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Personal and Professional Life of a Realtor

June 28, 2011 Never a Dull Moment June 29, 2011

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Mothers can be funny, you know?  I’m juggling like crazy with the contracts we have up in the air, keeping the house in order, generating new business, blogging on ActiveRain, correspondence, you name it and I’m in the middle of doing it.

I get notifications via email when people comment on either blog.  I only have one reader on the WordPress blog and the comments I get are something like…it’s almost the end of the month, this blog has been neglected – so sad, etc.  Guilt trips!!! I’m in my mid 50s and my mother guilt trips me!

Just got done with dinner.  I grilled chicken and of course thought about Dad the whole time.  He was the inspiration for me to learn how to use the grill.  He would have liked the chicken tonight.  I marinated the chicken in a combination of zesty Italian and honey mustard dressing along with soy sauce.  Delicious.

We just got an email from a former client now friend that her mother had fallen back in April and had been bedridden since.  She just passed away on May 31, a few months shy of her 100th! birthday.  Just imagine.

Okay, headed off for a shower and to try and come up with a blog for the other site.


April 5, 2011 On the Road Again April 4, 2011

Good Morning. We had a very successful closing on Friday. It was our first foray into foreclosures. The buyers (now owners) met their neighbors and got some history on the house they bought.  It seems that when the former owners started getting into trouble they tried selling the house themselves. Mistake #1. Then they priced the house at more than $800,000!  Sure it’s on 8 acres, but still.  Even at the height of the real estate bubble, it might have been at best $495,000.

This is a problem when sellers are pricing their homes.  They want the sale of the house to take care of all of their financial woes.  That’s fine as long as their woes don’t exceed the market value of the home.  From now on, we’ve been lucky and haven’t had sellers with those unrealistic expectations.  If we do have someone wishing to list above market value in a ridiculous range, we’ll have to decline the listings.

The museum curater we’ve been working with closes on her house today.  We don’t expect any problems.  The commissions are sure a welcome sight.  A brief sight to be sure, Leslie is writing checks out as fast as she can.  Good news is we are catching up, bad news is we can’t retire!

I’m happy to report that my dad is back home and my mother seems happy about that.  It sounds like his progress is moving forward better at home than at the rehab. What a trooper my mother is.

I walked for the first time in weeks today.  I don’t know what the deal is about not walking regularly.  Sure hope I can commit myself to taking this walk daily.  I know there are tremendous benefits to the way I think, feel, and respond.

Before I forget, the recipe for Chicken with Grapes and Shallots was fabulous.  Here’s a link to the recipe:

Well, off to sieze the day.  Have a wonderful day.


Mar 26, 2011 Coordinating All Blogs March 27, 2011

I showed houses today until 7:30.  That’s later than I usually work, but that’s just the way time happened today.  We went to a surprise birthday lunch at Bogart’s in Waynesville and I couldn’t start showing until 2pm.  I really enjoy working with this particular young couple.

Besides the birthday party, this has been quite a social week for us.   We had dinner at clients’ home on Wed, pasta and ground beef stuff – it was tasty.  Then we went to a birthday party for clients’ 90 year old mother, pasta and ground beef stuff – it was tasty too.  We’ll try to lay off pasta and ground beef stuff for a while now.

Tomorrow, a client has invited us to see a performance of Kiss Me Kate at the Fine and Performing Art Center in Cullowhee.  Before that it is uggggggghhhhhhh time to gather tax stuff.

Our two closings seem to be right on track.  Everything seems to be going really well, except that Leslie has caught some kind of chest cold.  That’s not good at all.

Rainy, rainy, rainy tonight.

Been pretty busy navigating the ActiveRain site.  If you want to see what I’ve been blogging about there, go to and click on search.  Enter my name and all the stuff I’ve blogged should show up.

Could be a big snooze session though, so I’d do it late at night.  ;-}


Feb 21, 1011 Mildly Put February 21, 2011

Good Morning.  The weather is unseasonably mild and perfect for walking.  Not so perfect for fighting fires though.  There are several going on in Western NC. None near us, but the wind and dry conditions are helping them pop up everywhere.

Watched the news last night and the local lead was about a rescue of a Walking Treeing Hound.  Looked just like Floyd.  The female dog had managed to get herself stuck on a ledge about 35 feet above the road.  All skin and bones.  The Rescue Squad used what looked like a 100 foot horizontal ladder to get to her.  She probably weighed about 50 pounds.  The rescue dude managed to get a lasso on her and pull her to him with her back to him.  She was so freaked that she grabbed the rung of the ladder with her two front paws and hung on.  He got her turned around and both made it to terra firma safely.  She immediately started eating the crunchies and did have the grace to look a little foolish.  Hounds can look that way.

