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Do Your Sellers a Favor and Hire a Photographer - 08/23/09 09:44 PM
FACT: More than 80% of buyers start their search on the Internet. FACT: Buyers skip the listings that don't have pictures. They reason that the house must be really bad if there are no pictures. Agents won't show the property if there aren't photos, because they don't want to show a bad property, and without pictures, who can tell the good from the bad. FACT: Buyers make their decisions on which houses to see based on the photos. Good photos get showings. Bad photos get skipped. FACT: There are a lot of bad photos on the Internet. Photos of toilets with (8 comments)
AND THEN MY CLIENT'S WATER BROKE! - Not for everyone! :) - 08/22/09 12:22 AM
Okay, so I gave the ending away already, but this story really gives new meaning to "And other duties as assigned." I picked up my client this afternoon at the metro because her car had broken down, and I was immediately struck by how much more pregnant she looked since I saw her two weeks ago. I asked how she was feeling, and she allowed as how she felt "different" than she did even five days ago. She really felt that the baby had dropped and had settled in much lower. We talked about whether she was at 35 weeks or 37 (14 comments)
Guilty Pleasures! What is Yours? - 08/20/09 09:29 PM
Project Runway starts this evening! You may have heard that Project Runway got into a legal snafu that kept it off the air for a while and required that it switch networks to Lifetime. Finally the legal battles ended and the series has started again.
I am tucked up at home with my daughter watching the first show of the new season for Project Runway! I have my laptop here, the dog on the bed, Active rains to read! All I need is a bowl of ice cream! Really, it is so much fun to have a girls night (6 comments)
McLean Gardens is a residential neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., bounded by Rodman Street NW to the north, Idaho Avenue to the south, Wisconsin Avenue to the east, and 39th Street NW to the west. At McLean Gardens, children still can meet each other on the playground, gardens can be planted in flower beds, dogs enjoy long walks with their owners on the sloping hills and yet the restaurants and shops and excitement of the city lie less than a block away. The National Cathedral sits just a few blocks away as an exquisite addition to the landscape. The sense (2 comments)
Stargaze and Take in a Movie - 08/19/09 09:49 PM
This week is a real treat on the lawn at the Strathmore Mansion just off the Rockville Pike south of White Flint. Strathmore Mansion is holding an outdoor film festival for one week, starting August 14th and ending on August 21rst. There is a big screen to project the movie onto and the restaurant and grounds are open at 6:30pm to the public. Each movie starts at 8:10pm, but you should plan to arrive early to get a good spot to watch the movie. The movies are free and there are food concessions for a quick snack, with a portion of the food proceeds going to (0 comments)
Best Pizza in DC - 08/17/09 09:56 PM
My favorite pizza in DC is 2Amys on Macomb St and Wisconsin Ave., just down the street from McLean Gardens. With its wonderful wood fire to bake the pizzas and open kitchen, this neighborhood treasure has become a popular destination for dinner, particularly on the weekends. It has been voted the best pizza by Washingtonian Magazine readers, and Tom Sietsma of the Washington Post said: "Yep, it's noisy. And some days the place is so filled with half-pints and their handlers, the scene could pass for one big children's party. Just get a glass of vino and relax: You're about to eat some of (4 comments)
Help - My Fundraiser isn't Fund Raising! - 08/12/09 10:08 PM
I agreed to chair the Cystic Fibrosis Wine Opener on October 3rd in Washington DC, at the US Chamber of Commerce. I had helped out with it in the past and knew that the CF Foundation staff is fabulous and most of the event seemed to run on auto pilot because the staff is so good. It certainly seemed like something that I could do. The event is a lot of fun - with a wonderful meal and even better wine. Tickets are about $150 per person, and then of course there are the wonderful items that you can buy (8 comments)
What is the Secret in Coca Cola's Secret Formula? - 08/11/09 09:56 PM
I have been reading Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill, an old but still interesting book on the power of positive thinking . The book is really interesting not just for the very powerful message that it shares, but also for the vignettes about people that you have heard of, but never knew much about in detail. He talks about Edison, Andrew Carnegie, Barnes, Armour, and a lot of other dynamos of the early 20th century. For instance, do you know who invented Coca Cola? If you are from Georgia, or really any point south, you may well answer Asa (12 comments)
My Standard Poodle is a Retriever! - 08/03/09 08:24 PM
We all have those days - I was ready to head out the door, grabbed my keycard, and was ready to show a dondo to a client who had an airplane to catch. Between taking my keycard from the holder and getting in my car, I lost my keycard. I tore my house apart, clean out my purse, picked up after myself, and no keycard. I called the listing agent to get a one day showing code - which he had never done before. Explained that process to him and said I would wait for his return call. Managed to show (9 comments)
Drought is Over, but Trees Even More Fragile - Watch Out! - 08/02/09 09:23 PM
My morning started with a bang - literally. The top of a very tall tree fell over at start of our street -the taking down electric lines in the neighborhood and the phone lines. (Not that land lines are very important to many people any more.) The owner had had the tree trimmed several days ago, but the tree still fell over anyway. I asked the electric repair lineman what had caused the very large limb to fall over since it didn't look diseased, and here was his explanation. The mid Atlantic region has had six or seven years of drought, which of (0 comments)
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