Monthly Archives: June 2015

Buyers today are really savvy at finding the particular style of house they are looking for as well as the location that is best suited for them.  I believe this has happened because the internet has everything you need except for an agent.  But then again, I guess you can find agents there as well.

I had a recent experience with buyers who were interested in a home that was priced in a way that looked to be an exceptional deal.  The husband and I took a look at the property.  His wife was unable to make that appointment so she promised to go to the first open house which was on Sunday.  The husband told me immediately that he liked it and that she would love it as well.

On Sunday, I met the wife at the open house and we observed that the amount of people parked on the street was overwhelming.  After viewing the home with the wife, the agent told me there had already been 60+ people at the open house and there was still approximately 30 minutes left to go.

So we went our separate ways and agreed to discuss later about how we were going to put their bid in. We decided that they should write a letter addressed to the seller explaining how much they loved the home.  Sellers are sometimes touched by letters written with an offer.  You never know exactly what is going to influence their decision.  I remember one of my buyers a few years ago actually had the accepted offer because he already lived in the community for 25 or so years and was close to the highest bid.  All he had to do was come up a little and his offer was accepted!

I noticed this week that more houses are coming on the market week by week so I’m hoping that buyers will be able to purchase the homes they want.  So be ready by having your preapproval letter, knowledge of exactly what and where you wish to live AND a good buyer agent.

 

Linda 3About the author:  Linda Dube is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and is excited to help you with your next move.  You can contact her on her website at www.LindaListsAndSells.Com


brain1In the past I have written about right brain and left brain thinking, which is one of my favorite subjects.  But no matter how we see ourselves, whether strong left or strong right or somewhere in between, we all have the ability to call on our right side to come up with creative solutions to our everyday problems.  The secret to accomplishing this is to participate in an activity that draws on the right side of the brain.

For instance, I’ve solved some major problems while walking.  The mind wanders, and the next thing you’re realizing is you have a solution to something that’s has been hanging over you for a while.  My best example of this occurred back in my days at Polaroid.  My two problems “du jour” were a) a quality issue with the product I was responsible for and b) what to get my brother and his bride as a wedding gift.   While at work, several times within a day, I would need to walk between buildings to attend meetings or the like.  On this particular day, I left my building and began walking to my destination, 10 minutes away.  As I walked out of my parking lot, about to descend down the road to the other building, I solved one of my problems.  It just came to me.  I knew what to do to correct the quality issue with my product.  And as it turned out, I was correct.  On the way back to my building, at the same spot approaching my building, I solved problem #2…I had an idea for a gift for my brother and his wife.  They had gotten engaged while staying at my cottage in New Hampshire, and I found an artist local to the area in New Hampshire who had painted a water color of the island across from my beach where he had proposed.  It was the perfect gift!

Now there are other good times to solve problems when your right brain is active.  During the morning shower is a wonderful time to solve problems or generate creative ideas.  Driving down the highway, we get to our destination and can’t remember the trip along the way.  We were probably in right brain cruise control, hopefully solving problems as we went.  Flying a kite is a good right brain activity.   So when someone says “Go fly a kite!” take them up on it.  You never know what problem you’ll solve!

Roland Crop 2011 jpeg (1)About the author: Roland Spadafora is one of the broker owners of RE/MAX Legacy and prides himself on being a problem solver.  Sometimes one must think “outside the box” to arrive at a solution.  Throughout his professional career, it is the way Roland has approached problems. You can learn more about him on his website www.spadaforateam.com


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What if I told you that you can do more with your phone’s camera than take selfies! I’ve compiled a list of the top 9 ways your phone’s camera can help you in your day to day life.  Let’s get right to it.

  1. Have you ever walked out of a mall or into a parking garage and said “where did I park my car”? Take a picture of the section number that your car is parked in to help you remember.
  2. What happens to you when you’re sitting in your doctor’s office and you need to list all of your medications with dosages? Take a picture of the prescription bottle before heading out to your appointment and that will be one less thing to remember.
  3. Lose your coat check or valet ticket? Not a problem, just take a quick pic and you can tell them your number at the check in.
  4. Have you ever lent something to a friend and they never returned it? Take a snapshot of them standing with the borrowed item and then delete it once they return it to you.
  5. Take a picture of your grocery list! You may forget the list at home but you always have your phone with you.
  6. Take a screenshot of your directions so if your internet connection is lost you still have a copy of the map on your phone to refer to.
  7. When traveling take a picture of the front of the hotel with the street sign in the picture. It can come in handy especially if you’re in a foreign country.
  8. Have you ever driven by a home and fallen in love with the landscaping? Snap a pic so that you can copy their ideas for your front yard.
  9. On your next shopping spree take some pictures of items that you would like to purchase for your home.

There are so many ways that you can turn your phone’s camera into your own personal assistant.  Take advantage of these ideas and make your life a little easier.

 

Jennifer Scali

Jenn Scali is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and she finds it very helpful to use her phone’s camera at all of her Buyer’s home inspections. You can reach her at (617) 905-7211 or on her website at www.jennscali.com


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