Always Making Lemonade

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

     I am always making lemonade.  Well, maybe not literally, but when things take an unexpected turn, I do look to change course and make the best of it.  You know that I like to cook so about three months ago I dedicated myself to cooking for the family more.  I cracked open a Middle Eastern Cookbook, Ottolenghi, by Yotan Ottolenghi and explored many new dishes.  My dad and I made homemade pasta for the first time.  To do it, we pulled out his circa 1999 pasta machine, STILL IN ITS ORIGINAL PACKING, and used it for the first time.  I also made my first grapefruit margaritas; a little tequila, a little Grand Marnier, fresh juice from grapefruits right off the tree, fresh lime juice, honey and cracked ice, all vigorously shaken.  Much better than lemonade!

                  Ottolenghi Dinner          Biba Caggianos Homeade Pasta

                   Kasheri, Cauliflower fritters, Chicken with Saffron                  Homemade Pasta

                               Grapefruit Margarita

 The Elixir of the Gods, Grapefruit Margaritas

     I have been making lemonade in the work world too,  figuratively speaking.  My wife and I completed a 1031 exchange right in the middle of all the chaos and we spent almost four weeks in Goodyear, AZ painting and furnishing the new property.  We also enjoyed a little hiking with Brian England.  It is now in the marketing phase and ready to rent.  PebbleCreek Living, Home Ready to Rent!

New PebbleCreek Rental

     There has been plenty of time to take online courses too.  I am about halfway through with my continuing education courses and have earned two new designations;  The Senior Real Estate Specialist and The Accredited Buyer's Representitive.  They help round out my other desigations; The Graduate Realtor's Institue, e-Pro and Certified Negotiating Expert. 

     Our eXp Realty of California, Inc. office was introduced to a home auction site that looks like a novel way to sell homes so I took their Homebids Certification class.  I planned to sell my listing using the Homebids process, but it sold too quickly.  Next time!

     Most importantly, Marquita Ward-White, approached me regarding the prospects of working at eXp Realty and joined forces with me.  She runs an excellent open house and has a listing coming on the market with more to follow.  She loved the prospect of joining in on all of our online training and engaging with our online office.  She was also intrigued by the opportunity to earn stock in the company.  I am helping her with three months of marketing to help her get off on the right foot.

     It looks like I need a different lemonade recipe now.  It was great while it lasted, but the clothes are getting a little too tight.  I am back to a healthy diet, going to the gym two times a week and running with my friends at Runnin for Rhett three times a week.  My lemonade making has to go sugar free for a while!

For those of you looking for some great cookbooks, one of these is a must:  Plenty, Ottolenghi, or Jerusalem, I understand, Plenty More, is excellent as well, but I do not own that one...YET!  My favorite of the three, Ottolenghi.  If you get it, try the Cauliflower Fritters. They are outstanding.

 

Thank you to Carol Williams and Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! for creating this month's ActiveRain Challenge.  When I first read about it, I thought, "what have I done?"  It turns out that sometimes you have to take a look back to know.  It has been busy!  Also, I know this contest was about a certain event, but I am so tired of it, I did my best to allude to it, but not name it.

 

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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

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3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758

RayRHenson@gmail.com

916-698-8415

 

 

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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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Roy Kelley   thank you, I do need all the luck I can get.  Have a great week!

Jun 23, 2020 08:26 AM #19
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Will Hamm
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Hello Raymond,  Always good to make lemonade all the time when things call for it.  Good for you.

 

Jun 24, 2020 06:26 AM #20
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You certainly have been busy Raymond! The home auction idea sounds intriguing. Let us know how it works out for your business.

Jun 24, 2020 06:35 AM #21
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Good for you Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - you've been busy. I am still distracted by the lemonade - margarita style. It sounds so good.  :) 

Jun 24, 2020 06:57 AM #22
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Joan Cox
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Raymond, sounds like you made the best of your time during the pandemic, and glad you got your home in Phoenix ready to rent.  I make homemade noodles too, by hand, no machine.

Jun 24, 2020 07:14 AM #23
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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Will Hamm, what else can we do?  ;o)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400,  it is interesting.  A couple agents in our office are using it.  They generally run it for 9 days and start at a low price.  The bidding process is easy for buyers or buyer agents and, at the end, the listing agent can negotiate with the highest bids.  The seller is not obligated to accept any offer.  It sounds good in theory. 

 

Jun 24, 2020 11:06 AM #24
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Joan Cox, I started a little slow, I have to admit, but am getting back in the swing of things.  I do need some tips on noodle making.  The recipe I used seemed to make the noodle dough tough.  I had to adjust some.  They did turn out tasty.

Jun 24, 2020 11:08 AM #25
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, My first batch was not that good.  I omitted the limes (lemon works too), which was a mistake.  The second batch turned out much better.  I really do not mind experimenting and getting rid of the evidence.  Ha!

Jun 24, 2020 11:11 AM #26
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - How exciting!!! There's a lot going on with you and traveling to AZ, cooking new food and creating decious cocktails, getting educated and earning new designations! So, tell me the truth, what's giving you all that energy? Is it the lemons or is the secret in the sauce? 

Jun 26, 2020 03:47 PM #27
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, I think part of it is my wife.  She keeps me focused.  Also seeing how much agents on ActiveRain are doing all the time has helped.  It has been good inspiration.  And there maybe a little something in the sauce.

Jun 26, 2020 04:28 PM #28
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - You and your wife must be terrific partners and I'm guessing great at having parties. I love when agents feed off each other's energy in a positive way. It's like we are all good friends without ever meeting one another. Crazy! But crazy good!

Jun 26, 2020 06:37 PM #29
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
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I have learned a lot about what it takes to be a good agent being a part of ActivRain.  And I do feel like I have new friends that I just have not met face to face yet, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jun 27, 2020 06:04 AM #30
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Kat Palmiotti
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I love when I hear that people have tried new recipes/cuisines/etc - Kudos to you! I find that to be a lot of fun.

You had a very productive time during that-thing-we-won't-name. :-)

Jun 27, 2020 06:33 AM #31
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Kat Palmiotti , my dad and I have been fortunate to spend a lot of time together lately and when we get to get together we cook new things.  That, and we play Pickleball!  Thank you for taking the time to drop by.

Jun 27, 2020 06:54 AM #32
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Hi Raymond:

Wow, you certainly have been productive in recent months, personally and in your business! Congrats on the new rental property in Goodyear, AZ - what fun to have met and spent time with Brian England!

Jeff

Jun 27, 2020 08:24 AM #33
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Jeff Dowler, CRS,  Brian and I have met a few times now and look I forward to the next time.  One day, I would like to get down South and spend some time with you in Carlsbad.  And thank you, the rental is something we did not think we could pull off ten years ago, but the real estate market has been good to us.  

Jun 27, 2020 04:09 PM #34
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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI Sounds like you have really done well- Hope to see you at our Zoom meeting on Tuesday  you can bring some food -- so glad Carol Williams featured this as I missed it   

Jun 29, 2020 01:31 PM #35
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Hi Hannah Williams, I will be on the Zoom meeting tomorrow and am looking forward to it.  I will bring the snacks!   I feel fortunate that my blog was featured, thank you!

Jun 29, 2020 04:02 PM #36
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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You have a positive outlook!  And you take action--self motivated. I also made home made pasta for the first time--wish I had a machine but winged it!

Jul 01, 2020 11:00 AM #37
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Thank you, Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR.  And how did the pasta turn out?  I bet it was delicious.

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