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August 19th, 2016
I think I may actually be a Gen Xer and NOT a Baby Boomer. My birthday falls so close to each! I recently read an article published by Inman News entitled 5 reasons Gen X moms are the best real estate agents.
“We often treat transactions like one of our children. We oversee all of the details. We make sure you are doing your part. We follow up with all of the players involved.”
- “When things blow up, you know what we don’t do? We don’t give up. We work harder, we look for a different angle, a different way to make a negotiation work. We get creative.”
- “We are used to solving problems so that our people come out on top where they belong. You don’t mess with mama bears.”
- “We have experience, so those issues that might derail a deal with a less seasoned agent, we handle with ease.”
Those all describes me, right? I must be a Gen Xer! But then I read THIS…
”We will understand the need for an Xbox room.” An Xbox ROOM?!? That I do NOT understand. I must be a Baby Boomer…
Yes, I’m caught between being a Gen Xer and a Baby Boomer. But of this I’m sure, “Mom Plus Agent Equals Superhero” …and I am both of those!
August 10th, 2016
“The Final Five,” as they’ve nicknamed themselves, flourished under the pressure to prove they’re still the best in the world. Congratulations to USA’s amazing gymnasts!!
Today, I find myself thankful for my “Final Five!” The five players most integral in THIS real estate transaction; the one in which I currently find myself representing the buyers AND there are multiple offers from several (FOUR) other very well qualified buyers who also love the home!! I just received word that the sellers have elected to accept my clients’ offer and reject the others…not even a counter!!! I honestly couldn’t have done this alone…it takes a village; in this case, a village of FIVE. (1) Mr. and (2) Mrs. Very-Well-Qualified, Smart, Proactive, Responsive Buyer (3) Mr. Very-Professional-Listing-Agent (4) Mr. Experienced-Proficient-Amazing-Lender and (5) Mrs. Selling-Agent, ME. Oh the pressure…gold medals all around!
August 5th, 2016
Today, Rio welcomes the world into their “home!” For the next 16 days, every Brazilian will celebrate their history, culture, and their importance in this world. Their hearts will swell each time their team enters the stadium or their national anthem is performed for the world.
In a small way, that’s the way I feel each time I welcome someone into my “home.” Within the walls of my home there is much history, culture and importance. My husband and I have raised our family within those walls, we’ve welcomed grandchildren, we’ve housed people who needed shelter and love, we’ve entertained friends, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and we’ve loved. It is my desire that we’d all have a place to call “home;” a place that makes our hearts swell.
August 2nd, 2016
I just got back from New England…the place of my birth. It was so good to go “home” and visit with family and friends that I haven’t seen in years. While I was there, I spent some time collecting flyers and looking at homes…because, that’s what I do and what I love! I found myself romanticizing about actually living in one of these “Colonial” homes. My antiques would look amazing within their walls!!
One particular home caught my eye as I walked past it several times during my week-long stay. A 2615 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home on a 1.24 acre lot built in 1850 listed for $235,000. Yes, it really was built in 1850 and the listed price really is ONLY $235,000!!! With its white clapboard siding and black shutters, it drew me in…I imagined the stories that this old house would tell if walls could talk!!! As I read through the listing, I read words I hadn’t seen in years; ”post and beam construction,” “stone foundation,” “dug well,” “leach field,” “steam radiator,” “oil and wood heat,” and “off boiler water heater.”
I was quickly reminded that as much as I do love the IDEA of living in one of these historic beauties, I am a CALIFORNIA GIRL now. I enjoy central heat and air, public water and sewer, an automatic garage door opener, my quarter-acre lot that’s easy to maintain…and I don’t own a snow blower or a fly swatter or a bug-zapper. I have potted plants on my back porch that stay outside year-round and survive!!
It’s good to be “home!”
May 9th, 2011
I have a long line of postal carriers and realtors in my family…and yesterday, I was reminded of how similar they really are.
I’ve heard story after story from my grandmother(now 93 years old) of how she and her father would deliver mail through all kinds of treacherous conditions via horse and buggy…and how she delivered it alone when he went off to war! About how they would make sure to check that each of their customers was well, and meet needs far beyond delivering their mail. They would often stop to pick up groceries for those who were housebound, or medicine for those who were ill…they met their customers where they were.
In 2001, the USPS created a television commercial edited to Carly Simon’s song “Let the River Run.” It featured no voice over, only the following text:
“We are mothers and fathers. And sons and daughters. Who every day go about our lives with duty, honor and pride. And neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor the winds of change, nor a nation challenged, will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds. Ever.”
Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I spent much of my day in the hospital…gowned, gloved and masked. I sat on the edge of the bed with of one of my clients sharing our joy over the fact that the Lakers’ had just lost, and signing the necessary paperwork for he and his wife to accept the offer we’d received on their house in Folsom, California! Oh the joy!!! I couldn’t imagine spending my day any other way! I realized yesterday that realtors are a lot more like postal carriers than I’d previously recognized…except that we work holidays. I guess you could say… Read the rest of this entry »
April 30th, 2011
There’s been a lot of hoopla surrounding the Royal Wedding this week, and the real estate community has joined in on the fun. Throughout the week, I received numerous emails and blog posts from colleagues around the globe who have creatively integrated the royal wedding into their businesses. Many have shared their childhood dreams of growing up to be a Princess (surprisingly, no one expressed dreams of becoming a Prince…I blame Disney for that!) or their adult dreams of working as the Royal Family’s Realtor!
One of my favorites was entitled “Will and Kate – Above the Clouds”
The author asked the question? “If Will and Kate ventured across the pond to buy a home, what might be the perfect match for them?”
April 1st, 2011
I do love my job! Whether I’m working with buyers and sellers on a “shoestring budget,” or those with “champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” I’m privileged to work with some incredibly wonderful people.
You may have heard about the recent transaction which set a new record for the most expensive U.S. residential sale…Russian billionaire Yuri Milner (who heads Digital Sky Technologies) has reportedly paid $100 million for a 25,500-square-foot Los Altos Hills, California home which was not even listed for sale. According to The Wall Street Journal the sellers, Fred and Annie Chan took back a $50 million note on the home. Wow, that was awefully nice of Fred and Annie…that’s quite a note!
This record-setting sale is just one indication that the wealthy have opened their wallets and are shopping for homes again. The million dollar and above housing market rose 4% in February year-over-year as luxury buyers snapped up homes, often for all cash. Earlier this month a Palm Beach, Florida home sold and closed for a reported $24.6 million and I personally was involved in a $1.5 million transaction right here in Northern California. Why the rise in luxury sales? Read the rest of this entry »
February 28th, 2011
I’ve received numerous inquiries as to why I’m not representing my brother-in-law myself. Many have speculated that perhaps it’s because I’m “too close to the situation emotionally.” The truth is that I’m simply too far away geographically. It’s not my area of expertise. So I referred him to a fabulous agent in his local market who has a reputation for being an expert in his field. Fun fact…I actually identified three Realtors in the area, each of whom I believed could do the job well. I presented each of them to my sister prior to her death, and she selected the one with whom we are ultimately working. I don’t know why really, but it does make me feel good knowing that she was part of the process.
If I can help you find a Realtor in your local area, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
825 Ashley Lane goes on the market tomorrow. Check it out for yourself and feel free to pass this along to your friends. It’s a spectacular house!!! I’m praying for a spectacular buyer!
February 25th, 2011
After spending the last week getting my brother-in-law’s house ready to sell, I have a whole new level of empathy for my selling clients…and an incredible amount of respect for those who actually do everything I suggest in order to best prepare their homes for sale. It’s hard work!!!
One of my favorite books of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s ability to communicate timeless truths and insights is a testimony to her genius as an author. At one point, the father, Atticus, tells his daughter, Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Well, I spent a week walking around in my sister’s skin. If she was still alive, she would have been the one responsible for preparing her home for sale, but in her absence, that was a responsibility I happily assumed…she would have done the same for me!
I worked from sunrise to well past sunset for 5 full days. A couple of days, I didn’t even find time for a shower and literally spent a couple of full days in my pajamas…there simply was no reason (or time) to primp! I slept very little, ate very little, worked a lot, sweat a lot, and admittedly shed a tear or two! Read the rest of this entry »
February 7th, 2011
I received a fun call from a client in response to my most recent blog post. She was calling to let me know that while I may be a “genie,” she believed I was also a “mind reader.” She reminded me of the home she purchased that was nothing like what she “thought” she was looking for, but was “perfect” for her family. She was calling to thank me for being their Realtor…so sweet! Her story is certainly not unique! Many of my clients come in with a list of “must haves.” They must have a kitchen w/a center island in Folsom, or they must have a home on a cul-de-sac in El Dorado Hills, or they must have an open floor plan in Granite Bay…you get the idea. It’s uncanny how many people fall in love with a home that is not what they thought they were looking for.
Take for example the family who was looking for an open floor plan with all of the bedrooms on one level…they ended up purchasing a Victorian style home w/cozy rooms and bedrooms scattered throughout the house. They declared upon seeing the home that it was “perfect” for them! “How did I know?” they asked.