Real estate is a career for a lifetime and there's never a dull moment. But more importantly, we have the privilege of escorting our clients from one chapter or endeavor in their lives to the next. Generally, when someone is selling or buying a home, it's because one door in their life is closing and a new one is opening up. In that role, we're part counselor, friend, and problem-solver. It requires tremendous skill, dedication, integrity, and creativity too because every client and situation is different. That's what I love about real estate. It's a new world every day. The opportunities to be of true service is a daily gift and the opportunities for personal and professional growth are endless.
I started my career teaching Political Science at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). After returning home to upstate NY, I was hired by a regional bank to use my teaching skills to launch their first sales training program. Loved the sales training, but I wasn't so crazy about banking. I was then hired by a real estate development corp. in the marketing of a variety of commercial projects. That's when I found my industry – real estate. I switched from development to sales when my mother was ill and I needed the flexibility that my corporate job could not provide. The rest is history. After 25+ years in one form of real estate or another, I now manage the Rensselaer Co. offices for Coldwell Banker Prime Properties and continue to represent buyers and sellers in my own COI. I'm very active in my hometown of Sand Lake. I serve as the VP of the Sand Lake Business Association and as a member of the Sand Lake Planning Oversight Committee. My husband and I own two small planes (one is a float plane) and we spend our free weekends flying to Block Island and Martha's Vineyard for quick get-aways. My husband volunteers for the Mount Snow Ski Patrol, so we spend our free winter weekends on the slopes.
Forbes recently published an article that said real estate agents are among the happiest in their careers. I can truly say that describes me!
Congratulations! After weeks of open houses and private showings, you've finally found your dream home! Our real estate agents love handing the keys over to new homeowners who will fill the space with a lifetime of memories. Although the excitement and anticipation of moving into your new house can fill you with glee, we want to make sure that you don't forget a few important tasks on your moving checklist. Along with your packing, complete these essential to-dos 30 days before you move.
Let's take a minute to talk about myths. No, we're not talking about "lightning never strikes the same place twice," or that "humans only use 10 percent of their brains." We want to talk about real estate myths. These misconceptions, not unlike the incorrect thought that elephants are afraid of mice, are all too popular and all too wrong. Our real estate agents believe that all buyers and sellers should be aware of the false statements that can negatively impact your real estate transaction.
Let's address the elephant (who is not afraid of mice) in the room. The coronavirus is a serious global health concern that is still a threat to the health and safety of every community. This pandemic has impacted every aspect of life, including the real estate industry. Although it is indeed an obstacle that buyers, sellers, and agents must safely overcome, the operations within this industry are generally unchanged. Here are a few new myths related to real estate in the era of COVID-19 that you shouldn't believe.
This year, many people are rethinking their summer plans, but, don't worry, you don't have to cancel your vacation altogether. With the safety of traveling by air and staying in hotels still in question, a "stay-cation" will be the solution for most families. Luckily, there are a ton of great campgrounds in the Catskill Region.
When they're not helping clients find the perfect property, our real estate agents often enjoy packing up their RVs or even heading out for a primitive tent camping adventure. Here are a few of the top local campgrounds that they like to frequent.
Are you listening to what your air conditioning unit is trying to tell you? Like other appliances throughout our home, our HAVC system may display symptoms of malfunctioning long before it breaks down. Unfortunately, it's much easier for us to ignore these signs if we're not trained to recognize them. Our real estate agents would hate for you to wake up to a broken A/C unit in the middle of the night. We suggest that you keep your eyes and ears open for these 10 tell-tale signs of a problematic air conditioner.