Real Estate Career: Part Time vs Full Time??? - 12/31/09 10:17 AM
Part Time vs Full Time ???
Such a common dilemma for many people who are considering a career in Real Estate. Can I start part time?
As a manager I was asked this question often. My answer: You will have a better chance of winning rolliing dice at the casino than doing Real Estate on a part time basis.
The reason is simple: Being successful in Real Estate is a FULL TIME job and then some.
24/7 Commitment The Top Producers in any market will tell you that Real Estate is a 24/7 commitment to
A SPECIAL MOMENT ON THE OLYMPIC TORCH RUN. - 12/29/09 01:00 PM
If love stories make you cry, then don't read this post.
I guarantee that Terry Chenier's A Special Moment on the Olympic Torch Run will bring a tear to your eyes. Follow the link provided by John Grasty, too.
Via Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty):
There was a special moment during the Olympic torch run in the town
of Corunna, Ontario. As Sara Bergami ran her leg of the journey, her boyfriend,
Luca Bertacchi emerged from the crowd, slowly walked towards her, gave her a hug
and whispered something in her ear. Then he got down on one knee and
Denver Home buying Tips: Green Building & Asbestos Prevention - 12/29/09 06:42 AM
Green Building & Asbestos Prevention by Jane Wallace
Asbestos: Is Danger Lurking in Your Home?
Who needs to read this article written by Jane Wallace? Green Building & Asbestos Prevention
If your home was built before 1980
If a family member lives in a home built before 1980
If you are selling a property built before 1980
If you are planning to buy a property built before 1980
If you are a real estate agent or anyone involved in the buying, selling or financing aspect of older homes Jane's article was originally written for the Denver market,
Waterford Crystal: So Beautiful Yet So Dangerous? - 12/27/09 02:02 PM
Lead Crystal: So Beautiful Yet So Dangerous?
Expensive Heirlooms Collectibles Treasured wedding gifts Dangerous: lead can migrate from lead crystal into liquid. EPA's standard for drinking water is 50 micrograms per liter
Port wine stored for two days = 89 micrograms Port wine stored for four months = 2,000 ++++ micrograms White wine doubled its lead content within an hr and tripled it within 4 hrs Brandy stored for five years = 20,000 micrograms Enjoy the Beauty
Lead crystal goblets, wine glasses and water glasses are safe for drinking
Serve wine, cognac or brandy in decanter
Is Danger Lurking in Your Home? - 12/27/09 02:00 PM
Is Danger Lurking in Your Home ?
Was your home built before 1978? (Use of lead based paint common)
Does your home have beveled or leaded glass windows? Stained glass windows?
Older plumbing fixtures with lead solder? (Used between 1970-1985)
Heirloom or antique furniture?
Hobby & craft supplies?
Do your children play with painted toys? Antique toys? Imported toys?
Crystal stemware and decanters
Ceramic dishes and pottery: imported, older, handmade or poorly glazed
Cosmetics imported from other countries, esp.
Career Change: I Can't Afford to Make a Mistake - 12/27/09 08:13 AM
Career Change: I Can't Afford to Make a Mistake
Should I? Yes?? No??
Maybe real estate ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
The first e-mail I received this morning was a request for advice from someone who had contacted me previously about taking pre-licensing classes.
As you know, I am considering taking classes for Real estate licensing. My husband has talked to two people who have advised not to do it. They both said there are too many real estate people, no houses are
Mother's Recipe Box: Pumpkin Pie - 12/26/09 03:22 PM
Mother's Recipe Box: Pumpkin Pie
This recipe originally came from my grandmother. Over the years I have teaked the spices just a little. The recipe makes two nine inch pies. I usually make one pie for Thanksgiving and freeze the extra pudding until Christmas.
As a little boy Dave requested a pumpkin pie for his birthday on rather than a cake.
3 cups pumpkin (I use large canned pumpkin) 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons molasses (My mother like BlackStrap Molasses--it's stronger) 1/4 tsp cloves 3 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp ginger (Grandma recipe says 3 tsp)
Homestyle Cooking with Mary: Holiday Dinner for Two - 12/26/09 02:55 PM
Homestyle Cooking with Mary: Holiday Dinner for Two
Years ago going home to Grandma's house then later to Mother's house were long time family traditions. However, life changes and evolves and now it is just Dave & I for Christmas dinner and we love it. After my father died my mother has refused to leave her home so we visit her either before or after Christmas. (Visit to Mother's house) Several days before Christmas the Yonkers Clan spent two days at Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort celebrating Christmas & Dave's birthday AND skiing.
On Christmas Day the kids and grandkids who
Consumer Notice a.k.a. Golden Rule - 12/26/09 01:56 PM
Consumer Notice a.k.a. Golden Rule
THIS IS NOT A CONTRACT
Consumers of real estate services in Pennsylvania must receive the Consumer Notice at the initial interview with a real estate agent. Despite the best intentions of RELRA (PA Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act) . . . many consumers are still . . .
Confusedabout what real estate agents can do and can't do for them.
Let's simplify the Consumer Notice for them with the Golden Rule of Real Estate
*** Do unto others as you want them to do unto you
HOLIDAY BONUS: No, not $$$$$ - 12/26/09 07:09 AM
Are you hoping for Holiday Bonus? $$$$$$$$ Cash or check
For most people the term Bonus means money especially at holiday time.
Per several feature articles in the Christmas edition of the Erie Times-News I learned how the Erie community was the beneficiary of a Holiday Bonus through the actions of several Erie-ites. These Erie-ites are not high profile celebrities. They are just ordinary people who did a little something extra for others in 2009.
