Blog :: 05-2011

I See a Red Door and I Want it Painted...Green. No, Chartreuse. Moss?

Choosing a paint color is not as easy as one might think (just ask the Rolling Stones). There are color variations to consider, brightness of the room, furniture patterns, overall style, etcetera, etcetera. I came across the Living Livelier blog and thought I'd share their find, Favorite Paint Colors, where you can see actual photos of actual rooms with paint colors that are labeled for you to view and consider.   
For those of us who are color blind (like me) or just need some assistance with imagining what White Dove (from Benjamin Moore) would look like on your cabinets, this is a great resource.
Have you ever been in this situation?
Hmm, that's not what it looked like on the swatch.
Maybe it will look better if I paint the whole room.
I bet it will look different with a second coat.
Or when it dries.
Or if I change the window treatments.
You get my point. Then save yourself the time, money, effort and aggravation of going through the motions of painting your home the wrong color, and make the right color choice the first time. 

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    Today's Realtor

    Inman News, a source of independent real estate news for industry professionals and consumers, just came out with a new article that reviews the National Association of Realtors' 2011 Member Profile. They say, "The typical Realtor of today is older and has more experience than the typical Realtor one year ago..."
    Personally, I prefer the term 'seasoned' over 'older' but I'm OK with the label - mostly because I'm young at heart and that's what counts, right?  
    I thought this was an interesting article because as someone who has been in the industry for more than 25 years, I've seen the fads come and go, the statistics vary, and the markets go up and down (and back up again). But I have learned that no matter where someone is in their career as a Realtor, there are certain things to consider: 
    1.       You can't fake experience. No one starts out as an 'experienced' broker. You have to cut your teeth in the industry like everyone else. However, while you can't fake experience, you can build a network and client base from hard work, attention to detail and integrity.  
    2.       You can't become stagnant. Becoming stagnant and failing to adapt can lead prospective clients to look elsewhere for someone to handle their business. But trying out new ideas, not taking clients for granted and going the extra mile will ultimately grow your business and keep it fresh. 
    I may be a curve breaker with 25+ years under my belt (according to the report, the average broker has 12 years experience), but how I approach my business and interact with clients is a constant work in progress. Clients give feedback and we listen. New technologies come on the market and we try them out. New modes of communication arise and we answer the call - or email, or text, as the case may be.  
    So what are the make-or-break qualities that impact how you operate, or who you do business with? I'm interested to hear your input.

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      Where 'Suburbia' is No Longer a Four Letter Word

      Decisions, decisions. Backyard garden or roof deck with a city view? Good schools or access to the arts? CSA or morning cappuccino at the corner café? These are just some of the trade-offs of country living vs. city living. And these are the tough choices that many of my clients are considering when choosing a town, a neighborhood, or even a street.
      Fortunately, you can have your cake (from Lakota Bakery) and eat it (on your way to the Regent Theater), too. In this Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine, Arlington earned the top spot "For Blending City and Country Life." Just a few reasons for this recognition include Arlington Center restaurants, shops and theater. Combine these with access to the Minuteman Trail, good schools, and a park in almost every neighborhood, and you get a best-of-both-worlds atmosphere.
      Many singles, young couples and families moving out from Boston, Cambridge and Somerville have a hard time with the idea of letting go of their urban lifestyle - and consider 'suburbia' a four-letter word. They are grappling with preconceived notions that once you're outside the 02114 zip code, you enter the land of Mom-jeans, minivans and strip malls.
      Not so in Arlington.Whether you're an empty nester looking to downsize, a couple looking to start a family, or a first-time home buyer looking to make an investment, Arlington has a little something for everyone. And you don't have to sacrifice your identity or your lifestyle.

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        Home Is Where the Heart Is

        Home is where the heart is, and just as you wouldn't trust your heart with any doctor, you wouldn't trust your home - one of your most valuable assets - with just any realtor.

        When you're sick, you want the best doctor, from the best hospital, with the best reputation. You want someone who has book smarts - went to medical school, has all the appropriate accreditations, and reads up on all of the latest medical journals.
        But book smarts is not all you want.
        You want a doctor who also has street smarts. You want someone who has experience in the field, understands your history, and knows how communicate the best options for your situation. And lastly, you want that doctor to have a team that supports his or her efforts and lets them do what they do best.
        Believe it or not, you want the same characteristics in your realtor. And that's exactly what you get from me, and The Home Advantage Team. We are the #1 team in Arlington, Mass. With more than 25 years in the real estate industry and in Arlington, you get a team with book smarts that comes with understanding the nuances of buying and selling real estate, and street smarts of knowing a town's culture, people and attributes that your average Joe would not be privy to (speaking of, Not Your Average Joe's on Mass. Ave. has a great new menu that debuts today, Wednesday, 5/18).
        Being a realtor is not rocket science. Nor is it brain surgery. To be a great realtor requires a mix of credibility, integrity, smarts, and people-skills.  Because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to buying or selling a house, each client receives a personalized approach that aligns with their particular wants, needs, style, timing, likes and dislikes.
        This blog is not designed to sell real estate. I'll let our reputation, testimonials from your neighbors, and interactions with you and the community take care of that. On this blog we're going to share our expertise and insight as a way to connect with the community, and to provide a resource for local news, events, listings and housing trends.  You can have your pick of how you'd like to interact with us:
        ·         Like us on Facebook
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        ·         Follow me on LinkedIn

        In the meantime, give us your feedback. Let us know how we're doing. We are a constant work in progress to better serve our clients and the community.

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          Welcome to the new YourHomeForSale blog!

          The YourHomeForSale blog is now under development. If you are interested in the latest Arlington Mass. housing news, community events, buying and selling tips and tricks, and insights you won't find anywhere else - set a bookmark, and check back regularly. You won't want to miss it!

          Thank you for visiting. We look forward to seeing you here again.

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