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My Life as a Realtor – Day 54

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 54:

Sunday!  Public Open House Day on my listing in New Fairfield, CT – Stopped at Shaw’s to pick up my Black & Gold Balloons…

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                                                  ********CLICK to View Listing Sheet*********

Set up my Century 21 VJF Open House signs and balloons…

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Waited for people in this charming – move-in ready home…

HPIM2532                                                      Views of Ball Pond from Dinning Room

Afterwards, met with Circle Pix photographer to take pics of my new listing in Brewster, NY

                                        CLICK to view 52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

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~~~~~~~~~~~CLICK here to view Virtual Tour~~~~~~~~~~~

Then off to Jonathan’s first soccer game – so happy it was right in town – New Fairfield’s Rebel Field – and really happy that they won!

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September 15, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 52

Yeah it’s Friday!  I know, your confused – today is Sunday – but because of being busy, I am behind in my daily posts.

So, Friday – pouring rain – all day long…

Went to take some photos of my new listing      ***********CLICK to View Listing Sheet**********

HPIM2501                                                 View of Front Yard from Living Room

I put up my Century 21 VJF Realty For Sale Sign and looked like a wet dog by the time I was done.  I did have a good laugh when I looked in the rear view mirror and notice my mascara had run!

HPIM2531                                                            52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

Now this spaciously – recently updated home with beautiful property and in-ground swimming pool is just off of Milltown Road in Brewster, NY and minutes to Route 22 and I-684.

Finished up some work – both for Real Estate and home – then I was off to Danbury, CT to meet with an appraisor for my clients property – a foreclosure – that they are looking to purchase.

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Then stopped at A & P in Danbury, CT for groceries and mums. Yes, I am slowly adapting to the fact that fall is a comin!

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Home For Sale – 52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

                                            Home For Sale – 52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

HPIM2529                                                             Contemporary Raised Ranch

                                                    CLICK ~ View Listing Sheet ~ CLICK ~

HPIM2477                                           Landscaped Level Property with Manicured Lawns

HPIM2498                                                In-Ground Swimming Pool – Private Backyard

HPIM2479                                                                            Entry Hall

HPIM2496                                        Living Room with Hardwood Floors and Vaulted Ceilings

HPIM2504                                                               Light & Bright Entry Hall

HPIM2508                                           Spacious Kitchen with Vaulted Ceilings and Skylights

HPIM2517                                               Dinning Area with Vaulted Ceilings and Skylights

HPIM2525                                   Master Bedroom with Hardwood Floors and His & Her Closets

HPIM2519                                                       2nd Bedroom with Hardwood Floors

HPIM2520                                                        3rd Bedroom with Hardwood Floors

HPIM2522                                                                New Bath on Main Level

HPIM2482                                             Entrance from Driveway & Garage to Lower Level

HPIM2480                                         Family Room – Lower Level with Walk-Out to Backyard

HPIM2487                                                    View of the Backyard from the Lower Level

HPIM2484                                                               Den or Mixed Used Room

HPIM2492                                                                              Office

HPIM2495                                                                4th Bedroom in Lower Level

HPIM2490                                                                      Lower Level New Bath

This beautiful home has many updates – New Furnace – New Hot Water Heater – New Electrical Wiring – Back up Generator – Invisible Fencing – Newer Walkway – Newer Pavers and Pool Equipment – Just Painted waiting for you to Move In!

 

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Listing, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 51

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 51:

Another busy day – I’m getting behind in my posts and that makes me unhappy.

Being busy is appreciated – and I really don’t know how to sit still!

On this 51st day, I did alot of driving around with our little rental car from Enterprise– Chevy Colbat

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Since Joe has decided to paint our kitchen cabinets– yes, I know, I had said I was going to do it during his visit in Portugal – but never did!  So, off to Home Depot in Danbury I went…

SSPX0596                                                         Bought some paint, primer and brushes

Dropped everything off at home where Joe had already started to remove cabinets, hinges, knobs and sanding everything down.  I then dashed to Shaws for more grocery shopping….

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Ran home, made lunch, made phone calls, sent e-mails, made appointments and was so excited about our kitchen redo!