Let me highlight their stories.
Mark & Linda Aleksandrowicz Organized a blood drive to benefit a fellow member of Erie
Are You Contagious? - 12/24/09 12:20 PM
Are You Contagious?
How's Your Attitude Today?
You might be thinking, "What my attitude have to do with being contagious?"
Get out of my way you id... Who cares about the d... tree?
I can't stand Aunt Ida. Just put her gift in an old shoe box.
Why does Uncle Jack bring fruit cake every year?
Why am I always stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun?
Is your attitude Contagious?
Winter Scenes from Western PA & NY - 12/23/09 07:51 PM
Winter Scenes from Western PA & NY
I love cross country skiing during the winter months because I have the opportunity to enjoy nature unspoiled by others. Let me share a few of my favorite scenes with you.
Alone against the elements Meandering stream
Virgin Snow Enter Here
Cross country skiing, my favorite winter past time, is my time away from people, phone and computer. Some think I am fool hardy to go off into the woods by myself, but I don't
Early Christmas with the Yonkers Clan - 12/23/09 05:06 PM
Early Christmas with the Yonkers Clan
(No one brought a tripod)
Happy Birthday Dave Yonkers
Recently the Yonkers clan gathered at nearby Peek 'n Peak Resort for birthday celebration for Grandpa Dave and early Christmas celebration. Notice the hat Sarah is wearing. (See below)
Peek n' Peak Ski Resort
Located in SW New York
It has become a Yonkers tradition to gather at Peek n' Peak Resort to celebrate Dave's birthday on the first day of winter, December 21st, ski and exchange Christmas presents, too.
Instead of formal dinner at the
A Christmas Tradition: Oyster Stew - 12/17/09 10:11 PM
Mother's Recipe Box: A Christmas Tradition
An old family tradition was Mother's Oyster Stew for Christmas Eve dinner. However in recent years Mother has not wanted to leave her home of 60 years so Dave & I took all the ingredients to her home in Oil City.
1 pint oysters, undrained 1/4 cup oleo or butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Dash Old Bay Seasoning (or hot pepper sauce) Salt & pepper to taste 2-3 cups whole milk (or 2% milk) Garnish with fresh chives or parsley Blend flour & seasoning in heavy pan with melted
The Joy of Giving: Lesson Learned - 12/17/09 09:35 PM
The Joy of Giving: Lesson Learned
Early Morning Fire Leaves 40 Homeless
A headline jolts most people's attention. Then we thank God it's not us or someone we know personally and we go on with our busy lives... Until I read the following story in Country magazine.
A West Texas Christmas
A young girl's story of moving to remote west Texas town just before Christmas in 1944 jolted my inner being more than the headlines of FIRE in Erie, PA 2009. The author wanted to cry at the prospect of celebrating Christmas in a new location
Morning Beauty - 12/14/09 11:35 AM
Just before daylight
Birds are waiting for breakfast
Morning newspaper . . .
In summer Hubby & I sit here with glass of wine
Morning is often my favorite time of day even in winter so I couldn't resist taking my camera with me as I ventured out during recent snowstorm to feed the birds, get the morning newspaper AND shovel snow in lieu of my daily walk.
BUT Sitting on my front porch at the end of a summer day with glass of wine . . .
Extreme Makeover (Erie, PA Edition) Airs Tonight - 12/13/09 07:30 AM
Extreme Makeover (Erie, PA Edition) Airs Tonight
ABC 8-10 pm EST Airs Dec. 13, 2009
The Erie community will celebrate with Clara Ward's extended family and the children (Youth Development and Family Center) she has helped for the past twenty + years. Six months ago Clara was chosen for as Extreme Makeover recipient.
See links: Extreme Makeover Choose Erie, PA Builder
Best Gift: Erie has come together as a community to support projects like Clara's. ABC 8-10 tonight
Stop! My World Is Spinning Out of Control - 12/04/09 09:00 PM
Stop! My World Is Spinning Out of Control
E-mail, Voice mail, MLS, Blogs, Inspection reports
Social Networking Facebook, LinkedIn, ActiveRain
It's Saturday morning and there is no milk for the kids cereal and you are running late for appointments!
Home or work? Tired of the balancing act?
Need a vacation?but who has time?
Need Help? Need another hand? Let me recommend a solution that worked for me while on vacation for three weeks this fall.
Second Self Virtual Assistance
Pamela & her team of assistants will assist you with all
Homestyle Cooking with Mary: Apple Waldorf Salad - 12/03/09 08:08 PM
Waldorf Salad, my favorite non-green salad
Now I could sit down and eat half the bowl, but I won't. Waldorf salad is good any time of year, but fall apples are the best. I prefer Cortland apples which are very abundant in my area. I peel half the apples; the other I leave the skin on for color.
Seedless grapes or raisins Walnuts or pecans Chopped celery Mini marshmallows Miracle Whip Lite (sometimes I use Mayo-lite) As you know by know I use the ingredients I have on hand. A little of this and a little of that rather
Homestyle Cooking with Mary: Split Pea & Ham Soup - 12/02/09 07:04 PM
Would you like to stay for bowl of soup & hot biscuits?
Early this morning I decided to make Split Pea & Ham soup.
When I cook I gather all the ingredients before starting, but I don't have an exact recipe to follow when making soup. To me soup means use whatever is in the refrigerator or cupboard. That is probably why each time I make soup it turns out a bit different. Fortunately no one ever complains.
Generally these are the ingredients I use when making split pea & ham soup.
Ham bone & ham pieces Vegetable