.

So, he decided to build the

Dane County Community Blog Network .

(okay, I helped a little...)

It's a 14-blog, multi-website,


Each blog is jam-packed full of HD video real estate listings,

like this one:

(YouTube - WhirligigMarketing)

...and there are also links to community, school, local government

and even some news and goings-on!

Pat says the idea is simple -

everyone, everywhere has a story to tell,

and he helps them tell it better.

You can get ahold of of Pat here.

Or on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, -

Basically everywhere.

(But if you tell him I sent you,
don't be surprised if he chuckles a bit...)

Gotta run, the sun is out!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

UW School of Business conference: New Partnerships: Government and Real Estate on 6/9/11:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Housing crisis long way from over: via

Happy Monday! least until Tuesday.... ;)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers day to all Moms at all stages of life and all the people that love and know them!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wisconsin For Sale:

Wisconsin Realtors Association: Wisconsin Foreclosure Assistance Resource Center:

Friday, April 29, 2011

Send a text message “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation for Birmingham/Tuscaloosa tornado relief areas/donate items RT

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Let's all work from the top down...

With all the news lately from:

and Trump-ville,'s hard to imagine there is any sane real estate left

anywhere in this world.

So why don't we all just soar with the eagles for a while?

Video clips at Ustream
( The Decorah Eagles - via

...what a world we make for ourselves

-but it always looks better

...from the top!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Please call 262-548-7010: ask Republican Waukesha Co. Clerk Kathy Nickolaus HOW DO 14K VOTES GET LOST? via PATCH

Saturday, April 2, 2011

NOT MY AMERICA: Grandmother, 11 grandchildren evicted from her home: Plz RT!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Minuscule radiation spikes in Wisconsin air pose no risk to human health, state says
via WiStateJournal

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Monday, March 28, 2011

Why do you live where you live? :

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Live Report: Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Crisis:

Folo @metaltoad Edgy, engaging and everywhere! :

One of the best places to live in America!:

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A riot of spring color along the Milwaukee River: - via

What a wonderful world when we all come together no matter what, where or who! :

Beautiful Milwaukee River scene via Stoughton,WI artist Derek Hambly!:

AP:Japan officials: radioactive iodine in Tokyo water

Friday, March 11, 2011

I will not unfriend you,bark at your tweets,flog your blog,crowd your space or break your links.Come and talk. Everyone. Everywhere. Now. RT

I will not unfriend you,bark at your tweets,flog your blog,crowd your space or break your links.Come and talk. Everyone. Everywhere. Now. RT

Thursday, March 10, 2011

WISCONSIN PROTEST: We came in through the bathroom window!
shs vid

Just got back from the Capitol rotunda-Power to the people of Wisconsin-shame to the republicans-How dare 17 people act like this! (ok,18)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Just got back from the Capitol rotunda-Power to the people of Wisconsin and shame to the republicans How dare 17 people act like this!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

YUMMIEST seats in the house! Here: and here! -

Monday, February 28, 2011

WISCONSIN PROTESTS: Stand tall, stand together, stand for your friends,neighbors,family & the future! via HuffPo

Friday, February 25, 2011


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FROM CNN: Indiana state prosecutor fired over online remarks about Wisconsin protests

Wisconsin Protests: Speak loudly and carry it to Gov. Walker!:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wisconsin Solidarity: this network silent 4 24 hours: remembering sacrifices made by union members then & now.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Our Gov. Scott Walker doesn't want to listen to us.He only follows Hootsuite on Twitter

The Truth: The consumer is the highest form of life on the planet:

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wisconsin RE: GOOD Crazy! Veridian Homes: No mortgage payments for 4 months-with a new home contract by 2/28-

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wisconsin real estate: Neenah looks to past, working to preserve historic Island neighborhood: -

Sunday, February 6, 2011

GO PACK GO! For the balance of this Super Bowl Sunday, I am outta here! :

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fannie Mae holding your mortgage? Check here! :

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wisconsin Blizzard: Ft. Atkinson: DIG OUT!: More snow than a shovel can handle downtown. (SHS photo)

Wisconsin Blizzard:Ft. Atkinson: START DIGGING!

