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My Life as a Realtor – Day 257

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 257:

Easter Sunday!  We went down to my husband’s brother house in Mt.Vernon NY

I spent the entire drive down texting and e-mailing clients – wishing them a Happy Easter!

We ate, and ate, and ate!

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April 12, 2010 Posted by | Life as a Realtor, Mt. Vernon, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Favorite Tune on my I-Pod – The Climb

My I-Pod is filled with so many different tunes.  I have so many favorite songs – from very different artists – styles – and decades.

Here is one by Miley Cyrus – she’s young, but the words in her song sound like years of struggling through life.

“I can almost see it ~ that dream I’m dreaming but ~ there’s  a voice inside my head saying ~ you’ll never reach it ~ Every step I’m taking ~ Every move I make ~ feels, lost with no direction ~ My faith is shaking ~ but I ~ I gotta keep trying ~ gotta keep  my head held high ~ There’s always gonna be another mountain ~ I’m always gonna want to make it move ~ Always gonna be an uphill battle ~ Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose ~ Ain’t about how fast I get there ~ Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side ~ It’s the climb!”

These words motivate me in life ~ as a wife ~ mother ~ and Realtor –

I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head sayin,
You’ll never reach it,
Every step I’m taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Got to keep trying
Got to keep my head held high

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what?s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing,
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes they knock me down but
No I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I,
I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on, cause

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I’m going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

Keep on moving
Keep climbing
Keep the faith baby
It’s all about
It’s all about
The climb
Keep the faith
Keep your faith

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Fun Post, I-Pod, I-Tunes, Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I TWITTER… do you?

OK everyone – I admit it… I twit tweets to my tweeps on TWITTER!  and I LOVE it!twitter

I first started a Twitter account almost 1-1/2 years ago – which is FREE – for networking purposes.  It enabled me to get in touch with other Realtors across the country and read about how they work while assisting buyers and sellers – what sites they found useful – like Active Rain, what cameras they were using – like my wonder FLIP Camera and many other helpful adviceWe share stories of our lives as Realtors both in the office and at home – give advice, support and from time to time  – we “Twit” to vent.  Now my Twitter account has grown to over 1,200 people that are “Following” me and an almost equal amount that I “Follow” – including mortgage brokers, friends, family, News sites, some of my favorite shows and clients!  TWITTER is FANTASTIC!!

You can find me as: DianaSantosC21

July 12, 2009 Posted by | Life as a Realtor, Real Estate, Realtor, Twitter, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Homes Visited During Realtor Open House Day

During this past Wednesdays Realtor Open House Day – Carolyn and I viewed 2 MAGNIFICENT HOMES with AWESOME VIEWS – no wonder why I love my job!

Home with views of the Middle Branch Reservoir

Home with views over moutains and reservoir

 

June 6, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Carmel, Life as a Realtor, NY, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Life as a Realtor – Showing Homes in Dover, Wingdale & Pawling, NY

Oh… what a day this past Sunday.  I was happy that all 3 homes my clients were interested in viewing were all fully available.  I always try to confirm with the listing agent or listing office each of the homes status.  Although it may show “available” on the MLS – Multiple Listing Service – many times, I’ll be told the home has an accepted offer, inspections done and many times – contracts have been signed!   There are many reasons why a listing agent will not change the status from available to accepted offer and then pending.  One reason is… they hope for back up offers.    This is good for the seller – not so good for buyers – especially if I only find this out AFTER viewing the home that now my buyer has some interest in.

all-by-myself-paulio-geordio                                                               Paulio  Geordio – Flickr.com

The first home was in Dover, NY –  WAY off Route 22.  I was on unpaved roads, going up a mountain with twists, turns and lots of mud!  All this to find out that the road leading to the home was closed!  A huge “ROAD CLOSED” sign was up … BUMMER!  – onto the next.

driving-in-mud-nataliemaynor                                                          NatalieMaynor – Flickr.com

Our 2nd home was in Wingdale, NY – a bit further south of Route 22.  This home had peeked interest in my buyer from the first time I e-mailed it to her a few months back – but it had an accepted offer and we were never able to view – until now.  Apparently, the deal fell through.  We turned onto the road of the home and noticed there were mobile homes on both sides of the entire road.  Nice neighborhood, but the home we were viewing was a cape and it stood out like a sore thumb – but there was still some interest.  I rang the bell, as always, then proceeded to retrieve the key from the lockbox.  When I went to open the door, I heard barking… then growling – a low, angry growl.  Now what do I do!!  There is a loose dog.  Thankfully, he was a chihuahua who continued to growl at me the entire time we viewed his“casa”.

