The perfect tote bag

 

I found this on the Pottery Barn website when I was looking for a small gift for someone…

 

Pottery Barn Tote

 

 

Perfect sentiment, no?!?

If you’d like to order one (they are only $19) you can find them here.

 

Please note, I have not been compensated by Pottery Barn to feature this, I just saw the tote and like it.

 

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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 2/27/15

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Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS,  HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op

 

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Why is America going to the dogs?

dog care centerIn the past, I have written about our country’s obsession with laundry rooms. Putting any effort into a laundry room absolutely stymies me, BUT I can’t deny it’s clearly taking more importance in home design. You can read some of my laundry room posts here, here, here and here.

While I may not personally agree, research indicates that laundry rooms are gaining in importance with home buyers. I guess it makes sense, because we all have to do laundry.

BUT, I am now seeing a new phenomenon…

Laundry rooms that are also dog care rooms. These rooms have a special dog bathing shower and specially designed dog sleeping and feeding areas.

What?!?

Seriously?!?

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I love my dog Edgar as much as any pet owner can, but I WILL NOT build a dog care room into my house for him.

And, as a Realtor, I will go out on a limb here and suggest that dog care rooms might be a re-sale limiter.

If you’d like to see what spurred this post, you can see a dog care center makeover on Houzz this week.

Aye yai yai…

 

Dog Room Image: Houzz
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Well said…

 

 

CLose your door quote

 

 

 

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This is getting old…

-1 thermometerHere’s a picture of my thermometer this morning.

-1°.

How is that possible?

You may be asking, what has this got to do with real estate since that is the topic this blog focuses upon?

My answer: precious little, other than it makes showing homes to buyers rather uncomfortable.

Stay warm today.

 

 

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Are you ready to buy a home?

house for saleI went out this weekend with a lovely young couple preparing to buy their first home.

I have to say, they were pretty on top of things and already had an appointment with a mortgage broker and understood exactly what they could afford based on the money they have for a down payment.

They also knew themselves well enough to know that they didn’t want to “over-reach” and spend too much for a home. They want to be able to go out and socialize and take great vacations even after they are homeowners.

A pretty smart, pretty prepared young couple.

Coincidently, I found a home buying quiz this morning as I was reading through my morning emails.

The title of the quiz is Am I Really Ready to Buy a Home? You can find the quiz here.

Take the quiz and see if you’re ready to buy.

If you are ready to buy and you live in Fairfield County Connecticut, call me :-)

 

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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 2/20/15

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Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS,  HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op

 

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I would love to own a little house like this

For those of us enduring a rather cruel winter, something about this just spoke to me.

I would love to own a little house like this. The only difference is, I’d like mine on the coast of Maine.

So sweet.

 

Beach House

 

Image: Beach Bliss Living
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Realtors Don’t Make as Much as You Think!

I am re-running this post because I am in a sour mood today…

I had a buyer (not my client, I am representing the seller) demand a portion of commission yesterday because HE made a mistake in reading the MLS listing. It’s a long story that I won’t go into, but suffice it to say, I had done nothing wrong and had not misrepresented the house in any manner. The only thing that happened was that HE hadn’t accounted for something in his calculations because HE didn’t read the listing properly. So, why he thinks I should have to “kick in” a portion of my SALARY to “share HIS pain”, is beyond me.

In any event, here is a post I wrote sometime ago, but I think bears repeating…

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Realtors Don’t Make as Much as You Think!

(originally posted September 6, 2014)

It’s funny, I’ve been trying to write this post for months and I just couldn’t get it right without sounding angry. It still may sound a bit angry, but this version is waaayyy tamer than some of my prior attempts.

In the few years that I’ve been selling real estate, I have had several clients ask for, hint at and even outright demand a piece of my commission.

I think people feel that a Realtor’s money is “found money” and, as such, the amount we agree upon at the start of a deal can be lowered (at that time or later on in the process) and we, as Realtors, will still have plenty left over. Since it’s “found” money, the amount doesn’t matter…right?!?

For those of you out there nodding your heads in agreement that it is “found money”, how would you like it if your boss told you he/she is going to take $10,000 out of your annual pay because the company feels like using the money for something else? Wouldn’t go over so well, would it?

My commission = My salary

I rest my case.

So, yes, I do bristle when I hear things like…

“My house will sell fast and you won’t have to do much because the house will sell itself, so how about a flat fee instead of a percentage.”

“I can’t really afford that much of a house, but if you chipped in part of your commission, then I can buy it.”

“I need to make a PROFIT on my house, since you have both sides of the transaction, then you will have to chip in from your commission. You’ll still make more than if you only got half.”

Yes, I have had all of the above said to me. Clients telling me why they deserve a piece of my salary.

Also, just to prove why Realtors are worth the money…the  client that offered me the flat fee agreed to pay me a commission because I said I wouldn’t be able take the listing if they didn’t. At the end of their transaction, they told me that they now understood why I was worth every penny. They couldn’t believe how much effort went into selling a house.

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Hopefully I did not sound as angry as the whole topic makes me feel :-)

Image: Point2

 

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A fabulous new app called KeyMe

key me logoHopefully this post will help someone in the real estate community…

Recently, I found myself in a situation where, I was in Florida with a house key that my sister-in-law in Massachusetts needed.

We talked about overnighting the key back and forth and had an elaborate delivery scenario all set when my tech-savvy brother-in-law stepped in and mentioned a new app he heard about called KeyMe.

KeyMe is an app that allows the person that has the needed key in their possession to take a photo of it through the app and store it. Then the person who needs the key can go to a hardware store that carries the app technology and have an exact key made from the stored picture. Of course, I am boiling this down a bit, but you get the idea.

Talk about effective technology!

My husband took a picture of the key with the app (at a cost of $10). Then my sister-in-law went to a hardware store in her area that carried the service and she got a regular key made for a couple of dollars. The whole process took us all less than two hours. A key, from Florida to Massachusetts, in less than two hours. More importantly, the key worked the first time she used it!

Absolute genius.

At then end of all the hullabaloo, my husband mentioned that, as a Realtor, I might want to add that app to my phone.

You never know when a client may have to transmit a key from afar. Keys go missing from listing keyboxes all the time.

You can find the KeyMe website here.

I certainly hopes this helps someone the way it helped me!

(Please note, this is NOT a sponsored post. I am just a grateful user who happened upon the app!) 
 
Image: KeyMe

 

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