Monday, January 21, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Open House

I volunteered to help out a fellow agent and held an Open House for one of his listings. This house, built in the late 60s, was well loved. The renovations the previous owners did to the house was amazing. I had about 15-18 guests come by so it was quite a successful Open House. I do wish I had a serious buyer. Here are a couple pictures.

Monday, January 7, 2008

First Time Buyer

I've been busy working with my first buyer ever. Yea! If I can be guaranteed to have this type of buyer, my job would be easy and rewarding. My buyer who has been renting for the past 9 years---yes, let's say it again, 9 years, finally decided to be a homeowner. His credit score isn't that great nor is it terrible but the most he can afford to pay for a home is $150,000. Let me tell you, as much as there's a ton of inventory out there, many of the homes in the 150 price range are either foreclosures or short sales. Thus, each home I showed my buyer had, well, issues. Thankfully, my buyer is realistic and desperate for any home and any lender who's willing to lend him money. More later.

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New Year's Resolutions

I resolve to be organized, give more compliments, and more importantly, have more fun.

That's it.

Forget the rest. I AM losing weight (darn proud of that), I do save money, I don't smoke, I rarely drink alcohol, and I already gave up Diet Coke (refer back to the losing weight). However, I will never, ever give up coffee. I settled on these three that I believe I can stick to.

The "be organized" is obvious. I'm not very good at this, and it doesn't help that I love to keep things because it's a "memory." The next is "give more compliments". This isn't as obvious. My thinking is that who doesn't love to be complimented?? I love getting them, so I figured if I gave them out, maybe I'll get some in return. Good karma, right?

The third, "have more fun." Yup. This I believe will be the hardest. I grew up with a family of nitpickers. We always seem to find something that is just a tad off. Which is why we are famous for overusing these words: if only, should've, would've, could've, what if, and but. This year, I'm going to make time for fun and not nitpick the details.

What do you resolve?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Waiting for mom

My little big dude just couldn't stay awake any longer, falling asleep under my desk as I was typing away at the keyboard. He was waiting for me to tuck him in. It was way past his bedtime and I was still working. It's all about balance. I'm working on that, I swear. And, after I took this picture, I called it a day and carried him to his bed.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Property Virgins

I briefly caught an episode of HGTV's show Property Virgins and learned an interesting idea. The agent allowed the first-time home buyers to tour the house by themselves while she waited outside. Giving the buyers privacy. After they were done, she asked for their feedback, and then they all walked back in for a second look. Hmmm. I like this idea, and it makes sense.

Thinking back to when I was a buyer, there were times I wanted to look at a potential house without my realtor in the same room so that I can talk freely to my husband about the pros and cons. It's quite common to be on the same page with your spouse when looking for a home in general. But, when it gets to the details of the home, oceans divide. One example of our experience is wanting the new home to have a large loft similar to the one we already had in our old home. There was one house I really liked. It had a bathroom that was wallpapered in French toile. I am in love with French toile. It had a loft with built-in shelves. It was about the same size as our current loft. There were other things in the house that were big pluses. I thought we found our new home until my husband walked right out and said, "next." I was dumbfounded. It had all the trappings we said we wanted. What just happened?

I could tell that my husband wasn't going to talk then, and we ended the day without giving any offers. Later, I asked my husband about the house. In that private conversation, I was able to sell him the house myself. For every point of concern he had, I had an answer. Later, I called my realtor to write up an offer, and guess what. The house already had an offer that was above the asking price and the sellers were in the process of accepting it.

In the end, it worked out for the best. Eight weeks later, we bought the house we truly love. That was great for us, but for the realtor, she had to work much harder to find a home to beat the one we lost out. It took 8 weeks for her to find it and 12 months to get paid since we ended up buying a new built home. In hindsight, had I had the chance to privately view the house with my husband, I am sure we would've walked outside and said "sold."

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Back from a blogging hiatus

With the holidays over I am now back in the office and working away. Christmas is 27 days away and there's so much to do personally and professionally. How was your Thanksgiving holiday? The kids and I spent it at Uncle Rob and A-Lissa (Samara's affectionate name for her). It was so much fun and I felt blessed to be spending it with family since Rod was working at the Restaurant. He arrived in time for dessert.

This year was the first time that the kids were well aware that Daddy should be off to spend the holiday with them. Samara asked him why he had to work. I could tell that for the first time, Rod was a bit heartbroken. On any normal time, he just focuses on the profit to be made., which by the way, he served Thanksgiving to 510 customers. As his wife, I'm used to his absence at Thanksgiving. It's the nature of being in the food industry. But now that the kids are growing and needing that connection, it has made the balance between business and home really tricky.

Speaking of business, I spent a good part of the past two weeks brainstorming on my marketing campaign, creating a budget, and playing with the MLS database for an area to farm. I finally hit on an idea that I could stretch a full year and has a storyline. I'm not telling what the storyline is until it's in mailboxes.