Personal Touch

Today’s technology is so far advanced for everyone. Think about 20 years ago, most of us didn’t walk around with a cell phone or have a personal computer. Many people had a pager or BlackBerry. Well, what comes around goes around.  The BlackBerry product is here again. Everyone that I know has a cell phone and replaces it about every 3 years. How about car shopping? Twenty years ago, we went to the dealership to purchase our cars. Now, look at the cars in the box, sitting in the carousel. You can go on the internet and have them deliver a car. If you don’t like it no worries, they will pick it back up and bring another. Do you really think you’re getting the best deal?

Real Estate is expanding, within the past 20, there have been adjustments, advances, revisions. A homeowner that lives out of State doesn’t even need to be in Florida to sell a home. A buyer can buy the same way and have a clause in the contract for inspection or time to see the home, before moving forward. One great advancement has been the opportunity to use the internet for signatures i.e. Digi sign, E sign it goes by a couple of names. I do love this product because it allows me to do business with people in any State all you need is your cell phone. E sign for its purpose is accepted by most Title Companies in the State of Florida. If you want to buy a home in Florida and need to sign additional documents it’s as simple as reading it on your phone and tapping the space for the signature. Closing, Listing, Sales may all be done over the internet with the simple touch of the keyboard or cell phone. 

I’m mentioning this for those of you that have a home to sell in Florida and can’t take the time to travel. Right now there are other large companies taking over the way we all have done business. Most of the sales advances I like to take advantage of myself. However, there is nothing better than the personal touch. I want to know the person I’m dealing with I don’t want a robot. I want to be able to refine my personal experience. 

Real Estate is a personal and expensive endeavor. I work in an age-old industry that has weathered ups and downs. The REALTOR® brand has been around for more than 100 years, and I carry on a legacy of continually putting systems into place to help consumers, set industry ethics standards, and find better marketing solutions. I’m backed by industry leaders who lobby for better training and laws that protect the client from fraud. And in the end, my clients are better off because of it.

As always feel free to reach out to me for Real Estate. Servicing Florida Sellers and Buyers for 20 years.

Real Estate Cause & Effect

Are you curious about the world of Real Estate? Some Realtors make it look easy, some Realtors struggle. That’s why approximately 20% of the Realtors are doing 80% if the business. 

When you think about selling your home, what do you do? ​Look at the postcard from the mail or the local Real Estate office. Those are good, but would if you’re not living in the property? The Internet is the place to go if you’re living out of the area. 

Once you speak with your potential Real Estate agent make sure you have an instant bond communication. You can tell almost instantly if the person your talking to has knowledge of the market community. He or she should know the dynamics of the property pretty quickly. 

Not only is it important to have the right agent, but that agent will also set up the transaction with vendors involved i.e. title company, inspector. Who in turn sets up the mortgage company and the​ appraiser. ​  So as you can see cause & effect.

Feel free to reach out to me for all of your questions concerning Real Estate.

Forgot something?

Karma will remind you.

Karma will remind you, she shows kindness when it was given. A reminder when it’s needed. Do the wrong thing and she’s a witch. I choose the first one, do the right thing and you do not need to think about it. Enjoy the pictures, they came from a beautiful friend.

Take a moment to reflect. Enjoy the pictures.

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Turtle Soup

Yeah, that’s what I said.

I’m not really going to eat turtle soup. I’m referring to an analogy from one of my favorite movies. The reason I’m writing about this is I see a lot of people stuck in the soup. Here’s why. As you go through your day, is it over and over again? Are you happy with the lifestyle you live? Is your job fantastic? Is your career going as planned? Or are you knee-deep in a workload that has you buried? Your not paid enough for this job.How about your home?  If both of those are perfect then I’m not thinking of you. 

How about your home the same thing, have you painted lately? Or does your home not interest you any longer? Same old curtains, paint, cupboards, roof needs replaced and keep going until your overwhelmed. Or do you come home from a hard day and the home you just walked into is perfect, comfortable and very well maintained? If you answered nope lost interest it’s too much to do, now the fire is high on the soup pot. Your boiling and didn’t even know it. 

The analogy can be seen in the 1997 movie Dante’s Peak. Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton along with the cast and crew does a fantastic job. 

I can say for myself, I always move forward. First comes the thought of what you want or need. Second, comes the thought of how? Third, maybe the money needed to make changes. Forth, the hard part for some people is the Action. Fifth, the start will come in your own fashion. Slow to start, but at least it’s a start or quick and totally committed. It’s up to you, stay out of the soup pot. Don’t just be a watcher,  make life happen. 

I’d love to hear your story.  Feel free to reach me at And follow me at Most of these tips will work in any area, not just Florida. 


Stats are from MLS, 2609 Homes, SOLD in Indian River County, so far this year. Rely on the fact, not fiction.

Our customers are savvier when selling or buying a home. You have the internet to assist you, that’s great. One thing that I would like to comment on is the level of accuracy. Here’s how it works. When a seller contacts a broker to sell his/her home, the property is placed on the MLS. The agent is responsible for the content of the information and accuracy. Realtors are most careful to be cognizance of details they are placing on this site. Our whole world of Real Estate is most incredibly important to us. We are held to high standards by our Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and our piers.

