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Football Food from Rachael Ray

Football Food from Rachael Ray…

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                                                                 scaredy_kat – Flickr.com

Even though I am not a big sports fan – I am looking forward to the Super Bowl!

 

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January 31, 2010 Posted by | Rachael Ray, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 191

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 191:

Thursday….

Worked from home – Remi loves following me around.  Here, he beat me to the bottom of the steps…

Remi was staring at the snow – an unexpected storm had blown in and dumped a few inches…

Schools were dissmissed early and after the snow ended, Ma and I went to Macy’s to return a few items in the shoe department…

Then back home to find David making dinner again – Ma and I are getting spoiled!

January 31, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 190

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 190:

Wednesday!  Stopped by the office, then a trip to the bank and A&P in Brewster, NY.  I couldn’t believe how many seagulls there was in the parking lot…

 Then Ma and I grabbed some lunch and it was back home to get some work done before my meeting with Network for Free.  This evening, we had a Speed Networking event in Danbury, CT.  We grouped into two’s – had a few minutes to exchange business cards and discuss what we did.  I met a fellow Realtor, some Tech and Marketing people, an Antique Restorations person and many more!  During this time, we were taken aside and given a few minutes to shoot a video with Mike Evans  – Digital Video Productionsand discuss what we do and offer to the public. I can’t wait to see mine to see if what I asked for was done – take 10 pounds and 10 years off my appearance – LOL!

               Leader of our group – Scott Blanchard – Loan Officer – Mortgage Force Newtown, CT 

The event was held at PES – Plaza Executive Suites and what a wonderful evening it was!

January 31, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Network for Free, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 189

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 189:

Busy with e-mails and phone calls today.  After some on-line work, my mother and I went shopping – a quick trip to take photos for a client in New Fairfield

Then purchased some wood pellets at Dom’s Garden Center

After going to Burlington Coat Factory, we did some grocery shopping at A&P in Danbury

Then, back home and back to work!

January 30, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips for Settling Into Your New Home

From HGTV’s FrontDoor.com – 10 Tips for Settling Into Your New Home…

 

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January 30, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Front Door, HGTV, Home, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 188

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 188:

Quiet day today after a busy day yesterday.  Did some work from home –  I am always trying to catch up which is not always easy with all the distractions I have at home.  Here is Moe goofing around – he was trying to hide from Remi…

Although Remi always knows where Moe is since he tends to sleep with one eye open…

And then there was Tisha – who decided to bother Cha-Cha…

Even with all my distractions, I love working from home – especially days like today.  It poured all day long!  Here is our stream – which was overflowing in the back yard…

January 29, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rachael Ray – Top 10 Recipes of the Year

Rachael Ray – Top 10 Recipes of the Year…

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I can’t pick a favorite – they all look delicious!

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Rachael Ray, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 187

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 187:

A great Busy – Busy day! In the morning, I headed into the office to wait for my first appointment to show my listing in Brewster, NY

My 2nd/3rd and 4th clients were viewing all in New Fairfield, CTOf which one was my other listing in New Fairfield

A misty rain the entire day, but not cold – which made for easy showings and better commutes for all my clients!

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Brewster, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inexpensive Ways to Wow Buyers

If your looking to put your home on the market, here are some great tips from Realtor Magazine ~

10 Inexpensive Ways to Wow Buyers…

Daily Real Estate News  |  January 26, 2010

Ten Inexpensive Ways to Wow Buyers
Now is the time for home owners contemplating a spring sale to spruce up their properties in anticipation of what Mike Larson of Weiss Research calls a potentially vibrant home-selling season. “If you have been beating your head against a wall, this is going to feel a lot better,” he jokes.

Here are 10 cheap ways to make a property more attractive to shoppers.

  1. Improve first impressions. Touch up the paint on the front door and other areas that buyers see first.
  2. Clean up the landscaping. Trim the hedges and trees and plant some annuals in the flowerbeds.
  3. Paint the interior. A coat of light yellow or cream with contrasting white woodwork looks fresh and clean.
  4. Refurbish the floors. Buff the hardwoods. Install new carpets – or at least get them professionally cleaned.
  5. Take care of the big problems. If the house needs a roof or the front stoop is crumbling, get them fixed.
  6. Buy warranties. Putting appliances under warranty gives homebuyers a secure feeling.
  7. Improve energy efficiency. New windows or improved insulation tell a potential buyer the seller is on top of things plus they come with tax benefits.
  8. Replace light fixtures. Updated fixtures, especially at the entrance way and in the foyer, create a good first impression.
  9. Buy a stove. Home owners whose kitchen isn’t top of the line can jazz it up for a few hundred dollars by buying a new stove, which gives the room a fresh feel.
  10. Tidy up the bathrooms. Get rid of mildew, replace caulking and replace stained sinks.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, Luke Mullins (01/21/2010)

 

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

A Funny Realtor Video on You Tube

I was researching some Realtor Videos on You Tube and came across this video that both shocked and had me cracking up…

I can 110% GUARANTEE that I am nothing like this Realtor!! LOL!

