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My Life as a Realtor – Day 113

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 113:

Hey – Day 113 on Friday the 13th!  Whatever that means…

Met with my clients in Southbury, CT to do the walk-thru.  They are so excited to finally be homeowners.  We first met a few years back when I helped them with a rental.  And now they are purchasing a home.

SSPX1038                                                                       Southbury, CT

We arrived at the home at the same time, walking right up to the front door since that is where the lockbox was located – hanging from the front door knob which was behind a storm door – which was locked!  We checked every door, window – everything was locked!  We looked for a spare key under rocks, in bird feeders – everywhere and NO KEY!  In the meantime, I had contacted the listing agent but since this was an estate – the only key was in the lockbox!  Thankfully, the brother of the previous owner had a key – Whew!  An hour and a half later, we were able to do the walk-thru.

In the meantime, I had dropped off Melissa at New Fairfield Auto Body to FINALLY pick up her car.  She was so excited and the car looked great.  NF Auto Body always takes very good care of us and I would highly recommend anyone to use their service!

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Since the closing was scheduled for 5:30, I went home and did a few things both for work and home.  Then I was off to the closing – the main event – a special event in P & K’s lives. 

SSPX1045                                My Clients Closing Attorney’s Office – Joesph Saffi – Danbury, CT

    My clients are now official HOMEOWNERS and I wish them many wonderful years in their new home!

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November 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 100

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 100:

Wow! I can’t believe I made it to Day 100!  Writing about my (Yawn!) Life as a Realtor has been fun.  Showing how multi-tasking my Life and Real Estate and how much I enjoy making this work and how I look forward to our market rebounding!! 

Phone Pics 117                                                                Patterson, NY Town Hall

Well, today, Thursday, was a good day.  One of my clients, who is purchasing his first home in Patterson, NY, met with his mortgage broker and contracts are awaiting his signature.  Another couple/clients of mine are in the process of negotiating on a beautiful home in Brewster, NY. And, a lovely couple, also purchasing their first home in Southbury, CT, are anxiously waiting for a commitment from their bank.  I have my fingers crossed!  Also, my clients/sellers and I are going out on Saturday to view a few homes in anticipation that they receive an offer soon – therefore allowing them to purchase soon!  Other clients are staying in touch via e-mail – inquiring on listings and waiting to hear if the tax credit will be extended.  Well, it looks like it will!  And not only for First-Time Home Buyers – more info will be announced and I can’t wait!

SSPX0327                                                 Views from Starr Ridge Road ~ Brewster, NY

October 30, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 71

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 71:

Yahoo – Realtor Open House Day!  Went to the office – picked up 2 associates in my office ~ Century 21 VJF Realty  – Carolyn and Eva.

But first – before the start of viewing homes – I had to FedEx checks to another Real Estate office for a client.

Then… we were off!   Our first home was located in Hopewell Junction – an oversized Raised Ranch with a mother daughter set up – 14 Taconic Drive – Hopewell Junction, NY ~ CLICK ~ to View Listing Sheet.  The listing agent – Susan – is a very good friend of mine and I wish her much luck with her new listing!  Offered at $535,000.

SSPX0781                                                               View from the front door…

It was great seeing Susan again, then off to house #2 –263 Old Quaker Hill Road ~ Pawling, NY ~ CLICK ~ to View Listing Sheet.  This home was awesome!  A gracious 1880 Quaker HillPawling, NY residence, once owned by a sister of renowned broadcaster and Quaker Hill resident Lowell Thomas.   Offered at $2,500.00

SSPX0786   Views from rear terrace of apple & peach orchard, gardens and access to a spectacular 90′ waterfall

After viewing this wonderful home from the basement to the attic – and having a tasty lunch – Eva, Carolyn and I were off down Quaker Hill which is on the edge of the Connecticut and New York border and is recognized for its History and beautiful views including horse farms

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 With full tummy’s – we made our way to Patterson, NY to view another home42 Jordan Drive – Patterson, NY ~ CLICK ~ to View Listing Sheet – the listing agent is another Realtorfriend – Jeannine.  This cozy home is cute as a button and has had many updates making it a move-in ready home. Offered at $189,000.

SSPX0789                                                  An interesting lawn ornament!

Last, but not least ~ another fantastic home in Brewster, NY – 34 Indian Wells Road – Brewster, NY ~ CLICK ~ to View Listing SheetThis home had wonderful details and each room was decorated beautifully.

Then I was off, solo, to Southbury, CT – to meet with an appraisor for clients purchasing their first home.  I arrived about an hour early – so, what do you think I did in the meantime…

HPIM2680                                                                        Shaws in Southbury, CT

Yup, I went food shopping… again!   It seems that everyday I need something – today it was water bottles and something for dinner.  I ended up filling my cart – nothing new since I always take full advantage of items that are on sale.

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, Connecticut, Historical Homes, Hopewell Junction, My Life as a Realtor, NY, Patterson, Pawling, Southbury, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 57

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 57:

Morning appointment in Danbury, CT with clients to measure rooms in a home that will soon be theirs!

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Then off to New Fairfield, CT to pick up my 4′ wedge at the Food Market.  They had just finished wrapping it – so it will be fresh and yummy for my Realtor Open House on my new listing in Brewster, NY ~~~CLICK~TO~VIEW~LISTING~SHEET~~~  and – I’ll be having an Open House tomorrow here from 11am to 1pm.

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Here is my spread for the Realtors that will come to view this spectacular home!

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In the evening, I had an inspection in Southbury, CT – another lovely home for my other lovely clients!

SSPX0703                                                  Vibrant Orange flowers in the front yard

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Brewster, My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 56

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 56:

Work, work, work – Clean, clean, clean – Kitchen looking really nice – I am still amazed at what a can of paint can do!

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The wonderful news of the day came in the afternoon.  My clients had put in an over-asking-price offer on a home in Southbury, CT.  Unfortunately, another offer had came in a few hours earlier and the seller had accepted the it and signed the offer to purchase sheet – so, my clients offer became a back-up offer – until today.  The listing agent called saying the deal fell through and the house was fully available!

                                                    A quick drive-by pic of Southbury, CTSSPX0700

My clients, the listing  agent and I worked until well after 10pm – e-mailing, scanning, and faxing necessary documents to make sure we stay in the lead.  Real Estate can be very exciting!

September 17, 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