Real Estate Woes


Real Estate

Real Estate Woes House on the market FRIDAY. Saw it yesterday. Multiple offers presented tonight. House on the market SATURDAY. Saw it today. Multiple offers, presented tomorrow. My clients have more time to consider which value meal they want at the drive-thru. Deflated. While out showing houses my friend used the terms “practical like” and […]

November 19, 2017

Work From Home


Home Sweet Home, Personal, Pets, Real Estate, Writing

Work From Home Tuesday DOES NOT SUCK. It’s a work from home in front of the fireplace (which is ON because it is finally COLD outside in WNY!) with a giant mug of coffee  and a Harley dog that wants to settle down but is still looking up at me asking for love kind of […]

October 17, 2017

Real Estate: Buyer’s Agent Frustration #27


Real Estate

Real Estate: Buyer’s Agent Frustration #27: I’m two years into this adventure called real estate and I get more and more flabbergasted and gobsmacked each day. My friend wanted to see a house. I tried to schedule a showing time for Saturday and was declined. I called to ask why, because if it was the […]

August 20, 2017

Who’s Who in WNY Real Estate: Ellen Leader, that’s who!


Real Estate

​ Ellen Leader: Who’s Who in WNY Real Estate? Ellen Leader, that’s who! THAT’S MY BROKER! Ellen Leader is one of the hardest working ladies in the business, and a darn good person to have on your side. Congratulations Ellen! Thank you for letting me lurk and learn in the shadows of the Myriad Team […]

August 8, 2017

Real Estate Agents: Making the Big Bucks? (HA!)


Real Estate

“For members with less than two years of experience, the median gross income was $8,930 and the net income was $7,690.” –NAR releases study on sources of Realtor incomes My problem for the most part is all the people I have been working with are buyers and well, you read the stories of how hot […]

June 24, 2017

90/10 Real Estate Agent Rule


Real Estate

90/10 Real Estate Agent Rule “The 90/10 rule applies; the majority of agents cannot earn a living, and most new agents are gone within two years.—How many buyer’s agents are simply “yes people” — simply agreeing with their buyer because they either just want to close them or simply lack the required skill, knowledge and […]

June 16, 2017

Red Hot Market


Real Estate, Western New York

Red Hot Market! WIVB aired this story last night. Two of my clients (buyers) —FRIENDS—forwarded the link. 🙂 Red Hot Real Estate: Competition soars in the Buffalo housing market Yep, I know. I know and so many of my friends who are looking know. It’s INSANE and probably the worst time I could have entered […]

May 30, 2017

Lockbox = The Devil


Real Estate

See this innocent little real estate lockbox? Aw, just a little combination lock right? Maybe for some but for me THIS ONE IS THE DEVIL. My fat fidgety fingers f**ked something up when trying to change the code and now I have NO IDEA what the code is or how to reset to unlock. Grrrrr. […]

April 30, 2017

Two Years Ago


All in a Days Work, Personal, Real Estate

Two Years Ago. Sometimes the Facebook memories application gives me a kick in the butt. Like today. April 24, 2015 I’ve completed about 75% of my 75 hour online course to become a Real Estate Agent…it’s time for some business procrastination, right? Like please? At least 25 of you so I can register an official […]

April 24, 2017

Build.


Mind and Spirit, Real Estate

Build. As I walked into the office today, I clearly heard a voice telling me “If you build it, they will come.”

March 21, 2017

Cards Against Real Estate


Real Estate

AH! Cards Against Real Estate! I can see a night or two ahead with agent friends playing this game. It’s too bad the messages will be lost on most everyone else who plays this game if I choose to add these to our Cards Against Humanity deck. So many expansion packs, so few hours in […]

March 11, 2017

Real Estate for Real People


Friends, Real Estate

Joining forces with the Myriad Team Keller Williams was a good decision. After spending the last 24 hours at the hospital, my real estate team, co-workers (and most importantly friends)offered to help out my client (who just had their bid accepted yesterday. Timing is everything right?) I’m actually meeting with my client tomorrow, cause I’m […]

March 9, 2017

Ashford, NY


Real Estate, Western New York

Ashford, NY The Town of Ashford, NY is in Cattaraugus County. The town’s website contains a variety of pages, and each one contains numerous useful links. The community page contains multiple links, including to churches, local businesses, and the local fire department. The town government page offers links to the supervisor, town clerk, and other […]