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post, Realtor, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , | Leave a comment

Pre-Game Kickoff from Food Network

Pre-Game Kickoff Prep Ideas from Food Network and Sunny’s Super Bowl Party

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January 26, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 186

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 186:

It’s Saturday – no appointments,  but much to do to prepare for tomorrow.  Did as much as I could before having to go to Enterprise Car Rental in Danbury, CT to renew our rental contract for our little Toyota Yaris.

                                                     and of course the radio station is on Z-100

Flew back home to have a quick bite to eat – and then went back out with my Mom and sister Lisa…

We shopped at Marshalls

Then Walmart

Another quick stop at Bed Bath & Beyond and Shop Rite.

Then it was back home to finish setting up all my appointments for tomorrow.

January 26, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 185

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 185:

Yahoo!  It’s Friday!!

Started the day with a morning appointment in Danbury CT – a townhouse in the Lakewood complex – a great unit with lots of room right on the Danbury/New Fairfield border.  There are no interior photos of this unit, so I will so my best to give you a tourpicture a walk-up unit – eliminating anyone above you possibly making noise – walk into a spacious Living Room with Fireplace, Balcony and Vaulted Ceilings – Lead into the Kitchen with Breakfast Bar, pantry and Dinning Room with views of the woods – also, one of the 3 bedrooms in on this level – which has been converted into a study with shelving on all four walls – lastly, 1/2 a bath.  Moving on up to the 2nd floor to 2 Bedrooms and a Full Bath.  This unit also includes a garage!

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From the Lakewood complex, my client and I headed to view 4 more townhouses in the Shepherd Hill complex – which is a hop and a skip from I-84.  I always enjoy viewing identical models – but all so different with each owners choices in flooring, paint, furniture,…

Afterwards, I had a quick lunch at home and went to the office until my afternoon appointment – a home in Patterson, NY.   After my client left, I went to pre-view a neighborhood in Quail Ridge – also in Patterson

On my way home, I added more listing sheets to the brochure box outside, in front of one of my listings

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Before dinner, I decided to try something out.  I had read that to take a great exterior photo of a home, wait 1/2 an hour after sunset,  turn on all the lights of the windows that will be photographed – and snap a picture

Well, I’m going to try this again.  This time I have to turn on the lights in 4 other areas of the house.

After dinner, it was Bunco in New Fairfield!

January 26, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 184

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 184:

No appointments today, so what do you think my mother and I did?  We went shopping!  She will be going back to Portugal the end of March and she will not leave without taking a gift for everyone… and I mean everyone!

So, to Costco – then Michaels and our last stop was TJ Maxx.  But first, I treated Ma to lunch – Chinese – one of our favorites!  All conveniently located in Danbury, CT.

We love, love, LOVE Chinese food!

January 25, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Almond Chicken from Kraftfoods

Almond Chicken from Kraftfoods…

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January 22, 2010 Posted by | Kraft Foods, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 183

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 183:

The days are flying by – appointments on my listings continue – thankfully.  Today, Ma and I were back out shopping – we first went to A&P in Danbury

Then I stopped at Dom’s Garden Center to pick up pellets – then it was back homedinner – and work, work, work!

January 22, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Healthy Breakfast Ideas from Food Network

Healthy Breakfast Ideas from Food Network…

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January 21, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 182

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 182:

CLOSING DAY!  My clients have a big day today – they are closing on their first home in Brewster, NY

But first, I have a lovely Doctors appointment that I must attend also in Brewster.

Here is my view of the ceiling while I was waiting for the Doc to come in…

Then – my fear and worry of being at the doctors office changed to full excitment for my wonderful – and I really mean wonderful – clients.  Here I am at the closing in Mr. Hogan’s office in Brewster…

January 21, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Stew Leonard’s Salisbury Steak

Stew Leonard’s Salisbury Steak Recipe…

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January 20, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 181

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 181:

Monday!  Happy Martin Luther King Day – Kids are happily home from school. 

Lot’s of reading today about the marketall signs are pointing upward!  E-mailed clients – wrote a few blog posts – and searched new and reduced listings in both New York and Connecticut.

