Austin Realtor Ed Neuhaus
Who am I really?
El Capitan is a nickname given to me years ago. This was just before or just after I was married. No, unfortunately it was not given to me by my wife. She has far better and worse things to call me. I sailed a lot a young man and I know a thing or two about sailboats. Maybe that is why I got the nickname. Maybe my nicknamers were thinking I was strong as a rock like El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. I hope it was because they thought of me as their leader.
I am el Capitan of our ship, Broker for our company, father of two, husband, sailor, drummer, soon to be pilot, and all around bad ass. Ok maybe that last part about the bad ass is too much. But hey, why not. BTW, did I tell you I want to be a pilot? no wait, really, I want to be a pilot. You know the guys who fly planes. (this would all be a lot better in a video soliloquy than in typed form, but use the tools you got right?)
Life before real estate
We all had lives before real estate. That is not to say life ended when we got in Real Estate, but we all did different things before real estate. Very few people get into real estate right out of college. So before Real Estate, I was a sailor, drummer, student, sound guy, lighting designer, warehouse manager, truck driver, and.. oh yeah still a bad ass. So really I did a lot of things, most of them I made good money doing, and some of them I would still be doing if I did not have kids. Lighting Designer that is. It was really a pretty sweet gig. I got to travel the world running lights for rock and country bands. Don’t believe me check out my website here. http://neuhauslighting.com/ See told you so.
What makes me special
All my life people have told me I am special ED. A joke that no matter how old you get, never seems to be very funny. But I got the last laugh, because I am special, my mommy told me so. No really, she said that.
In the Real Estate world it is hard to stand out. With 9000 other agents in Austin, 26,000 in Houston (where I also work) It is hard to stand out. I tried at first to reinvent the wheel, but it turns out wheels work really well. Real estate has been practiced for a long time, and it is hard to change peoples perceptions of the wheel. Why change? Why use your special brand of real estate when all I want to do is go around, and around, and around.
So I guess I am only special in that I know that a “special” brand of real estate is really just like getting a new set of tires. They all go round and round, and most people will never be able to tell the difference between a set of Goodyears and a set of Coopers.
What makes me different
Since you have made it this far, I guess I owe it to you to tell you way you should hire me to sell you home. The truth is, because I am honest. I could have written a profile page full of BS about how I am God’s gift to real estate or that I was REALTOR of the year back in ’98. But that is all fluff. The bottom line is I can do a lot of things to sell your home, but most of them every agent will do. With very few exceptions we all do the exact same things to sell your home, some agents are just really good at coming up with fancy names.
- We all will “take high quality” photos, but I have a minor in Photography, and honestly level photos seem to be very hard for some agents.
- We all will “list your home on the top websites”, Yep that is done automatically by the MLS. (Thanks MLS)
- We all will “print color fliers”
- We all will “put a sign in your yard”
- We all will “market to thousands of buyers” Again done automatically by the MLS
- We all will “negotiate the contract to get you the best price” It is funny how agents use this in marketing since it is required by LAW!
I can sell you home, honestly, it’s not that hard. Give me a call and lets set up a time to meet.
Check out some of the stuff I have written below
About Ed NeuhausEl Capitan is a nickname given to me years ago. This was just before or just after I was married. No, unfortunately it was not given to me by my wife. She has far better and worse things to call me. I sailed a lot a young man and I know a thing or two about sailboats. Maybe that is why I got the nickname. Maybe my nicknamers were thinking I was strong as a rock like El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. I hope it was because they thought of me as their leader. I am el Capitan of our ship, Broker for our company, father of twread more
I have been working on learning to fly this summer. I have studied and studied, taken tests and physicals, and now finally I am getting to the part where I actually get to sit in a plane and learn to fly. I guess this is how they weed people out. Do all the bad stuff first, then we can have some fun and teach you to fly. Kind of like what I assume fraternity hazing is like but with less alcohol. What goes up When I first started studying for my written test, I was pumped about flying. I knew it would be the coolest thing I have ever...read more
From time to time I find myself in a situation where doing what is right is not always the first thing that comes to mind. For example, yesterday I was playing with my kids, and my three-year-old Caroline kicked me in the head so hard that I saw stars. It really, really hurt. As the celestial bodies faded away I realized that Caroline had no idea how hard she had kicked me. My reaction at his moment could have been to spank her(1). But that would not have been the next right thing. The right thing was for me to gather my self, and...read more
Are you tired of your landlord raising rent? I bet it happens every year about this time. Rents keep going up, year after year. The only two ways to get a handle on the rent control is to move into a rent controlled building, or to buy a house and take control of the rent. Rent control is easy to obtain, you just have to own the house you live in. Let me show you how owning your own home is the most effective form of rent control, and actually lowers your rent over time. Control my rent If you are renting you should understand that...read more
After a lot of positive response from my post last week The tortoise wins every time I decided to see what other theories we could test out. My business partner Stephen Smith suggested we look at something simple like a $100,000 property purchased every year for ten years. At first I thought that this would cost more money than my slow and steady approach of buying a new property every five years. But there are some added benefits to buying this way. We will have to put more money down, but we will speed up the buying process which...read more
About once a week I see a new post about which cameras REALTORS should buy. Heck I have written them myself, check out Top 4 Cameras for REALTORS. But really, you don’t need these cameras to get a great shot. The only camera you really need is your iPHONE. Camera technology has come a long way since the early days of digital camera. I had one for the first digital DSLR cameras the Cannon EOS D30. It was state-of-the-art at that time. But sadly for me, the iPHONE takes way better pictures than that can camera ever could. Why...read more
I love my iPHONE 5. Ok not really love, it is great and all, but love should be reserved for family. So I really, really like my iPHONE 5. It does a lot for me, but the best part is, it takes photos and video. iPHONE photography is a whole class of photography to itself. And it is so cool, well all but the video taken in portrait and not landscape. They actually have a syndrome named for it. Vertical Video Syndrome. You can see the PSA here. Friends don’t let friends shoot vertical video. But I digress. The iPHONE has launched a...read more
Every time I read the story of the tortoise and the hare, the tortoise wins. Every time. I mean duh, it is a book. Books end the same way every time. But this applies to more than just this books. In life most good things come to those who wait. Not waiting around and doing nothing, but purposefully taking small steps everyday to achieve an amazing end result. For most people real estate investing is something other people do. But with a few easy steps I can make everyone a real estate investor. One small step at a time. The first thing...read more
Town home style condo in prestigious Austin zip code with hill country views. This 3/2 condo has the benefits of single family living like a 2 car garage and fenced back yard. The low $40/month HOA covers front and rear yard maintenance as well as the common areas. High energy efficiency features like 12 SEER, Trane, HVAC and R-34 insulation in the attic keep the utility bills low. Throw in the granite counter tops, Elkay 18 guage sink, travertine back splash and Shaw, 4 star stain master carpet, PLUS a short commute to the Hill country...read more
Years ago, I was given the nickname el capitan. I think I know who started it and when it was started, and certianly it is better than other nicknames I have been giving over the years. It is miles cooler than a few other titles I have had. I have been a warehouse manager, cable puller, truck driver, sound guy, sailor, drummer, student, lighting designer, husband, REALTOR, broker, father, and hopfully very soon I can add pilot. El Capitan I did not earn the nickname El Capitan overnight. As I recall it came about one evening while...read more