In Episode 66 of the Wandering But Not Lost Podcast, co-hosts Matt Emerson and Jan O’Brien chat about the Buyer Brokerage Agreement and how it can make your life easier if you have a focus on buyers in your business.  In Wandering Zen, Matt takes us back to the origins of Earth Day and where we’ve come over the past 49 years.


WBNL 52:  The Buyer Brokerage Agreement


Do you use a buyer brokerage agreement? If not, why not?  I believe many companies just don’t educate their agents on why and how to integrate this into their overall business model.

Reality check –

  • Buyer may be working with multiple agents
  • More than 55% of home buyers find the home they purchase online

Benefits of using a buyer brokerage agreement

  • Mutual commitment to work together
  • Protection for you as a REALTOR, when buyer attends an open house or meets another REALTOR
    • Questions that every agent should be asking:
      • Are you working with another REALTOR already?
      • If yes – Are you in a buyer brokerage agreement?

Establish trust and rapport before you present the agreement

Always conduct a thorough Buyer’s Consultation

Listing the buyer concept

  • The agreement needs a beginning and ending date
  • Add a clause that allows the buyer to end the agreement

Wandering Zen – Earth Day 2019


Wandering Zen_ Earth Day 2019_ Wandering But Not Lost_ Matt Emerson


On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took a stand to protect our planet.  They opened the doors to discussion, heated debate, rallies, and protests, all of which laid the path to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts by the end of that year.  Since that time we have made great strides globally, however, as with any shift and realignment of priorities, there is the constant pattern of two steps forward and one step back.  Let’s take a closer look at where we’ve come over the past 49 years and what is in store for our future on spaceship earth.


“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.”
—Henry David Thoreau

Prophetic words by Thoreau, and although we have indeed made strides over the past 49 years there has been a rise against these efforts that have been more prominent in the past decade or so.  The ongoing battle of economic gain over environmental regulation has really heated up and things are starting to take a turn for the worst.  We are approaching the tipping point.  Either way, it will tip and we there will have to be a compromise and the sooner we realize that the better.

It’s interesting that no matter how much things change there is a large part the stays the same.  Below you will find a CBS News Special Report with Walter Cronkite on the first Earth Day.  Although much of what is said is quite deeply rooted in the ’70s, it isn’t too much of a stretch to replace a few names here and there and you could play that on the nightly news today.  Take a listen, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Earth Day Quiz

Here are 6 Earth Day Quizzes from the Earth Day network that I guarantee you will find challenging and insightful:

Earth Day Tips

Here are simple and easy tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day. You can make a difference! Source: Earth Day Network

  1. Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to Protect Our Species
  2. Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to End Plastic Pollution
  3. Reduce your carbon footprint and take our Carbon Footprint Quiz
  4. Plant a tree or donate a tree through our Canopy Project
  5. Join a local park, river or beach clean-up
  6. Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products
  7. Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. Reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year
  8. Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive
  9. Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved
  10. Change your car’s air filter regularly
  11. Teleconference instead of traveling. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint
  12. Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags, and straws
  13. Recycle paper, plastic, and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year
  14. Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items
  15. Use cloth towels instead of paper ones
  16. Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck
  17. Read documents online instead of printing them
  18. When you need to use paper, make sure it’s 100% post-consumer recycled paper
  19. Set your office printer to print two-sided
  20. Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle
  21. Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria
  22. Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee
  23. Bring reusable bags when you shop
  24. Pack your lunch in a reusable bag
  25. Organize to have healthy, locally-sourced food served at in your school district
  26. Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op
  27. Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients
  28. Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group
  29. Reduce your meat consumption to curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry
  30. Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertilizer
  31. Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head
  32. Fix leaky faucets and shower-heads
  33. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy
  34. Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night. Use drought-resistant plants in dry areas
  35. Wash your clothes only when necessary, use cold water and line dry
  36. Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability
  37. Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation
  38. Pull out invasive plants in your yard or garden and replace them with native ones
  39. Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night
  40. Turn off lights when you leave a room
  41. Install solar panels on your roof
  42. Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!)
  43. Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds
  44. Lower the temperature on your water heater
  45. Contact your utility company and find out about renewable energy options
  46. Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics

Get Involved

The Earth Day Network has put together a comprehensive list of locations where clean up are scheduled this year.  Click the link below to find a clean up near you.  

Protect Our Species

The theme of Earth Day 2019 is Protect Our Species.  One of the smallest creatures that may help us the most is in trouble and we must work to protect their environment and livelihood or it will dramatically affect ours.  Bees.  Here are some bee facts:

Here’s What You Need to Know About Honey Bees

Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Honey Bees

Bonus: Support Earth Day Network in our work to protect our flying, fuzzy, furry and even our slimy, slippery animal friends.

More Animals on the Watch List

The following is the list of animals on the watch list created by the World Wildlife Fund, with links to learn more about each.

Amur Leopard Critically Endangered
Black Rhino Critically Endangered
Bornean Orangutan Critically Endangered
Cross River Gorilla Critically Endangered
Eastern Lowland Gorilla Critically Endangered
Hawksbill Turtle Critically Endangered
Javan Rhino Critically Endangered
Malayan Tiger Critically Endangered
Orangutan Critically Endangered
Saola Critically Endangered
South China Tiger Critically Endangered
Sumatran Elephant Critically Endangered
Sumatran Orangutan Critically Endangered
Sumatran Rhino Critically Endangered
Sumatran Tiger Critically Endangered
Vaquita Critically Endangered
Western Lowland Gorilla Critically Endangered
Yangtze Finless Porpoise Critically Endangered
African Wild Dog Endangered
Amur Tiger Endangered
Asian Elephant Endangered
Bengal Tiger Endangered
Black-footed Ferret Endangered
Blue Whale Endangered
Bluefin Tuna Endangered
Bonobo Endangered
Borneo Pygmy Elephant Endangered
Chimpanzee Endangered
Fin Whale Endangered
Galápagos Penguin Endangered
Ganges River Dolphin Endangered
Green Turtle Endangered
Hector’s Dolphin Endangered
Humphead Wrasse Endangered
Indian Elephant Endangered
Indochinese Tiger Endangered
Indus River Dolphin Endangered
Irrawaddy Dolphin Endangered
Mountain Gorilla Endangered
North Atlantic Right Whale Endangered
Red Panda Endangered
Sea Lions Endangered
Sei Whale Endangered
Sri Lankan Elephant Endangered
Tiger Endangered
Whale Endangered
Whale Shark Endangered
Albacore Tuna Near Threatened
Beluga Near Threatened
Greater Sage-Grouse Near Threatened
Jaguar Near Threatened
Mountain Plover Near Threatened
Narwhal Near Threatened
Plains Bison Near Threatened
White Rhino Near Threatened
Yellowfin Tuna Near Threatened
African Elephant Vulnerable
Bigeye Tuna Vulnerable
Black Spider Monkey Vulnerable
Dugong Vulnerable
Forest Elephant Vulnerable
Giant Panda Vulnerable
Giant Tortoise Vulnerable
Great White Shark Vulnerable
Greater One-Horned Rhino Vulnerable
Hippopotamus Vulnerable
Leatherback Turtle Vulnerable
Loggerhead Turtle Vulnerable
Marine Iguana Vulnerable
Olive Ridley Turtle Vulnerable
Polar Bear Vulnerable
Savanna Elephant Vulnerable
Sea Turtle Vulnerable
Snow Leopard Vulnerable
Southern rockhopper penguin Vulnerable

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