baseball and real estate

Opening Day

by Jim Ludes on March 31, 2014

in General

It’s opening day as Chris Sale and the White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins. I love hitting opening day with my kids. Sure, it costs as much to attend as the next 3 home games combined, but the opening day experience is worth it to me. On opening day everyone is 0-0. Everyone has a chance to do something great. How can you not like that?

3 years ago we froze for the opener

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Hobbies

by Jim Ludes on January 27, 2014

in General

I have hobbies; things I do outside of real estate. Do you? Of course you do, what are they?

I am a budding photographer. I’m always carrying my camera around and snapping shots (when its not cold out). I’m also a pretty big fan of HDR photography (and you’ll see it frequently in my real estate photos).

I also love fantasy baseball. I’m a numbers guy/ statistics nerd (as you’ve possibly noticed from this blog) and it plays into that. I get to take it to extremes and make plenty of spreadsheets- another thing I have a strange love for. I also like baseball- so that doesn’t hurt. When I’m not listing/showing houses or writing this blog (or training my puppy), you will almost certainly find me snapping pics or getting ready for the upcoming baseball season (real and pretend).

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The Coal City Warriors baseball team won the 3A state baseball championship on a day that rained here at Octoberfest, but was clear and wonderful in Peoria! Congrats to all the Warriors.

Play of the Championship Game

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Second Wild Card

by Jim Ludes on April 13, 2012

in Friday Fun

Totally unrelated to real estate today for Friday Fun. You may or may not know that Major League Baseball has added a second wild card team to its playoffs. Now, the wild card teamS will battle in a one game playoff to determine the real wild card winner. Baseball purists probably hate this. I’m no purist but I think it’s stupid too. Throughout the course of this blog entry I’m going to put my stats nerd hat on and see if my prediction is on to something. I think, before starting, that the difference between the would-be wild card team (as it has been played in the past several seasons) and the current 2nd wild card (the 5th seed, I’ll call them) is going to be fairly substantial. By substantial, I mean a 5 game average in the Win/Loss columns. Therby, I think (going in) that there’s no reason for the 2nd wild card to be added.

Here are the games back of American and National League teams both Wild Card winners behind their division winner and would-be 2nd wild cards behind the actual wild card since  the Wild Card inception in 1995. Here are the Wild Card Stats

Conclusions: I’m an American League guy and in the American League, I think my hypothesis is dead on. The average games behind for the 2nd wild card is 5.5 and the median (as I always love to use in small sample sizes, as you real estate fans know) is 6. 58.8% of the time, the 2nd AL wild card would be 5 or more games behind the original. There’s no reason to give that team another shot at the post-season…..it just had 162 games to get in. In the National League, however, the would-be wild card averages only 2.6 games behind and has finished a mere 1 game behind a stunning 9 times in 17 years. In the NL, the second wild card seems to make more sense. Why the differences in 4th to 5th seed between the leagues? I think it is because the NL has two more teams (16-14). What are your thoughts, baseball fans?

PS- Sox fans, even though I’m against this…..the 2006 team would have been that “5 seed” with a chance at a one game playoff to get into the real playoffs and defend our World Series title.

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Opening Day

by Jim Ludes on April 13, 2012

in Friday Fun

Clients past, present and future. I love you and am grateful for you daily….. but today is the Chicago White Sox home opener and that’s where I’ll be. This is year three of what I hope will be a longstanding tradition with my boys of being at Opening Day. Last year we froze.

Opening Day at about 29 degrees

The year before we sweat….

God Bless the ol' U.S- Opening Day tradition

Pics from later today in the future.

Play ball!

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Avid readers here know I love baseball. They know that I’ll try to make the ocassional parrallel between it and real estate. Today’s blog is no exception. Who is Johnny Damon? He’s, of course, a baseball player. He’s an outfielder, a career .286 hitter,  and a guy who will probably end his career as a possible hall of famer (borderline, maybe- but that debate for another day and forum).

Why do I feel like the Grundy County real estate version of him? Mr. Damon came to mind as a guy who went from a really good team to

Am I Grundy County real estate's version of Johnny Damon?

the best team at age 32, like me. Damon was a member of the Boston Red Sox and helped break the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ in 2004, helping his team win the World Series. The Red Sox are widely considered baseball’s “next-best” organization; second only to the New York Yankees.  Of course, at age 32, Damon left Boston for his fourth team, the Yankees.

Recently, I left my real estate career’s third team in favor of Grundy County’s #1 home seller, RE/MAX Top Properties. Leaving the team that’s a close second in that market for the team that is #1 reminded me of Johnny and the move he made at the same age. I’m not sure if there’s a real estate hall of fame anywhere that I may one day qualify for, but I do think that my recent move helps me as an agent, and far more importantly, give you, my buyers and sellers significantly better chances of success!

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How Many Quality Listings?

April 21, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I explained my ideas on the Quality Listing. One thing we didn’t look at was how many of said Quality Listings were actually out there. In the past 12 months (4/19/10 to 4/19/11) we have closed 62 single family homes in Coal City, Diamond, and Carbon Hill. Of those 62, a [...]

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The Quality Listing

April 1, 2011

It’s Opening Day and all around this great land of ours, baseball junkies like me are psyched and ready for the 162 game season to get rolling. I have found a way to connect my passions for baseball, statistics, real estate and general nerdiness. It’s the Quality Listing. In baseball, there is something called a [...]

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