Wisconsin Blizzard: Milwaukee: Over 300 plows and other vehicles currently moving snow-est. 18-24 hours to dig out-in Ft. Atkinson, haven't seen the plow yet...

Wisconsin Blizzard: State of Civil Emergency Declared:

Wisconsin Blizzard: State of Civil Emergency Declared:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Yummy Inspiration!:

Sunday, January 30, 2011

RESIGN!-Egyptian reform leader to Mubarak:

Wisconsin Blizzard Coming-Sharpen Your Shovels!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wisconsin Winter: Frozen Beauty

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wisconsin: Dane County Community Blog Network-16 hyperlocal blogs w/RE listings, video tours, community & local biz info:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Don't Schmidt me!: Google Shake Up - Larry Page new Chief Exec: -via NYT

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wisconsin housing outlook "...fragile..." : via WSJ

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Truth: The consumer is the highest form of life on the planet.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Realtors-and everyone who works-should check their
Google "sucks" index:

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year to everyone! :

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 10 Tech Trends For The Decade from Sramana Mitra

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Ft. Atkinson WI wishes everyone the best holidays! Steven and Theresa Haffner-Stearns and Bear the Wunder-Dog!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

We could all use a laugh:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SHUT UP-face your market and listen-you will learn a thing or two:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

400+ Reasons to love Social Media!:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Weird. Wisconsin. w0w:

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Photo published, then hidden for over 15 years rides a long tail to a long tale!:#1 in Google:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dane Co. WI Community Blog Network: real estate listings, community info more!:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"F*** Tom Barrett!!"someone driving by yelled as I put the sign in my yard. We should use free speech to help each other-especially now.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Unplugging tonight & tomorrow to catch up around the house and yard!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Remembering All on 9-11: Facebook, Twitter blogs-all social networks-silent tomorrow from 8:42 am to 10:28 am EST. Let's all join together.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Goldman Sachs Shutting Principal Strategies Unit - via

Saturday, August 28, 2010

DSL is out at the home-Digital refugee until Monday!-Call me at 920-691-6030-I have limited access to email.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Marketing 101: Unless you are a magician or a wizard or have a magic wand or secret potion, the only thing you have to offer is price.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Twitter is crazy, but you're not!:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Real estate is crazy:The next 50 years....

(Art from

What can you say about
27,000 temporarily abandoned oil wells and
radioactive rabbit poop?

Out of all the noise in the echo chamber: the twits tweeting on twitter,
the anime avatars on facebook
and the veritable slew of bloated blogs and bloggers,
these two items got my attention.

Made me shut up.

And pay attention.

The fact that the next 50 years of my life are ahead of me

kind of underlined things.

So, for the next two weeks that is how I am celebrating my 50th birthday, beginning at 12:00:01 tonight.'s not like I had much to say, anyway.

But I am grateful for what I have seen and heard in real life, and here.


Yikes! Most of my networking lately has been with mosquitoes and rabbits in the back yard-it must be summer, finally!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Now what?- 1 year later:

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wisconsin real estate: Recovery? 2,000 foreclosed homes in Madison area, squatters evicted: I am on hiatus.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day to My Mom, Gretchen (aka the m0mSteR!) I love you! x0 stevenson

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Yikes! Computer has to go into the shop-just for a day or two.Won't be totally unplugged-will still have email access, or call: 920-691-6030

Friday, April 30, 2010

Everyone have a great weekend-unplugging-see you Monday!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Brunch!: 31 Twitter Ideas:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hey, LinkedIn profile browsers-give me a call! 920-691-6030

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fort Atkinson Farmers Market Sneak Peek: May 8, 15 & 22

Here is a sneak peek at

The Fort Atkinson Farmers Market

Come and get it!:

Fresh local produce, honey, baked bread, live music,

petting zoo, face painting and more fun for the kids!


