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December 31 is finally here, so lets raise up our glasses and give a big cheer.Hello everybody from Alan to Sue, I hope you enjoy my year in review. On January 6th, what should I happen to see, a shiny gold star looking back at me. My first Featured Post was on the first page, I finally made it to the Rain’s grand stage.Eight more features, nine in all when I’m writing in the Rain I’m just having a ball.I wrote about ethics or the clients I wouldn’t take but my post on House Calls really took the cake. I’ve (17 comments)
Day 28 was a great day in the fact that all of my preparation for my out of town buyers paid off. I met my clients for a quick lunch and off to see seven homes that I had all ready lined up and waiting to be conquered. When our day had concluded we knew exactly what home we were going to be placing an offer on, the home that I knew would be the one. Good things happen when you do your homework and are prepared. It’s a good life. (0 comments)
Did you ever spend a great deal of time looking for something and it was in front of you the whole time. I once remember traveling to Mexico and spent hours looking in several shops for the ideal chess board only to find the one I really liked in the Duty Free Shop.I’m looking for things to do on New Years Eve and low and behold the answer has been hitting me in the face all day. I have had the local paper on my desk open to an advertisement Carlucci’s New Years Eve party in Downers Grove. $75 for (3 comments)
You’re driving home from a day of returning ugly Christmas sweaters, clearance rack blow outs and half off wrapping paper when you see your neighbor already taking down his Christmas decorations. If you take a closer look he may be adding more decor.No, neither the neighbor or I have been nipping on spiked eggnog, we have been reading about Patch.com’s Deck Your House and Win $100,000 for your local school district. Starting on December 30th and running through January 8th, people who live in any of the Patch.com communities across the country will be able to vote for the Best (3 comments)
Now that the Christmas Holiday is behind us we only have six more days left until we celebrate the ringing in of 2012. Six days is also the same amount of time we have to plan how we are going to get to our New Years festivities.
2011 has been such a great year for it would be a real shame to spend it in jail or even worse, the morgue. Now I love to have a good time like the next guy but I want to be able to enjoy the memories of the night as (2 comments)
So, City of Darien Resident’s what are you planning to do with that tree after you are all done “ Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”? Well Brenda Lee if you don’t know let me share with you a little bit of information courtesy of The City of Darien Direct Connect. The City of Darien has partnered with Veolia Environmental to provide free Christmas tree pick-up again this year. On the weeks of January 9th and January 16th, Veolia Environmental will collect Christmas trees left in the parkway on your normal garbage day. For the trees to be picked up, they (0 comments)
As I sit back and think about yesterday and what I did for my business the voice in my head says “ Ah, yo Joe it was Christmas Eve, you didn’t work yesterday”. The voice in my head would be right to a certain extent but I realize that as a Realtor who works for himself, I’m never off.I still logged in to the MLS and checked out the hotsheet which became timely because I ran into one of my fellow Realtors while shopping and was able to congratulate them on a quick pending of a home that was listed (3 comments)
December’s Season of Celebrations & Sharing- Dariens Holiday Lights Decorating Tour - 12/22/11 11:44 AM
Tonight’s the last night to take advantage of the free bus ride throughout the City of Darien to observe the Darien’s Holiday Lights Decorating Contest. The bus only seats thirty people per tour and it’s on a first come first serve basis. For more information or to make a reservation, call City Hall at 630-852-5000. There are eight homes on the tour and I can't think of a better way to spend the holidays than being with your family doing something fun and free. It's a good life.
The Knights of Columbus will be passing out Free Christmas trees at the Downers Grove Township Republican Organization 1001 W. Curtiss St. - Corner of Mochel & Curtiss St in Downes Grove Brian Krajewski, Chairman of the DGTRO and his office staff will be providing hot chocolate and cookies with a surprise visit from Santa Clause. DGTRO is also going to ask some of the people in the community to help us pass out Christmas trees to the needy.
