Sunday afternoon I got a call from someone interested in seeing a condo in Annapolis. They wanted to see my favorite condos. This was an opportunity to meet potential clients AND visit a few new units in my favorite Annapolis condos. We all arrive on time and head up the stairs to the third-floor unit. On the way up the stairs the buyers chat about their two dogs, fairly close to being puppies, and the many trips they take outside every day. The first feelings of a potential problem start to nudge my brain, but I resolve to look forward, I’m thinking positive! First steps into the condo and we’re greeted by ourselves! A huge floor to ceiling mirror takes up the opposite foyer wall. “Well, at least you can ensure your shoes match before you leave the house!” I said…What, no one else has this panic attack half way to their destination? Oh, I guess it’s just me?….The property is nicely updated, hardwood floors, granite, bathrooms, all of it looks great! They have mirrors as kitchen backsplash but that’s Easy to change, on with the positive thoughts! The wife is not feeling this space. She likes the updates, she… read more →
Remember that time last year when I thought I was going to sell my house? Yeah, well I didn’t. That’s a long story and I’m not getting into it. I’ll just say my son moved back home long enough for me to miss the spring and summer market. I decided to get a Golden Retriever puppy, because I’m a glutton for punishment. And now my yard looks like something straight out of the game Whack-A-Mole. One year later, I’m here all over again, selling my house. This time feels different. This time I’m walking around talking about furniture that’s getting sold or given to my ex-husband. This time I really want to throw everything away and start over. That picture over there, don’t need it. Those books, donate them! (I know, I gasped a little myself after I typed that) I just want to go, move on, start the next chapter in my life. It’s all stuff. The important part of life isn’t the things, it’s the people we share life with, and I’ll have them with me (and the dogs. Okay fine, and the cat.) Lets get started already!
It’s a little early to celebrate Thanksgiving but being “thankful” is always in season. I’ve had a lot of things swirling around in my head that have needed to come out: my aunt is sick, my business has changed substantially this year, my son has graduated and moved out, lots of changes… Every experience can be looked back on as a lesson. I tend to collect clients as eventual friends and family. I love these people. We’ve just worked as a team. It’s been one, long, team building exercise for the past few months and we’re BFF’s now… Last year I unintentionally let down one of the team. I didn’t even know I was doing it. I found out too late in the game. A dear friend, who started out as a client, wanted help selling her home. This would have been our second time working together. Long story short, I let her down and she ended up listing with another agent. The problem was we never communicated, had the conversation that feelings were getting hurt. When I found out, I apologized but by then it was too late… So, I’m thankful to have had her friendship while it lasted.… read more →
I’m preparing my home for sale. I’m a seller. I’ve only done this one other time. I hate this. Everywhere I look in my house I see things that need to be “edited”, things long overdue for cleaning, and things that I wish I could just throw away. This is hell. My family moved into this house December of 2014. It was the house of our dreams, a 3-bedroom home with an office, two living spaces, a basement, and 2 acres! It was our forever home. We could rear our children here, retire here, entertain grandchildren here. This house was perfect. Only five months after moving in, twenty years of marriage fell apart. I won’t go into the details. Two years later and I’m preparing my forever home for sale. It took me most of February to figure out that the thought of preparing, the lists, the work, the overwhelming task that was ahead of me had put me into a depression. There was/is so much to do and I was doing almost all of it alone. My children are of an age that they should be helpful. That’s easier said than done. Every time my son “helps” he… read more →
I have just spent the past 3 hours trying to design a newsletter for the sole purpose of attaching my blog. If anyone has read “If You Give A Pig A Pancake…” then you will understand the process I have just endured. I have so many things to write about right now but many are very personal and will probably need to trickle out as I learn to articulate them better. So, today is a random blog. I hope you enjoy it. The picture above makes me laugh every time I read it: Hot Bean Water. That just makes me chuckle. I once tried to train myself to get used to drinking my coffee with Splenda. “It’s the same as sugar” they all said. “You can’t even tell.” I can tell. My tastebuds are not fooled. They know I am trying to slip them chemicals and they do not appreciate it. At the same time I was also cutting back on tasty things like Chips, Sourdough BREAD, and yummy Pastries and Cookies. My tastebuds knew what was happening and one day they had a chat with my common sense and said- What are you doing? This is the one truly luxurious… read more →
