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Oh No! Not The UPS Man Again! ....Bad Dog! - 10/29/08 07:37 PM
While working from home today, my dog started barking. I was on the phone and could not investigate the situation. Fortunately, my husband was working from home too. I heard him pleading for the dog to come back. Now, I'm thinking "uh oh ...the dog just bolted and I need to go help him before she heads towards the busy road at the end of our subdivision". I got off the call, but by this time he had lured her back inside. Phew! We usually let her out to do her thing without a leash. She almost always comes right back (12 comments)
Poughkeepsie, NY - Lean On Me Conference On Caregiving - 10/26/08 10:31 AM
A caregiver is an everyday hero, they take on many roles. Every single day can oresent new challenges. And, there are many tasks. A caregiver wears many hats - nurse, activities director, cook, housekeeper, chauffer, pharmacist - just to name a few. For caregivers in the mid-Hudson Valley, a FREE conference will be sponsored by the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and cooperative organizations, including the Saint Francis Hospital, Dutchess County Office for the Aging, the Manor at Woodside. Premier Home Health Care, and Wingate Healthcare. Workshops will be offered at the conference to help cargivers find available resources and understand issues related to a caregiver's needs. Some of (3 comments)
The Patron Saint of Real Estate Transactions - 10/25/08 02:29 PM
In a few days, at a more appropriate time - I will ask for family permission to pay official tribute to a wonderful man. I have been absent from Active Rain for a few days because I was feeling too blue. Yesterday I attended a funeral of a friend and a well respected real estate attorney. At 73 years old, he was still performing full time in his role of an attorney and managing his own law practice. I never knew until his death that he was in his 70's. I found myself teary eyed at this funeral. His family eulogized him beautifully in a program that was handed out in church. While reading about him, I felt strongly (10 comments)
Is It The Package Or The Size That Counts? - 10/17/08 08:03 PM
Hard! This is really hard! How does a quality home compete with larger homes which are inferior? When it comes to marketing, I think it is much easier to promote size over quality. I've had a few challenging listings this year. I don't know if it's my locale but I've lived in other parts of the country where quality is everything. The Northeast is a little pricey, okay it's a lot pricey. This is different. New York ranks as one of the highest states when it comes to property taxes. I never have figured out why that is because I know I am not getting anything more in return (44 comments)
Another Pleasant Valley Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday..... - 10/15/08 02:50 PM
Nobody who's ever ventured north of NY City or Westchester County would ever imagine this! Only 70 miles away from the Big Apple is a beautiful and peaceful landscape. Manhattanites who come up here for a weekend drive usually fall in love with the Upstate NY countryside. Often I've heard it said - "I feel like I've died and gone to heaven". No wonder one Hudson Valley town was named Pleasant Valley! Many stay long enough to check out the local real estate market - and eventually they become residents who commute to work in The City. The smart thing, for those who have jobs that are conducive enough is to figure out a way to telecommute. Some (5 comments)
Last Minute Showings & Last Minute Chaos - 10/13/08 01:09 PM
Have you let yourself become a last minute Realtor? It's a fact - there are fewer and fewer buyers to work with. And, for every listing there are fewer and fewer showings. Sellers have pretty much let their guard down these days. Many sellers are requiring 24 notice. Do you tell buyers this? I do. I have implemented a 24 hour rule now when working with buyers. As a listing agent, I certainly don't want my sellers to feel anxious. I encourage them to live in their homes but to always be prepared. <Wink> ...Now really, how can anybody do both? A few of my listings require 24 hours notice, while (5 comments)
Divorce - Who Gets The House? - 10/10/08 09:43 PM
Gee, I'd better go check on one of my listings tomorrow to be sure it's still in tact. I've been trying very hard to get the house sold but it's a very challenging market. I understand when there is a divorce involved the home sale can be a little tricky. Dividing the assets becomes complicated and in this market selling a house to divide the assets is even tougher. But, I hope it never gets to this point.... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27113959/?GT1=43001
A couple in rural Cambodia has terminated their 18-year marriage with a divorce settlement that entailed sawing in two the wooden house they once shared. (12 comments)
Price Reduced! LaGrange, New York - 10/10/08 02:41 PM
GORGEOUS 2004 TRANSITIONAL HOME IN A SOUGHT AFTER LAGRANGE NEIGHBORHOOD. QUALITY ABOUNDS W/CHERRY, GRANITE,& STAINLESS KITCHEN, QUALITY MOLDINGS/DOORS & STONEWORK. BOASTS HW FLOORS, 2 STORY ENTRY & FAMILY ROOM, 2 STAIRCASES, SPACIOUS BDRMS & FABULOUS MASTER SUITE. MANICURED LAWN, PROFESSIONALLY LANDSCAPED W/UNILOCK WALKS, WALL, PATIO & W/CASCADING WATERFALL. GARAGE ACCESS TO FULL BASEMENT. CLOSE TO TSP & 10 MINUTES TO TRAINS. SHOWS LIKE NEW! ~ New Price $599,900 (0 comments)
A Maverick Might Not Be The Best "Deal Maker" - 10/08/08 11:20 PM
Do you know how to play nice in the sandbox with the other real estate agents? When you are ready to face off - are you an Obama or a McCain? Sometimes, a little personality goes a long way - just look at the polls.
