My “0-70 in 4 seconds” Jaguar Alive Driving Experience (VIDEO)

OK so this is SO not an environmentally friendly vehicle. The 2013 Jaguar XK has up to 550 horsepower – and at the Alive Driving experience they want you to floor the gas and hear the engine roar.

This is the track and in-cockpit camera footage of my pedal-to-the-metal Jaguar Alive drive from Sunday. You can hear the instructor and I talking also but it’s not very audible. I think he asked me if I was impressed, but it is hard to be impressed after having done the same thing in an all electric Tesla Roadster (2011). We’re car people (my husband and I). It’s not like I’ve never floored the gas before. I wish they had video of the auto cross track drive, now that was some impressive driving. Hubby beat me by only 2 seconds.

If you care about the environment, do NOT buy one of these cars. But if you’re into horsepower or impressing people around you, do. It seems to be a solid car. It has massage built into the seats for goodness sake! It’s not a cheap vehicle by any stretch of the imagination, starting at $84,500.

But it was fun to go race one around in a safe environment.

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The long – or short – of real estate marketing. What’s your favorite? (ORIGINAL VIDEO)

Video is not something new for me. I added video it to my marketing efforts in 2010. I used to do narrated walk-through tours and they were sort of long. I think a professional video can really showcase a property and bring buyers in the door.

So this style of video IS new for me. Still shots set to music. It definitely comes across as more professional, but it is not the same as a narrated tour. Sometimes people want a lot of detail. Sometimes they don’t. I aim to reach the most people in any audience, so I can promote a property with either type of video.

In a May 22 post I shared a long video version for NWMLS #349459, a townhome in West Seattle I am currently marketing. The original video was 4:22. It gives it all away. Now with this new video version at 1:07 it only gives a peek, and little information, at the same property. The thought is that this type of video might bring more buyers to see the property in person, rather than allowing them to rule the property out before ever having the chance to see it and perhaps be impressed with it in real life.

With feedback from several sources, I hand-crafted a shorter listing video with more mellow music. Altho I still love the other version with Moby! Do you have a favorite? Do you want details up front? Do you have the patience for a long video like the May 22 video? Or do you like the intrigue offered by this new, shorter video length (and very different music)?
I would love to hear your feedback.
And please watch my new video!

House of the Immediate Future

Finally, something post-worthy! I’ve been grinding away on real estate (conventional at the moment, not green unfortunately), but I am still doing a lot of reading and this popped into my email today from Jetson Green.

Prefab Wet-Cores Used in Next-Gen Home

Off-site fabricated modules with plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems — referred to as “wet-cores” — were installed recently in The Home of the Immediate Future in Seattle. These will help keep the home affordable and high performance.

It really caught my attention since it is close to home (I live in Seattle). After The Next 50 exhibit at the Seattle Center, the home will be relocated to a Rainier Vista development by Dwell Development that includes three other homes. I did a little poking around, and Built Green featured this Dwell community at Columbia Station (next to Light Link rail) in January. This micro-community will grow to 15 units of affordable housing and are cited as “great example(s) of 5-Star green building and design at an accessible price point.”

See the Case Study here.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!