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Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Fall!

Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Fall!

Here are some beautiful Fall pics from Flickr.com –

                                                                    paul (dex) – Flickr.com

                                                                Noel Zia Lee – Flickr.com

                                                                     wstryder – Flickr.com     

                                                                     jsorbieus – Flickr.com

                                                                     OliBac – Flickr.com

                                                                  dicktay2000 – Flickr.com

                                                                     udreyjm529 – Flickr.com

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September 24, 2010 Posted by | Autumn, Fall, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Thanksgiving Day

For this Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – I have chosen some fantastic photographs of Thanksgiving Day!

                                      Fall colors all around…  *Micky – Flickr.com

                   Veggie & Cheese Platter awaiting guests…  Plutor – Flickr.com

                             Lots of Cooking and Baking…  Jessicafm – Flickr.com

                           A Glass of Wine or 2…  Robert S. Donovan – Flickr.com

                   Table is all set and ready to give Thanks…  basykes – Flickr.com

                              Thanksgiving Feast!…  xybermatthew  – Flickr.com

                      Pumpkin & Pecan Pie…  Cameron Nordholm – Flickr.com

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Fall, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – thebittenword.com

Check out these wonderful photographs of food by thebittenword.com on Flickr.com– Yumo!

 Fried Chicken - thebittenword dot com                                               thebittenword.com – Flickr.com – Fried Chicken

Pancetta Wrapped Asparagus - thebittenword                                     thebittenword.com – Flickr.com– Pancetta Wrapped Asparagus

Meatball Sliders - thebittenword                                             thebittenword.com – Flickr.com – Meatball Sliders

Tomatoes Mozzarella Basil - thebittenword                                   thebittenword.com – Flickr.com – Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil

Chocolate Strawberries - thebittenword                                     thebittenword.com – Flickr.com – Chocolate Strawberries

Bourbon Mint Tea - thebittenword dot com                                            thebittenword.com – Flickr.com – Bourbon Mint Tea

Chocolate Cake - thebittenword                                             thebittenword.com – Flickr.com – Chocolate Cake

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Recipes | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post ~ Summer Moments

For this Friday’s Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post I have chosen a few pictures from Flickr.com taken by fantastic photographers of ~ Summer Moments – say that 5 times fast!

Cascais, Portugal - pedrosimoes7                                                 Pedrosimoes7 – Flickr.com – Cascais, Portugal

 Lighthouse horses - priotography                                                Priotography – Flickr.com – Lighthouse Horses

 flower - aussiegall                                                           aussiegall – Flickr.com – Flower

 Fishing - Ham guy                                                           Ham guy – Flickr.comFishing

Sunflowers - chrisada                                                            Chrisada – Flickr.com – Sunflowers

Lift off - aussiegall                                                          aussiegall – Flickr.com – Busy Bee

Fair - kevindooley                                                            kevindooley – Flickr.com – Fair

Hose - Krikit                                                                   Krikit – Flickr.com – Hose

Cherries - lepiaf.geo                                                               lepiaf – Flickr.com – Cherries

Grilled Veggies - woodleywonderworks                                                 woodleywonderworks – Flickr.com – Grilling

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – Wings Neck Lighthouse

For this Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – I have found some magnificant pictures taken by Savannah Grandfather and posted on Flickr.com.  This Lighthouse – the Wings Neck Lighthouseis located in Cape Cod, Massachusetts Simply… BEAUTIFUL!

Wings Neck Lighthouse - Savannah Grandfather                                                             Savannah Grandfather – Flickr.com

View from a Lighthouse - Savannah Grandfather                                                               Savannah Grandfather– Flickr.com

Stairs in a Lighhouse - Savannah Grandfather                                                               Savannah Grandfather– Flickr.com

 Lighthouse Walkway - Savannah Grandfather                                                               Savannah Grandfather– Flickr.com

Lighthouse Sunset Window - Savannah Grandfather                                                             Savannah Grandfather – Flickr.com

I wonder what life must have been like as a Lighthouse Keeper?

July 17, 2009 Posted by | Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – Sail Boats

You’ve read many times how much I love Flickr.com’s photos and all the awesome photographers that have posted their pics there.  One more thing you’ll read alot…  How much I LOVE SUMMER!!  Hear are some great pictures of a summers delight – Sailing.