SSPX0600                                                      Our “before” pics – dated 1970’s Kitchen Cabinets

SSPX0602                                                                    Joe priming & removing cabinets

And to add to all of my excitment – I have a new listing!

                                             **********CLICK to View Listing Sheet**********

HPIM2529                                                 52 Mountain Brook Dr – Brewster, NY

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 50

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 50:

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Lots of  running around today – 1st Joe and I went to the Savings Bank of Danbury in New Fairfield, CT to have some documents notorized for Allstate – yes, we are still working on our claim for Joe’s car that got totalled.

HPIM2275                                                This was Joe’s “Zoom-Zoom” – Mazda

Then went to show a home in Carmel, NY – stopped at the office – then food shopping at A & P – back home – then off to Enterprise to rent a car… again!

SSPX0588                                                            Enterprise Car Rental in Danbury, CT

And – off to my favorite part of the day – had an evening Listing appointment!  Great details about this wonderful home in Brewster, NY to come!

September 11, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 47

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 47:

Today, Sunday, I had a morning appointment in Brewster, NY – One house and one land listing – then we made our way into New Fairfield, CT to view new construction ~ CLICK ~

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Then home for lunch with the kids – and back out into Danbury to finish up our school shopping – or at least I hope to finish up – at Staples.  Also stopped at WallMart to buy Jonathan and David each a soccer ball and to Bob’s for sneakers and shorts for Jonathan.

SSPX0583                                                                   Wallmart in Danbury, CT

 After dropping off the boys, I went to show my listing in New Fairfield ~ CLICK ~ to very nice folks that had seen my For Sale sign

SSPX0586View of Ball Pond from my listing on Hudson Drive in New Fairfield – a child on the docks and 2 others in a canoe –                                                                            Priceless!

 

When I arrived home – the kids gave me the great news that we had no electric.  My neighbor called and that confirmed that our entire block was out.  It was still daylight, but I made sure to have candles and matches ready.  Although, it wasn’t necessary, since in less than 2 hours, the electric was back on – Yahoo! 

I got back to work – and at around 9:30 last night – BLACKOUT – no electric again.  I could hear the utility trucks going up and down our block, so I knew the problem was being worked on.  And after just a short time, all was back on again.

September 7, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 45

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 45:

Interesting day today.  Things are thankfully moving along with my clients offer on a Foreclosure.  Met with my other client to get his signature for a price reductionA beautiful home – with water views of Ball Pond in New Fairfield – the listing price is now…. CLICK here to find out!

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Then off to Brewster to the office – and a trip to A & P , the HSBC Bank and Rite Aid and to gas up.

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While I was in A & P – a client – who I assisted in purchasing her home in Patterson – called to have me send her a listing for a friend.  It was very nice to hear from her again.  I always like when clients call or e-mail from time to time with an update on how things are going in their new home – always a pleasure.

SSPX0188                                             A peek of my clients home before their purchase

When I arrived home, that’s when all the fun began…. Asthma kicked in full force and since it’s been acting up alot lately, I called my Doctor – too late, her office was closed – so off to Danbury Hospital – Melissa drove and I thought it would be to get a simple injection of steroids.  Well, the joke was on me – when hearing that my chest felt as though someone was sitting on it – they whisked me off into a room in the ER – gave me a gown a gown I thought!  I just want an injection – but that wasn’t happening – an EKG, Blood Work and a Chest X-Ray later – I was finally given my shot and discharged – Whew!  Although, I must admit that it was better to be safe, and now I have peace of mind knowing my heart and lungs are fine – no issues.  Also, Melissa and I had a few laughs when one of the nurses came in with a tray a food.  I really thought I wasn’t going home any time soon! 

SSPX0567                                              My Turkey Sandwich, Crackers an Apple Juice

After being well taken care by ALL of the Danbury Hospital Staff – Melissa drove me home.  Poor thing still had to go into work at around 9:30 til after midnight to help straighten up and get the store ready for tomorrow – Hollister at the Danbury Fair Mall.  I ate some dinner, then went to my clients home to change the listing price on the sheets that are placed in a brochure box near the For Sale sign outside for any interested pass-byers.  I couldn’t wait until tomorrow – so off Amanda and I went at 10:15 in the evening –  it would have bothered me that I did’nt go.

