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    What This Realtor Really Thinks!


    Still got it . . . via those I love

    I'm now in NY and he's still pounding the pavement, the phones in Louisville and people love him. I did. I do. We've stayed in touch and he knows I miss not a minute of the work itself, but I do get sentimental when I think of those I believed in rising to their own heights; gives me literal chills. Greg rose. Battling a hundred instincts to make change, Greg has eased up to do what brings out the best of himself, he just gives. And gives and gives. After so many years together, lunches at the corner where we would strategize and yes, grumble, even wish ill upon, well, stop - we went high. Greg became his own business with good help, became President of the Board, 4,000+ agents and then, then!!! REALTOR OF THE YEAR. I could not be more proud. Love this picture of him, years ago, relaxed, one of the guys and I hope maybe understanding, all eyes were on him. love ya Greggy, so much. Come to NY soon.

    Good Agents, All Shapes & Colors 

    Lately I've been lucky to place several referrals with agents I'm so proud to recommend. Performance third party is not easy and to extend care to an agent in another state while providing care to a client or customer as if they were one's own? This is one action within the industry that I believe allows me real pride in my profession. Thanks so much to Anja, Geri and my own Greg for the extra time, care and good negotiation on behalf of my people. I'm a full blown peony myself with a slight tendency to become a thistle.

    Politics affect my work, past and present

    Reading the New York Times this morning, I noticed an OpEd written by a Congressman from the section of NY where I spent most of my life, working, selling real estate and raising my children. Old Republican thinking dominated that area - I watched successful young businessMEN hired by large companies, Corning, Kodak, Dresser, literally change their voter status in order to be accepted. The corridor from the border at Pennsylvania to Lewis County in the north (straight up through Rochester, Buffalo) falters, fails, suffers. Sporting cultural problems as well as geographic difficulty, the area remains "parented" by Republican leadership. So ridiculously sad. Here's the article written by Congressman Chris Collins - who was then cremated by NYTimes readers, including me: My comment published this morning: jude Fishkill, New York 25 minutes ago The readers of the New York Times represent not only the best minds in the city, but the best readers in the country. Did you notice, Mr. Collins, that not one reader/commenter (hopefully you follow your writing follow up?) NOT ONE, agreed with your thinking. Then we notice you are a Congressman from an area of the state that suffers in so many ways from Republican lack of concern, and leadership . . . suffers from obstruction. And you assert Donald Trump will care about UPstate NY! Astounding. Do some homework.

    New York Ways

    I've been following the best idea I've seen on Social Media (facebook +), by super agent Eileen McGrath (yep, family) locally using where she lives as "advertising". Logging day by day in numbers, photos of local interest, she's sure to draw a buyer in this effort. After spotting a good looking reason to be here, she takes the shot, hashtags it up and voila! It works. Need to send this back to my Louisville friends . . . those who are good at what they do!

    Great effort Eileen McGrath! Broker with Douglas Elliman in Westchester . . . Katonah is lucky to have her focus! Here's a link to her facebook post:


    In real estate, there may not be anything more impressive than an auction that works well. That would be what is called an ABSOLUTE auction where the bidders force the price above the appraised value and reward the seller with a price beyond what was expected followed by a payout which eliminates any further responsibility. It's quite thrilling. The most visible example of how finely this might be done is a Sotheby's effort, an indoor sale. In real estate both indoor and outdoor gavel pounding results occur.

    I write as the part seldom apparent MUST be explained to the owner of property by the Auctioneer hired, contracts are then signed binding both parties. The most freeing method for the Auctioneer is for the seller to sign and step aside from all activity. From the first moment until the check is in hand at the end? I say Ha! Most sellers care too much for their asset to allow such freedom, but some auctioneers say what they must to keep the seller at bay and out of the way. Alarmingly, the risk is then managed in a one sided affair, costs kept to a minimum to the full advantage of the agent charging 10 to 12% with owner paying for extras? Often teams of workers are promised, when only one shows up, advertising promised and only a sign is used and the internet exchange, all efforts going to the "day of". When it works - it's grand, when it doesn't, the Auctioneer is exposed, somewhat liable, and a few -- don't care, get away with the effort, are paid in spite of anything less than best that has occurred.

    Lesson to owners - stay involved, demand presence and accountability, repeat what was promised, run your own position to the max and be proud of your ability to do so. Most importantly, pay attention to the timeline and if anything less than the contract and verbal promises begins to occur, remember you have the right to fire the agent - maintain that from the start within the contract! You have the responsibility beyond ownership to know, to watch, to keep the faith. Bring your own GAVEL!