Monagersky's Blog

Personal and Professional Life of a Realtor

July 26, 2011 Everything is on Hold July 26, 2011

Made you nervous, didn’t I?  What I mean is everything is on hold while I take a few minutes to dash something off in the WordPress blog.

The past month and a half  have been crazy busy – clients, contracts, dogs, wind storms, trip to Florida and yard work.  Slowly we are returning to a more consistent work schedule.  That is if we can deal with the unreal heat.  The more we have to accomplish, the hotter the weather seems.

Even if we could deal with the weather, the non-representatives in Washington DC have the whole country half paralyzed with stress and fear while they conduct their behind the doors meetings about the debt ceiling.  Do you want to know what I think is happening behind those doors?  Movie night, popcorn, brandy and cigars!  They already know what the decision is – they just prefer the drama of last minute “deals”.

We’re going to have to go to another half page in the Buyers Guide because we keep getting new listings.  In fact, my ActiveRain blog later will be about Print Media and if it is relavent to today’s real estate marketing.

The dogs and cats seem healthy right now, thank goodness – even though we are busy we still don’t have the money or time to deal  with vet’s visits.

We seem healthy right now too although burning the fires over the weekend for me and Leslie did housework in the un air conditioned house pretty well zapped our energy for a few days.

So, I guess I’ll get back to work now and just hope against hope that my most loyal reader catches this new blog and leaves me a sweet comment!  I love you and you know who you are!


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.


Dec 26, 2010 Snowstorm December 26, 2010

Seasons Greetings!

The world outside the sliding glass doors looks like a winter wonderland.  There is probably a foot of snow to navigate and the little dogs aren’t happy about it.  The snowplow has not appeared yet, although I can tell a few hearty souls have traveled towards the main road.

Dinner last night was very, very good.  Our friend April had given us a gift certificate to the local fresh seafood market for Christmas last year and again this year.  We’d been saving it to enjoy with my parents on their next visit, but since that isn’t likely to happen until spring or summer we’ve started using it.  Last night we had apricot smoked salmon with a wild rice and shallots, dried cranberries, raisins and chopped toasted pecans plus a side of asparagus.  It felt very elegant and we’ll do that again.  The salmon was already thoroughly cooked when it was smoked, so all I had to do was heat it in the microwave for about a minute and a half.  Off the charts on the yummy scale.

Since it is still snowing and predicted to continue today, I don’t know if I will get much done in the way of shoveling. Sigh….winter is a lot of work.

We do have two properties under contract and that is a very good way to start the new year.  One may close as early as January 20th and the other at the end of Feb.  Now we need to move past the holidays and start finding other buyers.

Sounds like good news on the health front in FL.  Guess my dad’s throat is feeling better and they have the thrush on the mend.  I’m glad he isn’t recuperating here, my mother and brother would have to invest in snowshoes for their visiting convenience!

Have a great day.


Dec 10, 2010 From the New Command Post December 10, 2010

Good Afternoon – best planned intentions and blah, blah, blah!  I really thought my day at the office would always start with posting a blog.  And maybe someday it will.  Right now the days start with putting in real estate signs in freezing weather.  Brrr does not begin to cover it.

Everyday we get closer to the MoonDancer Realty office being fully functioning.  Verizon recently was bought out by Frontier. So our telephone and internet service is with a heretofore unknown entity.  I’d heard horror stories about trying to work with them from other business owners – and as ususal, I should have waited to form my own opinion.  I have to say, the support folks, business office folks and in-field technicians have been great to work with.  “Josh” took care of the last bit of installation yesterday and told us if we have any trouble, he would come back out.  How many people can have their  phone company technicians in their cell phone contact list?  That’s service.

We have a offer going back and forth between a local seller and our client, a woman from Houston.  We certainly are counting on it pulling together.  Her closing probably wouldn’t be until the end of February, but at least it would be income to look forward to.  The couple of St Pete are considering a house close to Balsam.  It will need some updating, unfortunately this couple doesn’t embrace the heavy orange/brown decor theme of the late 60s/early 70s.  I’m doing some further research for them and we hope we can help them make the decision to offer soon.

Now that we are finally in the office and the nitty gritty details of putting the office are behind us, it is time to start marketing our move and ourselves.

I’ll try to take and upload some photos of our signs and cards tomorrow.

Of course, in the midst of all this getting the office off the ground – I am thinking of my family in Florida as they help my father get back on his feet so he can resume his treatments.  I’m really glad that my three brothers live close enough to be of help to my mom…even though she is an incredibly capable woman.  I know that without her as a role model and her belief in me – I would never have had the nerve to strike out on my own.

Have a really great day.


Nov 24, 2010 The Nitty Gritty November 24, 2010

Thank goodness this isn’t the first business we’ve ever opened.  There are an incredible number of details to deal with…along with continuing to function with your clients.  We already owned most of our furniture and computer equipment, but still needed to get a new 4 in 1 printer, one desk for me and some sort of printer/paper type cabinet.  I think someone with an entrepeneurial spirit could make a fortune selling desks of all price ranges and qualities.  We’ve looked at used furniture places, office supply, new furniture places and only found one desk that met our needs! 

We lucked out on the printer.  We originally thought we would buy one at Staples, but everytime we were in there the freaking music was so loud we couldn’t even think.  One day we drove to Asheville and went to the Best Buy there.  A really sharp young man was there who was incredibly patient with our non-geek status and talked us out of the more expensive model we thought was what we needed and into one more suitable for our needs, saving us almost $100.  Turns out it was his last day on the job (college job as a HP rep) and he was starting a job with US Cingular the next day.  I hope US Cingular treats him well.

The printer/paper unit we found at a very nice used furniture store in Hazelwood.  It is Ethan Allen, some sort of small sideboard type thing with a drawer and doors.  Very much like our hutch in the guest cottage – same finish and style.  The man gave us a really good deal on it.

Our business cards we are getting locally and my mother surprised us by saying she wanted to contribute towards our cards instead of a plant – it is good to be loved!

Our signs we have ordered online.  We hope to have them by the end of next week. 

This weekend I have clients returning to look at vacant land and/or an inexpensive cabin they can adapt to their needs.  The client from Houston did make an offer on a house in Waynesville – however, it was rejected and I believe that is because it wasn’t properly presented by the listing agent.  The client was disappointed but is ready to come back and select another house.  Our Washington DC client is busy getting her ducks in a row so that she can come back down and really concentrate on her selection.  Needless to say, we are very satisfied that we have qualified buyers in the wings but completely stressed that right now, it is all money out and no money in.  As a consequence, sleep is elusive.

Throw into the mix the update on my family member’s health.  We learned on the 20th that he had fallen and broken a hip.  He’s already had the surgery and did very well.  He is anxious to get moved into the Rehab hospital and begin his physical therapy in order to mend quickly and properly.  I can’t begin to convey how badly I miss my family right now and how grateful I am for those who do live in Florida for keeping me posted and taking such good care of each other.

We are headed to Dillsboro today to begin cleaning the office and moving some of the furniture and supplies in.  Have a good day.