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    What This Realtor Really Thinks!

    Friday
    Jan092015

    AS THE SNOW FLIES

    So much to be passed on while observing NY Real Estate Sales. First, no one stops working as the snow flies! Feed the birds, plow the drive and go! Not working has led to a new kind of contribution as I keep my fingers in the pie back home. Five to six new agents have joined and I relish the phone calls from my old office as they rope a new one. So proud of the continued effort to reach the goal of 100 agents. I'm focused on the recruiting calendar and schedule with some new marketing ideas - prodding in a way to remind everyone of the importance in retention. Good friends, all of them.

    Greg thrives and laughs at me when I tell him how odd it feels not to be on call, not to have triple booked myself for an afternoon except in minutae here, or Jack time. Greg is young and has the keen sense of the running back he was in college; still. It will be an interesting year for him as he's going to be President of the Board of Realtors while listing/selling and growing the team. I'm grateful to have him. Learning through the family company locally is valuable to share - nothing more important than appraisal in our business. Don is a Master with wisdom to spare. It was good to talk family interests with Jordan over Christmas. The surrounding counties here brimming in value. All good for the start of 2015.
    Sunday
    Nov232014

    All In !!

    At last, several months later, following the sale in Louisville and a late closing here in NY, we are in our new house in Fishkill Woods. I keep pinching myself that it all actually occurred. There were some extremely tense moments as with any move and I think, because I wanted this last move (and we say - NO MORE) so badly, I probably felt it more deeply than was necessary. Found this quote about fear yesterday . . . and sent it to my Jordan (who sells as I have done throughout my career); we know the risks and rewards of a commissioned income life! Here's to the fortitude of good salespeople!

    ​"In portaging from one river to another, Wabanakis (A confederation of Algonquin and others - Maine and north) had to carry their canoes and all other possessions. Everyone knew the value of traveling light and understood that it required leaving some things behind. Nothing encumbered movement more than fear, which was often the most difficult burden to surrender."

    Bunny McBride, Women of the Dawn . . .
    Sunday
    Aug032014

    My last sale, my own!

    So tomorrow is the last transaction at which I will sit, participate! The sale and closing of my own beautiful house with buyers who seem to want to be here as much as I did when I purchased. Every buyer is different, every family has their own album of history. Selling to Louisvillians who've never lived anywhere else is somehow appropriate - rather than to a transient flyer such as we have become, it seems right to sell to the "most likely buyer" chiming in with what we practice in this business each day. We knew they would be our age or older and likely for cash - both true; the good news is the market is up considerably and I've gained more than I expected and am extremely grateful for that as it helps entering NY again where taxes are so much higher.

    To all the agents I leave behind in the wake we've shared - I wish the best of luck selling, especially a treasured few and to the Management Team I've been a part of, I sincerely hope others will recognize the value of having such caring Broker/Owners willing to provide a leg up to success by the way they run the office. I've sold my own and only one day in the MLS system as the buyers came from the previous OPEN House (just as I sold Steuben Street in Corning). Seems to be a way with me. OPEN SUCCESS! Just wish I were closing with my law office, not - don't usually lose control of such choices, but my buyer ruled. Should be fine. I was looking forward to that PayDay candy bar from Dennis, Linda and Russell. Sure have worked with some fine fine people, and for all the easy going ways, and manners galore, I'll look back, I will.
    Saturday
    Jul052014

    Only weeks left for work!

    Only a few more Xs on the calendar and we'll wrap up duties for my teaching, listing, selling and management responsibilities. Can't thank Joe, Kelly, Judy enough for the experience they've provided me at Associates to lead amongst such agents in a big and successful office. I'll be able to use that platform as I return to NY brokerage! Now to list and sell the last of my inventory; one more beauty to close other than my own. It's a wrap Louisville, you've been grand for my bio, filling in spaces for family and duty, now giving way once again for adventure in the north. Loved ya all!
    Friday
    Apr112014

    CHANGE IS COMING!

    These words seem to be the mantra at the start of each day, be it a need to accomplish 20 things or to be still. With a planned move to NY now set for July, I have months to finish up my real estate work for Associates whom I have loved (all of them) and for my own ten year business of sales. Lots going on and I'm grateful for every contact, every relationship.My goal in exiting is to leave the office with a slate of work to be continued and for someone with some enthusiasm for the detail to step into my role of showing our agents work and enticing others with a yearning for growth while working shoulder to shoulder with the best in our city.

    Shouldn't be too hard to do, but will be more than hard to say goodbye!