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I have hereto held back from posting any Political Posts.....but it dawned on me that by not expressing opinions "respectfully" we in turn abdicate our First Amendment right don't we? What is the point of having that right if people are afraid to express their point of view for fear of being ridiculed, condemned, ostracized or heaven forbid.........'judged'? Seriously... is not that what makes America different from nations that disallow their people to tow anything but the party line? The ONE party line? We are blessed by having FREE CHOICE.
We talk about 'authenticity'...and about being 'transparent'....but for (251 comments)
What we can learn from a sixteen year old in this election season - 10/28/08 02:40 AM
After reading ever so many Political Posts.....some fascinating, some polarizing, some hilarious.......and some downright...well.....Lets just say I read Susan's post on the coming election.........and I was impressed..........For a few good lessons on communicating your Political Point of View...........should you choose to....check this out...! She's absolutely right - this election IS BIG - in more ways then we'll probably ever know! Via Susan Walters: Having just commented on a blog about political posts, noting that I would rather alienate potential clients now than after 6 expensive months into a listing or buyer agreement, I am posting this political viewpoint. How can we NOT have a (15 comments)
Top Ten Reasons to Spank Your Listing Agent - 10/28/08 02:30 AM
I just ran across this Post by Susan Peters and it made me smile! In a market where Buyers tend to be Royalty and Sellers are a wee bit more Common.........I thought......Seller - you need to hold us more Accountable then ever......! Make sure that you don't have to Smack us ...by doing this Countdown! :-) Via Susan Peters - Seattle Realtor/Staging Specialist: 10. Your agent doesn't bother to post pictures on your listing. 9. Your agent has taken pictures but your house is being featured on Bad MLS pictures. Yes, this is a real website. 8. Your agent has decided to call your circa (21 comments)
Ode to October - Chilliwack's Autumn Leaves - 10/23/08 08:34 PM
The Beauty of Autumn - I have to say I love all the different seasons.......the flow from one into the next.....the dressing up with the new ....the shedding of the old.....all the different colours of transition.....But October in its Autumn Bliss - for me is the the most beautiful of all! Every year the beauty of it amazes me more and more.....Today I thought I'd take a walk......to enjoy the Silence Listening to Silence....and to capture it - if but for a moment...
In the great silence of my favorite month, October - the red of maples, the bronze of oaks ... is there (52 comments)
Zilch, Nada, Zip - How to Create Something from Nothing - 10/17/08 10:31 PM
Ever wake up to a morning, feeling empty and discouraged? Ever put on the coffee and begin to prime the well only to discover that the well has run dry...? Ever just want to turn around and go back to bed? Ever do just that? For many, the news about the economy, the stockmarket and its effect on personal investments, mortgages and such - has been if not downright devastating at least a real kick in the teeth! And then there's our Real Estate Career......Like have you ever had 20 Listings in what we like to call a Buyer's Market..... when only 1 in 10 (65 comments)
Thanksgiving - a Turkey Time-bomb ? - 10/13/08 06:01 PM
When I think of Thanksgiving... I think of Normal Norman Rockwell and the perfect Family Dinner......We really have so much to be thankful for right? The leaves are changing into beautiful golds, oranges and reds.....Smoke is starting to curl out of the chimney again...and there's that Autumn smell in the air...apple cider, pumpkins........mmmm.....
Deep sigh - Wouldn't it be Something ? Hmmm we put a fair bit of pressure on ourselves don't we? Why do we think that families that don't get along the rest of the year will somehow be all lovey dovey on Thanksgiving - or Christmas for that (78 comments)
Get Your House Ready to Show Buyers... The Time to Buy is NOW! - 10/11/08 03:15 AM
I loved these tips on getting your home 'ready for sale'... Our market is very competitive now - with a large inventory of homes for sale........The Buyers are out there - but now they can afford to be selective. This is really when you want to put your best foot forward...... For a while there we didn't have to worry if the house was 'spic and span'.....or if the paint touch up were done.....and the yard manicured......Everything sold.......so we got sloppy as Realtors - and stopped sharing with our clients what they needed to make their home Shine! Although the use of (33 comments)
The BookMan - in Historic Downtown Chilliwack - B.C. - The Pied Piper of Books- - 10/10/08 04:42 PM
Are you mesmerized by the magic of books? Do you have a passion for books....for reading and literature? Many of us have been moved and touched by the books we've read. Lives have been transformed by the books read! I don't know about you....but I remember loving to go to bed early so I could.... snuggle under and....... my Nancy Drews ... Later when I had girls of my own ..........I searched the used books stores and bought the whole series again.....and read them to my girls........reliving the excitement of childhood mysteries...
