Going on a short holiday

To my readers,

I will be traveling overseas for the next 10 days.  Because of this, I bulked up on posts toward the end of this past week, to give you lots of goodies to read while I’m away.  Despite past warnings, I hope to mix business and pleasure on this trip, as I will be delighted to attend my brother’s wedding and also meet lots of new, interesting people.  Plus, I’ll have the opportunity to see Florence and the Chianti region.  Despite not knowing Italian, I’m sure that my instinct will still allow me to spot “For Sale or Lease” signs on commercial buildings – I’ll try to take some good snapshots to share.

Meanwhile, enjoy the news feeds that come in from CoStar and GlobeSt and I will see you again when I return.

Warm regards,


I’ve been syndicated!

I finally know what artists must feel when someone commissions a piece of art from them.  As you know, I enjoy blogging – writing posts and sharing knowledge give me an extra bit of happiness beyond the general satisfaction I get at work.  So when my friend Kit Mueller, a mortgage planner and active blogger in Chicago, approached me about a week ago and asked me if I would provide him with an existing or new article to post to his blog as a guest piece, I jumped at the opportunity.  Now, I’ve been given opportunities to write for other publications in the past – .NET Developer’s Journal and Illinois Real Estate Journal – but this would be the first time that I would be writing a piece for someone else’s blog.  So much pressure!

Rather than recycle a piece I already had, I decided to go with a topic that would align with Kit’s customers and readers – the subprime mortgage market.  Since so much attention had been placed on the consumer market and residential mortgages, I decided to write a post about what’s been happening in the commercial real estate market as a result of the subprime woes.  Now that I’m syndicated, you can find the post on Kit’s blog or mine.  Note that his article has been slightly edited for his audience – can you find the difference?  Hint – there’s a small Midwestern city that I love to jibe.  Extra points if you can tell me why…