                                                               tanakawho – Flickr.comhey-tanakawho

Onto the 3rd, and last home which was also off of Route 22 in the town of Pawling, NY.  This appointment took me 2 days to confirm – the owners and I kept going back and forth until finally all was good to go.  I pull up to the home and realize – I’m late!  Due to all the twits, turns and mountain climbing to get to the first home and fearing for my life in the second home.  Oh well, I will apologize if the owners are home, I thought.  I read my notes – “Lockbox on Back Door“.  So, I walked up to the deck… no lockbox, but there was a note to remove our shoes – so I knew we were at the correct door – but where was the lockbox?  Finally, it was found on the basement door – ???  and we were able to view the home.  Awesome!  Lots of space – first floor – finished lower level – AND an apartment above the garage as well as privacy!!  My buyers expressed interest and I promised to contact the listing agent on my way out.  Which I did…. only to hear, “Diana, forget about this home, it is going to auction on Tuesday.”  GULP!  I felt terrible for the homeowners who were losing their home due to foreclosure AND I felt terrible for my buyers.

a-dream-clairity-with-stars-on-both-ends                                                                   *clairity* – Flickr.com

Just another day in my “Life as a Realtor“… and I love it!

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Clutter Free Home

Whether your home is currently on the market – or your thinking of selling your home – or have no plans for selling at all – Living in a Clutter Free Home is wonderful!  Less Mess… equals Less Stress!

neat-room-supershoppertoo                                                     supershoppertoo – Flickr.com

When my 5 kids were little, and mornings getting ready for school could get crazy.  If you have children – 1 child – or maybe just yourself to get together in the am – being organized was and is key to having enough time for a good breakfast, no need for shouting and stressing and things going as smoothly as possible!  Everyone wondered why I had so much patience.  Alot came from again, being neat, organized and clutter free.  Just think how upset one gets when you can’t find your car keys – or your left shoe!  If everything gets put in their place, this could be avoided.

neat-drawer-mickelodeon                                                      Mickelodeon – Flickr.com

Even now, with my kids being 20, 18, 16, 15 and 13 years old, I insist on that way of life.  I think it’s great that they’re able to get up, have their clothes picked out from the night before, everything needed to get ready is at their fingertips so no time is wasted – and rather spend that time to eat well, grab their lunch – which is always made the night before – and be able to run off to school on time. OK – I admit, with teenagers, it doesn’t ALWAYS work so smoothly!

This works well with my life as a Realtor – having my electronic keys updated, my appointments made, listings printed out – one copy for me and one for my clients, gas in my car, addressed inputted into my GPS, I-Pod ALWAYS in my purse to be able to connect to my car – along with my camera and Flip video camera, and last – but not least – my cell phone and back up battery always charged.  Even if a client calls and asks to view a house in – an hour – I can usually always make it work – since most of the above has been done!  Keeping organized – keeps me sane.  And knowing that there are always days that things can’t and don’t seem to run smoothly is also important.  

neat-kitchen-supershoppertoo                                                 supershoppertoo – Flickr.com

During my appointments, viewing homes with clients, many can see past the dirty dishes in the sink, the pile of smelly shoes near the front door, the dead fish floating in the fish tank – but some simply can not see past all of this!  It is an instant turn off and with sooo many homes on the market, they simply want to move onto the next!  And I can’t blame them since I can’t help but think that if the homeowners can’t keep up with the laundry and make the beds, then I wonder if they’ve had the time or responsibility to service their furnace yearly, have the septic pumped every 2 or 3 years or fix a leaky pipe asap??

clutter-joe-shlabotnik                                     Joe Shlabotnik – Flickr.com

The easiest way to get started on getting organized is to pick a day – any day – whether it’s when the kids are at school and your home alone – or when the kids are home and you have them help.  Make a LIST – Tackle ONE ROOM AT A TIME – Have REWARDS for you and anyone that helps.  For me, I would say that after I’m all done cleaning out the garage, I will NOT be making dinner – Pizza for all and a glass of wine for me!  To get the kids to help, say after they’re done helping, they can pick what’s for dinner – or what movie to rent – or – you can take them to the mall for a TREAT!  And don’t forget to stay hydrated, take snack breaks to refuel, play some hoping music to get you going and have fun!