January 31, 2017

Boston, NY


Real Estate, Western New York

Boston, NY The Town of Boston, NY is an “interior town” in Erie County; located south of the City of Buffalo, it’s considered part of Western New York’s Southtowns area. As of the 2010 census, Boston was home to 8,023; it takes its name from Boston, Massachusetts. (Source: Wikipedia) The town’s website features a variety of […]

January 31, 2017

Chaffee, NY


Real Estate, Western New York

Chaffee, NY Chaffee, NY is a hamlet in the Town of Sardinia, in Erie County. A directory of town officials is available on the town’s page of the Erie County website. The residents of Chaffee are served by the Pioneer Central School District. “Encompassing some 250 square miles, Pioneer School District provides New York Learning […]

January 31, 2017

East Otto, NY


Real Estate, Western New York

East Otto is a town in Cattaraugus County the population was 1,062 at the 2010 census. The town, along with neighboring Otto, is named after an agent of the Holland Land Company, Jacob Otto. (Source: Wikipedia) The Town of East Otto’s website includes information about the town fire department, local officials, the municipal calendar, history, […]

January 31, 2017

New Year, New Vision, New Team!


All in a Days Work, Real Estate

When I landed in the world of real estate a little over a year (and a half ago?) I made a decision to build a new office for an outstanding real estate brokerage firm outside NYC that wanted to get started in WNY. At that time, real estate was going to be my full-time everything. […]

January 3, 2017

Collins, NY


Real Estate, Western New York

Collins, NY Collins is a town in Erie County…on the south border of the county and is considered to be one of the ‘Southtowns’ of Erie County. The population at the 2010 census was 6,601. The area was first settled in 1811. Many of the first settlers were Quakers, who intended to assist the local […]

January 1, 2017

East Concord, NY


Real Estate, Western New York

East Concord, NY East Concord, NY is a small hamlet in the town of Concord in southern Erie County…it is located at the intersection of New York State Route 240 with Genesee Road. (Source: Wikipedia) Fire protection is provided by the East Concord Fire Department, Inc. This volunteer fire rescue company was founded in 1947. […]

January 1, 2017

Pictures Matter


Real Estate

Sellers! Don’t SETTLE for less than the best! (Otherwise known as PICTURES MATTER!) If you’re listing your home for sale and you have… clutter everywhere (no judging, I do too!) or are half moved out with boxes here and there and have some rooms without curtains hanging or have a dining room you’re using as […]

September 28, 2016

Buyers? (Check) Houses? (Um….)


Real Estate, Western New York

Buyers? (Check) Houses? (Um….) Yep. Says the mostly Buyer’s Agent. Yeppers indeed. “July sales’ report showed closed deals were down 9.1 percent compared with the same month in 2015, while new listings was off nearly 20 percent and pending sales declined 5.1 percent.” Buffalo Business First: Tight inventory cooled Buffalo housing sales in July Basically, […]

September 12, 2016

Adventures in Real Estate: Grabber Thingy


Real Estate

Adventures in Real Estate The moment when you drive out in the country to your client’s almost property to meet the water tester for a 2nd water sample because they lost the first one. A Simple Water Test: What Could Go Wrong? And you drop the keys under the porch and need 3 more inches […]

August 22, 2016

Madame?


Real Estate

Madame? The Things You See While Showing Houses During a recent showing of an old farmhouse, my clients and I came in to the living room from the front screened in porch to be greeted by this beauty. Ah, the things you see while showing houses. Now we got a kick out of it and […]

August 21, 2016

Buyer Agent Problems


Real Estate

Buyer Agent Problems. I know I’m personally sort of new at this real estate business, but if you have a house listed on the market and an agent calls up with a potential buyer don’t you think you should KNOW the whereabouts of the secret key the owner has somewhere on the property? No, I’m […]

April 19, 2016

My First Not-Commission?


Real Estate

Ha. I’d like to say ONLY ME but as I have learned in the world of real estate the last few years, anything is possible. My first contract was for a parcel of land. Went off without a hitch, accepted the offer without negotiations. My clients (who are friends of mine) are happy. Sellers are […]

April 8, 2016

New Agent Problems


Real Estate

True confession–I totally got lost in the MLS all night looking for the perfect houses for friends/clients I’m currently working with. I think I might have looked at every listing in WNY, JUST IN CASE. Also, went to bed around 5 am. AND I signed up and registered for Real Estate Continuing Education classes online: Breaking […]

February 25, 2016

Real Estate Life Is Good


Real Estate

Real Estate Life Is Good If you would have told me just five years ago that I would be working in real estate for myself (and not for a nonprofit) and loving every single second of it knowing I have finally found my professional home I would have thought you were crazy. What a wonderful, […]

February 23, 2016