The value and magic of a book is tangible - (51 comments)
How to improve our real estate market, FREE - 10/10/08 02:03 AM
Its a challenging real estate market right now - no two ways about it! If you've been talking to any of the 'experts' be they Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, Builders or Developers - you'll find each has a different 'spin' on things. I loved this article ...because its straight up - and a reality check - now when we all really need one! Via Desiree Daniels New Jersey Real Estate (609) 448-2222: FREE - You can improve our real estate market conditions. How you asked, well keep reading. Are you weaving a web of lies or facts? We all want to improve on the (14 comments)
If You're the Only One Talking - Its Not A Conversation! Check out these Tips... - 10/08/08 10:23 AM
Ever wonder how you can improve your conversation skills? I know, I know, we're realtors....we should know how to do this.....right? But maybe, you're shy and don't know what to talk about? The best advice I can give you is - take the focus off of You and put it on the Other person....ask them questions....listen to their answers......pay attention.......and then, frankly, it won't matter whether you're shy or not!
There's no doubt that some of us find it easier to carry on a conversation with very little effort....but to some extent it is a learned skill so have HOPE it (163 comments)
So beautifully decorated in soft blues and browns.....
Lovely laminate floors in livingroom and halls...
Nice bright dining room...
Chocolate kitchen with sleek slate floors..
And the most amazing oversized balcony ....
With beautiful city and mountain views........Absolutely perfect for $134,900!
If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling property in Chilliwack (30 comments)
House for Sale - 45280 Crescent Dr. Chilliwack - Post & Beam Rancher - 10/05/08 11:42 PM
Wow - does a home stager live here? You'll fall in love with this gorgeous 2238 sq ft 4 bedroom and den home! Spacious - yet warm and cosy........the perfect setting for your family! Centrally located and walking distanceto Prospera Centre, shopping...& the Leisure Centre-........this almost 1/2 acre park-like lot has room for all your toys.
Open and inviting livingroom - with a 'grab your attention' fireplace!.
Imagine Thanksgiving dinner in this entertainment sized dining room.... Cosy country kitchen ......
Back yard ideal for those barbeques...
And a garden thats a delight!ith a view to (14 comments)
Now thats a Loaded question - and I'm not even sure that I have my own answers to that question. First of all at 50 I'm on that rediscovery road ........you know the road right next to the recovery road.........? When you've recovered from being married, recovered from being divorced...recovered from raising your children and now its time to rediscover - what the heck you're passionate about in your the New Thirties! It is a question that I've offered up to my kids over the years. "The What do you Want to Be When You Grow Up?" question? The (72 comments)
Bridal Falls - A Site to Behold - Hope - Chilliwack - B.C. - 10/02/08 03:15 AM
Beautiful Bridal Falls is another one of those places I have driven by a dozen times a month, and yet its been 25 years since I last took the time to take the small hike and revel in their splendor. Monday my daughter Sarah and I decided to take a mid-morning. Now Sarah is a hiker extraordinaire.....and she said.......'mom its a gross exaggeration to say this is a hike!'..ummm yeah aha..
What she didn't question though was the their incredible beauty...and fortunately the "DANGER do not go beyond this point Signs" DID deter her from climing all the way up (36 comments)
They Just May Not Be That Into You! - A Blogger's Parody - 10/01/08 08:01 PM
I was just responding to a comment on my Subscribe or Unsubscribe post, when it hit me.......that HEY maybe the commenter or the poster......just may not be that Into Me! I started thinking of that line from Sex in the City, which resulted in the blockbuster "He Just May not be that Into You! book written by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. Shortly after Carolyn Dawn Johnson came up with her version of that in the song...."Into You".....So Here's a Blogger's Spin to it!
I look forward to this opportunity to share with both my fellow Realtors and my local community...some local anecdotes, tidbits of info - community profiles, real estate savy......interspersed with humor and inspiration!
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