Also watch a video from

dinner-wine-glass-window                                    glass window – Flickr.com

For someone selling their home, think of how easy it will be if you get a last minute call for a viewing – or an unexpected guest comes over – or you get sick and family or friends come to help – how do you explain the moldy containers in the fridge – the 9 piles of laundry – the empty cupboards since no dishes have been done!  Yes – this is a bit much, but I have seen this!  No one is perfect – but there is always room for improvement.  Please keep in mind that stress can lead to numerous health issues with your heart, immune system, weight gain…

January 17, 2009 Posted by | HGTV, Home, Life as a Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – Clouds

cloud-reflection-aussiegall                                  aussiegall – Flickr.com                                        “Cloud Reflection”

littlehouse-onthe-hillside-ichaz                                  iChaz – Flickr.com                            “Storm Clouds on the Prairie”

 For this Fridays Flickr Foto Fun Day – I have chosen a few pics of CLOUDS – in respect to all the snow and ice storms we’ve had – and another is due tomorrow!

clouds-meanest-indian                                                 Meanest Indian – Flickr.com        “Fluffy Clouds”

rainbow-cloud-linhngan                                  linhngan– Flickr.com                           “Rainbow Cloud”

night-sky-nagy-david

                                 Nagy David – Flickr.com                           “Night Clouds”

As a Realtor, I have had the pleasure viewing homes throughout New York and Connecticut – and viewing many different CLOUDS– Fluffy, See-Thru, Storm, Scattered and Scary clouds!  Hope you enjoy these wonderful photos taken by some very talented photographers and posted on Flickr.com

January 9, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, Life as a Realtor, NY, Realtor, Snow, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

American Towns – Brewster & New Fairfield

My American Towns are New Fairfield, CT – where my husband and I live and are raising our 5 children – and – Brewster, NY – where I happily work as a REALTOR  for  Century 21 V.J.F. Realty.  I am licensed in both states and show homes in 5 counties throughout those states.  For information in and around these areas, AmericanTowns.com has some great info:

Candlewood Lake – New Fairfield, Danbury, Brookfield, Sherman & New Milford, CTpicture-245

For in and around Danbury, CT – which will include New Fairfield click here: AmericanTowns.com – CT

picture-032Brewster, NY – Milltown Road

For in and around Brewster, NY – click here: AmericanTowns.com – NY

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

December 8, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Brookfield, Candlewood Lake, Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, Connecticut, Danbury, Life as a Realtor, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sherman, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Day

turkey-jslanderjslander – Flickr.com

Oh My!  It’s almost Thanksgiving Day – and I’m still looking at different recipes and ideas – always wanting to surprise my guests

thanksgiving-carbonnycCarbonNYC – Flickr.com

Of course – The Food Network is my FAVORITE!

Between working with all my clients – approximately 8 to 10 hours a day on the computer– along with appointments viewing homes and being in the office – AND let’s not forget the family!– 5 kids and my hubby – which equals to many beds to be made – 4 to 6 loads of laundry a day – dinner EVERY night as a family and constantly cleaning, dusting and picking up after everyone – including Tisha – our dog, Moe – our cat, Chico, Cha-Cha and Fofita our Cockatiels and all the fish! Whew!  I will squeeze in my baking, cooking and preparing for Thanksgiving Day with pleasure!

I will be stirring…cake-mix

and baking…

baking-an-apple-pie-benimotobenimoto – Flickr.com

and preparing…

dicing-and-slicing-peterastnpeterastn – Flickr.com

and I will be drinking lots of coffee!

coffee-peterastnpeterastn – Flickr.com

Off to an appointment – the supermarket for the 5th time this week! and a few more errands… HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY EVE TO ALL!!

November 26, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Home, Life as a Realtor, Realtor, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SLEEPLESS IN REAL ESTATE!

I can’t believe it’s July already!  I have been extremely busy …. getting about 6 hours of sleep a day …. and LOVING IT!!

The other day, I came down to get a cup of coffee, half asleep, I looked over and said “Good Morning” to our 2 Cockatiels, Chico and Cha-Cha.  Although, this morning I thought I saw 3 birds and said to myself,  I’d better start getting more sleep soon since I’m now starting to see things!

I had my coffee, watched “Good Morning America”, updated my Tweets on “Twitter” – which is people from all over, lots Realtors who share lots of informative info about the market, new technology and lots of personal stories in the business along with much needed support and networking. 

                                                                     

After doing some work, I started to make my way back upstairs and once again, I noticed 3 birds!!  I stood there …. blinked …. still 3 birds instead of 2! 

I decided to open the cage door to see if it, the 3rd bird, would move. It sure did – it tried biting me!  I quickly called my husband to see if he had any idea why we had an extra bird.  He laughed, HA! HA! – NOT funny I thought. 

He explained that after working a double shift last night,  he brought her home while I was in the shower.  Not having much sleep himself, he completely forgot to tell me and left again early in the morning  – “SURPRISE” – he said!

 Her name is Fufita and she still tries to bite me, but Chico and Cha-Cha love her!  AND I’m still not getting enough sleep… and LOVING IT!!

 

Many THANKS to GOOGLE IMAGERY for some of these photos!