If anything, having a combative personality only earns you a reputation amongst the other agents. Nobody wants to do business with a hard nose. What happens when it gets to the point that nobody wants to even show your listings? Eventually, agents will cringe at the thought of you showing one of theirs. Worse, they will hide under their desks (17 comments)
Staging The Garage - 10/05/08 04:28 PM
Some of you will call me OCD. Go ahead! But, I found myself one cheapskate builder when we built 9 years ago. I wasn't in the real estate business back then and maybe I didn't know any better. I didn't pre-determine if the completed construction project would include a garage paint job. I should have known, this is the same builder who did not consider a fireplace mantel a standard feature - we paid extra. Hard to believe, but just 9 years ago the area home builders were just the independents. Since that time, national homebuildres have bought up land and are giving those independent cheapskates a run (16 comments)
When Did We Stop Being A Resourceful Society? - 10/05/08 12:41 PM
I was talking to a friend today about the differences between our parent's generation, the generation before them - and how they were so much more resourceful than we are today. We have become a wasteful society and I am guilty as well as the rest of you! The conversation had started when I was telling my friend that my husband had taken on the project of painting our garage this weekend. It's no small task. He spent an entire day cleaning out, disposing of accumulated junk and moving stuff away from the walls. He started yesterday and by the end of the day (13 comments)
Oh Deer! ...Roadkill Season Is Here! - 10/04/08 11:45 PM
While driving home from my belated birthday celebration tonight, a few deer friends jumped out of the woods to surprise me! It was dark and we almost didn't see them. My husband hit the brakes just in time. We stopped and so did they - in the middle of the road they stood there staring back at us ...like deer in the headlights! Yes, the headlights of a car will cause a deer to freeze.
It's THAT time of year once again. It's getting cold at night in the Hudson Valley. Cold months are the peak season for deer-vehicle crashes, especially given (6 comments)
NO! ...I Will NOT Give The Home Inspector The Lock-Box Code! - 10/04/08 04:18 PM
I just hate when I am hosting a party and running behind with all my tasks, when suddenly - people show up early! I got caught in a traffic snarl today and was running 5 minutes late to my inspection. Turns out the inspector arrived long before the scheduled time! Enroute to the inspection, my phone rang. It was my buyer client telling me the inspector wanted the lock-box code so he could start. Perhaps, nobody would see the harm in this since the property is vacant. So, I asked her if he was already done inspecting the roof and the exterior. I explained that most inspectors usually start (18 comments)
How Many People Could Care Less About The Debates? - 10/02/08 11:41 PM
I put in a full day at my office today. I don't usually spend a lot of time there but I signed up for 5 hours of phone duty. It's nice to catch up with the other agents and staff members every now and then. Today I was especially pumped up about the Vice Presidential debates. Surprisingly, nobody else was. I don't usually talk politics at the office, but when I brought up this evening's anticipated debate everybody seemed to roll their eyes at the mention of it. I simply made a statement that this is something I was looking forward to tonight. And, somebody else (20 comments)
Would You Join The Gary Woltal Fan Club? - 10/02/08 03:56 PM
Many of you know Gary Woltal. What is there not to love about this guy? If I am addicted to Active Rain - and I am, it's probably because on any given day I can always look forward to one or two of Gary's inspirational posts. I think I have become a groupie! And, I am only one of many. If you don't already know Gary, I suggest you get to know him better! Gary Woltal - REALTOR® Dallas Ft. Worth Gary is a dedicated blogger who always provides positive, uplifting and motivational commentaries - the kind of stuff Realtors need to get themselves going in this challenging (8 comments)
New Listing - Poughkeepsie, NY - 10/01/08 05:59 PM
BEAUTIFUL BRICK CONTEMPORARY CAPE, LOCATED IN THE SPACKENKILL AREA - 2 MILES TO THE EVERYDAY CONVENIENCES OF RT 9 & JUST MINUTES TO THE METRO NORTH TRAIN STATION. MOVE IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS & SNUGGLE BY THE BRICK FIREPLACE! WONDERFUL MASTER SUITE BOASTS CLOSETS GALORE AND A SPACIOUS MASTER BATH W/JACUZZI. WARM & INVITING KITCHEN W/CHERRY CABINETS ADJOINS LARGE DINING ROOM. PRIVATE PATIO OVERLOOKS HEATED INGROUND POOL. MOVE IN CONDITION! $324,900 (2 comments)
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