...a great way to spend any sunny Saturday morning-even for a gardener.

( my BFF Tess!)

...and click here for

the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market web page.

See you there,


Wisconsin supports its troops!: The Camo Quilt Project :

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Consumer behavior should shape brands-brands can't shape consumer behavior anymore:

Ning wants your ching:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

You can learn a lot about marketing from a dog:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Consumer behavior should shape brands-brands can't shape consumer behavior anymore.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

400+ Ideas to get you over Hump Day!:

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

...and here are 25 reasons to love Tuesday!:

Since this is Tuesday, this is only a test...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Thanks, Dan Gacke: "Steve is a genius when it comes to social media. He is also a great friend."

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Kids Are Alright-Fort Atkinson, WI High School Students ROCK!

Youth is NOT wasted on the young!

The kids at Fort Atkinson High School are in it to win it-

seventeen's Ultimate Prom contest!

And here are their Top Ten reasons

why they should WIN!


...The prize? A major prom featuring
the band Boys Like Girls!

...and of course, memories to last a lifetime.

The prom is slated for May 8, 2010.

The theme-Treasure Island.

Head over here to check out the contest!

( far as real estate goes here-
glad to see tax dollars being used for FUN! ;) )


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Everyday is amazing and amusing. Pass it on!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wisconsin real estate. Just plain weird:

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Weird, Crazy, Wisconsin Real Estate-get your laugh on!

There are those that say you can't beat weird for Wisconsin.
(and you can always say that real estate is crazy-everywhere.)

After living here ten years,-well, real estate
is craziest in the Cheezehedd State.

You betcha.

Why ask why when it is so obvious?


And just when you think...
On second thought-No.
Don't think about this guy who missed his ex-wife so much he was going to open houses and, um,
snooping in dresser drawers.

(...and even calling Realtors for private showings!)

Just remember while real estate and people are crazy-

You're (probably) not.

And don't forget to laugh!



Thursday, March 4, 2010

Steve has helped turn my business around and face my market & keeps me focused on what is important! A great guy to boot! - Pat Laemmrich

Monday, March 1, 2010

I am a First Amendment absolutist. An open networker. I welcome new ideas and broad perspectives.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

US Real Estate: New home sales at 50-year low:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Some days, we need to laugh more than we need to work ... :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Consumer, defined: The highest form of life on the planet.:

Saturday, February 13, 2010

WHEDA is "Back in Business" - What's next for Wisconsin real estate?

...and it is a bright spot in the Wisconsin real estate market!

WHEDA exec director Antonio Riley was all over everywhere on Feb. 12, back in action with new 30-year mortgage plans after suspending mortgages to low and middle-income buyers in October of 2008.

Who helped set it up? The U.S. Treasury of course-they picked up 325 million bucks of WHEDAs' long-term bond obligations. (Frees up a little cash for WHEDA, of course.)

Add in the extension of the popular $8,000 tax credits for first time buyers, a credit score of 660, and a down payment possibly as low as 1,000 and you're off to the races.

But-get to the finish line before or by April 30th, when the tax credits are likely to stop.

WHEDA is working on other loan products, too. Maybe they can cook something up with the Treasury to help out the 104,000 people in Wisconsin set to lose their unemployment by the the end of April .

Unless those unemployment benefits are extended, another wave of distressed properties will start to overload an already saturated housing market, with foreclosures and jingle mail to follow if nothing is done to help the long-term unemployed homeowner.

The news from WHEDA is great for first timers, but no one seems to be paying much attention to the start-over crowd.

And that crowd might get a lot bigger. It would definitely be too big to fail.


Friday, February 12, 2010

WhirligigHD: Trouble viewing home tours in IE 7? Update to IE 8. Fixing it as you read this. It's Bill Gates' world, we all just work here!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Don't throw up on your client:

Monday, February 1, 2010

Kenosha, WI: Bank faces FDIC sanctions: via Kenosha News

Sunday, January 24, 2010

WI Real Estate:Builders: 2010 will be hard

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A tough start...

