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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

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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?

Alert!!!

The market has turned.

I often get asked if I just LOVE shows like, say, “Million Dollar Listing”.

No. No I don’t.

First, I do this stuff all day. So when it’s time to veg out on reality TV, give me ANYTHING BUT what I just spent all day dealing with. Cooking shows, fashion competitions, and my all time favorite: SURVIVOR (never ever missed an episode)… yes please. People arguing about list price? No. Can’t handle it.

But Million Dollar Listing is dangerous to buyers and sellers. I have, on multiple occasions, been confronted with the phrase “but on Million Dollar Listing, ____”.

Problems with treating that show as reality:

  1. Every state operates differently. We are neither in CA nor NY. The entire contract procedure differs state to state, and even from county to county.
  2. Luxury functions differently. Luxury buyers and sellers have certain expectations and, truthfully, make their own rules. If you’re shopping with a budget of less than $1 million, don’t expect to be treated the way you see these clients catered to.
  3. The shows are highly edited and do not follow these transactions to closing. No one wants to watch deals fall apart at inspection. But I guarantee that it happens.
  4. I would bet money that 90% of what you’re watching has been loosely scripted. Sure they might base the script on things that have actually happened, but they’ve always got the cameras in the right place and they always have an interesting story to show us. Not a coincidence.

Disclaimer – I am jealous of their commissions.

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I am on a Real Estate high.

I was lucky enough to work with a fantastic couple, Henry & Cora, to build a perfect home in Mount Laurel. And wow is it amazing. I am a huge fan of the builder we worked with. If anyone wants to build a house, I have a new favorite builder (and I can also make sure that you steer clear of the wrong people… trust me… it can be a nightmare.)

Look how happy they are with their keys!

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Wishing them many many years of happiness in their GORGEOUS NEW HOME!

It’s been a while since the MLS has cracked me up. Or frightened me. Today it did both.

Appears to be a typical Cherry Hill home…

A nice Split-Level for sale….

Obviously the pictures are sub-par but what else is new…

…And then BAM!!!!

Up close and personal with a totally creepy doll collection!!!!

WHAAAAAAT!

I am 100% baffled as to why a Realtor thought this was one of the 25 most important pictures of the house.

I love working with first-time homebuyers. I also love working with friends-of-friends. And I especially love when my clients are BOTH!
Big huge congratulations to Amanda & Paul, we had a super fun time looking and they ended up in a fantastic home that they’re busily remodeling to their tastes. Can’t wait to see what they do with it.
The icing on the cake arrived at my office today, this makes me smile ear to ear!

I love my job 🙂