Thursday, June 16, 2011

What It's All About...

Let's go back in time to April, 2006, just over 5 years ago. I received a phone call from a lady, (for now we'll refer to her as Ell). Ell lived in a heavily congested part of a nearby major city. After living there for over 30 years, and now retired, she's decided to pack up and move to a more relaxing place.

She looked to the East and saw beautiful Delmarva. Over the years, Ell made many visits to the beaches and she even has a few friends scattered over the Eastern Shore. So, she had been somewhat familiar with the area. Now was the time.

Talking from one person to an0ther, she came up with my name and phone number. Ell was quite descriptive as to what type of home she wanted. Immediately, a search was underway.

After several weeks of sending Ell updated information, she did finally find a home she really liked. But, this particular home was way above her price range. In the frustration, Ell decided that perhaps it wasn't the right time. She put her search on hold.

After about 6 months, my phone rang and it was Ell. Her home situation had changed slightly and was ready to kick it up again. So, I re-executed the search, with a few minor changes. Ell realized she would not be able to make a new purchace until she sold her current home. During the time of this search, I had referred Ell to an excellent REALTOR in her urban area to assist her with selling her home. By this time the real estate market was beginning to crumble. The possibility of Ell selling her home at a reasonable price was gone.

After that, I tried to keep Ell's dream alive. If I saw anything close to possible for her, I'd send it her way. Ell never gave up on her dream.

Just before the holidays, 2010, Ell contacted me again with great news. Her financial standing had changed and she was fortunate enough to now be able to purchase a home without having to sell her current house.

Again, the search was on. Back in April, Ell let me know there was a home in her search that looked like a really good possibility. We looked it over, then flipped around some numbers to see if it would work.

Today, Ell put in a contract on the home and all is looking great so far. Ell still has to go through the typical home inspections, etc. But, settlement is aiming for mid to end of July. So, everyone's fingers are crossed. After, over 5 years of dreaming and searching Ell may have her Eastern Shore home. I'll keep you updated as we get closer to settlement.

It took 5 years of frustrations, sweating, and many phone calls, but I now have a new friend. My new friend may have a new home. Business is about building relationships. This one will be one of my most memorable. This is what it's all about!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rev 'Em Up

It's cruisin' weekend in Ocean City! Time to head to the Shore to see this vast collection of classic cars! To see some additional photos from last year's big event, CLICK HERE.

As always, lots O' Food and Fun. For more information regarding the show. CLICK HERE!

photo courtesy: Chuck Vrana / Special Event Productions, Inc.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Are you just too busy this week?

Since last weekend, there's a sense in the air that every thing's going crazy. It's as if there's too much going on. That brings up the question "can we handle it?" Let's review: Last weekend we had to set the clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time. This reminds me, we still have two clocks that have yet to be adjusted.

I've always considered it may take us humans a week to recover from the lost sleep. Day by day, as your brain slowly recovers, it gets better. Sunday and Monday (after adjusting the clocks), are for many people, dreadful. I know for me, waking up is a little tougher. Monday, I was very clumsy. I stumbled through the kitchen and twisted my foot.

The rest of the week was quite a challenge. On Thursday, I had to drive from the Salisbury area over to the Long Neck area in Delaware to assist a home seller. When I got there, my car's "Low Fuel" light and chime clicked on. So while I headed to my next destination, I pulled into a local convenience store to gas up the car. While getting out of the car, I realized I had left my wallet at home that morning. My life is in my wallet. Life as in "plastic".

Panic was setting in. I searched my pockets and then all through the car for some cash. I did find 3 one dollar bills. I then thought, I can't go into a store with just $3, since gas is now over $3.50 just about everywhere. That wouldn't buy a complete gallon. How embarrassing? Credit and debit cards are usually, very convenient. This was the exception!

I drove back out on the road heading homeward. Then, I got a brainstorm... I'll take my chances of running out of gas. I have membership in an auto club. I'll just call them on my cell phone, they'll show up with gas. Oops.. one problem.. the auto club card with their phone number and my secret membership ID number, is resting comfortably IN MY WALLET!