...a very tough start to the new year.

Haiti crumbles.

A 20 year old Marine from my town


Foreclosures mounting at a record pace.

and then there's


It's all beyond words.

...isn't it?


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

FINALLY: Cell phone back up - VERY interesting to be without it for a day or two :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Crappasaurus! My cell died - if you need me - email me : Thanks!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wisconsin M&I Bank extends foreclosure moratorium thru Q1 2010:

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A long December...

To everyone-
Merry Christmas.
Happy Holidays.
To everyone, and all your friends and family.

May you all be together-in love, spirit
and sharing life.

See you next year!

A long December,and there's reason to believe..

maybe this year will be better than the last.

-Counting Crows

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We ALL wanna drive the Zamboni:

Friday, December 4, 2009

HO freekin' HO!: 12 Days of Christmas for Realtors:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We could all use a laugh.....

Back for a bit-been busy and loving it!

Details later-in the meantime:

We could all use a laugh!

(YouTube - smaclenn)

Steven Stearns
Social Network Builder

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Busy and loving it! Some time off today and tomorrow and BTW on Monday-in the meantime:

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wisconsin: Racine bank fails along with others: total 106 for the year nationally: via CNNMoney

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thanks for stopping by,everyone-been busy & will be back SOON! Here's over 400 ideas to keep you smiling &busy!:

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wisconsin Real Estate: M&I Bank Largest WI bank adds to reserves, prepares for loss: via Bloomberg

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Wisconsin homebuilders are going GREEN!:

Saturday, September 26, 2009

THREE more reasons why real estate is crazy now: 1.) 2.) ARMS still to adjust 3.) Commercial RE is in the....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

One more reason why real estate will remain crazy for a while...

Oooooookie dokie...
so, then-the FDIC wants to borrow money from banks:

(YouTube - Bloomberg )

I am not an economist, just another blogger-

but hey, I know the banks in my neck of the woods aren't doing so good.

More later.

Not borrowing, I mean-just blogging.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Dane County, WI: NEW blog network-14 blogs - community info, listings, news -

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wisconsin Real Estate: 3 Million for 24,000 sq ft? In downtown Madison? Location,location,Location!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Busy week, great ideas, changes everywhere and one more day to go!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

...Connecting in Mlps-St. Paul-having some fun of course and talking about about blog networks:

Monday, September 14, 2009

Out of Town Today!

Connecting with my Minneapois-St. Paul network today.
Call or email if you need me: 920-691-6030 /

Saturday, September 12, 2009

400 To Reasons Smile On Monday: Busy this last week-thanks for calling and the emails - - see you all then!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Madison WI, Smart City, USA!

Just a little video on Madison, WI.

Done very smartly by

I spent almost five years living in Madison, WI.

It is a great town and we still have friends there.

...and I am so glad it's close to Ft. Atkinson, WI

and all the gardens BFF Tess has now in our back yard

(...more on those later-anyone need tomatoes?)


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Social Media Is Not A Pet Rock

Social Media is Not A Pet Rock


...but it does rock!

Get over it.

Get into it.

Get on with it.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wisconsin sets new foreclosure record: July 09 single highest month:up 10.9% over June 09: - via

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Monday, Tweeps-Jump Start Your Week with 400 + Ideas:

Friday, August 21, 2009

FREE Friday-10 links for free: mobile marketing, websites, photo editing, 200+blog ideas, internet ad trends:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Madison, Wisconsin Women's Council of Realtors event today was the BEST!:

Hello, WCRA! Welcome to the Blog!

...and welcome to the blog!

It was great to see you all today-

And of course, Rebecca Levinson, my friend and Ace Blogger-(see link below.)
(..and thanks for putting up with a slightly cranky computer... :) )

The power of relationship brought this all together

so we could get together today and share ideas.

As promised, the links below will give you plenty of help, ideas and opportunities

to work on your social media and building your social network.

