Being Tailed by a Political Reporter

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

About a week and a half ago I was contacted by a Washington Post political reporter, Sandyha Somashekhar.  She got my name from a neighbor.  The reporter had met that neighbor through a Dominion Power Line Opposition meeting... a really huge deal about eighteen months ago in my area.

Sandyha and I had a great conversation.  She told me about some stories she was working on.  The one she called me about was political opinions and how they may be influenced, by families who either want to downsize or move up, but can't afford to sell their homes.  In particular, she was wondering how the Virginia Governor's Race would be influenced by such economic factors. 

One thing lead to another and by the end of our conversation, Sandyha had told me of another story she would be working on.  Disillusioned Obama voters.  Boy, too bad I had no expertise there.  We chatted a bit longer and it became obvious that I had a lot to say on this Disillusioned Obama story.  So near the middle of the week, Sandyha was calling to set up an appointment with me.  She wanted to shadow a day in my life and talk to some of my clients.  She wanted to see first hand what it was that made me a disillusioned Obama voter.  Not the story I figured she'd want me for, but I was happy to accomodate her.  I do love to run my mouth to anyone who will listen.

Sandyha made it to a short sale settlement, interviewed a three time attempted short sale home owner, and met a seller who would be bringing money to the table as a result of his recent government job transfer out of state.

It was weird to be shadowed by Sandyha.  She took lots of notes, recorded me and even videotaped me.  Part of the story will be online, and part in the paper.  Will keep you all posted so you can check it out. 

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Trey Thurmond
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Chris Ann

I suppose which ever way this goes it could be a blessing or a curse! Hope it goes a positive direction.

Jul 28, 2009 02:35 PM #1
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Chris Ann...

Can't wait to see how this will turn out.

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Jul 28, 2009 02:53 PM #2
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Trey:  I am an open book.  If people don't like it, well, then maybe I'm not the Realtor for them. The interesting thing was seeing how widely my clients political opinions are.  It's a great thing that we all see things differently, and can still work together toward a common goal. 

Richard:  I have to say I am more nervous about having my picture taken by the photographer than the outcome of the story.  Will definitely keep you all posted.

 

 

Jul 29, 2009 01:55 AM #3
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Sounds like you have your hands full.  Let us know how it works out.

Shelton

Jul 29, 2009 04:55 AM #4
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Shelton:  I will definitely keep everyone posted.

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Whoo!  How cool is that?

Jul 29, 2009 05:59 AM #6
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I miss living in the DC area. It was stuff like this that really made me feel like I had my finger on the pulse. Please make sure to keep us in the loop with the article and video published portion.

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Pat:  Definitely neat.  I almost felt important.

Christianne:  Will definitely post links, etc.

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