Showed property all day in Franklin.  Just as the clients were feeling pretty disappointed in the pickings, they found “the house”.  Its a foreclosure and we should be writing an offer on it later this afternoon.  These guys have found two “the house”s so far. Have even made good offers on them but they just haven’t worked out.  We’re hoping for the whole third time is the charm thing.

Tried one of the recipes that Leslie’s been collecting last night.  Really good and really simple. Pita pizzas.  Whole wheat pita rounds for the crust – baked at 400 deg for about 5 minutes. Then a layer of pizza sauce, crisp stir fried veggies and mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes more.  They would be so easy to personalize – I might try feta and shrimp pizzas tonight.

My parents both sound much lighter hearted lately.  My dad feels better so my mom feels better. That makes the whole family feel better.

Well, big day today so I’d better get going. Have a great day.


Jan 23, 2011 Like Being In Business January 23, 2011

Well, so far so good with our new office.  We’ve had tons of visitors, so everyone seems to be finding us. We have two contracts that both look good to close.  We have buyers who have identified the house they are in love with and are ready to make an offer.  We have another buyer looking.  Things are happening just like being in business!

Then there’s this mouse, I guess I should say there was this mouse.  When one lives in the woods, one can occasionally expect mice or snakes to get into the house.  Doesn’t mean we have to like it…just means we have to deal with it.  Last night Leslie yelped from the bathroom… yep, field mouse.  We cleaned out the linen closet it chose to hide in and of course couldn’t find it.  The clock chimed midnight, so we elected to put out the trap.  45 minutes later Leslie heard the trap snap and deposited said rodent on the front porch.  Since it was 18 degress out, it didn’t take long for rigor mortis to set in.

We’ll set another trap tonight and hope its empty and that the fellow from last night was a lone ranger of some sort.

We’re headed into Asheville shortly, we need to make a dog food run.  There are two days of snow predicted and we’d rather not have to physically carry the 50 pound bags up the driveway.  We’re also going to have lunch at Red Lobster. Ymmmm.

I hope all is going well with rehab and Dad today.  I pray for a return to normal everyday life for my mother and brother.

Have a good day.


Dec 28, 2010 Dashing Through The Snow December 28, 2010

Well, when all was said and done – we ended up with 12″ of snow in Balsam, NC. And talk about cold?  It was 9 degrees when I got up this morning but the weather dudette promised it would get above freezing today and I believe it did.  When I was walking in Dillsboro just a little while ago, there was tonnage of melting going on.  I guess that means we should get back home before the temperature dips below freezing again and we are battling black ice.

We worked in the office today.  I developed MoonDancer Realty’s Attorney Worksheet for Real Estate Closings.  This is the info sheet we submit with contracts to the attorney.  Gives the attorney the addresses of the clients, etc.

We used part of April’s gift certificate from Eric’s Fresh Seafood for lunch today.  We had pecan smoked trout with the left over wild rice dish. Pretty darned good.

Tonight, I expect we will have the rest of the vegetarian chili.  I’ll put a beef and vegetable soup in the crockpot tomorrow morning. That is if I can find frozen cut green beans.  You wouldn’t think that would be a problem, but Food Lion didn’t have any in stock.

Have a great evening and watch for a new blog tomorrow.



Aug 15, 2010 Boxwoods and Groundhogs August 15, 2010

What a good day!  We have a project lined up to fix the damage that a mama groundhog has wreaked! She chose to have her little groundhog babies under the carport…the concrete carport slab to be precise.  The dogs helped her with her access, they can be massive diggers when left unsupervised.  As a result, there is an impressive crack in the carport concrete slab.

In front of this damage were some pretty ugly boxwoods.  They weren’t always ugly, but a couple of severe winters crippled them. Several were dead and the others, well…just not pretty.  I dug most of them out today and am confident the pain will be with me for a while.

The plan, if commissions and closings will cooperate, is to smooth out the dirt and have a concrete truck come up to pump concrete under the carport to fill in the mama groundhog tunnels.  We also will have a nice flat pad poured outside of the carport to rest a larger propane tank.  Eventually, we will have a concrete porch under the deck…but that will probably be next year.

Tomorrow we will see if we can get our client into the house she is buying to do some measurements.  Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be a big deal getting a client into a vacant house that she has under contract.  This contract, however has been anything but ordinary.  We now have to contend with another real estate agent trying to engage us in some twisted power play. Yep, it happens.

We also have an Open House coming up on Thursday at one of our listings.  We had such a good response when we invited attorneys, lenders, past clients and other real estate agents that we will follow the same playbook.  The menu will be a cold tuna pasta salad, maybe some homemade applesauce and something yummy for dessert.

Wish you could be there too!