Sail Boats - tinou bao                                                                      tinou bao – Flickr.com

Sails - ragnar1984                                                               ragnar1984– Flickr.com

Sails Up - mysticchildz                                                                    mysticchildz– Flickr.com

Sky Light Sailing - Robb North                                                                   Robb North– Flickr.com

Sailing in Nova Scotia - jurek d.                                                                  jurek d. – Flickr.com

Sail Boat from a Distance - SeRVe61                                                                   SeRVe61– Flickr.com

Sailing to the Sunset - Sabrina Campagna                                                            Sabrina Campagna– Flickr.com

My family and I will be renting a boat again this summer.  We’ll be sailing on Candlewood Lake in our hometown of New Fairfield, Connecticut – Yahoo!

July 10, 2009 Posted by | Candlewood Lake, Connecticut, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post, New Fairfield, Summer | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – Horses

As a REALTOR in both New York and Connecticut, I have seen many farms and homes with horses.  I think they are beautiful, but I do admit that I am a bit – well maybe very – intimidated by their size.  But oh how I do love to view them… from afar!  Here are some of my favorite Flickr photos from very daring photographers!

horse-alisdair                                                                   alisdair – Flickr.com

in-the-breeze-wolfgang-staudt                                                             Wolfgang Staudt – Flickr.com

gimme-some-sugar-pamzpix                                                                 Pamzpix – Flickr.com

horse-clearly-ambiguous                                                     Clearly Ambiguous – Flickr.com

running-jelles                                                                   JelleS – Flickr.com

sunset-horse-evgeni-dinev                                                          Evgeni Dinev – Flickr.com

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Fun Post | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Price Your Home to Sell

In this more challenging market, “Price Your Home to Sell” featured in FrontDoor.com – has some helpful hints and how to list and sell your home.

                                                                

Interest rates are still historically low and there are buyers.  Although, those buyers – even first timers – are very knowledgeable and know exactly what they want – and many want a more move in home.

How can you stand out as a seller without spending too much money that you may not recoup?

  • First impressions are very important and you want a buyer to feel good  when they drive up to your home.  Add a dash of color with seasonal flowers – mums are great now in the Fall. Keep shrubs and grass trim, leaves raked and walkways clean and inviting. To take it a step up, Lowe’s has some great ideas – even if you just use one of these.
  • Keep your home clean and tidy – view HGTV’s Speedy Cleaning & Organizing Tips – Remember, buyers have a hard time getting past the mess!
  • As you all know, the Kitchen and Bathrooms are the most important features that buyer are looking for.  Keep them clean, decluttered and as updated as possible.  Some inexpensive ideas – like changing the hardware and/or painting cabinets, can help bring in more buyers.

                                             

A few other ideas – Reed Diffusers are great – they smell delicious and there is not the worry that you may have with leaving a lit candle.

Light and Bright – Open your blinds, pull back your curtains, have your lights on when you know there is a showing and leave a note for the Realtor to please shut them off when done.

                                                              

Leave a “Treat” for your potential buyers. Some have being viewing homes all day – a Trick or Treat bag is perfect this month!

Show off” your home by having your listing agent take many photos and add all that is allowed to your listing.

Please be flexible when it comes to showings.  You don’t have to leave your home for the entire afternoon – wondering if the agent has come yet.  As soon as they arrive, take a walk, a ride or visit a neighbor.

If your selling your home in the Fall or Winter, have photos of your home during the Spring and Summer seasons.

Also, if possible, have copies of your survey, floor plan, school info, local parks and shops.  Anything and everything that will help draw a potential buyer not only to your home, but your community.

Most importantly – PRICE it right!  Unfortunately, it’s not what you want or need – the market controls the price.  Have your agent inform you of what has recently Sold and any New Listings in your neighborhood as they come up during the entire listing time.  You need to know if a home 3 doors down that is larger and totally renovated, is on the market for LESS than your home.

Lot’s of LUCK!

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY and ClipArt.com

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

While House Hunting, Stop & Smell the Flowers

With Homes For Sale’s inventory being high and interest rates lowWHAT A PERFECT TIME TO BUY!  With so many homes currently on the market, you can start in the morning and end in the evening, viewing home after home in different neighborhoods – towns and states!

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If your out viewing homes, please make time to take in as much as you can.  Take notes on EVERYTHING, including the pluses AND minuses of each home.  With the  sellers permission, you may also be able to take your own photos or video.  Since many homes have little or no interior pics, I have taken my own footage to send to my clients via e-mail so they could share desired homes with family members and friends. 

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With homes that my buyers are considering to purchase, these photos will help them with ideas of where to place furniture, color schemes and even help answer questions like, “How many window were there in the master bedroom?”.  Couples often argue over whether or not there was a fireplace in the living room!    

Also,  with now being Spring, maybe take the time to smell the flowers along the way! 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

May 7, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment