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My Life as a Realtor – Day 85

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 85:

Wednesday – Realtor Open House Day! Lot’s to do before heading into the office, including working on a new offer.

Today’s Open Houses were great – Carolyn, Eva, Faith and I set out to view our first home in Carmel, NY32 Brookview Drive, Carmel, NY ~ CLICK ~ to view listing sheet.  An absolutely lovely home, with a very talented owner – I felt as though I was walking through an art gallery, viewing beautiful paintings.  What a pleasure to be able to preview it for potential clients!

We moved on to house #2 – in the town of Kent, NY – 4 Mamanasco Road in Kent, NY ~ CLICK ~ to view listing sheet.  This home is an estate – a great buy with lots of potential.  House #3 was in Patterson, NY48 Morningside Dr, Patterson, NY ~ CLICK ~ to view listing sheet.  Another lovely home just waiting for a new homeowner!  And last, but not least, house #4 in Brewster, NY9 Tea House Lane – Brewster, NY ~ CLICK ~ to view listing sheet – This gated home has stunning architectural details throughout!

HPIM1858                                                                     Views in Brewster, NY

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October 19, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, Patterson, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 84

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 84:

It’s Tuesday – kiddies are all back to school after a long weekend.  I have lots to do before my noon’ish appointment with my client.  At the top of my list – price reduction on one of my listings – 150 Pocono Road ~ Brookfield, CT – Reduced to $398,000 ~ CLICK ~ to View Listing Sheet

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I met my client at the office – Century 21 VJF Realty,  and viewed 5 homes in the Carmel/KentBrewster/Patterson area.  One of the homes was a second showing – it has loads of potential!

Picture 357                                                         Lake Carmel – a picture I took last Fall

Did some work – errands – and home to make dinner and tend to the kids – pets and house – and,  very, very grateful that Jonathan’s soccer practice was canceled!  That’s one less thing on my “To Do” list.

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Brookfield, Carmel, Connecticut, Kent, Lake Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 69

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 69:

Appointment today with my client – a NYC Police Officer.  3 homes in Patterson, NY – all in the Putnam Lake area – and 7 homes in the Kent, NY area near Lake Carmel.

SSPX0766                                         View from the front door of one of the homes viewed…

SSPX0750                                                                            Lake Carmel

Phone Pics 111                                                                            Putnam Lake

 

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Carmel, Lake Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, NY, Patterson, Putnam Lake, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 4

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 4:

This morning, after making breakfast – a yummy potato omelet & bacon – and adding a new post to my Blog, cleaned the house, washed some laundry, took care of e-mails – and about 15 other things on my list, my family and I got ready to go to Kent Falls – a State Park in Kent, Connecticut.

004                                               Our first site of Kent Falls from the parking lot

003                                                     Walking with our coolers and picnic items

005                                                                  Walking over the bridge

007                                  Water going under the bridge which comes from the falls

011                                                                     Finally…. the Falls!

We met with my sister Lisa and brother-in-law Richie.  My brother, Louie and sister-in-law came afterwards with the kids – Ana Carolina, Isabella and Matheus.  What a wonderful day we had – eating, taking, hiking up the mountain along side the falls – note to self… wear sneakers next time, not flip flops.    I was so thankful for having cell reception since my phone is my life line to Real Estate – I can talk – text – and e-mail clients – from anywhere, anytime. 

Phone                                                                                      My Instinct

Afterwards, we had a barbecueat my house and after being eaten alive my mosquitoes, we came in for a movieA perfect end to a perfect day – which I must credit my sister Lisa and Richie for since it was their idea.

July 26, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Finding a Good Real Estate Agent

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Finding a good Real Estate Agent can be tricky.  You can start your search on the web, maybe by company – like Century 21, then by state and finally narrowing it to a certain town or area(s) your interested in.  Lets say Putnam County in New York in either Brewster, Patterson, Carmel, Kent, Mahopac, Putnam Valley   –  Century 21 VJF Realty handles all these areas – along with Westchester, Dutchess, Columbia and Ulster counties in New York – and counties through out Connecticut.

After finding a Real Estate office your comfortable with, now you can search for a Realtor – one that suits the needs of their clients, being available evenings, weekends and holidays – a full time agent.  Maybe you prefer someone who has experience, is full of knowledge, energetic, is up on all that is going on in TODAY’S market – including foreclosures, short sales and the explosion of networking with Facebook, Twitter, Active Rain, has a website and/or a Blog!  If not, then at least consider an agent that has a computer at home so they have access to getting  info at all times – and – a cell phone!

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As a Realtor, I have come across agents that DO NOT HAVE A CELL PHONE – or don’t give out their cell phone number – or turn off their phones at 6pm – ??  Others that leave their laptop in the office, therefore not having access to the Multiple Listing Service until they’re back in the office – Mmmm??  In my book, these agents are part timers – not full time agents.  I’m sure they have their reasons, and my guess is it works for them and they’re OK with it.  But, if your not, make sure sure you ask questions BEFORE you set up an appointment to meet and go out with a Realtor.  Ask why they got into Real Estate – because they love looking at houses and they can make their own hours – or – because they are passionate about selling homes, they eat, sleep and dream of Real Estate!  Ask if they would be available when it’s convenient for YOU – what time can you call them until – what areas do they show and sell in.  Also, while getting to know them, see if they seem honest, have a sense of humor, patience and are they LISTENING to you and what YOU need – you’ll appreciate all of these qualities in an agent to get you through the process of buying and/or selling your home which can be one of the most complex and significant financial event in your life!

July 20, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Buyers, Century 21 V.J.F. Realty, Putnam County, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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 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