My niece, Jennifer, came over for dinner and we discussed the possibility of purchasing a co-op in White Plains.

After dinner, I made a quick trip to Shaws

Then it was back home and back to work!

January 20, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 180

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 180:

Sunday – Public Open House Day for my Listing

                                                Summer Views of Ball Pond from Dinning Room

                              2A Hudson Drive – New Fairfield, CT 

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                                                Winter Views of Ball Pond from Dinning Room

The day started out cloudy, but not too cold.  I met a few very nice couples that came to view this adorable home.  By the time I left, 3 hours later, it was snowing.

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Ball Pond, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Shrimp Scampi from Food Network

Shrimp Scampi from Food Network

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January 19, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 179

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 179:

It’s Saturday – no appointments, so after some on-line work, Ma and I went shopping.  First we went to Marshalls in Danbury, CT

Then we had a quick lunch and we stopped at A&P also in Danbury – which currently have some awesome sales

Then it was back home – dinner – a movie – and work until the wee hours!

January 19, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spaghetti Carbonara From Food Network

Yum!  Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe from Food Network…

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January 18, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Game Day Snacks from Food Network

                                                           Anderson Mancini – Flickr.com

Game Day Snacks from Food Network…

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                                                     permanently scatterbrained – Flickr.com

Check out Food Network for more recipes and enjoy Game Day!

                                                                     ilovemypit – Flickr.com

January 18, 2010 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 178

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 178:

Looks as though the market is beginning to pick up now after the holidays.  I have a few scheduled appointments with my listings and have noticed more activity in viewings on Listing Book in New York and especially with my listings in Connecticut.  This makes me smile – along with today being Friday!!

Did a few errands – then worked from home.  My poor laptop never gets a break.  While at home, I took a few pics of our pets playing around at home

Moe hiding at the top of the stairs leading to Melissa’s room. As I walked by, he tried swiping at my head.  For some reason Remi is afraid to climb up…

So he hangs out and waits for Moe to come down so he can chase him around the entire house…

Tisha preferred to hang out with me while I made my bed.  She wants nothing to do with Remi and Moe’s cat and dog game.

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Listing Book, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home Improvements with FrontDoor

Home Improvements with HGTV’s FrontDoor – Get the most out of your improvements starting with the Kitchen…

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                                           Dru Bloomfield – At Home in Scottsdale – Flickr.com

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Front Door, Home, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 177

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 177:

Today I was able to get some work accomplished before heading out.  Our first stop was A&P in Brewster, NY

                                                           My mom pushing the cart

Then a quick stop at Brewster Liquors for some Portuguese wine

                                    Terra dos Lobo – Red Wine (Translation – Land of the Wolves)

We enjoyed some Chinese Food for lunch – then went to one of our favorite stores – HomeGoods – and a quick stop at Walmart in Danbury, CT.

                                                                                                HomeGoods

A nice day, spent with my mom – then it was back home and back to work.

January 17, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open House – 2A Hudson Dr – New Fairfield, CT

OPEN HOUSE – SUNDAY 1/17 – 12 to 3pm

2A Hudson Drive ~ New Fairfield ~ CT ~ Listed for $299,999

                ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  CLICK Here to View Listing Sheet  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Join me and view this wonderful home in New Fairfield

Just across from Ball Pond…

Hope to see you there!

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Connecticut, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 176

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 176:

It’s Wednesday – Court day for my oldest – Melissa – in Bridgeport, CT

Melissa had a car accident during a nor’easter – going down a hill, she skidded and her tire came off – !!! – and ended up under her car.  No damage to anything – or anyone Thank God.  She was very shaken up – and to add to her nerves, a police officer gave her a ticket!  He said no matter how slow she was going – it wasn’t slow enough.

We left home at 7:45 for 9am court time – we waited on a very long line until it was time to see a court rep.  We chatted with another mother and daughter and found out that her daughter had been cut off and ended up hitting a guard rail.  A good samaritan called the police – an officer arrived and also gave her a ticket!!  What the heck!  When it was finally Melissa’s turn to be seen, she was told to come back in a months time with proof that she had insurance on the date of the accident!  That was also the reason the mother and daughter were there, she too had been told to came back to show proof of insurance – very frustrating!

We took our time driving home – I made a few phone calls – we stopped at Dunkin Donuts – I had Melissa text a few people since I was driving – and then we had lunch.  Afterwards, I met clients at a home in New Fairfield, CT .  Here I am on my way to the home…

 About 10 minutes after arriving home, the Sears repair man arrived to fix my washer – Yeah!  It took him about 10 minutes – unbelievable!

January 17, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment