December 29, 2006

A picture is worth a thousand real estate clerks - anyone like dinosaurs?


What will we do with all the no-longer-needed, hungry and angry real estate clerks?

Hat-tip
Marin Bubble for the great pic.

Dead Career List:

buggy whip salesman
travel agent
coal miner
US garment worker
telephone operator
disco dancer
elevator operator
typist
punch card operator
bank teller
gas station attendant

New Dead Careers:

home depot clerk
real estate clerk (aka realtor)
anything greg swann does
appraiser
mortgage broker
real estate seminar leader
condo developer
homebuilder
NAR economist
newspaper delivery person
newspaper reporter
mexican border mule
bush administration

23 comments:

chris g said...

This reminds me of when Stephen Colbert opened one of his shows by saying "...and we're going to talk to Pete Wozniak who helped invent the personal computer. I'd like to see him tell that to my uncle, the typewriter salesman!"

Anonymous said...

There are openings in the military and border patrol.

Anonymous said...

maybe there's a new profession to be born called a Realitologist, kinda like a paleontologist, who digs up the fossils of dead realtors, rebuilds them, and puts them up on display at our local musuems

Extinction's a bitch,eh?

Anonymous said...

He geniuses.

After the NASDAQ fell 80% in value, did stock brokers go extinct? Were there no more investing books published? Did CNBC go off the air? Did etrade and ameritrade fold? Did Cramer go away? Were MBA programs disbanded? Did the WSJ cease to publish?

westchesterchick said...

Most common folk are not savvy enough to make investment decisions on their own - myself included. Most can make at least residential real estate transactions without a middle man. Same as they can now make their own travel arrangements. Still a place for corporate/package travel agents just like their will be for high-end realtors, commercial realtors and perhaps rental agents.

Anonymous said...

Oh many I love this elitism on display here...most common folk. Yeah as opposed to the aristocratic 1 bedroom apartment dwellers such as yourselves.

Ozzie Tim said...

G'day mates!

Ozzie Tim here.

Now here's some good oil:

I think the intention of the post is that in order to command a 6% portion of a transaction ($24,000 on a $400,000 house), you've got to provide a service worth $24,000. In th edays of speculation and rampant transactions, divide the number of hours into the commission charged and see if what the real-uh-ter brought to th etable was worth that hourly rate.

Now that things are changing (not for the better) the real-uh-ters are actually going to have to work.

Is 6% fair? probably not. Will the internet put pressure on real-uh-ters? Probably.

I'd be concerned that an evaluation and listing website (zillow, maybe) could provide information and access to buyers, who would then work through an intermediary (a lawyer?) for $1,000-$2,000 to complete the task.

Now that's good oil!

(figjam!!)

Ozzie Tim

Anonymous said...

Did the... Did the... Did the...

I want my Bubble back!

WAAAAA!

Anonymous said...

Ozzie Tim sez: you've got to provide a service worth $24,000

You mean cruising around in their Lexus or SUV is NOT worth $ 24 K?

Oh well... maybe when gas prices get higher...

Also, for the illiterate among us, what is "figjam?"

devestment said...

The typewriter , Dodo, and dinosaur were all useful and helped society to progress.

brokersleaveyoubroke said...

Coal miner? Why is that a dead career? As long as there's coal there will be coal miners.

Anonymous said...

In wingnut HP land anything is possible if you wish hard enough...a 60% housing value drop, a $5000 gold, the end of coal mining....anything your heart desires is posssible.

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brokersleaveyoubroke said...

Coal miner? Why is that a dead career? As long as there's coal there will be coal miners.

Friday, December 29, 2006 6:45:24 PM

Anonymous said...

The starving bunch gett'en mighty crabby lately. No commish can hurt....

BOOOOOOOOYAAAAAAAA

Bob

Anonymous said...

BOOOOYYAAAA? Who says booyaaaa anymore. I remember that catchphrase in 2000 ro 2001. Yikes. Do you also use the phrase net-net or synergy?

Ozzie Tim said...

G'Day Mates!

Ozzie Tim right back.

One of you blokes asked: "What's figjam?"

In polite company terms it means "F@#k I'm Good, Just Ask Me!"

That's good oil, mates!

Hooroo, Ozzie Tim.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I like the "figjam"

OK, Ozzie Tim, I'll bite:

What is "good oil?"


(Same anon that asked about figjam)

Shakster said...

Realize these things.To buy a property requires only the buyer ,and seller along with an understanding that the buyer is buying only a contract to control a property(s),the seller is selling the same.I have two such contracts on two properties,and niether one required a broker,agent,or even a title company.One of these proprties is,"paid in full", as the saying goes,but anyone with a decent knowledge of Fiat,and the UCC knows that the vast majority of land,homes,vehicles,and businesses are held in trust by the state.I pay taxes until I can prove that the original owners(patentees) granted,or assigned the land in an equal exchange all the way up to the present time.If not I have to request an equal exchange from all interested families,relatives,heirs,assigns,and grantees that may have a superior claim than my own.For most people this is not practical,and should remain a trustee holder of rights to control a property,but should realize that all they are doing is renting.( Paying to oversee ,operate,and live on ).If it is deemed by anyone that a holder of a contract to a property in trust is breaking the contract,or any contract connected to that property(Fiat,Taxes,Banking,EPA,zoning,permits,etc.)then action is usually taken,with a commercial judgement ,liens,or eviction as end results.We must play the R/E game out of convenience only,but the price is alot stiffer than you think.

Anonymous said...

Good list except for coal miner. That is a growing and well paid though dangerous occupation.

Reg said...

The article, "The End for 6% Realtors," sounds like things are going to be changing all around for realtors. I believe in this days and age you have to have residual income. As it relates to real estate, you'll have to do more work to make what you used to make.

I know of one particular company that has taken real estate to a whole new level and residual income is what the future of this industry is coming down to.

It's definitely worth a look and we all have to change strategies as the environment changes.

Anonymous said...

What's a stock broker? I've never dealt with one before and I have been investing for 10 years. I wouldn't trust anyone else with my investment decisions. Why would you trust a realtroll? I would just bring a home inspector to any home I wanted to buy. Pretty soon, the same will be said of Realtrolls as stock brokers.

Why do you need a mortgage broker when you can fill out a form online? Just come into the office and verify your ID and sign the paperwork. The clerk handling the paperwork will be making $12/hr.

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