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I got this email recently from an agent I co-op’ed with (he was the listing agent, I had the buyers). It really made my day.

Eliza,

I have to tell you how great it was working with such a professional …..it was such a pleasure from the beginning to the settlement table ….it was so refreshing …….I can not wait to work with you again and if it doesn’t work out with you working with your Mother I would love to have you work with me……LOL have a great weekend!

Professionally yours,
Dan

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Realtor

We’ve all seen this, right? The Realtor on the phone in his/her headshot? It must end!

There are only 2 possibilities here:

1. The agent falsely believed that you, the viewer, would think that they were caught off guard by a great candid photo while they were SO BUSY SELLING HOUSES! (Oh come on!!!)
2. This Realtor is terrible at time management / using their calendar, and double-booked their photoshoot with a very important teleconference.

Cut it out, Realtors!

 

 

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I am IN LOVE with our newest Old Orchard listing. The original owners have meticulously maintained their 48 year old home… It is like a time capsule.

And it absolutely will not last.

 

At times like this, when it seems impossible to get it all done, I like to remind myself that I have as many hours in the day as Beyonce does.

Back to work!
(Who runs the world? Girls.)

On Monday, I had the “pleasure” of attending a 10-hour Real Estate Continuing Education class. Half of me thinks it’s GREAT that Realtors are now required to act like professionals and complete credits on a biannual basis. The other half of me wants my Monday back.

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This is very non-scientific but I made the following observations about a group of about 150 Realtors:

  1. Average age for the room was somewhere around 50 years old.
  2. As far as I could tell, at 30, I was the youngest person in the room.
  3. 65% Male, 35% Female
  4. The “Male Realtor Uniform” was overwhelmingly khaki pants and a blue fleece. If you ever want to blend in with a group of Realtors or dress up like one for Halloween, you’re welcome.
  5. 4 people sat in the front row. 6 people in the second row. The back 5 rows were ENTIRELY full. What does this tell you about the level of commitment to learn? (Aside – I once had a very tough Art History teacher declare that she was certain that the 1st row in the lecture hall would receive A’s, the 2nd row A’s and B’s, and anywhere beyond the 3rd row would have C’s, D’s and F’s. She learned this over 30 years of lecturing.)
  6. About 50% of the attendees just barely made it into the room on time. Approximately 10% were unequivocally late.

Very very interesting……

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Grey Gardens is one of those documentaries that just changes you. It opens up a wild world and throws you into another place and time. It’s fair to say that I’m obsessed… I generally watch it every 6 months or so when I’m hungry for an escape into madness.

If I had $125k to spare, I’d be headed to East Hampton this summer.

A piece of American folklore can be yours from now until the end of July when you rent East Hamptons fabled Grey Gardens 2 acre estate with pool and tennis next to Georgica Beach. Originally designed by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe in 1897, this 6000 Hampton original, was totally renovated and restored to its originally condition with the addition of today’s amenities when the current owners rescued it some 30 years ago. With gracious common rooms coupled with enough bedrooms to comfortably house all your special guests, this ode to another era additionally offers heated gunite pool, Har-Tru N/S tennis court and of course the legendary gardens, which are likely to be some of the most beautiful you will ever see. Stroll to Georgica Beach a few hundred yards away or sip something iced in the little stucco cottage hidden within the lush landscape. History can never be truly owned but you can rent a piece of it this year.

Asking $125,000, June to July

As per usual, the photos are horrendous. But anyone familiar with the film will recognize these rooms, looking far less raccoon-ish than in previous years.

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You can view the full listing here

I’m looking back at 2012 and reflecting. Yes, I’m a month late, but hey- I’ve been super busy!

In 2012 I helped 9 families into great new homes. 6 of those were in Barclay Farm. 1 new construction deal, 5 sets of first time homebuyers.

I exceeded my own expectations AND set a new earnings record for myself.

This would normally be a “good” year but I’m going to go ahead and call it a “GREAT” year because it was done in 10 months with 1 hand tied behind my back. (Or holding & nursing a baby.)

2012 was not easy, but it was definitely great!

Now…. Here’s the fun part… Our team is growing! We are hiring another Buyers Agent. Who do you know who’d like to get in now, just as things are totally heating up?