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September 5, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, Danbury, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 43

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 43:

           Realtor Open House Day – for my *****listing*****    in   New Fairfield, CT  – Yeah!
 
First I went to Shaw’s to pick up some chips and drinks – then off to The Food Market to pick up my party wedge – 1/2 Italian and 1/2 American – Yummy!
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Put up my Century 21 VJF Realty  Open House Signs so agents could find the home easily…
SSPX0547                                                             Welcoming my fellow Realtors
SSPX0541                                                      Spread out some treats and brochures…
 
After the Open House, I packed up, pulled up my signs and before heading home, I enjoyed taking one last view of Ball Pond – which fronts this lovely home.
 

SSPX0565                                                   Ball Pond – New Fairfield, CT – View Up Close

                                                    Won’t you be my neighbor?

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 32

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 32:

Rain, rain, rain…  It came down as a heavy downpour and for quite awhile – flooding was everywhere, road blocks were up and even torn up roadways – it was crazy!  And where was I in this mess – ??  Putting up a new sign in front of my Brookfield listing.

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Before going to Brookfield – I went to our bank – HSBC in Brewster.  Then off to show a condo in Danbury – here’s the pretty water view in the complex – where it had just started to rain.

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After the sign was up, I went home – which took about 45 minutes instead of 15 due to the storm.  I picked up my youngest, Jonathan, and took him to the local barber – Roberts Barber Shop near the New Fairfield Post Office.  They always take their time and do a great job – better yet, with my crazy schedule, walk-ins are welcome.  Then off to Shaw’s and… I couldn’t resist – since Joe is in Portugal – we had Chinese for dinner – Yum! 

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August 23, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Brookfield, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 25

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 25:

Today, Sunday, I had an inspection in Danbury on a Foreclosure.  Nice home and if my clients are able to renovate as planned, it will be even nicer!

But, just in case, we went and viewed 2 other homes in Danbury.  One of the homes was a 1940’s ranch with beautiful, original moldings and doors with crystal knobs.

Afterwards, I was off to Home Depot – also in Danbury

HPIM2288                                                       Home Depot – Danbury, CT

I purchased a Hampton Bay ceiling fan for our kitchen – our current one isn’t working properly.

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Then home, where I made lunch – made appointments to view homes tomorrow and once again… went grocery shopping at Shaw’s.  Amanda came with me and before shopping, we took care of a ton of recycling.

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August 17, 2009 Posted by | Connecticut, Danbury, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

House For Sale – New Fairfield CT

I’d like to introduce you to my new listing

HPIM2231                                    Striking Burgundy colored Cape facing Ball Pond

A 2 bedroom ~ 1 bath Cape in New Fairfield, CT.  With new appliances, updated bath, a new well pumphardwood floors, water views of Ball Pondand just minutes to the New Fairfield Schools and shops, including the Danbury Fair Mall – Making for an easy commute, the Brewster/Patterson New York border as well as I-84 & I-684 are close by!

HPIM2196                                         Kitchen with new stainless steel appliances

HPIM2203                                             Living Room with hardwood floors and…

HPIM2211                                      A wood burning stove to help cut heating costs

HPIM2216                                          1st Floor Bedroom with hard wood floors

HPIM2220                                     2nd Floor Bedroom with hardwood floors and…

HPIM2222                                                          an Office or Nursery area

HPIM2228                                                              A Secret Garden…

HPIM2239                                                   and a Hop & a Skip to Ball Pond…

Ball Pond 004                                    where you can swim, canoe, kayak and go fishing!

    ****************CLICK to view LISTING SHEET****************

Call today for more information or to set up an appointment to view this lovely home ~ Diana ~ cell: 203-648-2619

 

August 16, 2009 Posted by | Ball Pond, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 24

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 24:

After a good night sleep – all 5 1/2 hours!  I started the day with calls from agents and clients – fed the critters, took care of some house cleaning and started some work on the computer until – no internet connection!  Oh, no – no – no…  that is not good.  My lap top, cell phone and camera are my life, my life as a Realtor.  So, after attempting to repair the service myself, and saying a few nice-so-nice words, I called Charter Cable and within minutes, service was on and I got back to work…  for only 20 minutes!

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David had to be at Putnam Hospital for post-op work for his surgery on Monday.

