Great recipes for both eating and selling

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

One of my fellow Realtors moved recently and while packing she came across some old advertising materials from 1990.

A local, 'shopper' type weekly newspaper likes to run lots of speciality inserts from wedding guides to seasonal cookbooks. This publication my friend found was a recipe collection of Realtor contributed recipes. I ran a couple of nice recipes I had submitted plus the following one:

"Recipe for a Successful Home Sale

  • 195 pounds of Jim Lee, Realtor (remember, this was 17 years ago) ;-)
  • 85 professional Realty Executives Agents
  • 1 Large bunch of qualified buyers
  • Cup of Nationwide referrals
  • Box of effective advertising
  • Package of satisfied customers for more referrals
  • Large can of salesmanship
  • 2 Cups of financing knowledge
  • Pinch of aggressiveness
  • Add lots of follow up from listing to closing.

Blend all above ingredients, fold in enthusiasm and market knowledge. Place into Multiple Listing Service and market approximately 95 days or until contract is accepted, gather at closing and transfer title.

This recipe serves everyone well!

Call your Realtor Chef Jim Lee at 693-3232 and let me get cooking for you!"

I always liked 'different' sorts of ad copy. I remembered thinking if anyone kept the recipe collection they would automatically keep my ad above. I was in the restaurant business for a number of years pre real estate so I learned my way around a kitchen (and a dishwasher, and a mop, and a broom, and etc., etc... ;-)

If anyone likes good, home made from scratch carrot cake this is one of my mother-in-law's recipes:

Delicious Carrot Cake

  • 2 cups of self-rising flour
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil
  • 3 cups of firmly packed, grated carrots.

Mix ingredients in order listed and bake at 350, pre-heated oven for 50 minutes

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 box (16 oz.) powdered sugar
  • 1 large block cream cheese (8 Oz.)
  • 1 stick butter or margarine (4 oz.)
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans (black walnuts are an excellent substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract (if you substitute black walnuts, use black walnut extract in the icing, it's awesome)
Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Jim - I LOVE that successful home sale recipe!  That was really clever.  And your carrot cake recipe sounds so yummy - I can almost smell that cooking now.....gosh I must be hungry!

You should run that recipe ad again and see what happens - and put it on your outside blog, if you haven't already done that.   ;-)


Nov 26, 2007 07:43 AM #1
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co


Very clever and brave...not sure I'd want to divulge, the lbs. OH MY, I just noticed it was 17 years ago, lol!

Nov 26, 2007 07:43 AM #2
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
Very clever.  Very 1990ish.  Our company did recipe books for years.... I have some in my office I need to get rid of .  The carrot cake sounds great!!! 
Nov 26, 2007 07:58 AM #3
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Thanks girls.

Lynda, weight isn't that big a deal with guys unless you weigh over 300 pounds. Thankfully I'm am well under that threshold. ;-)



Nov 26, 2007 08:05 AM #4
Thomas Weiss
Thomas R. Weiss - West Palm Beach, FL


This made me Hungry!!!!! :0)

Tom Weiss

Nov 26, 2007 10:38 AM #5
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
awesome ad ...and such a timeless one as well !Now-  how did you know , homemade Carrot cake is my all time favorite..??   :)
Nov 26, 2007 12:07 PM #6
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