Posts Tagged ‘Fun’

My mom and I have always been interested in real estate window-shopping. I grew up in one house — the only house she’s ever owned — but we watch MLS listings in our community, reading the house descriptions, flipping through the pictures, and watching the price fluctuations.

It always amazes me: You can tell how expensive a house is going to be by the quality of the listing.

Duh. No really, the quality of the listing directly relates to how nice a house is. While it’s understandable that a $2,000,000 McMansion gets better treatment than the boxy $350K house, the differences in presentation are ridiculous.

I’ll be the first to admit that the houses differ in caliber — and, if free, I’d have a clear choice. Still, as a photographer, Cheap House’s pictures could be dramatically improved with minimal effort. Change the angle, turn on all of the interior lights even thought it’s daylight, kill the flash, move the big plastic toys until the photo shoot is over.

When it comes time to sell our house, I’m planning on giving it the million-dollar treatment. The rooms won’t magically become big, or are furnishings as nice as some of the local lux properties, but there’s absolutely no reason to decrease the “curb appeal” of the house to a buyer because it won’t sell for as much to begin with.

The costs of correct spelling in the listing, or spending a few more minutes on each photo are little. The savings? Potentially quite large, changing the entire vibe of the listing. To me, the important idea is that each home stands on it’s own merits, and isn’t penalized for not being “good enough”.


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Mardi Gras

Tomorrow, I can only imagine that the campus bars and students will be living it up, New Orleans style. Who dat?! (Some pink beads might have also popped up as decorations on the lamp in the living room this week, too.)

I feel like I’m missing an opportunity to find a marginally entrepreneurial opportunity from the occasion. Festivities + drunk students = $$$,  somehow or another.

My best idea (which is kind of unrelated to Mardi Gras) is to call the bars and ask if they would be willing to give me wine corks for the project I talked about here. At least some of the nicer establishments serve wine, and I’d imagine that they pop quite a few bottles per week. The only issue might be getting them saved as opposed to discarded…

Another ongoing idea is to accumulate free t-shirts — worst comes to worst, I could make rag rugs out of them. Which would, admittedly, be kind of cool. Or I could save the non-printed material for a some sewing project.

Do you have any entrepreneurial ideas burning a hole in your back pocket?

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I just spend 800 cokereward points on this sweet little lunchbox! (No idea why the link doesn’t work, boo)

It’s funny how much happiness something small can create. I’m hoping to sign a lease later this week so that I can look forward to having a new, nicer kitchen to put it in. It’ll be used for temporary recipe card storage, methinks. Or coupons storing free post-it note pads! I have tons of pads from various career fairs or other activites (study abroad in Timbuktu, anyone?) and really need to keep them coralled.

If all goes well, I will hopefully have a fun job by the end of next week — more on this to come. (Photograph is a clue, and no, I’m not joining the circus!)  xo

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