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As a Mississippi girl, sharks were little more than a looming memory of the ominous music played before a massive creature attacked some unsuspecting characters dressed in a most unforgettable and somewhat unforgiving wardrobe from the late 70's.
But now I am in beautiful Beaufort, SC and what do I catch while attempting to hook a trout or two,Mr. Bonnethead himself. Now, please, before anyone fusses about our mistreatment of the wonderful marine life, you should know Mr. Bonnethead is swimming happily in the saltwater estuaries of the lowcountry.
This was my first experience with this type shark. (3 comments)
Lost In Transaction!~ - 08/30/12 07:28 PM
As in any industry, Realtors have developed their very own language. Any unsuspecting soul who finds themselves surrounded by this particular population may experience a significant amount of confusion. It sounds like English, it resembles normal speech most of the time, but still there is a code that must be broken. In order to merge the masses, encourage communication, and shed some much needed light on the jibber jargon, I created the "Lost in Transaction" list for normal people. Lost in Transaction 1. Listing- listing (n) When used as a noun means something the Realtor better sell, in record time. The (3 comments)
It seems there are two schools of thought on this ever pressing issue. The agent who refuses to show anything without it and the agent who is constantly waiting for the right time to stumble through the explanation.
I fall somewhere in the middle.
It is difficult for me to request a buyer whom I have just met to sign an agreement to work exclusively with me. Do I have Low REAL ESTEEM?
I would prefer the buyer have some knowledge and confidence regarding my abilities to represent them professionally in what just may be (2 comments)
Tips For Sellers!~ In any Market! - 08/30/12 06:35 PM
The sign is up, lockbox in place and the Internet is all a buzz with information on your property. Your Realtor is off to a great start and your goal is one step closer to success! Below is a short list I give all of my sellers the day after their home hits the market. It is just a reminder to be proactive!
1. Don't be shy!! Tell everyone you know that your home is for sale. Tell them how badly you hate to leave it, but that life does happen. Tell them they can view professional photographs at www.YourRealtorsWebsite, (2 comments)
She Will Rise Over Your Waters; She Will Stand Firm Against Your Winds - 08/30/12 09:25 AM
Hundreds of miles away from my family, my friends and all that is familiar; I watch mother nature twist and turn and challenge all that is dear to me since I was a child. As everyone around me debates upcoming football games, I stare mindlessly at the television, my computer and my phone. My stomach is churning right along with the rivers of My Mississippi. It is just a category one, they say. My coworkers, in an attempt to make conversation, remind me it isn’t as bad as Katrina. I wonder if they have any idea what they are saying. (0 comments)
A Delectable Dilemma~With a Delicious Reward! - 08/28/12 12:36 PM
This is just too adorable not to share!~ If you know of a spectacular baking god or goddess, surely you can help this small business owner with this delectable dilemma! Beaufort is chock full precious boutiques, delightful diners and of course our very sweet Sweet Vivi! Help her solve this cupcake chaos! The winner is sure to love the reward!~ Click below!~
I Have Absolutely Nothing to Blog About - 08/28/12 12:15 PM
It is raining sideways, my smoke detectors are practicing for the symphony, I have one hundred clients who need five hundred questions answered, and I’m wearing my dogs favorite red chew toys. A Realtor needs assistance with buyers agency, a client has questions about renting versus selling and everyone is asking me questions on Facebook. I have absolutely nothing to blog about.
As I dig through the most unique transactions known to man sorting through never before seen scenario after never before seen scenario and type lengthy emails explaining why my job matters, I realize I have nothing to (4 comments)
During a coaching session this morning, it occurred to me that there is truly proper email etiquette, even in real estate. Reviewing a client’s email marketing, it was painfully clear to me upon just a glance, the reason for so many “opt out” and “please remove” responses from otherwise interested parties. What I thought was common knowledge, clearly isn’t as many Realtors become increasingly frustrated when their attempts fail.
There are acceptable ways of communicating directly and indirectly with colleagues, clients and prospects. No one enjoys being YELLED AT, annoyed by 14 marketing slogans, or simply having his (8 comments)
Batman Has The Joker, Politicians Have Each Other And Now I Have.... - 08/25/12 07:47 AM
Coping mechanisms are as personal and unique as the individual in need of coping. What may ease pain, provide a desirable distraction or lift the woes of life’s little hiccups for one, may not help another at all. By now I thought I had experienced many of life’s harrowing hiccups, from the more serious to the simple inability to talk my way out of a ticket or commit to a particular hairstyle. Each instance required its very own set of coping skills that morph into a completely accepted mechanism of miracles. For example, breaking a leg -an arm, a finger, (9 comments)
As If Your Mother In Law Is Coming To Stay~Staging Advice From Realtor - 08/24/12 05:29 AM
Many say it is just putting lipstick on a pig; however, I have actually put lipstick on a pig and it most certainly does make a difference. Not only does it get a giggle out of all involved but the pig stands out from the crowd and as my grandma always says, a little color never killed anyone. For the record, it didn't kill my pet pig either. Not everyone can afford a professional stager. Staging is crucial and makes such a tremendous difference in selling a home. When possible, hire a professional. When pennies are being pinched, rely on the (49 comments)
Similar to a hamster on a wheel I just keep going and going and going. Exerting just as much energy as running a marathon; however, the distance never proves astonishing and scenery always quite familiar with no one waiting at the finish line to congratulate me. Considered successful by most, respectable by many and crazy by a few, my career has managed to remain intact while running through the mine field that is real estate. No matter what CNN, FOX, or my Momma may have to say to the anxious general public, I just keep running. I keep getting up, (12 comments)
I realize the importance of listings. I work hard to attract realistic sellers, however; there is always that one home that makes me wonder.I believe that in some way the listings we take reflect on us as professionals. Is that crazy? My listings are my inventory, my inventory is my business. My business is where I spend most of my time.
I have done the "We should really paint, you may want to de-clutter, speech" to no avail. This particular property is priced well, yet it lacks the appeal needed to really draw in the buyers. Really drawing (10 comments)
People of Beaufort, South Carolina Have Gone Nuts in Staples - 08/16/12 11:46 AM
No pitter patter of little feet as of yet. No morning sickness, no diaper deliveries or pink and blue blankets. It is just me, my husband, my two fur babies and a desire to make a child smile. With just a simple request, a simple posting, a simple blog, the amazing people of Beaufort, South Carolina have gone nuts in Staples. It was brought to my attention that in the current difficult economy, many students would be facing the first day of school without even the basics needed to feel prepared. Maybe it was the caffeine, the chocolate, the lack (8 comments)
When Facebook Matters; Save A Life or Maybe Four - 08/16/12 06:43 AM
Rants, raves, melodramatic madness and overly abundant quotes on everything from respect to religion; Facebook has it all. There are times when this sea of social media turns a tide of amazing human nature. A friend reaches out to be inundated with support, a family in need receives more than enough or a cause otherwise unknown takes a life of its very own. I came across this posting this morning. Sea Island Animal Hospital has been so very kind to me and my fur family for many years. They have eased my fears, even handed me Kleenex when second hand (1 comments)
And There is Always One Teacher That Smells Like Paste~! - 08/13/12 12:47 PM
Preparations begin as parents, students, teachers and the orchestra of school year participants fine tune their instruments. Expectations abound as empty classrooms turn into technological time zones, artistic murals and eras of notable past. There is something magical about the first day of school, a clean slate, an empty notebook and the anticipation of friendships, adventures and new opportunities surround the doors to elementary, middle and high schools alike. Summer flip flops give way to sneakers, beach towels bow to gym bags and camps take a back seat to campus. School can be the best place a child goes just as (5 comments)
As a former teacher, the first day of school was always a difficult one. I can remember countless students who were afraid or embarrassed because they didn't have the items they needed for their classes. I always did the best I could to provide as many supplies as I could but as all teachers, my budget seemed to prevent me filling all the needs.
I know many teachers will be spending the majority of their paycheck on the needs of their students. Teachers do care and often put their students above themselves. As a new school year (3 comments)
Today Was A Good Day, Today I am Proud Of My Profession - 08/10/12 01:30 PM
Sunshine is almost always most appreciated in areas where clouds dwell just as rain is welcomed on dry land and cool wind desired in heat burdened towns. Every coin has two sides one wanted and one worn welcome, it is natural. In every industry, every career and every corner of life there are needed moments of light, a bright spot in an otherwise dimly lit day. Real estate is no different, and possibly even a perfect scenario for yen meets yang. Realtors struggle to remain strong, positive and calm in an economy of twists and turns often times longing for (4 comments)
CROSSING OVER THAT FINE LINE - 08/09/12 02:33 PM
After a very long day, I am catching up on my reading and here it is! What a great reminder to speak only on that which you are qualified. This happens all to often and is so detrimental. A great post written in a wonderful way! Via Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, RA, CRS, HAWAII Real Estate & Relocations (Century 21 Liberty Homes): Why would one professional in the Real Estate Industry step over the line into another’s profession? Not only is it wrong and unethical, but more often than not will kill a deal. Stepping over that fine line will not only create (1 comments)
They can be spotted a mile away, a tell-tale-frown, a scowl that scares small children and the basic assumption that all in their path is in some way a threat to their very being. No matter how helpful one tries to be, the grumpy Realtor plows their way through pleasantries and joy like a bull in a China shop.
Maybe it is the old school must be a bulldog to get anything accomplished mentality or maybe they are so insecure in their professional offerings that their prickly persona serves as protection against those who are able to represent (10 comments)
To those of you that are struggling with the chaos of city living, the constant influx of stress and frustration, and the inability to see the sunset for the progress of the cement jungle...Beaufort can't be that far.
How long has it been since you've seen the still waters of the ocean turn pink, purple, and back to blue?
How long has it been since you spent the day with your best friend?
When did you last catch dinner?
No matter where you are...you can always come home to (6 comments)
The Great Condo Come Back~ Not Everyone Wishes For Green Acres! - 08/03/12 07:27 AM
Not everyone wishes for green acres, not all home seekers thrive on lawn work or exterior maintenance; some prefer the luxury of assistance. There is a steady but certain rise to those who are venturing back to the condo side of town. During the recent roller coaster recession, we saw the condo population drop drastically. Many credit this with low valuation, decline in interest and financial fatigue in acquiring a loan for anything other than a single family home. I believe many condo owners (primary condo owners) buckled in and sat tight. The recent resurgence of buyers interested in condo (4 comments)
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