Random Thoughts from a Real Estate Agent

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

On this Thursday of a short work week, I find myself incapable of stringing together a cohesive idea for a blog post.  So, here are the thoughts running through my head:

I hate staples.  I'm not talking about the mega office supply store.  I'm talking about the metal fasteners that people use to keep papers together.  When a Short Sale client hands me pages upon pages of financial documents that are stapled in smaller bundles, I want to scream.  Staples don't go through a scanner or fax machine and removing them is a pain.  I love BIG paper clips.

Whoever thought customer servie call centers in foreign lands was a good idea, I would like to smack the crap out of. I've spent two days on the phone with Siruis XM Radio trying to "consolidate" our three household radios.  Apparently, the definition of consolidate is different overseas than it is here.  I want one bill.  "That is impossible because the RAD-e-os are on different billing cycles."  Precisely the reason I would like to consolidate the accounts.  Not only can they NOT truly consolidate my accounts, but they screwed up my premium subscription so I was unable to listen to Opie & Anthony today.  Grrrr.

If you have bad news relating to a shared real estate transaction, give it to me. Don't hide it from me.  Don't avoid me.  I'm a professional.  I can handle it.  And if you don't tell me, it doesn't mean I'm not going to find out anyway.  Bad news never gets better with time.  And allowing me to find out elsewhere just makes you look bad.

If you don't have a Fujitsu ScanSnap, you don't know what you are missing.

If you are afraid of dumpster divers getting your personal financial information, SHRED IT BEFORE IT GETS TO THE CURB.  It's easier than catching a dumpster diver. 

I hate playing leap frog with Cindy Jones on the Active Rain Leader Board.  I feel guilty every time I pass her because I truly like and respect her.

How can a woman FORGET that her two year old son was in the minivan when she parked it on a hot summer day?   It happened to a woman who is a local veterinarian in my area and her son died from exposure to heat after being in the car for about eight hours.  Thankfully, my pets don't go to her practice.  If that's how she is with her own child, I'd hate to see what she forgets to do with animals in her care.

All right.  It's time for dinner.  Who's cooking?  Oh!  I am?  Better get on that....




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Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales a

Great post Chris Ann, thanks for the chuckle.  It is illegal here to leave your pets in the car but I don't know about kids.  Eight hours????  Unbelievable.  Is her last name Anthony?

Jul 07, 2011 01:22 PM #7
Melissa Brown
Helen Adams Realty - Charlotte, NC
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale

Wow, Chris Ann, I was laughing until I got to the veterinarian part.  That is so tragic.


I'm totally with you on the staples and getting the bad news up front.  People should take a lesson from mis-guided politicians who deny their sexual misdeeds, get caught, confess with crocodile tears and ask for apologies from their loved ones.  It NEVER gets better with time...only worse!

Jul 07, 2011 01:27 PM #8
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Did you see the local news on the man caught in the closet with a blow-up doll at MCV in Woodbridge?  There are just so many ways a person can run with that story.  And go ahead and leap frog.  Couldn't pass the #2 torch in Virginia to anyone better.

Jul 07, 2011 01:38 PM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hey Chris Ann,  Call centers in other countries do not work for me.  Have a good one!

Jul 07, 2011 01:54 PM #10
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

Wow. That's a lot of pet peeves. The child in the minivan boils my blood too, How could a Mother forget their child?

Jul 07, 2011 02:29 PM #11
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Diane:  Sometimes you just have to go with the stream of consciousness.

Karen:  I hate Costco too. 

Cindy:  I read that post about the cookies and milk.  I think that's a great way to deal with a bad day.

Leah:  Pearls of wisdom, huh?  Maybe I should do this more often.

Al:  It's illegal here, pets and kids.  She was charged with homicide.  Second degree I believe.


Jul 07, 2011 02:48 PM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Melissa:  It never does get better with time.

Cindy:  I think we'll be leap frogging a bit longer.  And no, I didn't see the MVC story.  Must watch Fox 5 at 10pm.

Will:  Out of the country call centers work IF they are natively English speaking countries.

Ellie:  No clue.  I've forgotten groceries in the car, but they don't interact me, breathe or otherwise LIVE.

Jul 07, 2011 02:54 PM #13
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

What is it, open season on 2 year olds these days?  Tragic!

Otherwise, I was LOL...

Jul 07, 2011 03:45 PM #14
Debbie Atwood
Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA - Everett, WA
Real Estate Broker

Well this post brought a smile for me!  I'm happy you were able to get all of this off your mind now!  Isn't blogging theraputic?  LOL

Jul 07, 2011 06:17 PM #15
Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

With all the new technology I don't use staples anywhere close to as much as I used to. Which brings me to the Fujitsu ScanSnap. I got one several years ago when the feeder on my HP all in one copier died. Best thing I ever did. Hardly ever use the copier any more. And let's not even get started on overseas call centers.

Jul 07, 2011 09:53 PM #16
Lorraine Sayer
Monument, Black Forest, Falcon, Fountain homes - Colorado Springs, CO
Realtor ABR,CDPE,GRI - Colorado Springs,CO RE/MAX

I bet you could write a whole blog on hand written contracts from agents that refuse to get on board with technology:)  I'm glad I scrolled long enough to find this one today~

Jul 07, 2011 11:24 PM #17
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Holy! Leaving your kid in the car the entire day and forgot? She will never forgive herself. I'm with ya on the staples thing. So, how was dinner? :)

Jul 07, 2011 11:34 PM #18
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Chris Ann --- I'm with you on customer "service" call centers in foreign lands --- this isn't brain surgery, it should be and can be very simple ....ARRGGH.

So sad to hear of the child in that car, when will people "learn"?

Jul 08, 2011 12:17 AM #19
Bryan Robertson
Intero Real Estate - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

I hate staples too!  As for leapfrog, I've been trying to stay ahead of someone on the leaderboard for months.  I'm succeeding but they guy won't give up and he writes nearly NOTHING about real estate.  Ugh!

Jul 08, 2011 03:31 AM #20
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Susan:  I'm sure this forgetful Mom, who did call the police, will end up in jail for the homicide, while Casey Anthony walks free on Sunday.

Debbie: It is therapeautic.

Alan:  If I have one more problem with the Sirius XM Radio I am going to drive to their US headquarters where my head will explode all over the CEO's desk.

Lorraine:  Glad you stopped by too. 

Jackie:  It was great!  Steaks on the grills, side of asparagus.

Michael:  I'll tell ya, not having enough time or energy is one of the main reasons I don't have kids.  If you can't take care of them, why have them in the first place?  It drives me mad.

Jul 08, 2011 03:33 AM #21
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Bryan:  That's why it's hard to pass Cindy. She's a terrific blogger and a first class agent.  I've never had guilt about passing anyone else.  This will be tough, if she ever truly gives up the #2 spot.

Jul 08, 2011 04:10 AM #22
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

It was quite random Chris Ann, and I understand about the staples, etc.  Then I read about the vet leaving her child in the car for 8 hours.  That's tragic!!  I just don't get people.  This is truly disturbing. 

Jul 08, 2011 06:11 AM #23
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Carla:  Reading about that incident is probably what was making me unable to think straight. 

Jul 08, 2011 08:30 AM #24
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Definitely Random thoughts!! Where did you get my cat? I have one that looks exactly the gray one on top!


I hate staples too. 

Not only forgot but did it TWICE! When you make a mistake like that once you make sure it is one of the things you don't do again. 

Jul 08, 2011 09:19 AM #25
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Gerard:  Our gray cat is a girl named Penelope.  Looks like yours have some white on the chest. 

Jul 08, 2011 09:26 AM #26
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