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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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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Spring in OHIO in FEB????? Can I Build this?

Protected Teak Work Table

This is from TERRAIN … one of my favorite places.  I like the space but really is pretty ordinary?  How difficult can this be with repurposed wood?


My make shift table/? on our deck is slowly falling apart…It is an old school lab table found at the Flea market with a shelf from another old display piece from an antique store… So where should I go to find a replacement…


Habitat for Humanity…Springfield Flea Market Extravaganza is in May?  The search is the most fun.

SPEAKING of SEARCHING…I am searching for LISTINGS!  CRAZY time to Sell.  And where will I move after my house is sold is a common question.  There are several options: 1.  Rent back from the new owner until you find suitable housing  2.  Write the contract contingent on seller finding housing.  3.  Move in with family…it can be a solution?  4.  Start looking as soon as you list your property.  Some sellers will take your offer contingent on the sale of you property but you at least have to already have your property listed on the market.  As my mother…yes, my mother always says…”Where there is a will, there is a way!”  Contact me, I would love to work with you.



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SATURDAY SCHOOL…Can be informative and FUN!

Getting ready to buy a property…your first, downsize, vacation…Come to my HOME BUYING 101 class this Saturday, 2/18/17.  Class starts at 9:00 AM at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave, Westerville, Ohio 43081  (614-901-6500)  Stop in at the desk to register and get room assignment.  Drop ins are welcome.  One hour class with independent study if you need it.

If you ever took any of my classes, I do make learning fun!


TRUST me you need to be ready to go if you are thinking of buying in this market.

The inventory is LOW, homebuilders are still getting back to faster production BUT the interest rate is still low.



Contact me to get your PRODUCT rolling to MARKET.



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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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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…


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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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