I have a good friend who has been on and off the fence about buying: No, we have decided to wait until spring….I think we’d like to see this house…What it really boils down to is they are keeping their eyes open for THE house. The perfect house that sings to their family’s heart. I get that, so we look at random houses at random times, and it doesn’t bother me because I love them. Today we went to see a house in a neighborhood that we all like: location, location, location. The property is a little over two acres, 5 bedrooms, finished basement, a pool, and a fancy koi pond. The home is a little different from the rest of the homes in the neighborhood, a little more modern. We both had very high hopes walking in. We met with the owner because they are attempting to sell the property themselves without listing with an agent. She told us right away that the home had been professionally painted, by hand, and each room has a different theme. Luckily, the owner got busy with a conference call and we were able to walk around, unattended, to witness the full glory… read more →
Meeting with a Structural Engineer to check out the integrity of my clients house of choice today….Meeting with a Structural Engineer is really a fascinating experience. The first time I went through one of these inspections I held my breath and waited for the house to fall down on top of us. The inspector carried around a long metal staff with the top end fashioned like a wine screw. It was almost as tall as the inspector. I followed him around the basement of the home while he quietly peered at bits of space and then suddenly he was swinging the staff at a beam and “Thwack!” Holy GOD! He did this for awhile….peer, mutter, THWACK! I was expected to keep my distance or my head, it was up to me. After awhile he started taking his finger nail and scratched at things here and there on the wall, muttering, muttering, asking questions, muttering….armed with the staff. Fascinating, …and a little scary. It’s better than a movie but you really have no appetite for a snack.
Imagine: I’m on a conference call. We’re discussing the next move in a contract. My daughter walks into my office, realizes I’m talking on the phone, and starts to scribble this note to me… (Thankfully, she no longer tries talking to me without sound….or her version of sign language) What? What does that mean? Doesn’t a volcano involve plaster of paris (whatever that is), a platform of some type, and brown paint? I happen to know we don’t have any brown paint. Why does she think she can just whip one up on the fly? All these thoughts are flying through my head as I stare at this post it note. Whatever she thinks, she’s headed out the door. I insist she wear my safety glasses, safety first! She might blow us all up but her eyes WILL be protected. Everything on the call comes to a screeching halt. My clients now know exactly what’s going on in my office/home. There’s no more pretending I’m actually at an office, office…(just like those moments when the UPS man shows up and my dogs go berserk!) I’m asking them to hold on for a quick second. I want my daughter to take the dog… read more →
De Ja Vu This morning started like every other…The oldest started knocking on my door at 0’Dark 30 asking if the carpool was going to pick him up….Why wouldn’t they pick you up? …Did you call them?…I don’t need to call them, they pick you up every morning…Should you take me to the bus stop?….You know there’s medication for this….Mama, am I going to miss the bus?…Turn on the front porch light and wait for the carpool.- At this point I shut the door on him and crawled back into my bed. Half an hour later my daughters obnoxious alarm started going off with all it’s bleeps, bloops, and chittering. You’d think it was a Furbee, almost. The alarm is designed to go off, snooze, and then roll off the table and make all the same racket while rolling around the room. It works as promised but she still doesn’t hear it. But I do. Today I chose to stay annoyed and let her earn the tardy slip. She woke up livid, with me, and then griped all morning long. I stayed in my room until it was time to go. I was happy there. And then, just out of… read more →
Was it always like this? I’m sitting in my office, waiting. I’m waiting for the Second heating repair company to show up. I bought a home warranty with my property when we purchased our new home in November (or rather the sellers bought us a home warranty at our request). I had my first opportunity to use it yesterday when I was told by my 15 year old that there was water “all over the basement”. Luckily, he exaggerates. But still, there was water, and it wasn’t a good way to start the morning. I called the warranty company and was given a two hour window that they would arrive later that afternoon (Tip: I was actually given a 48 hour window but then I called the company who would be coming out and they gave me an accurate window). The representative showed up on time and I walked him through what I know: Here’s the puddle in the basement. Do you have any questions? I’ll be in my office if you need anything. He tinkered around with the system for about 20 minutes and then came to my office. The run down of what he learned was my… read more →