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Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent

Here is a great video from RealEstate.aol.com

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October 27, 2010 Posted by | Real Estate, Realtor | , , , | Leave a comment

Why You Should Work With a Realtor

Sharing another post from Realtor Magazine – Realtor.org

Why You Should Work With a REALTOR®

Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Here are five reasons why it pays to work with a REALTOR®.

1. You’ll have an expert to guide you through the process. Buying or selling a home usually requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page settlement statements. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes.

2. Get objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They’ll also be able to provide objective information about each property. A professional will be able to help you answer these two important questions: Will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?

3. Find the best property out there. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your REALTOR® to find all available properties.

4. Benefit from their negotiating experience. There are many negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession, and inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings, or equipment. In addition, the purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

5. Property marketing power. Real estate doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. In fact, a large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, and family. When a property is marketed with the help of a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.

6. Real estate has its own language. If you don’t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it’s important to work with a professional who is immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language.

7. REALTORS® have done it before. Most people buy and sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. And even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS®, on the other hand, handle hundreds of real estate transactions over the course of their career. Having an expert on your side is critical.

8. Buying and selling is emotional. A home often symbolizes family, rest, and security — it’s not just four walls and a roof. Because of this, home buying and selling can be an emotional undertaking. And for most people, a home is the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on both the emotional and financial issues most important to you.

9. Ethical treatment. Every member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® makes a commitment to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a customer of a REALTOR®, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. It is mandatory for REALTORS® to take the Code of Ethics orientation and they are also required to complete a refresher course every four years.

 

 

 

 

 

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Use a Realtor… or not

Use a Realtor… or not

Another fun video from HowRealtorsHelp.ca on You Tube….

September 20, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Fun Post, Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Using a Realtor to Sell or Purchase a Home

Using a Realtor to Sell or Purchase a Home…

A just for fun You Tube Video from Power Sites – Watch and enjoying!

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Buyers, Fun Post, Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why You Need a Realtor to Sell Your Home

Why you need a Realtor to sell your home…

Watch this funny You Tube Video –

September 14, 2010 Posted by | Home, Real Estate, Realtor, Sellers, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , | Leave a comment

Realtor Throws Himself Down Stairs!

Realtor throws himself down stairs if he doesn’t sell a house in 90 seconds.

Watch this funny You Tube video – the very end is hysterical! 

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We can all use a laugh – Hope you enjoyed!

September 3, 2010 Posted by | Fun Post, Uncategorized, You Tube | , , , , | Leave a comment

Realtor Open House Day

Viewing a butterfly during Realtor Open House Day. 

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July 7, 2010 Posted by | Realtor Open House, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 261 thru 343

HELLO!!!   I can’t believe I have not written a “My Life as a Realtor” post since a few days after Easter!  Why you ask – busy – busy – busy and I couldn’t be happier!

So, from April 8th – Day 261 – until today – June 28th – Day 343 – I have had many appointments – family functions – Happy moments and not so happy moments – classes, meetings and oogles of family time! 

Here are a few candid moments…

Appointments with clients – I loved this railing – not your typical “all wood” railing

A closing in Danbury CT

Enjoying the Spring weather

A ton of away and home soccer games

8th Grade Graduation for my youngest

Realtor Open House Days

and so much more!

June 29, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 259

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 259:

Another busy – busy – busy day! 

                                                           One of my listing  – adorable!

                                                        2A Hudson Drive – New Fairfield CT

May 1, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 258

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 258:

It’s Monday – a trip to the New Fairfield Town Hall…

 

 

April 20, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 260

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 260:

Wednesday – Appointments in Carmel NY

                                                            Lake Gleneida – Carmel NY

Then off to do some errands and get ready for my 2nd appointment for the day in Thornwood NY.  I arrived home at 9:55pm – just in the nick of time to see the American Idol results! 

                                                     Night Sky in Thornwood NY

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Carmel, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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!

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

My Life as a Realtor – Day 256

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 256:

Saturday….  my first appointment was over in Heritage Hills in Somers NY

 

My 2nd appointment was showing a few homes in Katonah and North Salem NY.

Our 1st home had a striking red door and interesting door knocker…

My final, evening appointment was back with my client from yesterday to the new Rivington complex in Danbury CT

 

My client brought her husband along and they were so sweet together. 

Then, it was back to mommy mode – food shopping and dinner was on my mind.  So, I stopped at Shaw’s at 7:30 at night to find almost nothing!  I had lot’s to pick from at home, but was hoping to pick something up that was quick to make.  Unfortunately, Shaw’s is closing 😦  and Stop & Shop in coming to New Fairfield!   In the end, I made a very difficult decision and bought Chinese Food for dinner… he – he!

