Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Summer time and the livin's busy...

Here comes June! Got 4 listings going and about to list our home too. We just finished painting the house and de-brassing. Still have to put the home back together. Now we can start marketing! In the meantime, Tracey and I are going to operate a fireworks tent on Almaville Road. We start that on June 18. I think it will be lots of fun and will fit well within my business plan. It will help me get my name out and will give me an opportunity to meet folks. I am pretty excited about it. On that note, if you are in my mailing list, look for a coupon coming your way on my next marketing piece. If you aren't on the list, let me know and I will add you.

I have been praying about one of my listings in particular. We have been on the market for a while and need to get some traffic and, more importantly, an offer! It is such a great home in the Cane Ridge area. Its over 3,700 square feet and in superb condition. My clients are offering $7k toward closing which is enough to cover pretty much anyone's costs. It's close to the schools, has a huge kitchen, bonus and garage, is on a creek and did not flood! Come see it!!

On the personal front, life is good, mostly. I have been extremely busy between real estate, working for Jo, working for my dad, planning for the fireworks tent and church involvement. I have some friends here and there that are struggling. When my good friends hurt, I hurt, ya know what I mean? Brandon's Granny's home was badly damaged in the flood and I am trying to gather some info for them to plan with. Then there are some other pieces of "drama" going on. Hodge got married and did it totally Hodge style. Congrats to them. I am looking forward to the Indy 500 this weekend and then Gatlinburg next weekend.

Post a comment and tell me what your favorite thing to do in the Smokies is. We are taking my aunt and cousin and they have never been.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Time Flies when You're Selling Homes!

I can't believe it is already 2/3 through May! I have a closing this Thursday. Tamara, bless her heart, will FINALLY get her home. It has been a long, l o n g ,  l  o  n  g  process. God willing, it will all be over in about 48 hours. I am so happy for her. I think we have developed a lasting friendship through this and I hope she is willing to stay in touch. I have a closing next Thursday as well (assuming we can get through the financing--RD is dried up). This one is particularly exciting to me as it is a young man that I met when I was his wrestling coach. He is such a good guy and has worked his butt off to get where he is so quickly. I know that Jeremy and Amanda will be real success stories as long as they keep doing what they are doing!

Aside from those, the flood has really been at the forefront of everyone's mind here in Middle TN. You all know that there has been tremendous financial loss. Weichert has "adopted" a fellow in River Plantation and is trying to help him get his life back together. If you get a chance, check out the video that Mickie, one of the owners, posted on YouTube about Carl and his situation (video is here). We were thankfully, personally not affected too much. We did drive through some serious water and Cindy's van is making a noise (I know, not smart, but we had to get home). Brandon's granny suffered a pretty devastating loss and a few others from church had some severe damage. Dad and I got to do a little work in driveways because of it though.

As far as listings go, I have 4 up on the market now. I just listed Jeremy and Amy today and hope it will go quickly for them. Thankfully people are starting to look again. I really want to get the Gastineaus sold as they have been on the market since November. It has just been tough in their neck of the woods. The really puzzling thing is that their home is FREAKING NICE and is priced so well. I just gotta get more people in the door! The Chunns are also waiting. They have such a cute little home in a great neighborhood and are priced nicely too. I think for them, the tax credit running out, coupled with the flood diverting attention away have slowed things down. I see it picking back up for them in the next couple weeks though. Then there's the big house. We have had some really positive activity there and hope we can break some stuff loose on it real soon. I know that Charles and Lori are ready to get going. Cindy and I will have our home up in the next two weeks or so and are excited about that. We have worked hard at getting the home ready. Hopefully it will go quickly also!