Friday Diary of a Charlotte Realtor® - 13APR18

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Friday Diary of a Charlotte Realtor® - 13APR18

 

This has been a week of 'achievements,' bidding wars out the wazoo and much, much more! Thankfully, we won all of the bidding wars but, gosh, going into midnight nearly every night this week was a bit exhausting. I'm looking forward to sleeping in on Sunday! LOL

 

PERSONAL

My garage sorting & emptying done and the Total Garage flooring done, both to have the garage ready for the Total Garage cabinet installation on Monday, led into a great weekend. We de-staged a listing (in the rain, no less) and also had surprise guests on Saturday & Sunday! It was SUCH a treat to meet Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling  & Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker who were traveling back home from spending the week at the beach. We had a wonderful time catching up and there may have been a little ActiveRain discussion while they were here too! :-)

 

Bright & early Monday morning, the Total Garage guys arrived and cabinet installation took the better part of the day. They left the place neat & clean and everything done professionally - the cabinets were even cleaned off - doors & all.

 

Finished Garage


On Thursday, the Control Freaks, a local organizing group, arrived to unload the PODS and organize the tools, paint, staging items, catering items, Costo supplies and more. Everything we had sorted last week, now has a home in the cabinets. Today, the empty PODS left the driveway and we're now parking again in our garage - with all sorts of extra space. We couldn't be happier! 

 

 

During all of the garage work and real estate business that was going on, Ray had one final test to determine the next step for repair of his arm issue. We still believe it to be a nerve issue but, regardless, the partially town rotator cuff remains a possible cause of the pain and weakness. We hope to hear the final determination early next week. 

 

 


 

 

BUSINESS

Yes, business goes on, even when we're participating in large or small personal projects! Several buyers were involved in multiple Offer situations and we are now pending one more that we should hear about tomorrow. I don't want to jinx it but, so far, we've won! Two clients will have homes to sell and what a joy working with repeat clients and watching them excited about beginning new chapters in each of their lives.

 

One of my favorite clients, had quite the celebratory Closing and in the end, the sellers were selling me to the attorney and the paralegal! We had a wonderful time working together and still have a new construction home for them to Close in a few months when they return from spending some time in their Florida home. 

 

Knox Closing

 

Another one of my favorite clients ever, moved to Chicago about 6 years ago and is now returning to Charlotte. One of her friends that she had referred to me about 5 years ago, purchased another property recently and phoned me while I was on vacation to look at a home for my Chicago client. My assistant showed him the property and they FaceTimed with my the buyer and won in a bidding war while I was gone! It was so exciting for them and she arrived in town today to see her new home for the first time. We spent about 2 hours touring, chatting and laughing - she loves the place! We are looking forward to inspections next week just before she leaves Charlotte one final time before returning for Closing at the end of the month. 

 

Myers Park House

 

This evening, I attended a celebration of life gathering for a dear friend who lost her mother, then returned home to submit an Offer for another buyer who toured a home this morning. I think Ray & I had dinner about 9:30 tonight - shame on us, right?! Or should I say, shame on me - I'm the one that held that up!

 

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

 

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Friday Diary of a Charlotte Realtor® - 13APR18

Comments (24)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debe - another fast- paced week and one certainly filled with just eenough'tude too.

Apr 14, 2018 06:33 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS ,
I know one thing for sure... I will NEVER show you a picture of my garage.  LOL  Yours is amazing!  

Aren't Anna and Gary delightful?  I had the good fortune of being in the Phoenix area last December and was invited to their Christmas party.  What fun that was. 

Apr 14, 2018 07:33 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

LOL Endre Barath, Jr. - I'm not sure I can remember that long ago at this point! Seriously, things were in the cooker and when we got back, ready to wrap up. It's been an exciting week all around. Finally getting to meet the Bananas was certainly the highlight of the week!  

Apr 14, 2018 08:35 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes, last night was late, late, late, James Dray! I don't like eating that late but, there was barely time to breathe...muchless eat! LOL

Apr 14, 2018 08:36 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You're so funny, Wayne Martin! I can pack a day as full as necessary - and I tend to do that and love every minute of it too!

Apr 14, 2018 08:37 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thanks, Amanda S. Davidson! Oh, I'm the packing queen when it comes to filling my days - that's for sure! But, as you said, I love what I do so, it's all 'fun' to me anyway!

Have a great weekend!

Apr 14, 2018 08:38 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I got me some 'tude and loved it! I hope you're doing well, Michael Jacobs! Have a fantastic weekend!

Apr 14, 2018 08:38 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Carol Williams - if I had shown it before, I would have been terribly embarrassed!

Apr 14, 2018 08:41 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Man, you do pack a lot of life in a week. I would have loved to meet Gary and Anna - what a wonderful surprise. That would have been the highlight of the week for me - at least personally. Sounds like business is booming too. Very nice, you have mastered the art of balance. D 

Apr 14, 2018 09:03 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Move over Martha Stewart - Debe Maxwell, CRS is the new organized Queen. Nobody runs a better business than Debe. Whew! Just reading her chronicles is exhausting! 

What a garage! If mine only looked nearly as good. There's a Quality Control person living inside Debe's body who is surely reliable. 

Loved the fact that you had a visit with the BananaTudes. How exciting! I have a feeling you laughed and learned a lot. It would be an honor to meet them anytime. It was sure fun to meet you in Dallas!

All the best to you and Ray and all your clients too.

Apr 14, 2018 09:42 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I enjoy reading your Diary of a Realtor, but whew! I have to catch my breath after all that activity. First, I bet it feels great to have your garage organized. I noticed you didn't take a "before" photo... shame on you for that! Hehe

I can laugh with you on that because mine is in the same condition, the "before" version. Congrats on all the real estate activity in Charlotte.

Apr 14, 2018 07:47 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes, I'm guilty of packing as much as I can in a week - I don't know what to do with idle time, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - the life of a workaholic! Seriously, I love what I do so, it's not like work at all. I just didn't think that I would get back from vacation and be so busy at work...and have to fit in this organization project too! 

I shall rest tomorrow...maybe! LOL

Apr 14, 2018 07:53 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

LOL "There's a quality control person living inside..." - you are so funny, Patricia Feager! And, yes, the Bananas were just as I expected they'd be - Gary is really a fun guy too - they're such a great pair!

I hope you're having a fantastic weekend!

Apr 14, 2018 07:57 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS! It's really a 'normal' week for me and I love it that way - chock full of activity! I really wouldn't have it any other way. Today, I met with sellers who are dear friends, asking me when I'm planning to retire. I said that I'll die showing houses! 

They both laughed and said that I won't ever slow down to retire and they're going to have to start working on me to travel with them in 10 years. I don't know - mention travel and I'm typically in! LOL

As for the garage - I can't believe I didn't take a before shot. I have one that I took for a friend who wanted to see how I wrap my decorated Christmas trees, taken before the garage was cleaned but, I just spend a few minutes looking for it and can't find it! I was probably so embarrassed that I deleted it! LOL

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Pat!

Apr 14, 2018 08:31 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I realized that I could go back through the text messages that would have the photo I took and sent to them! Here's the before, Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS - at least the best one I could find!

 

Before garage...

Apr 14, 2018 08:36 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I also have at least one Christmas tree in the corner of my garage. Did they get storage cabinets, too?

Apr 14, 2018 08:47 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

No but, they did get their own corner, Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS!! I just shot this for you...

Christmas tree corner

Apr 14, 2018 08:58 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Debe - I  had to take a back seat for a few more days due to this nasty cold that just is stubborn.  It was so GREAT to meet you  two albeit in a crazy situation for both of us.  Your garage is giving Gary 'garage envy' and then some! Now he's talking about doing our which is fine by me.  You are going to be soooooo organized!

Apr 17, 2018 01:04 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

BTW the trees look good in the new spot in garage!!

Apr 17, 2018 01:04 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I thought Gary might go home and get busy on your garage, Anna! LOL I'm hopeful that cold is not still 'this' cold - tell me it's gone! I felt so badly for you - I can't imagine being so sick on vacation - it had to be miserable. As usual, you pushed through though!

Oh, and YES, it's SO nice to have those babies out of the dining room! They fit perfectly in that corner and now, I don't have to worry about moving all around them when I'm in search of something in the garage!

Happy Tuesday to you both! 

Apr 17, 2018 03:06 PM