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Sometimes life is not all about real estate.  I was so touched by a story depicted on 20/20 last night that it moved me to tears and made me think once again about all the unsung heroes out there in the real world.  It was about a young couple, both with Downs Syndrome, who managed to find each o...
Did you ever just have a gnawing feeling that a deal would never close?  Even if everything looked like it was headed in the right direction and you could foresee no problems, there's that feeling the pit of your stomach that it will never be consummated.  I probably have at least one of these a ...
Understandably many real estate professionals who function in areas of the country not bound by attorney contracts and the lengthy and convoluted process that takes us from accepted offer to closing, think we're nuts in downstate New York.  Which brings me to today.  I had a "final walk-through" ...
I had to make a call yesterday to Cingular and went through a frustrating series of commands till I was told there would be approximately a four minute wait to speak to a customer representative.  True to their word in just about that time a human voice said "how may I help you?"  I told the dise...
In an effort to engender excitement, if any such thing exists in the summer of 2006 in the Long Island real estate market, auctioning off houses is the latest marketing tool (ploy?).  Since Open Houses have been dismal at best; print advertising tantamount to setting a fire with dollar bills and ...
This may be area specific, but it's been years since we've had to deal with buyers trying (often successfully) to renegotiate after the home inspection has been done.  Had one today.  Buyer wants the house.  It's in a great area, an older home in need of much updating.  We expected much of what t...
Not sure if you remember my recent blog about my listing that sold for more money to a buyer brought by another agent.  I was so happy that my seller got more money than my buyer offered.  She's been under a lot of stress and was anxious to move closer to family since her husband died rather sudd...
I just read Maureen McCabe's "Fairy Blogmother" post and followed her links to the various blogs mentioned.  As often happens when I wander down an unknown path, I came face to face with myself.  I started to laugh as I realized, not for the first time, I'm a collector of all things - which tends...
I've never been so happy to lose money.  One of my homeowners has been trying desperately to sell her home.  We put it on the market in the fall only to have her husband pull the listing as soon as a buyer came too close to making an offer.  He really didn't want to move and finally told his wife...
New Yorkers are fast.  They often talk fast, walk fast, rush from one task to another to get through another day.  We're quick in everything but real estate.  Selling a home here is an odyssey.  The average time span from accepted offer to closing is 90 days.  So, when I was negotiating an offer ...


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