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Magic…Fast, Easy Transformations…Magic Market…Three Listings in Contract in 24 Hours

My friends know, I like fast, inexpensive, fun transformations.  Just saw this chair in a POPULAR, PRICEY Greenhouse…not mentioning names but this project is on the top of my list!

Project TWO…probably happening in my office for my client list or George’s TO DO list for retirement projects…Are you laughing yet?  It is just a roll of craft paper fastened to the wall.  Would be great in so many places and useful too.

So my friend, a former English teacher…nightmares looking at my text on my blogs…thinks that titles of books are so important to see.  Of course not moi.  I like the shape and style of the books when in the bookcase…of course after I have read the book.  Balancing act I saw at CB2 in NYC…when visiting my city girl.

I think some of my clients are convinced my collection of ferns that I have been moving from house to house this year are magical.  I put the fern in a suitable pot from my collection in my “lower level” , instruct the seller to water, and the listing is in contract in less than 24 hours.   Two listings in Westerville and one in the ever popular Clintonville in the last month…magic has happened…over list price!


CLEAN…Free of STUFF…Let me provide you with my STAGER and my Talented PHOTOGRAPHER….free rental of my magic ferns… AND Presto!  I can’t promise Henry, my grand dog, will be here for your closing but I will.



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NO TIME for BUYERS and SELLERS to TAKE a Siesta!


YOU will be so GLAD YOU DID!

TRULY a REAL ESTATE Fiesta…DON’T STOP to take a Siesta…..


So much fun celebrating my grandson’s 2nd Birthday with my great niece and family. (614-946-0728)




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It is All in the TIMING…Life and Real Estate!

I heard an excited voice on the phone …”Mom, this is the first time Eli and Evi are both napping at the same time!” As all parents know,  this is a short time of FREEDOM and JOY!  So many steps, preparation, trial and error, patience…but such JOY!  It can happen!

Selling  your home and purchasing a new home…closing and getting possession of your new home with ONE move…Such JOY that takes many steps, preparation, trial and error, patience…but such JOY!   It can happen!  Just helped an amazing couple through this process and the JOY is near.  I sold them their home 11 years ago before the birth of their two charming little girls…a tag team that I have enjoyed so much these last 2 weeeks.  (reminded me of a tag team that used to live in the Yanok house)

I LOVE what I do.  The Journey is part of the pleasure.

In this market you need a REALTOR that enjoys the journey!


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All in a Days Work as A REALTOR

I hire professional stagers for all of my listings…but just sometimes, my sellers may not have that item the stager suggests to complete a room…so I look in my lower level and deliver at no cost to the home owner.  Most sellers do not want to purchase items when they are moving soon….

This actually gives me a very good reason to keep “transitional” items in my house…George is never happy with the idea of transitional anything.  That is why we have been married for 41 years this coming August.

Sometimes I need to brainstorm what a room could be used for…list is framed and put in the property.

And so my client is gathering ideas for a nursery…pink?  So easy to find photos in a  magazine to add to Pinterest ideas.

Covering for a colleague that covers for me when I am traveling…love to travel and visit my girls.  All I need is electronic signatures and some colleagues to do the actual leg work when I am gone.  So great to have reliable, realtor friends that I can trust to provide service to my clients.


Giving referrals to clients…companies or people that I trust to do excellent work…


or evening…I have you covered.  I do LOVE what I do.

Spring is just around the corner.  Builders have their engines started.  There is still a low inventory of homes for sale.  Interest rates are starting to increase.  Yes, it is time to List.  Give me a call to help you get started to transform your home with memories to a product that will sell.

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I Needed to Stand up for Columbus…at a Knitting Shop in Dublin

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I was getting some finishing details/instructions for my new granddaughter’s blanket at Knitting Temptations in Dublin…..By the way, I am on call 24/7 to make a less than 15 minute ride to John Glenn Airport with probably no waiting line to travel to CA. (only in Columbus, Ohio)   Well can you imagine that moi…as shy as I am, started a conversation with two lovely ladies knitting at a table.  Some how the conversation centered around me being a Realtor???  Well one “worldly and I am sure wise lady”  shared all the reasons she doesn’t like living in Central Ohio.  When she learned that I help families coming to town from all over the world, I actually do anymore…she wanted to learn what ever would I share with them about Columbus, Ohio…or even the entire state of OHIO.  I shared a few stories… and hidden secrets about our town.  Interesting enough, the other lady who was quiet but did listen to the conversation,  asked for my email address and sent me this link I am sharing with you.

Fantastic Restaurants, Affordable Housing, Little Traffic, Easton Town Center…shopping, Columbus Symphony, Ballet Met, A Newly Renovated Art Museum, The Wexner Center, COSI, The Columbus Zoo, Friendly Folks…We Midwestern Folks are happy people, numerous outstanding PUBLIC Schools as well as a state filled with Colleges and Universities… Professional teams…Hockey, Soccer, Baseball, and our BUCKEYES.

Most of my happy new Buckeyes are most impressed by the FRIENDLY PEOPLE and THE COST OF LIVING…..Ohio is great place to live.  (Do you think I can sell my own children and grandchildren on this idea?)  Just teasing…I am happy when they are happy and OFF my PAYROLL.

Helping a wonderful, young couple purchase their first home.  They have A+ Credit and are very flexible on type of housing and location.  We have written 5 contracts in the last month.  Their lease is up in March and they are somewhat in a panic mode.  We are now in competition with three other buyers after the seller eliminated 7 other offers.  You should have seen their faces…when I shared you could move in with your parents for a few weeks…think of the $$ you could save.    IT IS A FANTASTIC TIME TO SELL!

Enjoy the Weekend in Sunny or Rainy, or Snowy OHIO.  We just never know.






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Get your Ducks in a Row for the REAL ESTATE Market for 2017!

Eli and I have done the math.  It’s time to BUY and/or SELL!  Get your ducks in a row in 2017!


WE have been out scouting and found the property for YOU!


TIME to Celebrate!





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LOVE Being a REALTOR! WORK is not WORK when you are having FUN!


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I have always loved having fun at whatever work I am involved in.  Life is too short to be unhappy.  I loved the time I spent as a teacher.  We all learned together…students, teachers, and parents.

Being a REALTOR is still a learning process…each client is different, each property is different which helps to make this journey interesting and fun.  Providing information to help guide others to make excellent decisions is the goal.

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And you certainly need to surround yourself with Great People.  REMAX Affiliates is a great brokerage to work in…Knowledgeable, helpful, patient colleagues along with an excellent Broker, Jeff Gongwer who is available 24/7.

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A great plus is being able to work with a former student.  So much fun to work together as colleagues, trading ideas, and learning from each other.

NOW a REAL ESTATE Idea.  Take photos of your property during the Holidays if you are preparing to list your house in 2017.  You might want to share how beautiful your property looks during the holidays.



If your thinking of listing in 2017…Declutter and get rid of STUFF.  Great time to pack up a FEW things your children need to take to their homes.






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