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Conversation in my Car this week…Phoenix and Houston

I love hearing comments from potential BUCKEYES when I am giving my Columbus Tour.

Comments I heard this week…

EVERYTHING is so GREEN!

THIS is  rush hour TRAFFIC?

SHOPPING IS A SURPRISE TO ME!

PEOPLE are so FRIENDLY and HELPFUL!

Is that a CORNFIELD?

And I always ask…do you like football…well if they say no…I let them know we have…

The BEST Damn Band!

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A NEW KIND of Nanny for Summer Months who Will Do All the Work…Curious?

I am TESTIMG a Nanny this week to take over while I keep a close watch.  She needs 8 bottles of wine…empty.

 

While away it is sometimes a chore to find someone to take care of summer flowers, the Nanny takes over.

Fill the empty bottle with water and …

 

Place clay stake with upside down vino bottle full of water in the middle of the pot of flowers…. and the test begins.  This plant had been full of blooms all summer…so can the Nanny take over while I visit my grandchildren?  Testing begins today.

Love the Name in this store front I saw in Vermilion last weekend…So true for me…Andi and Emily are on call almost 24/7 and Lauren our TECH Guru at REMAX Affiliates is an amazing help to me.

Speaking of Vermilion, rated as one of the BEST Restaurants in OHIO…Chez Francois…worth the trip!

COMING SOON…FIVE easy to follow TIPS that cost NOTHING to transform your HOME to a PRODUCT to Sell!  Under PRODUCTION, soon to go PUBLIC.

Still CRAZY Market…last three listings went in hours…and now I need more “Merchandise” to Sell.

Looking for a 4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath House in Upper Arlington 600-700K  NO HOME SALE Contingency and Lender Approved!  Family would love to get in before School STARTS.

 

 

 

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Favorite Event is Coming for HOME IDEAS!

Love viewing new homes…new ideas…thinking of building, renovating, or updating a room…YOU will Enjoy the Parade!  September 2-17 at Cheshire Woods, Berkshire Township, Delaware County.  Hours: Mon-Sat. 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM.  Sun: 11:00- 5:00 PM  (no entry one hour prior to close)  Tickets: $15 per person (children under 12 are free) Parking: $5.00 per vehicle  Enter my drawing and you may be able to attend for free…compliments of Emma Yanok, REMAX Affiliates  One ticket per entry – See entry form BELOW.

I love going to the Parade of HOMES.  George and I found both of our builders and gathered ideas before we built our two  homes in Westerville while attending Parades.  1977 and 1994…..two homes and one husband!  Since then I have enjoyed helping numerous families build a new home.   Many buyers go straight to the builder without a realtor, thinking I can do this myself and save realtor fees.

  • Builders want to keep realtors happy so they will bring more business  to them.
  • Realtors can help build a builder’s reputation (we have many excellent builders) or the opposite.
  • Builders use their own purchase contracts.  It is wise to have a realtor review the purchase contract.  Realtors can look for dates of walkthroughs, warranties, time allowed for changes without cost, etc.  Experience is a great teacher.  Buyers need someone to watch out for their interests.  There are frequent changes in the industry and most buyers don’t build often enough to be aware.
  • It is not easy to build a home…so many choices, so many potential mistakes that may require a change that may require extra cost….get the idea?
  • Buyers are usually busy with work and family.  A realtor can make visits to the construction site to report back to the buyers.
  • Realtors know features that may help add or detract from resale value.
  • Realtors have the opportunity to see many floor plans at different stages before and after the build process is completed.  They understand the process.
  • As far as saving money, the realtor will be paid by the builder after providing knowledge and service OR the builder will add to his profit line.  YOUR CHOICE.

YOU MAY BE THE LUCKY WINNER   One Name per Entry.  Deadline 8/31/17

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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!

THE SECRETS TO SELLING FAST……

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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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.

vino

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.

EXPERIENCES…EXPERIENCES…EXPERIENCES…

 

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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.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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