(...remember you can learn a lot about marketing from a dog:

...Bear doesn't let technology or paperwork get him down!)
Links: Click and GROW:
Call me, wire me or connect-happy to help you out anytime!

..Off to Madison for a presentation with @rebeccalev!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Unplugging for the weekend-Here are 300+ reasons to look forward to Monday:
See you then!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wisconsin:M&I Bank sells 800 non-performing residential mortgages, 2/3rds in AZ: - PR Newswire

Saturday, August 8, 2009

RT @DansMobile: Recommended @stevenstearns to @MrTweet 'he's a genius when it comes to social media. He is al...'

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CULTURE WAR?:The Scobleizer Speaks: Friendship key scarcity in digital age: - Via

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mobile Marketing-FREE 30 DAY TRIAL:

Monday, July 27, 2009

NOW what? Opportunity called-it's hiding in the chaos:

NOW What?

NOW what?.....

(SHS photo)

or maybe better still,

Now, what NOW?:

Housing seems to be getting better,

we can enjoy a few more Doritos for the same price,

...and depending on how you look at them...

the major stock markets

are either up-to no good or double-down for the money.

Then there's that whole health insurance thing,

-along with the increase in minimum wage,

coupled with several hundred thousand people

still going out of work each month.

There has to be opportunity in all the chaos;

I have found some for myself, and will be working on it this week.

So now what now may point at where to, sooner or later.

Just so it's forward.

See you out here!



Friday, July 24, 2009

80-yr-old Realtor in LaCrosse, WI NOT Retiring!: - River Valley Biz Report

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wisconsin Realtors Assoc., others oppose new Do Not Call Bill:1k fine: - MJS Blog

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Off to Madison for a meeting and then this afternoon, gotta get to Inbox Zero....

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Social Media is NOT for AUTOPILOTS: Twitter fail:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday Madness!: 300+ FREE ideas for social media updates, blogs, photos:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

448 Free Ideas for Blogs, Photos and Social Media Updates

Here you go!

448 Free Ideas for Blogs, Photos and Updates.

Just for you.

So take them, use them, pass them around, share them!

And thanks for sharing yours with me every now and then.

We all need a little tickling of our muse

every now and then,

and of course,

...collaboration is the cornerstone of social media.

scroll down a bit, and smile.



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Antiques Roadshow, here we come!

Antiques Roadshow, here we come!

(SHS Photo)

Maybe furniture is just as crazy as real estate.

BFF Theresa -(seen smiling in this photo)-

stands in our living room behind

an 1820s-30s Philadelphia Empire chair.

A few weeks ago, she sent in some pics and a description to

Antiques Roadshow on PBS

and well, they are coming to get the piece right now for the show

in Madison, WI this weekend.

How did we get this chair?

From my Mom, who found it in a second-hand store in Grand Marais, MN

(years ago)

for like, between 30-50 bucks.

It had been retired from being the throne

for the Queen of the annual Fisherman's Picnic,

as she rode around in the back of a pick-up truck.

The very comfy chair has been around since I was a kid

and it has visited all my siblings.

Since then, Theresa found out as she researched it for a paper at UW-Madison

it has, well, an interesting-

and possible rarefied history.

This is going to be a highlight of Theresa's professional life as

a master upholsterer, antique/restoration shop owner,

furniture design and operations manager

and manager of a a high-end retail furnishings store.


I hope the Keno Brothers don't catch me napping in it

while we wait for the appraisal.

More later as we head to the show,


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Freedom. Shared. Gratitude.


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Happy Freedom!

To all of us living everywhere.

U.S. citizens may be living on the most liberated

piece of real estate in the world.

We might not have always had the timing or words right;

we have always tried to share the idea and principles

of freedom

with whoever would listen.

So, today we go to a parade, a festival, a ball game, cook on the grill,

have a few friends over.

Look up into a dark sky and watch the rocket's glare,

grateful for the light, the noise and the joy.

Remembering all our loved ones who gave so much

so we could have more.

To share.