Internet sites are wonderful for pictures and info. I personally like and Homesnap. With that being said, for me or any other Realtor in my office to find the facts, we use MLS. Not only in this county but any other, that we would use to find or sell your home.

Thank you all for following this blog.

My personal contact is – visit me anytime.

Totally Dreaming

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had my social media blow up. WoooooHooooo! Here’s the thing I want to talk about today, not for everyone but I like it. 

Sumer, fun and Disney World. My family and I are seasonal pass holders. Because we are Florida Residences, Disney gives us all an opportunity for a price adjustment on the parks. What else is good, is if we want to go to Orlando for a day trip it’s doable. Gas, lunch and our walking shoes. Florida is hot in summer, just like everywhere else in the lower 48. We’re really lucky when our grandkids come with us. Well sort of, they make me ride the slinky dog dash.  If you haven’t been to Disney World or at least not for a while, it’s for people of all ages. 

Slinky Dog to mild for you that’s okay, there is a lot more.

Well back to work! Happy Summer.

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What Does a Realtor Do?

It’s almost impossible to think of everything I know I’ve done on a regular basis.   While I’d like to respond, it’s best for me to let you take look at part of a list on how Pat Vredevoogd-Combs told the House Financial Services Committee on Housing & provide the following list.  

Pre-Listing Activities

  1. Make appointment with seller for listing presentation
  2. Send seller a written or e-mail confirmation of listing appointment & call to confirm
  3. Review pre-appointment questions
  4. Research all comparable currently listed properties
  5. Research sales activity for past 18 months from MLS & public records databases
  6. Research “Average Days on Market” for property of this type, price range & location
  7. Download & review property tax roll information
  8. Prepare “Comparable Market Analysis” (CMA) to establish fair market value
  9. Obtain copy of subdivision plat/complex lay-out
  10. Research property’s ownership & deed type
  11. Research property’s public record information for lot size & dimensions
  12. Research & verify legal description
  13. Research property’s land use coding & deed restrictions
  14. Research property’s current use & zoning
  15. Verify legal names of owner(s) in county’s public property records
  16. Prepare listing presentation package with above materials
  17. Perform exterior “Curb Appeal Assessment” of subject property
  18. Compile & assemble formal file on property
  19. Confirm current public schools & explain impact of schools on market value
  20. Review listing appointment checklist to ensure all steps & actions are completed

That’s the beginning, certainly not the end.   To read the rest, keep following my blog or contact me at my business email


Get a professional upgrade!

That’s what we all want an upgrade at the same price. Think about your phone company, did they upgrade you? Or did you wait on hold with an automated system just talk to a real person? The airport is an example of patience. One stopping point after another, just to hope that you did not get bumped. Then our favorite Hotel’s, phew! If it’s not busy at the time you arrive it’s a miracle. How about the Doctor’s office. Did you ever wait at the Doctor’s office for an hour just to spend 15 minutes with the Doctor? From standing in line at the store, the gas station, the restaurant. We all want to be treated with the Red Carpet treatment. I know I do. 

That’s what my Real Estate Services are all about. Full-time Realtor, with full-time services all at the same price, with Red Carpet Service. Saving you time, energy and $$.

As always I am happy to answer all of your Real Estate Questions. And that’s unforgettable!

Quick Close

Our streamlined loan review process can help your clients buy a home in just 21 days.

Looking for a home? I work with several lenders, that I can refer you to. Getting pre- approved is not that difficult. They will ask a few questions, check your credit and determine with type of loan suits your needs best. Change is not scary, not taking action is.

These pictures tell the tale of taking action. Live it, Love it, Change it!

Experience and knowledge are the keys to success.

Contact me today for any questions in regard to home buying or selling. Don’t live in Florida, that’s okay I’m happy to answer your questions. Reply to the World Press ad or my personal email

Ridding the wiper blade.

Do you live in Florida? We’re used to lizards, on our porches, in our yards and riding the car windshield. No worries they are harmless and they eat other bugs. 

Hi Sellers, are you thinking of selling your home in Florida? There are several things generally that are triggers for people to sell their home. 

1) job change

2) home is too small or too big

3) neighborhood changes

4) schools

5) need to live closer to a relative

6) climate change

7) divorce

8) wedding

9) death in the family

10) Already moved out and decided not to move back?

Once you have decided to make a move and you have looked all over the internet now it’s time to call a professional Realtor. Here’s what I /we can do for you.

1) take the anxiety out of making a big change.

2) come to your home with the facts, what your home value will bring and how long will it take to sell.

3) go over written listing agreement.

4) talk to you about staging your home while in the middle of packing.

5) are there any items that need repair or attention?

6) once a contract for sale comes in, going over negotiations. Discussing all of the terms and conditions, so that you are clear on who’s doing what.

7) staying on top of the transaction through the inspection, appraisal clear up until it comes to closing day. Should anything happen in those periods I will offer solutions to keep the transaction on track. All of these details give the sellers a piece of mind. 

8) is the home that you want to sell in Florida? I am available in most areas on the East Coast, for the West Coast I have agent referrals.

All good reasons for the change. It is important to know that you do not need to make a special trip to Florida to get started or close. With today’s technology, it can all be done via email, e-sign and phone calls. It’s time too look forward to the new adventure. 

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