From 1983 to 1988, when my youngest was still at home, I was a Realtor®. During this time I met clients/buyers who became and remain friends, saw countless beautiful homes and pieces of land, worked through difficult transactions and brought them to settlement, and made a decent living. I also saw the 'other' side of people: a buyer who (after schlepping him around for a month) was wanted in three states for writing bad checks; a couple who bought a million dollars worth of property and never showed up for the settlement (turned out they were drug runners), people who worked with several agents in the same area, looking at the same properties. Unfortunately, the 'bad' list goes on.
But even after substantial real estate experience, I've still learned valuable lessons while watching shows such as Get It Sold, The Unsellables, House Hunters and House Hunters International, and Property Virgins.
I've learned that
1. my house without hardwood floors/ceramic tile throughout is unsellable and we should be throttled.
2. my new, state of the art, energy efficient, white appliances are not good enough. They need to be stainless so they can show EVERY SINGLE TOUCH.
3. everybody seems to be buying housing for "Entertaining". Where are all these parties and why haven't we been invited?? Frankly, my feelings are hurt.
4. our neutral colored carpet in the bedrooms is good, no, bad, no, good. Evidently in the eye of the beholder.
5. what we've referred to as the master bathroom is actually an 'en suite' (who knew?) and not big enough as it cannot house a family of five.
6. our 15 year old, perfectly good cabinets and pulls are dated.
7. people seem a lot smarter when they keep their mouths shut. (I'm sure they're instructed to babble).
8. the 'Wow Factor' doesn't refer to the love and the memories held under this roof.
9. selling and living in are entirely different.
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.