THROUGH MY EYES, Part I: YORK HARBOR, MAINE

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty

I am late, so late, in my blogging efforts.   Day to day efforts stop me from writing on the topics that I think I should.  You know: the market , the numbers, the facts.  I'm good at numbers and it's hard to argue with the facts.  A risk free entry into the blogging world.  And yet, I drag my feet.

Finally, I know why.  Before I can tell you what I want to tell you, I must first tell you what I need to tell you.  About this place that possesses me.

This is real estate, but this is personal.  Dare I tell you?  Tell strangers, who may read on line, anonymous during day and night.  It feels exhibitionist.   Can you possibly understand?  And once unleashed, perhaps I cannot stop. 

No matter.  I have no choice.  My only hope is to tell the story.  To let this place captivate someone else.  And in so doing, perhaps to set myself free.

We are not born in Realtor suits.  We all arrive at our virtual community with different backgrounds and perceptions.  I used to wear a banker suit.  Navy blue or grey, jacket and skirt.  A frequent traveler, I was constantly stopped at airports and asked what gate for a particular flight.  A few times, when this flight attendant presumption was accompanied by rude behavior, I made up gate information to the farthest corner of the airport. 

The suits we wear not only color our world but the perceptions that others have about us.  And these perceptions, in turn, influence who we are. 

 Lo and behold: donning a Realtor suit does not stop my need to touch, to smell, and to shape the earth so that the universe makes sense to me.  To find or make my home.  The Realtor suit is just one more layer of human complexity.

The first of many secrets:  I used to fall hopelessly in love with houses.  And when I saw a house in disrepair, I always wanted to rescue it.  Until I discovered a much more dangerous trade: the ability to build my own.  The ability to dream it and make it appear.  I discovered that I had the eye.

And yet this dangerous ability came with a small gift.  When I would show this house that I created, amidst choruses of "How can you bear to sell it?", I would always know instantly when I met someone, if this house was meant for them or not.  And when they looked at it through my eyes, they fell in love with the house, too. 

The decision is made.  The die is cast.  Next I will tell you: the story of Ames Field.  But for tonight, I share with you here, literally, my window on the world.  The sunrise each day that tells me all's right.  I hope you can see it through my eyes.sunrise Godfrey cove

Comments (7)

Jeff Johnson
On the Move - Louisville, KY
Proud To Be Your Realtor

Very good blog.  It does just kind of take over doesnt it?  York Harbor is a beautiful place isnt it.

Aug 01, 2008 02:03 PM
Lynn911.com ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals Lynn911.com - Dallas, TX

It is amazing how we all came to the real estate trade different walks, educations, Phd or nothing but a high school diploma, Have a great weekend

Aug 01, 2008 02:05 PM
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

Wow, Jeff and Lynn, you guys are quick.  And up late, for east coast time!  Thanks for reading and the kind words.

Aug 01, 2008 02:17 PM
Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

I suspect we have another author in our midst, I look forward to reading what you have to share.  I enjoy seeing people with passion for their place in our world.  Whether building, staging, buying or selling, it all has it's own spirit when attempted by a person with vision.  be good  cw

Aug 01, 2008 03:20 PM
Karen Hurst
RICOASTALLIVING.COM - Warwick, RI
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Margaret,

Are you by any chance related to "the" Margaret Mitchell? 

Your writing style definitely caught my eye!

I am a new subsriber to you and look forward to "seeing things through your eyes":)

Aug 02, 2008 01:17 AM
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

Hi Cheryl - Nice to cya again.  I checked out your quilting blog, btw.  I don't have that talent but loved the pics.

Karen - I so wish I was.  (sigh)  Thank you for stopping by.

We might take a little detour in Part II, but  then back to the story....

Aug 03, 2008 06:31 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Margaret...Still haven't found out about Arthur but I saw your view and love it.  Just a glimpse of water and I'm sold.

Kate

Aug 03, 2008 03:19 PM