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January 25th, 2017
Folsom, California has been named one of the top 20 family-friendly cities in the NATION!!! For those of us who call Folsom “home” we’re only surprised that we were named the 17th most family-friendly city and not the 1st. This is truly a delightful place to live. 2017 is projected to be one of the hottest years in real estate; interest rates and home prices are both on the rise so the time to buy is likely “sooner rather than later.” Whether you’re looking for your first home, your next home, or your forever home, the time to buy is very likely NOW. Let me know how I can help make your real estate dreams come true in 2017!
August 26th, 2016
The process of buying or selling a home can become overwhelming without a team of professionals to talk you off the ledge when you reach the point of exclaiming, “Let’s call the whole thing off!” I’m fortunate to be surrounded by incredible professionals from lenders, escrow officers, accountants, attorneys, inspectors, handymen, contractors, electricians, plumbers, housecleaners, roofers, painters, landscapers, gardeners…florists, estheticians, hairdressers (let’s be honest, sometimes we all need a little pampering!), etc..
I’m in the process of updating my website and will be focusing on the “business directory” over the next few weeks. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to be included in the new directory, or if you work with an individual or a company that you highly recommend. I’m always in search of new talent!
Speaking of tomatoes, you won’t want to miss the 6th Annual Tomato Taste-Off. Head on over to the Historic Folsom Farmer’s Market on Sutter Street in Folsom tomorrow morning from 8:00am-1:00pm for this FREE family event with games, prizes, hourly raffles, a scavenger hunt, salsa contest, and more!!!
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?”
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 2nd, 2011
It’s Groundhog Day…thank you, Bill Murray!
At the risk of sounding like a broken record (and taking a cue from the movie Groundhog Day), there simply isn’t a better way to introduce this, than to repeat myself…so bear with me!
“Wow, life’s been a bit of a whirlwind lately…which should come as no surprise to any of you; since I haven’t updated this blog since July October! I know, I’m not supposed to say that (just in case someone stumbles upon my website for the first time…I’m supposed to make them think this is a regular occurrence!), but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. I’ve built my business working with the most fabulous clients in the world, and almost exclusively by referral. Thank you, thank you, thank you…and please keep them coming. I promise to continue to take great care of whomever you entrust to my care.” “Since July October… [copied from blog entry dated 10/29/10]
It’s true, “Since July October,” my world turned upside down! And not simply due to the unrest in our economy and the effect that it has had on the real estate market…which has made my job very interesting by the way! There is little dispute among the general public that Realtors are a necessary commodity in navigating their way through the “mess (and opportunity) of real estate!”
In November, I lost my very best girlfriend…who also happened to be my younger sister. She died very suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving a hole in my heart and a laundry list of action items…talk about tyranny of the urgent! Read the rest of this entry »
October 29th, 2010
Wow, life’s been a bit of a whirlwind lately…which should come as no surprise to any of you; since I haven’t updated this blog since July! I know, I’m not supposed to say that (just in case someone stumbles upon my website for the first time…I’m supposed to make them think this is a regular occurrence!), but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. I’ve built my business working with the most fabulous clients in the world, and almost exclusively by referral. Thank you, thank you, thank you…and please keep them coming. I promise to continue to take great care of whomever you entrust to my care.
Since July, one of my daughters got married and moved to Philadelphia, my youngest moved “out of the house” and into a place of his own, and my husband and I have been trying to figure out how to live in our “empty nest.” We often find ourselves looking around and wishing it hadn’t emptied so quickly! One of the upsides of our “new life,” is that I have even more time to devote to my business and to you. And good news; the State of California has decided that I can continue doing what I love for another four years…representing you in the wonderful world of real estate! I’ve completed all of the required “continuing education” classes, passed all of the necessary exams, and haven’t violated any rules, regulations, or laws that have been established by the Real Estate Commissioner…yay!
I’m going to do a better job of keeping my blog updated…really! So please let me know if there is anything specific you’d like to know about. So many real estate blogs simply regurgitate the same information…I don’t want to bore you with that! I’m tempted to just blog about the day to day happenings in the life of Pamela Brooks, Realtor…but I don’t want to bore you with that either 🙂
And in case you’re wondering, I HAVE been working…just haven’t done a very good job of telling you about it!
July 30th, 2010
Putting your home on the market isn’t as simple as placing a FOR SALE sign in your yard. There are several steps to take prior to listing your home that will make the transaction smoother and quicker. Take this great advice from Brian Buffini, founder of Buffini and Co., the largest Real Estate Training and Coaching Company, before you sell your home:
one Hire a real estate agent
It may be tempting to list your home on your own to avoid paying a sales commission, but selling your own home is a full-time job itself.
June 25th, 2010
108 Oak Mill Road, Folsom, CA 95630 $315,000
Fabulous single-story home, lovingly maintained by original owners. Open & spacious great room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, & plenty of storage…this 1565 square foot home has it all. Three bedrooms and two baths: spacious master with vaulted ceiling and two additional bedrooms. The yard is Sunset Magazine material! A definite must see! Large private yards, gorgeous flowers, established fruit trees (sweetest myer lemons you’ve ever tasted!), serene koi pond & waterfall, covered & uncovered patios…spectacular! NEWER A/C, tile roof, appliances. Recently painted interior/exterior.
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