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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

My Life as a Realtor – Day 157

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 157:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

The kids woke us up and made us a wonderful breakfast.  Then it was time to head into the livingroom where our tree is…

and open our gifts…

even Remi had a few treats…

  

 After opening gifts, we went into the Den, Joe made a fire and we looked in a stockings.  Afterwards, he spotted a buck far in the woods…

 

Then, we got ourselves ready and made our way to my brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Manny & Gina’s house in Mt. Vernon, NY.  While Joe drove, I text and e-mailed clients – past and present – to wish them a Very Merry Christmas!

From Left to Right… My nephews ~ Michael & Andrew, Sons ~ Jonathan and David, Daughters ~ Sara, Amanda & Melissa, Niece ~ Daniella and Nephews ~ Daniel & Pedro

We ate, and ate… and ate.  Then it was time to go upstairs by the Christmas Tree

and Baby Jesus…

We opened more gifts and then took a few more family photos.  Here is my hubby’s sister and brother…

Joe’s brother Manny, sister Isabel and Joe

And our kids…

From oldest to youngest ~ Melissa, David, Amanda, Sara and Jonathan

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 97

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 97:

Monday – looks like rain – Ugh!

Home today – working, cleaning, cooking, …  I feel as though that is all I do – and you know what?  I Love it!

Joe stopped at his mom and dads in Mt. Vernon, NY.  His mom has a brick oven that she bakes bread in – Yumo!  Too bad I have developed food allergies to wheat and corn – so no more homemade bread for me  😦 

Joe’s dad had gone apple picking and sent us a bunch of delicious apples – I plan on making caramel apples for our Halloween Party at my brother’s house on Saturday.

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And that brings up the problem of Halloween.  It is in just a few days and I don’t have a costume!  I am trying to do this on a budget – so I will probably just use something we have at home – I could be a Witch, Cat, Tiger – hey, we have a Batman and Pirate costume!   Oh, and… we have a Jason mask from the movie “Friday the 13th”.   Man, I still get creeped out when I watch that movie – and Michael Meyers in the movie “Halloween” .   No other movies scare me more than these two.  It may be because when I first watched them, I was young and they scared the heck out of me.  Even as a mother of 5 and being 44 years old – watching these horror flicks brings those frightful memories, which come rushing back and make me feel like a scared child again.  Maybe I need therapy?  😉

Watch below… if you dare!

Oh my!

Really, the sounds and music in both of these movies send chills up my spine!

October 28, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 79

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 79:

It’s Thursday – and my closing for tomorrow is confirmed – Yahoo!  I am so happy for my clients.  They are First Time Home Buyers and so looking forward to their first home.

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More good news…  Fo-Fo – my in-law’s dog that we have been watching since June – left today – another Yahoo!   To everyone who didn’t know him, he looked like a cute Koala Bear – but get too close, and you’d lose a finger, or two!

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Since my in-laws flew in from Portugal today, David gave Fo-Fo a bath and Joe drove him down to Mt. Vernon, NY.  He also had dinner with his family in celebration of their parents return.  The kids and I had a simple – easy – and inexpensive dinner – pasta.  I also sauted peppers, onion and spicy portuguese chorizo – Yum, Yum.  And Amanda made an oh-so-awesome Banana Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake.  Eating this cake warm is unbelievably delicious.  The recipe came from www.Foodista.com

I ended the day by working and looking forward to tomorrow –  and a 2nd slice of cake.

October 10, 2009 Posted by | Baking, First Time Home Buyers, Mt. Vernon, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 67

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 67:

It’s Saturday – Appointment making day for a client – we’ll be viewing some homes on Monday. 

In the morning, Jonathan had his New Fairfield Soccer photos at the New Fairfield High School.

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Worked on my Blog – then baked a cake and made pasta salad to take to my brother-in-laws in Mt. Vernon, NY for a barbecue

SSPX0756                                                                            Yummy BBQ Chicken

 

September 27, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 49

Kids back to school after a long weekend…  Boo-Hoo, no more wearing white!   As I am writing this, Joe is in flight – somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, coming back from Portugal after 2-1/2 weeks.  He’s due to arrive in Newark Airport in New Jersey at around 1:30 this afternoon.  My dilemma will be picking him up from his sister’s house (Joe, his sister Isabel, brother-in-law Frank and youngest nephew, Daniel – are flying in together and our oldest nephew, Michael will be picking them up – Whew, I know!)  OK, so all I have to do is be in Mt. Vernon, NY – which the distance from my home in New Fairfield, CT to there is about 50 minutes – which means I have to leave Connecticut at around 3:30.  No problem, except… I also have an appointment in Southbury, CT – about 35 minutes in the opposite direction – and I have to make a special “Welcome Back” dinner.  OK, time to have faith that all will work out – I get frustrated thinking that I can’t do it all – that I’ll have family and clients disappointed in me.

Airplane Window - HAMED MASOUMI                                                                      HAMED MASOUMI – Flickr.com

It’s a good thing I’m busy this morning with work and my household chores – this will help speed the day up.  Starting this morning off – after my youngest 3 were all in school by 7:30 am – I read an article on AOL about a mother, Molly Chen, who was inspired to start a business while feeding her son and watching Oprah.  Her business idea was clip on bibs – instead of tieing them around a babies neck, they snap on to a matching onesie – I thought of how many bibs I went through with my 5 children’s feedings and drooling.  Check out her bibs for babies – Bibs and Match, LLC ~ CLICK ~

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Got to workcleaningstarted dinner – and off I was to my appointment – David was picking up hubby hub – Hot Diggity Dog – problem solved!  Melissa watched dinner in the oven while I showed a very nice home and was able to submit an offer – although, after speaking with the listing agent, I found out that there is a full asking price offer on the table – just came in this afternoon – but, I still have hope!  I also spoke with 2 other agents  – one giving me a referral for commercial property – the other to do him a favor and show a listing to clientsof his since he will be out-of-town – also spoke with a client who increased her offer on a multi-family home and gave some information and advice to another client who’s also interested in also submitting an offer.  Busy day – and I Love Busy Days!

