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humor: Great Real Estate Stories. "The Confirmer" - 02/06/08 07:25 PM
My Broker-Pal, Good-Old-Dennis called me almost collapsing with laughter the other day. He knew I'd love his latest great real estate story about an old B& B his client was considering. Like you and me, he gets his fair share of questions but what he told me just made my day...so I just had to share it with Y'All .. . . It seems that Dennis had received an email from a relocating client that had him shaking his head. It read: Dear Dennis, I like this property very much. It could be almost perfect. But I need to ask a few questions please: 1. (24 comments)
I write this with all good humor.Does it seem to you that time is flying by faster than before? ...It's a little spooky, (like this photo to your left that I took not long ago)...but folks, when you think of it...isn't a "little spooky" engaging? ...The mysterious overtones of time...even though a "little spooky", are quite intriguing....especially when you think about this...Time may be an illusion ... Time may be an illusion ...but it must be the most convenient invention humankind ever came up with, especially for those in the process of buying and/or selling property- Time is the super tool for making meetings when almost everyone (13 comments)
humor: Tree Trouble on the Way to Closing - 02/22/07 05:33 PM
On the way to any closing, potentially troublesome things can come up. Mostly they have to do with repairs, and repair agreements, or financing, or appraisals, or surveys, or septic problems, or finding lost wells without falling in to them, or coordination of schedules, or jitters ...the list goes on. Most of the time, we REALTORS ® troopers that we are, get used to the roller-coaster ride and sail smoothly through the ups and downs while keeping all parties informed. Recently however, we came across an unusual obstacle that could have caused our transaction to go awry. It was large and unwieldy. It (37 comments)
humor: Brokerage Staff Meetings: The Usual and The Starbucked!! - 02/06/07 10:01 PM
UPDATE: If you liked this post, please subscribe to my BLOG. Thank you =) It started out in the usual way. We met at the mutually agreed upon day and time in the same amazing office place. We began with coffee, tea, and a convivial spirit. Maybe we should have cut down on those Krispy Kreme donuts, but we haven't ... yet. We used to run the meetings on a technique that our B-I-C learned when doing a consult-gig at Starbucks in Seattle HQ. Everyone was supposed to come with a few pertinent real estate -related points for review/discussion/commentary. We assigned a time (20 comments)
Unsuspecting real state clients out looking for "green" pastures like the one pictured here, about a half hour north of Asheville, North Carolina were astonished today when they noticed an image of Elvis in photographs taken by their REALTOR®. (see below) Armed with pen, paper and maps, and still wearing their land-hiking duds, they had stopped for a tasty meal at Dino Pappas' Areopagus Bistroa favorite diner of their guide to the mountain lands in Mars Hill, North Carolina. They had selected potato skins and Greek salads after jotting down notes on all the absolutely gorgeous acreages (28 comments)
Land transfers in the State of North Carolina may bring with them metes and bounds and mystery. Be prepared for bits of history written between the lines in old land surveys, and also be ready for a challenge when you decipher them. Interested in definitions?...Metes... "A boundary defined by the measurement of each straight run, specified by a distance between the terminal points, and an orientation or direction. Bounds... "A more general boundary description, such as along a certain watercourse, a stone wall, an adjoining public road way, or an existing building." When you first encounter a metes and bounds survey (10 comments)
humor: Anatomy of Rural Land Sale. A Good-Natured Look at a Real Challenge. Part 2 - 12/22/06 01:04 PM
On November 14th I wrote about an exciting scenario: RURAL LAND SALE Cash Deal with Contingencies. 35+ AC in beautiful (see photo) Madison County, North Carolina, about 30 minutes north of Asheville , NC. I expressed concern that the parties to the transaction wanted/neededto close in 60 days, max. and that due diligence to remove contingencies on rural acreage was likely to take up to and beyond 120 days. Challenge: Close in 60 Days.... Clock Ticking.. now at 40+ days Check These Items off the 2DO List ,in this Anatomy of a Rural Land Sale : The appraisal. Not a problem...we refer three appraisers. One of them (15 comments)
humor: reliable stumpers - 12/18/06 02:59 PM
Have you ever noticed that clients sometimes ask you all kinds of questions NOT about the property they want to list or about the property in which they want to invest, but about subjects librarians love to answer? This past month, I have been asked at least 10 questions that had me stumped, well, at least for a minute or two. Like, "Are they going to decorate the cell towers around Asheville for the holidays?" And "At what rate does that waterfall- fall?" ummmm..hmmm..GOOD QUESTION!What's a real estate person to do, I ask ya" ? Possibly answer the question with a question?? So here I am, (12 comments)
humor: Anatomy of A Rural Acreage Sale. A Good-Natured Look at a Real Challenge. - 11/14/06 10:16 PM
Scenario: Cash Deal with Contingencies. 35+ AC in beautiful Madison County, North Carolina. Parties to the transaction want/need to close in 60 days, max. Due diligence to remove contingencies on acreage likely to take up to and beyond 120 days. Challenge: Close in 60 Days When it Takes 120 Days to Close ..... Clock Ticking 2DO List : The appraisal. Not a problem...we refer three appraisers. One of them allows as how he might be able to squeeze us in and get out on the land before the Winter Solstice. If he can do it, this property will appraise. 360 degree views, easy access, (13 comments)
humor: Mysteries of Asheville - 10/25/06 07:54 PM
Mysteries abound in Buncombe County, North Carolina where I make my home. The Cherokee have lived in this area for a very, very long time, certainly longer than the Scots-Irish and other European immigrants.The Native Americans say that they were NOT the first ones here, however.One great-grandmother told me that her Mother’s Grandmother told her strange tales of tiny white men with 'almond shaped eyes' living in this area long ago. The oral tradition coincides with Native American Crowand also early adventurers such as trappers and members of military survey expeditions who found tiny graves here and there throughout this area. OK. Tiny (7 comments)
humor: Land and What You Might Find There - 10/10/06 07:44 PM
We were out previewing LAND this week. My Field Coordinator and I love this part of our work because, in part,we never know what might show up on our treasure hunts… There could be a rutted mountain road –all dirt and wet leaves, tricky as all get-out to navigate, there could be snakes in the meadows there could be a breath-taking view all the way to Tennessee. So we follow the maps, find what we're looking for, and along the way get a sense of place and community. I, for one, enjoy the feeling of connecting I get when I walk the LAND and relate to (7 comments)
humor: ~ The Art of Storytelling ~ - 09/18/06 10:01 PM
When she was a young woman, my grandmother chose a teaching assignment in a pioneer's program off the coast of Cuba. Over a hundred years ago, this brave soul left Florida to travel by freighter to the Isles of Pines. There she joined a group of twenty or so Michigan families and native islanders who had requested a teacher. Grandma presided over a one-room schoolhouse. Students ranged in age from six to sixteen so flexible planning, field trips, and a personal touch became Grandma’s stock and trade. With such tools, Grandma could have been a successful REALTOR®. (I’m smiling.) But what set Grandma (0 comments)
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