July 3, 2008 Posted by | Fun Post, Life as a Realtor, Real Estate, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

LIFE AS A REALTOR – Realtor Open House Day (2)

On Wednesday, it was Realtor Open House Day again here in Putnam County!  An associate of mine, Carolyn Wachter and I, set out for our visits to our offices new listings as well as others.

It was a beautiful day, and the first home on our agenda was in Kent, NY – moving on to a new 55 and Better community, currently in construction in Carmel, NY and then – without even knowing – we made our way to Patterson, NY to view an older home – which is always at the top of our must see list.

The Federal Style House, built in 1795, is owned by an Academy Award Winning Actor.  The wide-plank floor boards, the numerous fireplaces, the architect throughout the home was mesmerizing.  I always find myself wondering what it must have been like living here over 100 years ago – no electric, running water, telephone – no television!

In the Patterson Historical Society Book, where this home is featured, Carolyn read that a previous owner would bring her cow into her room at night to sleep.  I couldn’t help but think, “If These Walls Could Talk”. 

The listing agent took us on a tour of the home from top to bottom and into the barn-turned-guest-house overlooking the 41 plus acres estate – BEAUTIFUL!

Oh, and I was also able to view “The Oscar” sitting in the corner of a room – the cherry on top of a perfect day – my day… in the Life as a Realtor.

oscar

 WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

April 18, 2008 Posted by | Carmel, Kent, Life as a Realtor, NY, Patterson, Realtor Open House | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rain, Rain Go Away …

I know it’s SPRING and “Spring Showers Bring May Flowers” – AND we need the rain to help our landscape turn “GREEN” – AND the rain helps to wash away the last traces of winter – like all the sand on the side of the road – AND of course I know how important the rain is for our reservoirs, rivers and streams.

Although, the rain – I must admit, is the only part of Spring that I’m not very fond of.  Why?

Getting soaked to the bone while watching your child’s soccer game isn’t fun.  Especially since most all sports are played on Turf Fields here in New Fairfield, CT.  Therefore, a game DOES NOT get canceled unless there is lightening!  So, even all geared up with an umbrella, raincoat and boots doesn’t make a difference since the wind blows the rain every which way.

My almost daily trips to the supermarket, yes – daily! I have 5 kids – many times to  SHAW’S, can become a battle of trying to make it to your car and get you and your groceries in before getting drenched! Ha! Never happens for me! I always seem to misplace my keys – forgetting that I purposely put them in my pocket instead of my purse so I could pull them out quicker.  Once I find them, I seem to forget how to open the trunk?? Turn to the left – no it’s the right! NO it was the left and now I’ve locked it again!

                                                                                 

And my other rain complain – showing homes when it’s pouring out.  It’s difficult taking in the outside of a home when your rushing to get in – hoping that your clients will be considerate and wipe their feet – and hoping that if they do decide to venture out onto the deck or yard, it’s AFTER they’ve viewing the rooms with the cream colored carpeting. I’ve found myself many times cleaning up behind them, trying to leave the home as it was. 

Although,  as my mother always says, look for the good in a bad situation“.  The GOOD in House Hunting in the rain is we can see if the home has any water issues – leaking roof, puddle in the basement or any other water damage or moisture.

So if it’s raining out – no problem!  I just hope to remember to wear my waterproof mascara next time!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY for most of these photos!

April 13, 2008 Posted by | Life as a Realtor, Spring | , , , , , | 2 Comments

LIFE AS A REALTOR – Realtor Open House Day

Theraputic Horse FacilityEvery Wednesday is Realtor Open House Day here in Putnam County, New York.  As a Realtor, Open House day is informative and fun!  We view new listings and meet each listing agent.  We also have the opportunity to get to know the area the home is located in and network with other agents.

Viewing my office’s own listings is important for us to be prepared for buyer calls.  It is impossible for a listing agent to input every bit of information about a home into the listing sheet.  Therefore, the listing agent shows us around, pointing out updates and facts about the home.  This also helps if your an agent searching for a buyer who is viewing homes on line, viewing photos is never the same as actually being in the home – especially if there are little or bad photos! 

Agents will host their Realtor Open House by serving lunch, dessert or give a bottle of wine.  They also pass out a listing sheet on the property and answer any questions that we may have.

On our last Open House day, we had beautiful weather and I was able to take of few photos on our journey from one house to another.  This photo was taken at Pegasus Farm – a Therapeutic Horse Facility in Brewster, NY.  The other Realtors watched – and laughed –  from the car as I attempted to take this photo – this cutie was very big and very intimidating!

April 11, 2008 Posted by | Brewster, Life as a Realtor, Realtor Open House | , , , , , , | Leave a comment