September 9, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 31

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 31:

An early start today since Joe, hubby hub, was leaving for Portugal!  We packed his suitcase, then he did a few things around the yard – we had lunch, dropped off Amanda at a birthday party in the Candlewood Lake neighborhood and then made our way to Mt. Vernon.  I got lucky and didn’t have to drive all the way to Newark Airport in New Jersey.  Joe and our brother-in-law planned to leave on the same day, so, our nephew, Michael,  drove them. Whew!  I was really, REALLY greatful that I did not have to drive more than I did in the storm.  Which, when we left New Fairfield, was just a simple sprinkle.  Then we arrived in Mt. Vernon – where Frank was waiting for us – when we looked up at the sky, this is what we saw…

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As they frantically got their suitcases into Michael’s car, I couldn’t help but think I better hurry and say my goodbye’s since I had an almost hour ride ahead of me.

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This is the lovely view when I approached the Cross County Parkway.  I made it to the office to finish preparing for an evening CMA on condo to list for sale in Danbury

When I left, I couldn’t help but think how nice, really, really nice these people were – I have been very fortunate lately with all my clients – they are awesome!

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Danbury, Mt. Vernon, My Life as a Realtor, New Fairfield, NY, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Life as a Realtor – Day 18

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 18:

It’s Saturday ~ I love the weekend!  Today, I came down to the kitchen, had my coffee and worked for awhile with no interruptions – Melissa was in Rhode Island, the other kids were still asleep –  and so was hubby hub since he had come in from work at around 7am.  He’s been driving his motorcycle to and from work in NYC since his car is… well, gone.   We haven’t heard yet from our insurance company – Allstate – to see if the car is salvageable – a Mazda 3 which Joe called his “Zoom-zoom”.

HPIM2175                                                                            Joe’s Baby

After a few phone calls with clients and other agents – we got ready for a barbecue at Joe’s brother house – Manny and Gina – in Mt.Vernon, NY – which is where  I was born and raised and everytime I go down to visit with my in-laws, I’m reminded of my childhood

HPIM2177                                    Driving to Mt. Vernon, NY – near my brother-in-laws home

So many wonderful memories.  I was extremely fortunate to have had the family I had – we weren’t perfect, nothing  is – but having been raised by my loving, hard working parents, who came over from Portugal, made me who I am today.

Me (in the Blue top) 10th B-Day - 1975                                 Me on my 10th B-Day with friends in front of our home on Crary Ave

This photo was taken by my sister, Lisa.  She organized my 10th Birthday with friends and we had fun, fun!  Now, my sister tortures me with these photos by scaning and posting them on FaceBook – note, this pic is of me in the dark blue & white dress with my white bloomers showing!

August 9, 2009 Posted by | Mt. Vernon, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s almost Thanksgiving – and I’ll have about 30 somewhat family and friends over.  So it’s not 1, but 2 Turkeys that I will be roasting and many potatoes to be peeled, boiled and mashed along with preparing some treats to be served when my hungry guests arrive – some of which will be traveling up I-684 from Mt. Vernon, NY.  Others will be coming from Brookfield, CT and my sis lives here in New Fairfield, CT – just minutes away from my home.

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Click here for some Thanksgiving Ideas from HGTV videos.

turkeys-hey-paulHey Paul – Flickr.com

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving Day – I have been very fortunate this past year and my family and I have many Thanks to be given AND I can’t wait for a slice of PUMPKIN PIE!

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A Very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family!

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Brookfield, Fun Post, Mt. Vernon, New Fairfield, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Summer Favorites and More! (2)

Isn’t summer great?!  I must say that some of my fondest childhood memories are during the summer time!   Maybe because school was out, the weather was warm, lots of family gatherings and outdoor activities – like the yearly Italian Feasts my elementary school always held – good old Our Lady of Victory in Mt. Vernon, NY.  Going to Tibbitts Brook Pool in Yonkers, NY and to Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle, NY.   And, one of my most FAVORITE memories is going to the movies to watch JAWS.  I was 10 years old and that movie STILL sends chills up my spine!  I LOVE the summer!                                                                         

Please … Adults Only …  

July 20, 2008 Posted by | Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, NY, Summer, Uncategorized, Yonkers | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

House Hunting in Westchester County

I have been assisting First Time Home Buyers who are looking in different towns in Westchester County, a perfect middle in-between New York City and the country in upstate New York

Last week we viewed a townhouse in Rye, NY – a home in Scarsdale, NY – and then moved onto another home and townhouse in Pelham, NY.  All of these towns and streets we passed to get to our designation, brought back early memories of when I lived in Westchester – growing up in Mount Vernon, NY and then moving to Harrison, NY. 

I am very fortunate to have these wonderful memories and I am always anxious to assist buyers in their search to begin their memories.  Also, it’s always a pleasure working with 1st time home buyers who are currently renting and now have the opportunity to stop handing over a check to their landlord and saying good-bye to their money – FOREVER!

When owning your own home, over time you may build equity into the home and it can be the single biggest tax break available.  And don’t forget – YOU control the heat, YOU get to remodel and decorate it with YOUR style inside and out! 

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WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY and ClipArt

May 9, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, First Time Home Buyers, Home, NY, Uncategorized, Westchester County | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment