At 21 I got a new boss (I was a principal's secretary) I didn't like and after 6 one quarter of working for him I resigned and moved on. I went to work as a graphic artisit for a national chain newspaper and loved my job for 6 years. Then one day I got a new boss. After 6 months I bailed. Life was miserable and I don't like miserable. In that same 6 years I had also gotten married, gotten pregnant, gotten a divorce and had a daughter (in that order). Next cam my stent in radio... love it, got a new boss, had to flee... (see a pattern?) I went to work in a small real estate office the summer of 1992 as the secretary. So in 1994 when I'd had my real estate license for a few months and my boss said the words "selling the firm" I decided to step it up a notch. I put on my big girl pantilooms and went deep into debt.
January 12, 1995. I was 29, a single mom and a real estate firm owner. Breathe in, breathe out... I can do this. Breathe in, breathe out, I got this. I really wanted a career and not just a job. I wanted freedom to go Abigail's school, attend field trips, coach her ball team, and real estate offered that freedom. I wanted to able to take care of the two of us and real estate offered that. I was young and had a lot to learn. I got knocked down a few times, but I always got back up. I have faced giants and won. I have had support from some and been criticized by others.
I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignoreAnd I know too much to go back an' pretend'cause I've heard it all beforeAnd I've been down there on the floorNo one's ever gonna keep me down again
Oh yes I am wiseBut it's wisdom born of painYes, I've paid the priceBut look how much I gainedIf I have to, I can do anythingI am strong (strong)I am invincible (invincible)I am woman
I have been tested, my faith has remained strong. I love being my own boss, but I I am still in this business after 20 years because I love being an advocate for others. I love helping first time home buyers, helping folks in need get that short sale done, I love that I know THE loan officer to help a veteran who had a foreclosure three years ago be ready to put in an offer the first day he can to become a homeowner again. I love that I won't be manipulated by the other side of transaction when I'm working for a client. I've been pushed down in my life, I've been pushed down in this business. But I. GET. BACK. UP.
You can bend but never break me'cause it only serves to make meMore determined to achieve my final goalAnd I come back even strongerNot a novice any longer'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul
I am a life long resident of Putnam County. I was born here and the good Lord willing some day I will die here. I love my community and over the past 20 years I have served it... in my church, in the Pilot Club, in the Freedom Festival non profit, and being an advocate for those who need it. I don't mind standing up to bullies and I will not back down from my convictions.I am woman watch me growSee me standing toe to toeAs I spread my lovin' arms across the landBut I'm still an embryoWith a long long way to goUntil I make my brother understandOh yes I am wiseBut it's wisdom born of painYes, I've paid the priceBut look how much I gainedIf I have to I can face anythingI am strong (strong)I am invincible (invincible)I am womanOh, I am womanI am invincibleI am strong
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Well we are seeing a traditional slow down that we see around the holidays at Lake Sinclair. Most of our market is second/vacation homes and folks aren't typically shopping for homes to put under the tree. But hey, if you want to be extravagant this year call me and I'm sure I can help you find the perfect home and wouldn't a wrapped up deed be great in a pretty box under the tree?
10 homes closed on Lake Sinclair in November. That's down from October by 3, but still one more than closed in November of 2012 and 4 more than 2011. December seems to be quite sluggish as well. We do have a few under contract, but only one lake home scheduled to close this month. Of course I can be surprised.
While we dropped a bit below the high for the year which occurred in October it's so far over what the average price was at below $200,000 in January. So I'll certainly take $285,110. We're begining to see more and more homes over $500,000 list price begin to sell and that's good for our local market.
The bad news... while it's not approaching the high of nearly 400 days on the market, the average creeping back up to 305 average days on the market is bad. Of course the low was 12 and the high was 915. So apparently if you price right, 12 days is enough. If you started $100,000 too high it's gonna take a while.
We currently have 280 active listings on Lake Sinclair which means we have a 28 month supply. We won't get back to a normal market until that number reaches about 6 to 8. Until then buyers are still getting bargains. Not steals anymore, but bargains. Look for a mid month snippit report soon. As always about 10 days in I will do a full market report on the Lake Sinclair home sales.
I was just watching a new segment about a new baby seat with an iPad holder. Seriously?
Technology is great and I use it, I use it a lot. I have an iPhone and I use it daily. I email, I take photos, I tweet, I check in on foursquare and I socialize on Facebook. But I don't have a single photo from today to share with you for this post.
Today I did some really cool stuff, but instead of "capturing the moment" I choose to enjoy the moments. This morning we made Christmas ornaments with our Sunday School class. We had our lesson and then we let the kids make two ornaments. One for each of their parents. There was painting and they all seemed to really enjoy it.
I have some things on my tree that Abigail made over the years... and I tresure them. So I think the parents will treasure these ornaments for years to come. And on some Christmas tree years and years from now maybe they will also remember the lesson they learned the day we made them.
In the afternoon I just hung out with my Donald. We started making everything Christmas at our house. Tomorrow I will do a bit more decorating at my office as well. Tomorrow I start wrapping gifts. It's one of my favorite things of the season. I love making them all super pretty.
Tonight I had a late dinner with Eric Michael and my Abigail. Donald had to work early tomorrow so he didn't get to go. But Eric was driving about 45 mintues from my house so he made a detour and stopped for dinner and a quick visit at my office.
While some might think I missed photo opp after photo opp today, I didn't. I choose instead to just enjoy those moments. I have awesome memories from today. Sometimes it's time to put down the camera and enjoy the moment. Capture the memories of time with friends and not the photo.
Multiple times this year I have seen on the news were law enforcement officers have stuck by cars in the line of duty. A friend of my daughter who is an EMT and firefighter was struck the past July. He is going to survive, but his career and life were forever changed. Sad, he's one of the lucky ones who got to live. It's not just a suggestion to move over when you see emergency lights in Georgia, it's THE LAW.
When I see emergency lights on the road or road side I always move over and slow down. I have family in law enforcement, firefighting and my daughter is a Paramedic. At any given moment it could be someone I love on the side of a Georgia highway helping others. So when I am driving I always consider whatever lights on the side of the road part of my FAMILY. When you work in those fields your co workers become your work family. So when I see them I ALWAYS SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER.
Do you? Are you teaching your teenage drivers this law? Would you bring up the topic with your friends? Will you join me in this post reaching as many possible eyes as it can? This is my "be thankful" post for today and I'm thankful for those who put themselves in harms way for my safety and health.
And even if it is not the law in your state, you still should slow down and move over. It shouldn't have to be a law, it should just be common sense.
Every now and then you find one of those things that touches your heart profoundly. This news clip did that for me and I truly hope that it will touch your heart too. I sincerely doubt that anyone reading this has the finances to be a secret Santa to hundreds of people, but I do think that most of us could do that for just one. Wouldn't that be great? It's in my Christmas plans.
Jared Christiansen's blog today about sales history inspired my post today. Recently I have had a lot of customers who in Georgia are looking at a site called qpublic in an effort to "educate" themselves on the market. The current value of a home has little to do with sales price unless it sold today or yesterday. There is so much more to take into consideration.
If a owner paid $100,000 and the home had an aging heating and air system and huge ruts where water washed across the driveway and the current owners replaced the HVAC system with a more efficent one and build a retaining wall it changed the value.
If when it was purchased the counter tops and cabinets were dated and the home had carpet and it now has a kitchen remodel and hardwoods it changed the value.
If similar homes on the market and recent sales are listed and selling for a different price (higher or lower) the value has changed.
If the house around the corner just sold for $150,000 and it's similar age, size, ect even if the home owner has done NOTHING since the purchase it has changed the value.
Room additions, porches, storage building, landscaping, decks, docks, boathouses, seawalls, anything that improves the property has been accomplished since the last sale it changes the value. Sometimes by more than the person spent, and sometimes by less.
It boils down to the fact that comparables dictate list price and value is set when there has been a meeting of the minds between buyer and seller. When you are ready to make an offer and are respresented as a buyer by Lane Realty we will gladly complete a market analysis for you that shows you where the home market value should be. Sometimes it's good idea to offer a little less to try and get your very best deal. But low balling and insulting the owners will likely get your offer rejected and not countered.
Recently we had a buyer who didn't listen to us and go with one of our preferred lenders and our preferred attorney... okay her money I get it. So we muddled through with little communication and closed. The appraiser on this deal was local and we've been friends for a long time.
At the time he turned his appraisal the lender started nitpicking and asking for changes. They didn't like photo angles/lighting blah blah blah. The actual day before closing they were asking him to change ONE MORE THING and he had done it, let us know about it and turned it in right away knowing we were on a deadline to close. The lender was still telling us they were "waiting on additional information from appraiser" NOPE, just talked to him, no new requests and he did the last one yesterday 10 minutes after you asked for it.
We did close and it was a nightmare. In fact the buyer had to sign additional documents the next day because they didn't send them all in the closing package emailS. yes Emails, but it seems they sent it over in about two dozen emails little bits and pieces at a time.
Yesterday we got a call from the appraiser asking if we had already closed on that property. We told him, yes in fact we did. He is still getting "but why didn't you use THESE" comps? from the lender. Funny thing is the out of state lender is asking why he didn't use oranges and lemons to compare to the apple that was the subject. The subject home was a fee simple site built home on the lake. They want to know why he didn't use manufactured comps and comps on lease lots. Duh!, because they are NOT comps. Oh and we closed two weeks ago, his appraisal was turned in 4 weeks ago and he still hasn't be paid.
Next time a buyer says they are going to be getting their mortgage from XYZ on line out of state lender I'm going to tell them to hit the highway. I don't want to deal with the crazies again. Oh and another thing Mr. and Mrs. Buyer, I get to see your HUD statement and trust me, you did NOT save any money.
I'm not about to promise to answer your email if you send it after midnight because SOMETIMES I do sleep. But last night I was still up late and happened to check my email when I was about to put my phone on the charger. I had a question about a listing from a buyer client. I looked up the information which took me less than a minute and emailed her back a little after 1 a.m.
This morning she emailed me back and said "LOL, Do you work 24/7 ?"
While the answer to that is No, I don't... the fact is that I try to be very responsive to clients and potential clients when they contact Lane Realty. Generally speaking if you email after 9 p.m. I might not answer you that night, but I will definately answer you by mid morning the next day. I used to say by 10 a.m. But from time to time I walk into my office in the morning and find a crisis. Sometimes the "crisis" comes before answering emails.
I've lost count at the number of people who have called my office and told me they listing agent or another agent NEVER got back to them. That won't happen at Lane Realty. We're certainly not above making a mistake and honestly I've even had a day where I completely forgot an appointment. But I certainly called and apologized instead of just never calling them back. In 22 years in the business those days are few and far between as well.
We always try to please our clients and offer better customer service than anyone else. If you're looking for a company that cares, an agent that cares... give us a call. You won't regret it.
DECEMBER 1 Love Lite Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. at the front entrance of Putnam General Hospital. Experience the joys of the season with holiday music, a tribute to soldiers and veterans, the tree lighting and a special Christmas message. If you would like to honor or remember someone with a light shining in their name, please pick up a Love Lite form at the Putnam General Hospital front desk. For more information, please call 706-923-2028.
DECEMBER 6, 13, & 20th Friday Night Family Time at Crooked Pines Farm. Crooked Pines Farm was founded on the concept of bringing quality events to the community that allow families to create lasting memories. Each Friday from 5 - 8 p.m. visit the Farm and enjoy a delicious cup of hot cocoa while roasting s'mores around the campfire. Evening includes an elf workshop, 'sleigh'-hayrides and fresh fraser firs. For more information, 706-347-0274 or www.crookedpinesfarm.com.
DECEMBER 7 Crooked Pines Farm's Holiday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Lot allows visitors to meander through the trees and pick out their favorite one while also visiting with Santa from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the country store. An Elf Workshop will be available, as well as Sleighayrides, & more!
DECEMBER 7 Christmas in the Briar Patch from 3 to 7 p.m. in Downtown Eatonton. Bring the family to enjoy Christmas arts and crafts bazaar, pictures with Santa, gingerbread house display and contest, and Lighted Holiday Parade starting at 6 p.m.! Download the 2013 Light Up the Night float application here.
DECEMBER 14 Mothers Against Crime Christmas Party, 2 to 5 p.m. at Putnam County Elementary School. All kids are invited. There will be gifts, games, food and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, call (706) 485-5332.
DECEMBER 15 Crooked Pines Farm's Santa and Sweets Event will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. within The Barn and will include opportunities to decorate cookies and have one-on-one time with Santa. Pictures with Santa will be taken and a flash drive will be made for parents to take home. This event is $20 for the first child, $15 for each additional child and is by reservation only. Call 706-347-0274 to schedule a time slot today!
DECEMBER 15 Christmas on the Avenue. 4 & 6 p.m. Come enjoy this annual holiday performance by the church choirs of Eatonton's North Madison Avenue. It's free but you must have a ticket. Please call or visit The Plaza Arts Center to reserve your seat, 706-923-1655 or www.theplazaartscenter.com.
Tomorrow our office will open again and it's back to work. But for the most part I had two wonderful days off. On Thanksgiving day we spent it with friends. Had turduckin for the first time. So while I can scratch that off my "list" I can't really recommend it. But the side dishes were to die for. Not traditional dressing... but wonderful Cagan Sausage dumplings. The sweet potatoes were wrapped in bacon.
Today was our Thanksgiving. The day when my daughter and my brother could be there for our celebration and it was mostly tradition. We did try a different corn and sweet potato dish this year, but we also had turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. And I was stuffed at lunch, so I waited and had my pie and coffee for dinner. We all shared our various dishes in take home plates among my family.
I did get a few work calls. I've got an appraisal schedule to make for Monday. Two of our agents have appointments for tomorrow so I'll have to go in and cover the office. And I have a new listing I need to go and photograph and get signs and lockbox in place and get it into the MLS. So tomorrow it's right back to work. Although Thanksgiving is behind us on the calendar I will continue to be Thankful for all my blessings when I head back to the office tomorrow.