I kept my fingers crossed and kept driving. Fortunately, the gas stretched like elastic and I made it home. I ran in the house, found my wallet, rolled the dice, and headed to the nearest gas station. As I rolled up to the pump, the engine began to cough. I had just made it. Even though, I had wasted nearly two hours of my life because I couldn't remember my wallet.

Now, here we are at the end of this crazy week, including St. Patrick's day. I can say, I've been to some fairly wild St. Patrick's celebrations, but this year was rather tame. But now we've learned that tonight we're under the mysterious light of the Super Moon. The moon is closer to the Earth than usual. Some believe we'll experience all kinds of creepy stuff; high tides, weird weather, flying monkeys, free cheeseburgers, etc. (OK, I made up the last two).

All this stuff in one week? Amazing, but there's still one more. The first day of Spring is upon us. Of course beware, as every year we haven't seen the end of cold weather.

Is that everything? I hope so. Like I said, there's just too much to keep track of this past week. If I missed anything, please let me know.

Have a lovely Spring. Happy Super Moon Day, and I think I will take one of those cheeseburgers.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Get it while you can..

The year is ticking by sooo fast. We're already coming up to Fat Tuesday. The final day to over indulge, before Lent. Numerous churches and civic groups will of course have their traditional Pancake Suppers.

In Rehoboth they've had Mardi Gras Weekend.. Today, get out the Tums. It's the Gumbo Cookoff from 2 - 5. If it rains you can ride the Jolly Trolley to all 12 restaurants. For details, CLICK HERE. Eat Up!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Counting Down

Rev em up.. Just one week until.. it's time to Cruise in Ocean City.. Click Here


Friday, January 21, 2011

Could that be Spring?

This time of year, we look around for any early sign of Spring. Maybe one or two freak flowers will somehow, start sprouting. This weekend, the temps are supposed to dip into the teens. After all it's still January.

One sign of Spring getting close on the Eastern Shore is that we're just a few weeks away from the Ocean City annual Custom Car Show. This event brings in folks from all over.

If that turns out to be a nice weather weekend, come join us. I know I'll be heading to the beach for that one. See Ya' there!


Friday, January 7, 2011

It's Just Blood

Here's a reminder to give blood at this year's
Ocean City Beach Blanket Blood Drive
at the OC Convention Center, February 8th & 9th:
You must:
  • be 17 or older
  • weigh at least 110 pounds
  • be in general good health
  • have no tattoos or body piercings within past 12 months

For an appointment call: 410-749-4161 or 1-888-8-BLOOD-8

(walk in donors will be taken as time allows)

Thanks to the Blood Bank of Delmarva. Sponsored by Coastal Association of REALTORS, the mayor, and town of Ocean City, MD.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bring In The New Year

Consider this, we've succeeded into a New Year. Let's look at it with a positive attitude. 2011 can bring us all prosperity. Here on the Eastern Shore, the weak economy has shown its ugly side. Most property values dropped affecting residents, investors, vacationers, builders, contractors, retailers, and yes... Realtors.

Let's all work hard at keeping our chins and attitudes up with positive thinking and together, we'll turn this around. If there's any way I can be of assistance, please contact me!

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

That Time Of Year

The Eastern Shore is getting all decked out with Christmas and Holiday decorations. Last year we fought off a big bad blizzard. I'm not talking about a quick trip to Dairy Queen.

This year (so far), seems a little more tame. It does get cold at night of course. At this time of year people are talking about sharing and so on..

I recently found this picture being circulated around the internet. Everyone should get a chance to see it. I refer to it as "The Friendly Beast".. Can this fellow find a warmer place to lay?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

More Turkey?

Well now, we've survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Super Savings Saturday. Don't you feel like you've accomplished something? Not really. The only thing I've learned is that I'm quite clever. I've been able to re-arrange the refrigerator twice in three days. This was required, due to the over dose of leftovers.

Lots of folks like to come to the Eastern Shore during Thanksgiving weekend, and we enjoy seeing everyone. One of the big highlights is shopping at the outlet malls in Rehoboth Beach.

Whatever you did this weekend or whatever you still intend on doing turns out to be a fun time for everyone involved. It's official, the holidays are here.

I'm guessing that between now and Christmas, opening and closing that refrigerator door, will burn out at least one refrigerator light bulb.