 

April 12, 2010 Posted by | Danbury, My Life as a Realtor, New Fairfield, Somers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 255

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 255:

Appointment in Danbury CT today – at a new complex – Rivington.  Here is a photo of the awesome views…

April 12, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 254

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 254:

Appointments today in New Fairfield and Danbury CT.  Always a pleasure to go out with these clients – especially when they bring their pups!

Snapped a pic of proof that Spring has sprung!

April 12, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 253

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 253:

Appointment in Danbury CT today.  Met my clients daughter and adorable grandchildren.

Stopped at the office – Century 21 VJF Realty –  to do some work… then headed home passing Ball Pond in New Fairfield CT

 

 

April 12, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 252

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 252:

Appointment day today in Brewster, NY – my client did like one listing very much and submitted an offer.  So, today was a good day! Actually, a great day… except for the rain!

April 9, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 251

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 251:

Busy day – and going to be an even busier week – Yeah!

Here is a pic of my Buba…

April 9, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 250

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 250:

It’s Sunday, Open House Day again on my listing…

            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  2A Hudson Drive ~ New Fairfield CT  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

April 7, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 249

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 249:

Open House Day on my listing…

                                    ***********2A Hudson Drive ~ New Fairfield CT***********

Then off to an appointment in Brewster…

April 7, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 248

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 248:

It’s Friday – an easy day.  Took care of a few errands, e-mails, phone calls and getting ready for tomorrow’s Open House for my listing…

~ 2A Hudson Drive ~ New Fairfield CT

April 7, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, My Listing | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 247

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 247:

Thursday – Ma is leaving today for Portugal…  a difficult day for all.   Here are a few pics of Portugal when Hubby – Joe – went to this past summer…

April 2, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 246

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 246:

Wednesday – last full day that my mom will be here before leaving for Portugal

We went out to lunch and grocery shopping at A&P…

April 2, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 245

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 245:

Out and about today with my mom – she is leaving on Thursday to go back to Portugal and I am very sad to see her go – so… I kept myself busy with work…

April 2, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 244

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 244:

Monday – thankfully I have internet service – it had been down from Saturday morning until Sunday evening!  I am also thankful for this beautiful weather we have been having.  Ma and I went about on our errands.  At the top of our list is always food shopping – so off to A&P in Danbury we went!

                                         This weekend, Joe and the kids did alot of yard work…

                                                          Joe cleaning up in the front yard

                                                                          All cleaned up!

                             After dinner, I drove Amanda to the High School to pick up a book…

                                                           Waiting for Amanda to come out…

                                                                         Here she comes!

                                                                                  Finally!

I have alot of work to do – and… Dancing with the Stars starts tonight!!

March 27, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 243

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 243:

Appointment today – back to the office to do some work – then met with my clients in New Fairfield to view many lovely homes – a few on Ball Pond and Candlewood Lake – and what a wonderful day it was to view homes with water views!

My evening appointment was canceled, so it was back home for a wonderful dinner!

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Ball Pond, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 242

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 242:

Saturday – appointment day in Danbury.  Stopped at the office to meet with my clients.  We viewed a few new listings and 2 listings for the 2nd time.  One of their favorites was near Richter Park Golf Course

Afterwards, I went back to the office to get ready for tomorrow’s appointments.  After dinner, Melissa, Sara and I went to see Amanda in the The Music Man at the New Fairfield High School

 

It was an awesome show and we are so proud of Amanda!

March 26, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, New Fairfield Schools, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 241

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 241:

Friday – Show day for Amanda at the New Fairfield High School!

 

For me, it was work – work – work!  Much to do to get ready for another busy weekend!

Tonight was also Bunco night for me – it was at my sister’s house, so Ma came along to play and won $10!  She had a blast and didn’t complain she was tired once!  I’m so proud of her 😉 

March 26, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 239

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 239:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Joe and I started dating on St. Patrick’s Day – 26 years ago – Whew!  How time flies – really!

Today, I went nowhere and it felt good.  I was able to remain focused on my work and sometimes I can’t believe how many hours I can spend on the computer without taking a bathroom break! 

We had another warm – Spring like day today.  Here is a picture of my tulips blooming…

March 18, 2010 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 238

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 238:

Lot’s of work to do again today  and I’m happy to report that the rain and clouds are gone and it is an absolute gorgeous day!!  Spring isn’t until Saturday, although it has arrived today – Yeah! 

Here is a pic of a beautiful – and thawed – Ball Pond

As I made my way to the office, I realized quickly that I was over dressed.  This happens every Spring –  I’m afraid of being cold, so I still wear turtle necks and coats and sweat my buns off!

After going to the office, I stopped at A&P in Brewster – yes, FOOD SHOPPING AGAIN!

When I arrived home, my mom and David had made a wonderful dinner – our very 1st barbecue of the season – and – we even ate outside…

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Ball Pond, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment