Monday Miscellany - Sales, Death, Directions, and Broker Classes

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Real Estate Agent with Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com 10301213186

Another Monday and lots of things are floating around in my mind. This week's Monday Miscellany thoughts surround selling a home, death/life, giving directions and taking broker classes.

Monday Miscellany

 

These are the miscellaneous thoughts that are taking up brain space at the moment:

 

Trials and tribulations of selling a home. Every real estate professional should have to sell a home once a decade or so. Even though we've done it before and know what's involved, the reminder of the emotional and stressful aspects of home selling can certainly make us more empathetic. And I'm not even talking about the emotional aspects of memories although that's a factor as well. I'm referring to the need to constantly keep the home spotless. To remember to put everything away before any trips out of the house "just in case!" Or to keep a handle on where you hid items. The anxiousness after someone has seen your home. Did they like it? Will they make an offer? The state of limbo. When will this be over? The annoyance about feedback you might not be happy about. "They weren't wow'ed" (well, then look in a higher price range) or "The ceilings are too low" (uh, they're normal sized ceilings; how big is the buyer?). When sellers get a little testy during the home sale process, there are most likely good reasons for it. Selling a home isn't easy!

 

Thoughts on death (or life). I attended another funeral this weekend, this time for an older cousin of my husband. As we get older, this occurrence will definitely continue to increase in frequency. In fact, a recent glance at the obituary page in my newspaper included many people my age or younger. Yikes! Where does the time go? Anyway, I tried thinking a little differently about the subject of death this weekend. Instead of thinking how sad it was that this person passed away, and how much his family will miss him, I considered how happy I was that I had the opportunity to get to know him. And how amazing it was that his family had 89 years to enjoy his company. Forcing myself to think about it in those terms made me grateful. Not that he passed away of course, but that he lived, smiled, loved and laughed. What a wonderful thing that the world was blessed with his presence.

 

Monday Miscellany - Sales, Death, Directions, and Broker ClassesProviding directions. On an entirely different subject, most people who work in real estate use GPS. In fact, maybe ALL real estate professionals do, but other people might not. There are still people who drive around using a map or their knowledge of an area to find some place. And sometimes GPS doesn't work properly. People who buy houses might need "old fashioned" directions. Or they might want a quick mental view of where something is located without having to check the map. That's why real estate agents should always include detailed directions for their listed homes for sale. I've seen a few listings lately where under directions it says, "Google it." As real estate professionals, we are supposed to be making the process as simple as possible. Telling someone to use Google is not helpful.

 

Real Estate Broker Classes. In order to get a broker license in Montana, I need to take the broker test once I'm physically out there. Since I'm already licensed in NY though, it's not necessary for me to take the 60 hours of broker classes. That being said, I'm doing so anyway because there are differences in the real estate process out west and I'd rather know everything before I move. The course is done online and it's timed so you spend the proper amount of time on the material. Right now I've completed 10 hours of the 60, and I can say this- the classes to get a license are not focused on how the job is done. It's mostly (so far) about archaic information that isn't needed to do the day to day job of real estate. For example, one of the questions on the assessment at the end of a chapter had to do with how many employees are needed before the FMLA is something you'd need to worry about. You need 50. That's not relevant at all. There is also a lot of repetition. And because it's timed, you need to wait until each screen has timed out before you can move on. So far it's been frustrating and I haven't learned much. But we'll see what the next 50 hours bring.

 

And with that, I wish you a wonderful week!

 

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Kat. That process in a new state would drive me crazy. Good for you.

Apr 15, 2019 06:53 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Kat Palmiotti going to wakes of those my own age is a true reality slap....and it's a signal to maintain good health while we are able.... 

Apr 15, 2019 07:03 AM #2
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Kat Palmiotti
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The House Kat

Sheila Anderson - Indeed - The remaining 50 hours of classes feel like they'll take months to complete!

Good morning Barbara Todaro - You are absolutely right. Maintaining good health has to be a priority so we can get the most out of whatever time we have left!

Apr 15, 2019 07:10 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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I've said for years, Kat, that too many agents don't have a clue what it takes to sell a home because they've never sold their own or did it so long ago they forgot everything. As for death... every year at Christmas time I say I know I'm getting older as my Christmas card list gets shorter... at a certain age, you need to be ready to lose long time friends and relatives. Never easy to do so.

Apr 15, 2019 07:19 AM #4
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Will Hamm
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Happy Monday Kat,  I was at a funeral also this past week also.  I am with you are the class part, they teach things that we never use.

 

Apr 15, 2019 07:59 AM #5
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

So true, Nina Hollander - both that we need to be ready to lose friends, and that it's not easy to do so. 

Happy monday Will Hamm - Agent and broker training should be focused on the business of real estate. The REAL business!

Apr 15, 2019 08:19 AM #6
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Kat,

And life goes on  unhindered by humanity.  Time is immune to all things.  Wishing you a wonderful week, and I admire that you are making sure to learn more in becoming licensed in Montana.  A

Apr 15, 2019 09:36 AM #7
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I've done the online courses with the timer and in general REALLY dislike them since so rarely is the content length and the time aligned.  I just feel like I'm wasting too much time.

Apr 15, 2019 09:41 AM #8
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Time certainly does go on, unhindered by humanity. I love that statement.

Liz and Bill Spear - Agree about the time - it's very frustrating to sit and wait. I usually squeeze something else in, but it's still a pain.

Apr 15, 2019 09:54 AM #9
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Kat - sounds like a very stressful time with all aspects of the move but I am sure you are looking forward to you new lifestyle in Montana.

Apr 15, 2019 10:25 AM #10
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Kat - I imagine your New York real estate perspective is bringing new life to what will be a Montana experience.  Here's to much new learning in all aaddress of  some of which you address in this post. 

Apr 15, 2019 10:37 AM #11
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Hi Kat, I'm not surprised that the broker course isn't chock full of useful information; our licensing here is California is the same. Once you get the license, the real learning can begin.

 

Apr 15, 2019 02:46 PM #12
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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HI Kat Palmiotti - I think you are being pro-active in getting your license before you are out in Montana. I certainly hope the course gets better for you. Obviously, you are taking the course to learn about the Montana real estate process. 

Apr 15, 2019 02:54 PM #13
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Kat Palmiotti
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Grant Schneider - I am currently in limbo (neither fully here nor fully there) so it is a bit stressful.

Thank you Michael Jacobs - I welcome the new learning!

I agree Lottie Kendall - I hope at some point there's more MT related information in this course.

Apr 16, 2019 02:37 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - Yes, I'm taking it to learn about Montana real estate but so far it's just been a generic class. Hopefully in the next 49 hours!

Apr 16, 2019 02:38 AM #15
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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The broker study does not sound like much fun...like our CE...I can always hardly wait until it's over !

Apr 16, 2019 05:35 AM #16
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 You really covered the complete spectrum with your blog post today Kat Palmiotti 

Apr 16, 2019 07:07 AM #17
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Kat Palmiotti
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson - I'm forcing myself to do at least an hour a day but it's not much fun at all!

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !

Apr 16, 2019 08:09 AM #18
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Hi Kat, Sounds like you are having all the fun!  I've been through the move but just starting on my license in Michigan.  Not looking forward to classes either.

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