.Christmas trees to the needy, what a great idea. (1 comments)
Seems like I cant’ catch a break as of late. Woke up today with a sore throat and a runny nose. I immediately grabbed the phone and had someone cover my floor and proceeded to the kitchen where a Wild Mountain Blueberry cup of coffee was waiting on me. I may be sick today but there is way to much to do.Finished answering all of the emails I was behind on and contacted a couple of clients that have been waiting for me to come off my hiatus. I was so organized ( which is a first ) while I (2 comments)
What a person reads on the Internet about Hinsdale Real Estate Sales can be very misleading. Typically ninety percent of the home buyers looking to purchase a piece of the American Dream in Hinsdale will start their search on the internet. They might go directly to a site they heard about from a colleague or an overheard conversation in the grocery store or do a Google search on Hinsdale Real Estatesales. This is where the problems for the buyer begins.If a person was going to take a trip to Chicago how good would a United States road map be? (0 comments)
My dad’s battle with pulmonary fibrosis ended at 6:30 this morning. Please keep my mom and family in your thoughts and prayers. Despite the heaviness in my heart, it’s still a good life.KENNY-Joseph Kenny, 75, native of Castlegregory, Co. Kerry, Ireland passed away on Dec. 13, 2011. Loving husband of Bridget “Bridie” Kenny nee Gibbons. Proud father of Joseph Kenny (Lisa), Nora Skentzos (George) and Michael. Proud “Papa” of Owen and Wyatt Skentzos. Brother of the late James (Marry Ellen), the late Nora Scanlon (Michael), the late Stephen (Mary), the late Mary Dowd(Michael), the late Thomas(Peggy), the late Patrick(Florence), the (14 comments)
Today is a sunny and warm day in Chicago where I sell Hinsdale Real Estate. The Hinsdale Real Estate that I was showing today were rental properties and some great deals are to be had. When I got back to my office there was a list of things to accomplish. Making sure the lender received the termite inspection so that we can have a clear to close for my buyers who are purchasing their first single family home, followed by preparing for a wine and cheese that I’m throwing this Thursday for two local candidates running for office in (6 comments)
December Blogging Challenge Day 11 - 12/11/11 11:55 PM
A long day it has been on this the eleventh day of the blogging challenge. I was awoken by a text message from my brother telling me to call my mom asap. My dad had a rough night and she needed some help. My wife Lisa grabbed her stethoscope and I grabbed my car keys and away we went.Lisa helped my mom with the medications that are available to ease his breathing and I went to the store and picked up a couple of things. Once my dad was resting we departed as my alarm on my phone was reminding me (6 comments)
Speechless Sundays - Bathing Suits and Snow....You B Chillin!!!!!! - 12/11/11 09:41 PM
As we all know the economy has been a little rough and we cant’ afford things we need at times. So I’m reaching out to all of you ActiveRainers and asking you to give Larry Bettag a referral for a mortgage so that he may be able to buy his children some winter clothes. Hope you enjoy this and got a little chuckle out of it. It’s a good life. Via Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage: So.....today was a fun day at the Bettag house. The 50,000 foot flyover went like this: Church with the family; Homework; Basketball with just the (3 comments)
December Blogging Challenge Day 10 - 12/10/11 11:36 PM
Saturday's are a long day for me. I start my day by waking up and heading to the First United Methodist Church's kitchen in downtown Chicago. I help organize and prepare food and cloths for a homeless ministry a mile away. All of the prospecting and showing of homes means little if we are not giving back. It's my way of giving back and recharging my batterries all at the same time. It's a good life. (7 comments)
What to Do With Old Posts About Listings? - 12/08/11 10:30 PM
Way back in my high school days I learned that what you did to one side of the equation you did to the other side of the equation. Tonight I removed a post from over the past summer because it was promoting a listing I no longer have and is currently with a new company. When I went back to my home page I noticed my points had dropped. “Oh no what am I going to do?” I decided to write a quick post and ask all of you that post your listings what do you do when you no longer (63 comments)
December 8th I got everything done I wanted to today. Contacted a prospective seller with some marketing ideas, went through my list of past leads and toured seven higher end homes. The best thing I did was Tweet about the properties as I was leaving so to better help myself remember the homes and to increase my online presence.The only negative of the day was a listing that I recently cancelled popped up on the market with seven of the fifteen photos being mine. I allowed myself fifteen minutes to stew about it and then moved on because those seven (4 comments)
2011 December 31 Day Posting Challenge Group - Dec. 5 - 12/05/11 11:59 PM
Today, I finished my business plan and finished a database project I was working on. Once the database project was completed I went through the virtual dead wood pile. If anybody remembers Brian Buffini's buddy Joe Niego they are sure to remember him divinging into a trash can for dead leads. I have always kept my dead leads and started calling through and emailing them today. Ah, it's a good life. (7 comments)
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