 HPIM2284                                            Putnam Hospital – Ambulatory Entrance

While we were there, we had a few laughs while filling our necessary paperworkHistory of Diabetes? NO   On Daily Medication? NO    Are You Currently Pregnant?  HUGH??  Well, heck NO!

HPIM2282                                      David reading the Patient Information Packet

Dropped David off at home, picked up my client to view 2 homes in New Milford and Danbury.  2nd appointment was canceled – I was doing another agent a favor. 

Was very happy to see my new listing in New Fairfield come on the market.  While I was out with the homeowner searching for a new home, her listing was e-mailed to me, which I viewed on my phone.

HPIM2234                                                         Just move-in!

        CLICK to view this wonderful Cape For Sale with water views of Ball Pond

HPIM2241                                                               Views of Ball Pond

                                 Set up an appointment:  Diana ~ 203-648-2619 ~

August 15, 2009 Posted by | Ball Pond, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 22

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 22:

Another busy day…. getting all together for my new listing

HPIM2239                                                            Views of Ball Pond

Attended a Networking Luncheon at Villa Pasta in New Fairfield.  Met and networked with people in different fields – insurance, mortgage, marketing, news, …

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Went to the office – Century 21 VJF Realty

HPIM2255                                                                       My desk

Then off to Shaw’s

HPIM2257                                                Look at those lovely dark clouds…

I had about 10 things I had to pick up – Ha!  I also seem to buy quadruple the amount…

HPIM2258                                                         Some of my groceries

After paying and renting a few movies from RedBox, I came out and it was pouring!  By the time I made it to the car and packed all the bags into the trunk – I was soaked!!

HPIM2263                                                 Pouring during the drive home

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Ball Pond, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 21

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 21:

Busy day – appointment in Pattersona church built in 1874 and turned into a residential home in the 1970’s.

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Then off to a Doctor’s appointment in Carmel – David will need surgery – scheduled for Monday.

SSPX0476                                                 David – waiting to see the Doctor

Next, appointment in New Milford – to view an over-sized Cape.  My clients and I then went to their home, in New Fairfield where I took photos and information to put their home on the market.

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August 13, 2009 Posted by | Carmel, Connecticut, My Life as a Realtor, New Milford, NY, Patterson, Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 10

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 10:

Late morning appointment in New Fairfield, CT with past clients that are looking into selling their home.  I was their selling agent almost 2 years ago.  What a pleasure it was to see them again, and to see the improvements they’ve done to their home.

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Drove up to my listing in Brookfield, CTwent to put up my yard sign and lockbox.  My brother lives just a few minutes away, so I stopped and visited with my sister-in-law, Leia,  and the kids.  I was also their selling agent.  It’s always a pleasure to visit with them since they’re always making improvements and Leia has such awesome ideas that she inspires me.  Currently, she motivating me to paint my kitchen cabinets. I’m almost there….  just need one more push – well, one more BIG push!

 HPIM1985        My kitchen cabinets – yes, that’s Moe – in his new hiding spot from the pups!

While I was visiting with the kids and meeting Taffy, their new kitty, the wind started to kick up and it got so dark within such a short amount of time.  As I was talking with Leia in the kitchen, I heard a loud sound and could see the trees move and shake along with what seemed like a dark gray cloud move across the yard – Bam!  The rain and wind hit the house.  I flew to my car – since I realized I had left both windows open, and had to drive home, drenched and barely able to see anything!  Very scary!

Afterwards, Matt, our most fantastic computer guy, delivered my daughter, Sara’s, new mini-Dell computer and took my Melissa’s computer to have a look since it’ s been over heating.  Then, I unfortunately had to deliver bad news to clients that the offer they submitted on a foreclosure was not happening since the bank accepted another offer.  That is the part I do not like about my job, being the bearer of bad news.

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I also spoke with clients that just closed on their house 2 weeks ago.  The sellers rented out until the end of the month and my clients are excited about moving in this weekend.  I’m happy that they’ll be New Fairfield neighbors of mine.

August 1, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 9

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 9:

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Busy day promoting my new listing on my Blog, Trulia, Zillow, Active Rain and Listing Book in New York & Connecticut.  Still waiting, but no news from the bank regarding an offer on a foreclosure and another bank regarding an offer on a short sale.

