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Michael Jackson - The Legend - 06/25/09 07:01 PM
It was with horror that I heard the news today as I was driving home. I was caught totally off guard when they said that Michael Jackson had passed away. I had heard earlier in the day about Farrah Fawcett and was already lamenting who amazing it was that we feel like we know these celebrities. However, when the news about MJ hit me I was completely unprepared for my emotional reaction. I am from the generation that grew up with the Thriller album. Immediately, my phone started ringing, friends & family (even from Jamaica) calling to see if I had (6 comments)
Please support this wonderful charity event - 06/22/09 06:21 PM
Many of you know that I sit on the Board of Directors of a charity that is very near and dear to my heart, the Angie Houtz Memorial Fund. Almost 8 years ago my best friend Angie was killed in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The emotions I felt that day and in the subsequent hours, days, weeks, months, and now years remain some of the most painful ones I have ever experienced. Angie and I had been friends since the first day of college in 1992. She travelled with me to Jamaica several times and was the maid (3 comments)
School's Out for the Summer - 06/18/09 03:46 PM
Today was the last day of school for Prince George's County Public Schools. The Summer vacation has officially begun. Let's remember that with kids on holiday there will be more children playing near the roads in our neighborhoods all day. Be on the look-out for them as we are driving through the county. Let's make sure that this is a safe, happy, and fun summer for PG County kids. (2 comments)
Am I Missing Something Here? - 06/17/09 07:03 PM
As I read through these 2 stories I can't help but feel confused. Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick was convicted of participating in a dog fighting ring. He was vilified in the media and the public and was terminated from the Atlanta franchise and banned from the NFL. He served 23 months in prison and is now on house arrest before planning to work at a construction job and begging the NFL to allow him to play again. Contrast Cleveland Brown's Donte Stallworth is convicted of killing a pedestrian while driving drunk. His sentence? 30 days in prison and his driver's license (18 comments)
Via Kelly Willey FORECLOSURE SPECIALIST HARFORD COUNTY MARYLAND REAL ESTATE (Long and Foster BEL AIR MARYLAND): 10 Short Sale Tips for Listing Agents Guaranteed to Get you to Closing
A little advance planning can solve the many of problems encountered with a short sale. I know it is popular to slam the banks and blame it all on them but sometimes it's due to an ill informed and unprepared agent. Here are some advice and practical steps you can take to help keep the deal together.
List Agents: I cannot stress enough that you must do your homework (0 comments)
Are you sure you want to sell? - 06/14/09 07:53 PM
Many sellers have a hard time divorcing themselves from their homes when they put them on the market. It's critical for the success of the transaction that the seller no longer sees the house as their home but instead sees it as a business deal. I have heard several stories lately of people who have their homes listed and have received good offers but have turned them down. When asked why, they say things about not being sure the buyer could afford the home, or they were "insulted" by the offer. As a seller i its important to remember that many (9 comments)
One bad moment can undo a world of good service - 06/12/09 07:54 PM
I had a closing today at a seller chosen title company (this was a foreclosure). There had been a few bumps along the way but I had been really pleased with the closing processor. She was pleasant and responsive to my questions. She tried to help when things were getting nasty with the bank. When the closing docs came in at the 11th hour from our lender she stayed to make sure the HUD was done and that we would be ready to close this morning. I am waiting in the lobby of this company for the buyer to arrive and (22 comments)
I'm the proud mom of the Student of the Month. - 06/05/09 06:27 PM
This morning my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a reception at my daughter's school honoring the April/May Students of the Month. The criteria for selection were: Student who had been working to his/her potential Student who has not been sent to the office for disciplinary action Student who has an "A" average in conduct for the month Student who exhibits good character Student who is honest Student who is respectful to all adults and fellow students.
The students of the month were selected from each grade. Their bios and photos were posed on a bulletin (9 comments)
$8,000 Tax Credit As A Down Payment Rules Issued - They Are Not What We Hoped For! - 06/02/09 09:14 PM
Information about the $8000 tax credit being used as a downpayment. Via Alan Gross (National City Mortgage): $8,000 Tax Credit As A Down Payment Rules Issued By HUD. They Are Not What Was Hoped For!At the National Association of Home Builders Spring Board of Directors meeting on May 29, 2009 HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan announced the rules for using the $8,000 tax credit. They are not what was hoped for. The tax credit cannot be used for the initial 3.5 percent downpayment required for FHA loans. The tax credit can be applied to a downpayment in excess of the required 3.5 percent, points to buy down (0 comments)
Dangerous trend? - 06/02/09 02:24 PM
I have been noticing a horrible trend in the news lately and that is kids killing each other. In the past few weeks there have been three incidents that have stood out to me: Waldorf, Md 17 year old student kills another 17 year old boy. Both boys were students at the same high school. Forestville,MD 19 year old pregnant girl is run over by her teenage boyfriend. Both were freshmen in college. Crofton, MD A group of teenagers attack and kill another teenager riding his bicycle.
It's frightening because these crimes appear to be occurring in different income levels (7 comments)
What's your least favorite part of your job? - 06/01/09 05:29 PM
As much as I love being a realtor, there are aspects of the job that I don't love. By far, the hardest part for me is the emotional let down that comes after a transaction closes. I sometimes feel out of sorts, like I don't know what to do with myself when a transaction is done. Most of the my clients have been great and I enjoy the regular interactions with them. After the sale closes and there is no reason to be in constant touch with them I go through a period of withdrawal. I know I will keep in (16 comments)
What exactly makes someone part-time? - 06/01/09 07:48 AM
It is a pretty common theme among agents that all part-time agents are terrible and do a dis-service to their client. I reject that notion as I do many other stereotypes that I have encountered in my life. Technincally I would be one of those part-time agents. I am an undergraduate psychology professor. During the academic year I work very hard on both jobs (I don't teach over the summer). I am always prepared for my classes and available for my students. I am also responsive to my real estate client's needs. If someone calls when I am in class the (25 comments)
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