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When Life Gives You Lemons... - 04/30/08 08:34 PM
Make Lemonade! This morning at the office meeting, I started saying this, and my entire team completed my sentence. "I guess I've said that before", I asked. They all nodded "yes" in unison. "What other things do I say frequently", I asked. Apparently, I have plenty of favorite sayings. Here is a list of "the Mirela'isms" they came up with: "You can't make chicken soup out of chicken s__t!" "We're in deep doo-doo." "Under-promise and Over-deliver!" "You can lose the deal, but don't lose the client!" "Never, never, never give up!" "If they throw you out the door, (22 comments)
My Daughter Got Baptized - 04/28/08 10:20 PM
My daughter is of a different religion, but we share the same God. On MY Easter Sunday (I am Greek Orthodox), she got baptized in the Ocean, embracing Jesus as her savior. After immersing herself in bible study for well over a year now, she felt sure that she wanted to take this major step. When she announced that she will be baptized during my Easter celebration, I wholeheartedly gave her my blessings. It was so extraordinary to me that her Baptism occurred on one of my most favorite religious celebrations - Easter. She is now 15 years old. I embraced my (43 comments)
Myrtle Beach Oceanfront: Red Hot Again! - 04/28/08 07:15 PM
For the past... too many months to count, I've been reporting monthly oceanfront sales of under 1.5%. All of a sudden, halfway through April, we are seeing an amazing surge of activity, a HUGE increase in sales. The jump is phenomenal: from under 1.5% to almost 12%!!! (in new "pending sales"). 2008 Oceanfront activity just got RED HOT again! In the past two weeks, all my agents, including myself, along with many other top producers in the area, have done nothing but write new deals. One per day, for me, thank you very much, for the entire last week (and I worked (5 comments)
At almost $ 4.00 per gallon, the cost of "petrol" has "grounded" many gas guzzlers. At 10 mpg, the Hummer, the quintessential "hungry" one is seen mostly parked these days. The Smart car, at 69 mpg, has made its debut in the US, largely unnoticed. The Europeans have embraced it wholeheartedly; mostly because of its ease of parking (you can "perpendicular" park it, for it's as long as most vehicles' width).
What about you? Do you think twice about taking out buyers, or are you embracing a more "eco-friendly" mode of transportation?
Hummer or Smart (50 comments)
Born Into Brothels - 04/16/08 12:09 AM
I just watched an extraordinary documentary called "Born Into Brothels". Filmed in the miserable red-light district of Calcutta, India, the movie follows a group of children born and raised by their prostitute mothers and grandmothers. Directors Zana Brinski and Ross Kauffman chronicle the amazing transformation of these children as they discover hopeby being given cameras and photography lessons taught by the loving Zana Brinski. The movie is both disturbing and inspirational and at times very painful to watch - seeing a barefooted, naked, two year old shackled and chained to a stone threshold, was a bit more than I could take. (15 comments)
The Charleston of my Dreams - 04/11/08 11:59 PM
I've traveled the World, yet I've never seen any place like Charleston, SC. If you've watched "Gone With The Wind" (and who hasn't?), you will feel like you fell back in time to that era and THAT place. The gentility of the South is never more apparent than in Charleston: cobblestone streets, sprawling Southern mansions adorned by magnolia trees and giant oaks beautifully festooned with Spanish moss.
The winters are mild, the summers are hot and humid and spring is simply enchanting in Charleston.
Horse drawn carriages peacefully co-exist on the roads here with the latest turbo charged vehicles, for no one (21 comments)
RealBird.com, I LOVE YOU! You make me look good! - 04/11/08 02:47 PM
You even translate my flyers into several languages. Just click on one of the flags at the bottom of the page and "Voila!", within seconds you have the French, German, Spanish version. Today I got my first foreign lead from my RealBird flyer. Wow! This German client wants a historic home in Charleston. My hobby is selling historic homes in Charleston, even though my primary market is Myrtle Beach. Money is no problem... Just what I like to hear. It just has to be the right property. DONE! Thank you RealBird! Did I mention: I LOVE YOU!!! Check out (19 comments)
Life is GREAT! - 04/10/08 11:12 PM
I breathe in the air, smelling its freshness, filling my lungs with the essence of the miracle of yet another day. I listen to all the sounds of the birds chirping and I am joyous to be able to hear. I stretch my body and rejoice in the wonder of my physical being. I take in the beauty outside my window and marvel at the loveliness of it all. I taste my breakfast slowly, enjoying every bite. I touch my baby's head. Thank you God for giving me another day! Join The Optimist Group! Your Myrtle Beach Real Estate Connection, Mirela Monte (14 comments)
SPECULATE NO MORE: I'VE GOT THE CRYSTAL BALL! BUY NOW!!! - 04/08/08 11:23 PM
I don't know where the bottom is, and neither do the Big Boys! We are all exposed to the same information, whether you read "Your Own Small Town Newspaper" or The Wall Street Journal. Clients ask me all the time to speculate, to render an opinion. I don't. I won't! I have no crystal ball. I will, however, give them the current statistics, which I diligently cull on an ongoing basis. I can recite the percentages of solds vs. active, the pendings, leaving them to read whatever they want to read from the numbers I quote. It is common sense that (10 comments)
I'm sure you've encountered it. It's a classic problem: Sellers are all packed up; the movers are coming in the morning and the deal falls through. How do you avert this problem? As a standard procedure in my practice, in an owner occupied home, I contractually always ask for the sellers to rent back the home for a week after closing. Once the loan package is in at the attorney's office, I give them the green light to go to "stage one packing" (start putting away the seldom used items). Once we actually record, I give them the full green (10 comments)
We had a saying in communist Romania: "we act like we're working, and they act like they're paying us." "They" in that sentence was the government, the sole employer for every single person in the country, whether doctor, lawyer, taxi driver or cleaning person. It was under this "auspicious" environment of "make pretend work" that I had the great misfortune of attempting to fix a cavity on a permanent molar at the age of 14. I can still remember it today: the dentist was smoking a cigarette, drinking a glass of wine and talking to his girlfriend on the phone, (17 comments)
Soul Mate Nr.23 - 04/05/08 03:23 PM
An acquaintance of mine recently called his new girlfriend "His Soul Mate". My ex-husband calls his current girlfriend "his soul mate", even though I was wife nr. 5 and the girlfriend doesn't even have a ring yet... People throw around the term "Soul mate" to validate a current relationship, giving it a status quo that is fully undeserved. Just for the record, I wanted to clarify what a soul mate is and isn't: Your new girlfriend Not a soul mate Your new wife not a soul mate Your second, third, fourth, fifth wives: not soul mates ...Same for any additional wives... Jayne and Dawson, married for over (27 comments)
WILL SOMEBODY GET ME OUT OF HERE? - 04/01/08 01:37 PM
I've been arrested and will be put in jail for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Lock-Up. Don't even bother asking what crime I've committed - it's not really important. I just have to raise my bail of $ 3,000 before the Lock-Up and they'll go easy on me, but I need your financial assistance to post my bond. Your 100 percent tax-deductible donation will help MDA continue research into the causes of and cures for 43 neuromuscular diseases. Your support of the MDA Lock-Up will also help MDA provide wheelchairs, clinic visits and summer camp for kids in our area. You can donate (8 comments)
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