Kids are enjoying their summer vacation – Melissa is busy working 2 jobs and taking summer classes at West Conn, David is having a blast with friends, today he called from North Carolina,  Amanda loves reading her books, Sara is feverishly excising – I swear she does enough for her and me! And Jonathan is a night owl like me – up late on the computer, except I’m working and he’s playing.

Did a few errands, phone calls, e-mails and made a yummy dinner– Chicken with red peppers, zucchini and fresh green beans from my mother-in-laws garden – added some potatoes and salad…. and a glass of red wine – as Julia Child would say, “Bon Appetit!” – I am so looking forward to seeing the movie – “Julie & Julia”

 

July 31, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Home for Sale Brookfield Connecticut

Home for Sale in Brookfield Connecticut – Spacious Colonial with 4 to 5 Bedrooms ~ 2-1/2 Baths ~ over 2,904 Square Feet ~ 2 Car Garage ~ 2.25 acres – Asking Price $435,000

                                          ************CLICK to view Listing Sheet************

HPIM2062                                                       150 Pocono Road ~ Brookfield, CT 06804

HPIM2014                                                                              Kitchen

HPIM2006                                                          Dinning Area with Hardwood Floors

HPIM2021                                                 Living Room with Fireplace and Hardwood Floors

HPIM2023                                                                      New 1st Floor Bath

HPIM2028                                                        Dinning Room with Hardwood Floors

 HPIM2039                                                                       2nd Floor Office

HPIM2044                                                                          2nd Floor Den

HPIM2050                               Huge Walk-Up Attic with Sky Lights just waiting to be finished!

HPIM2067                                                     Deck over looking private – level Yard

HPIM2064                                                                         Back Yard

This home also has a partial finished basement – a Breezeway leading from the 2 car garage – is convenient to all and just minutes to I-84 for an easy commute!

For more information on the town of Brookfield ~ CLICK ~ and Candlewood Lake ~ CLICK ~

 Call to set up an appointment: Diana – Cell: 203-648-2619

July 30, 2009 Posted by | Brookfield, Connecticut, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 8

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 8:

It’s Wednesday – Hump Day – Yahoo!  Allstate Insurance adjuster came over to view some smoke damage in our home.  Before he arrived, I make sure all the rooms were as neat as a pin – I have a bit of OCD – always have, always will.

Worked on a CMA for past clients that may be interested in selling their home.

Dealing with an offer on a foreclosure and another on a short sale.

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And… here is my new listing!!  150 Pocono Road ~ Brookfield, CT – CLICK

July 30, 2009 Posted by | Brookfield, Connecticut, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 2

~ My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 2:

This morning I continued working on my new listing – downloaded all the photos last night – today is the fun part of filling in all the forms needed to input the listing on the Multiple Listing Service in 2 states since I am licensed in New York and Connecticut.

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Early this afternoon, I met with clients – we viewed a Foreclosure in Danbury, CT… there is some interest and I’m not surprised since the condition wasn’t the usual foreclosed homes I’ve viewed.  They are first time homebuyers and really nice – I hope it works out for them!

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Since I was in Danbury – made a quick trip to Best Buy – I had called earlier to make sure they had what I was looking to purchase – they did, and they put it aside for me – my own personal shopper… cool!

Added a new link to my Blogs HomepageNeighborCity Real Estate Guide – If your looking for Commercial Real Estate, Home Builders, Mortgage Brokers, Realtors, Staging Companies, Green Homes, Home Inspectors, Real Estate Appraisers, Title Companies and other Resources and Blogs – visit this site where you can search by location.

Happy news of the day…..  I GOT MY LAPTOP BACK!!!   After having a virus on it for months– I was introduced to a fantastic tech guyMatt Bochnewich – who – by the way – came to my house, took the time and looked at all of our computers! 

