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Baby Boomer Could Become Minimalist

The word could might need to be replaced to should! I have spent the last week helping our daughter move to an apartment in NYC. She sorted, threw away, gave away, sold things before she left Philly. And now we are still making trips to the trash room. This has certainly opened my eyes and ears when my grown children tell me they want experiences and memories instead of gifts for any occasion.

And again today, a dear friend is moving her 97-year-old mother from a small apartment to an assisted living efficiency. In a phone conversation…our break from downsizing others…we shared we can’t wait to get home to start clearing out things.

I might even be losing my love to shop….hoping George does not read this!

On the flip side of my work here, my daughter comes home from work, and the fun begins. Enjoying restaurants has been so much fun…walking yes, but I am sure not enough to melt some pounds away.


Really enjoyed visiting Mario Batali’s Food Mall, Eataly…  so many choices, grazing delight!

Reservations tonight at Babbo, another Mario Batali restaurant.

Emily is treating me to HELLO DOLLY with Bette Midler Sunday and then home to watch the Tonys.



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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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Balancing Work and Family…never ends!

How could I ever be in California and keep a close eye on my REAL ESTATE Business.  Two necessities for this to happen.

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So easy with Electronic Signatures to do business all over the world…just have to be aware of time changes…deadlines are deadlines!
Another key factor…I have to have an excellent Realtor, Kari Gebhardt Stumpf, who knows the business, is ethical, trustworthy, honest, hardworking, flexible, energetic, positive attitude, and the list could go on and on.  Kari and I both believe in SERVICE to our clients.  We are working for the clients and their families.
Although Kari and I are in the same brokerage (REMAX AFFILIATES), we are both independent and cover for each other.  Kari has three young boys and as you can imagine, she is one busy woman.  I have a 94 year old mother 90 minutes away, and children and grandchildren in Ca. and Pa.  THANK YOU KARI.  I simply love working with you.
So this photo really shows the love and excitement I left in California with the birth of our latest family member, Evie May. Eli, big brother, kept us all very busy!
Grandmothers like to BRAG more than new mothers…
I got home 3/11 at 1:30 AM, and taught a Listing 101 Class at the Westerville Community Center at 9:00 AM.  Teaching the class actually helped to energize me…Great class with some good thoughts, ideas, discussion.
IT is the time to LIST your property!  Unbelievable market.  I am available to help you transform your home to a product to sell.

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Always Call First!


So many deer in my neighborhood, eating all of our landscaping…Hoping this will be a deterrent.   This guy was a gift…I don’t shoot animals in my backyard.


I do love using antlers in deco…natural, sprayed metallic…




Wood candle holders…a little idea borrowed from Terrain…one of my favorite places to visit.


Firewood transforms to some of my favorite décor…


T 7

Give a lamp some height?

Give a lamp some height?


Great to add interest to a Buffet....using different heights.

Great to add interest to a Buffet….using different heights.

Bringing the outside in…always fun.  And can you imagine when we downsize.  Oh the treasures I will have to toss.  Actually I listed a condo this week that really tempted me.  The lower level had unbelievable space to store what I call transitional pieces…they transition to different rooms.  The condo went in to contract in 1 day after hitting the MLS.  This is the BEST time to list.




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Wish I would have known about the Sofa Doctor…

So your sofa will not fit through a door…take the legs off…and the sofa still doesn’t fit through the opening…In NYC, you call the Sofa Dr.

My daughter explained, in less than 30 minutes, the Sofa Dr. takes the sofa apart … and full recovery only takes a few minutes.


Wishing listings were coming up as fast as my paperwhites!  Unbelievable…I now have eight, approved buyers waiting for a listing that matches their search criteria.  My advice to buyers, don’t panic, listings will come to the market.  Sellers, you are in the drivers seat.   I provide a listing consultation that includes net to seller, professional stager and photographer to help you transform your home to a product to sell.



Enjoy this Spring like weather…Winter has certainly not left.


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Can You Guess which of my lovely daughters gave me this for Christmas?


I will let you think about this for some time…but I thought of this over the weekend when helping a new MD coming to The Ohio State University and then again on Sunday when working with a young couple purchasing their first home.  Yes, I am a REALTOR that has attended many classes on sales  but I find myself using some parenting skills, teaching skills, and my father’s love of service.

When working for a future Buckeye on Saturday,  of course…if you know me…we chatted all day about so many details in moving to a new city.  I must admit, I did share some of my daughter’s experiences to help provide real stories.  As I dropped her off at the airport, she shared that she was… 1. Excited to move to Columbus…much different than she imagined it could be in the Midwest.  2.  She appreciated the information I shared to help her make an important decision.  3.   As she has not been able to see her mother for the last four years, she enjoyed some of my “motherly advice”.  It was a great day for both of us.

Now on to first time buyers…  The first BIG IDEA…you can’t move until you sell this property…so you don’t mind living right next to an apartment complex or huge water storage tank… Many home buyers will not consider these properties to purchase.  Most often, I have to explain that I am in a service industry.  Please don’t keep apologizing for asking me to show you several properties as this is probably the most expensive item you have ever purchased.  Many times buyers have to go through a process where they first find out what they don’t want.

Back to the Christmas Gift…you will just have to keep guessing.  This information might be too risky to share…I do have an image to protect.

It is wise to get on the market early if you are interested in selling.  Inventory is increasing each week.  Holiday décor is put away and company has gone home.  I provide a professional stager and photographer at my cost.  Contact me to help you transform your HOME to a PRODUCT to sell.

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I am Thankful for You!

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