Our Southern California Anniversary - A Personal Moment

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Our Southern California Anniversary

Today is a momentous anniversary.

OUr daughter Erin in the snow in Cambridge in late February 2005Granted it's not significant like a wedding anniversary.

And one might argue some milestones on AR are more sigifnicant.

Regardless, March 23 is significant - we closed escrow on our home in Carlsbad on this date 6 years ago in our move from Boston to the West Coast. We didn't move in for almost a month due to selling our place in Cambridge, referring on my real estate business, getting some work done in our new home while vacant, and so on.

Having been through a significant relocation (1 of 4) and working with a local agent to find our home, working through the transaction remotely (from Boston and the Caribbean - after we had the acceptance we did not see the home again til move-in day), getting accustomed to CA real estate paperwork , getting remodeling successfully accomplished from a distance (again, with the help of our agent), and just dealing with all the issues of buying/selling and moving across country with animals has helped me better appreciate the issues that homeowners deal with when they move, especially over a long distance.

On top of multiple other moves over the years, I know I DO understand what it's like to relocate a significant distance, from a REALTOR's as well as a homeowner's perspective. Iam still of the belief that if you haven't done it you do not truly know what it's like.

I don't miss the snow...anyone who knows me is well aware of my feelings about Boston winters.

And the irony of negotiating the contract on our new home in late February 2005 on the day that Cambridge, MA had 33 inches of snow (see the photo above) reaffirmed my feelings that this was the right move.

We were thankfully in California for the negotiations on that momentous day!

Our Southern California anniversiary is a personal moment. But I sure learned a lot during the process and in my time here.


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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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I love your winter photo. I always love winter photos with lots and lots of snow, and I do not like any snow. I do not think I would ever long for snow, I think I had enough for years to come.

Happy Real Estate anniversary

Mar 23, 2011 04:44 PM #1
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Jeff ... with 33 inches of snow ... I'd have moved ... even to a furnished apartment!  Congratulations on your home and now you're on the backside of moving toward your first decade!

Mar 23, 2011 04:57 PM #2
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

I've not regretted my move from snowy Minnesota to rainy wet Seattle and look foreword to the day I end up with Seattle summers and dry winters. Coming soon.

Mar 23, 2011 05:11 PM #3
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jeff, It's certainly helpful to be on both sides of the equation at one point or another.  Moved TONS as a kid, makes me appreciate staying in one place for 20 years now :)  Bill

Mar 23, 2011 05:15 PM #4
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Boston's loss is our gain, Jeff.  Happy Anniversary.

Mar 23, 2011 05:16 PM #5
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Hi Jeff,

Happy Anniversary, and moving from that much snow has to be a super smart move. Realtors should be required to move themselves at least once every 5 years, so that they know what we put our clients thru.


Mar 23, 2011 05:24 PM #6
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

I still live in the same little town that I grew up in.  I am always amazed at the courage of folks who pick up and move so far from their current homes/families.

Congrats on your anniversary.  You're one of my heroes!

Mar 23, 2011 05:36 PM #7
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale
www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country

Happy Anniversary !!!     Carlsbad is a great place to live and work

Mar 24, 2011 12:13 AM #8
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I'm curious, when you finally got to the new house, were things exactly as your remembered them? For me, when I have done stuff like that, when I got back to the new place, things were slightly different.

Mar 24, 2011 02:58 AM #9
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Happy Anniversary my friend! I too left the cold winters of the Northeast to a more humane climate. While I love my old stomping grounds of NYC, and visit often, I NEVER do it in the winter anymore!

Mar 24, 2011 03:57 AM #10
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, Happy Anniverary. I think you would agree that it was one of your best decisions.

Mar 24, 2011 04:40 AM #11
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Jeff - Happy Anniversary!  I agree too that our own personal experiences about moving and homeownership can often add that something extra to our abilities to serve our clients.

Mar 24, 2011 06:33 AM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, I moved from RI to CT in 1979 and that was a big enough move.  I could not imagine what it is like to move across country.

Mar 24, 2011 08:32 AM #13
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Happy Anniversary. As for that snow stuf; you know where I am on that stuff.


Mar 25, 2011 07:39 AM #14
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Happy Anniversary. As for that snow stuf; you know where I am on that stuff.


Mar 25, 2011 07:39 AM #15
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

Congrats on a great anniversary.  Whenever I have someone leave CO for CA they are so sad.  I tell them, don't worry you will love it in no time.  And they always do. 

Mar 25, 2011 05:11 PM #16
Tim Bradley
Contour Investment Properties - Jackson Hole, WY
Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY

That's a big move. How long did it take you to re-establish a viable brokerage business? That's the thought that keeps me from thinking too seriously about moving.

Mar 26, 2011 02:04 AM #17
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Only 6 years away from the snows of the Northeast??? My folks moved to Florida in 1954, when I was 6, from Connecticut. I remember snow plows having to come clear the street before we could get out of the driveway and our street was NOT a priority area!!!!

As for moving, I took off for Germany in 1972 and came back with my kids in 1988 - both significant moves. I have moved over 30 times in my life, so I can also relate to the problems of moving. The trans-Atlantic moves were really something, especially the one coming back since a large container moved our things (thanks to my Dad for that one, I could never have afforded it and we were not in the military).

Major relocations are indeed something you have to experience first-hand to appreciate!!! How I hate snow!!!!! My daughter and granddaughter left today for 3 days in DC with my son...............SNOW is expected to fall tomorrow!!!!!

Mar 26, 2011 02:52 AM #18
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