Matt Bochnewich ~ 646-867-0778 ~ support@techgur.us

Matt offers:  Consulting, Installation, Troubleshooting, Hardware, Software, Web Solutions & 24 hour emergency remote support ~ and is CompTIA A+ Certified

July 24, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 1

I’ve decided to embark on a journey of writing everyday for a year about my Life as a Realtor.  Some days will be of appointments will clients looking to either sell their home, or looking to purchase one.  Other days will be filled with lots of hours on my laptop in the office or at home Sending listings to clients, Researching the market in and around our area as well as the country – Searching the Multiple Listing Service in both New York and Connecticut to see what listings are new or reduced – Updating my networking sites on Twitter and FaceBook –  Posting on my Blog – Previewing homes during Realtor Open House days – and – Lots of phone calls!  This will all happen in-between my home life with my hubby, 5 children and all our pets!

Day 1:

Spoke with another agent regarding a referral – although nothing much came up in the desired price range.  Posted on my Blog and set up an appointment with a friend to list her home in Brookfield, CT this evening.

Viewed homes during Realtor Open House Day with Carolyn and Eva – agents in my officeCentury 21 VJF – Carolyn was kind enough to drive, again.

Brookfield 123 Carolyn… driving

Click here to view the 4 homes we viewed in Patterson and Brewster, NY

Flew to do errands after open houses, including the supermarket to pick up burgers for a quick dinner – called the kids and designated each to do a job to get dinner done quickly since I had, oh… 15 minutes to drop off the groceries and high tail it to Brookfield.  I get home and of course, the kids have everything under control – one great thing about having lots of children!  Remi, our new pup, greeted me by jumping and leaving 2 paw prints on my white shirt – flew to get changed and off to my friends to list her home!

Brookfield 192 My New Listing

July 22, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Selling in the Spring Market

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If your considering SELLING in the SPRING MARKET – wonderful!  Warmer temperatures, longer days, flowers peeping from the garden and NO MORE SNOW!!   SPRING is a great time to LIST  your home!

As a REALTOR, putting a home on the market involves many things:

           > Doing a CMA – COMPARATIVE MARKETING ANALYSIS – Here we view  your home to compare it to similar homes that are currently on the market, pending a closing and most importantly, those that have sold in the past few months.

           > Upon receiving the LISTING,  forms are signed and agreements are made – listing time length, commission amount, number of Public Open Houses to expect, marketing material and other items which should also have been discussed during the CMA.

           > And before taking photos and video for the virtual tour – Going over how to show your homes best potential by DECLUTTERING, CLEANING, and ORGANIZING

Bring out that handy tool box.  A screwdriver, glue and touch-up paint goes a long way.  Don’t give a potential buyer many “To Do” things.  Walk around your home and try looking at it through a buyers eyes.  Take your own photos and see what needs to be changed or packed away.  Also, invite a friend or family member who doesn’t live in your home to “pretend” he’s a buyer.  Just remember not to get upset when they tell you to pack away your 152 collection of Unicorns – maybe leaving out 3 of your favorite will make it easier.

      A helpful way is to remember to appeal to all 5 senses:  

SIGHT– organized, clean, decluttered, bright, and a neutral color palate with touches of color here and there by using flowers, candles and throw pillows. 

SMELL – Use candles cautiously, bake cookies – which also helps with TASTE – who’s mouth wouldn’t water while smelling freshly baked chocolate chip cookies?   And better yet – leave out a few!   You can also use Plug-ins or dab light bulbs with vanilla, anything that smells good.  But please remember, if you haven’t cleaned the kitty litter or thrown out the smelly garbage – none of this will really help.

HEARING Soft music playing in the background will help buyers feel relaxed.  But watch your choice of music and don’t have it on too loud. 

TOUCH– have counter tops, door knobs and handles clean.  No one likes to have sticky fingers when they go to open a cabinet – and yes, they will open them along with closets. 

            > Once an agent has a listing – the fun begins!  Many PHOTOS  are taken along with a Virtual Tour VIDEO.  In my office, we use a professional company and I also take numerous photos for my Blog and many other sites that I advertise my listings on.  Most people will first view a home on-line or through a still photo in a Real Estate flyer or brochure – so GOOD photos are important!

Then, the SHOWINGS begin!  – along with a REALTOR OPEN HOUSE and PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES.  Hopefully, you’ll have enough notice before a showing to spruce up  – but if you don’t, there’s nothing wrong with shoving your teenagers dirty laundry under his bed.  It’s better than having it piled on the floor and viewed by a potential buyer.

GOOD LUCK!

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?                           sold-2

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Home, Sellers | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment