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    What This Realtor Really Thinks!


    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 . . .

    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.

    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!


    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!

    WINTER (reflection)

    We've had a dreadful winter! Perhaps I'm being warned of what my New York winters will be like in the future (as if I don't remember!

    Yesterday, someone said to me, "you must love your work?"
    I answered, yes I do, but it took some sorting. I shared how much we have to push aside to feel ok handling disappointments, as almost always, someONE is losing; sorting tensions from all sides and the unknown which creeps in as closings inch into place. Overcoming unkindnesses thrown at us, sometimes intentionally is the toughest part. And then, to remember kindness is our best choice no matter the circumstance. Developing this simple practice is what brings about the pleasure we find in continuing this tough career path.

    Charles Blow wrote this after Mandela died this year and I kept the words to share:
    "I like to think of it the way Zora Neale Hurston once put it: “Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” The person consumed by discrimination morally subjugates himself or herself, as a matter of principle, to the person free of it, leaving the person free of it with the moral high ground. Demonstrating kindness to those who have treated you cruelly is an act of moral supremacy. It is the most powerful of human exercises, because in so doing, you conquer the self and diminish your enemy."

    “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
    Charles Blow (a lesson before dying - after Mandela's death) NY Times 2013