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Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo

The professional neatness consultants have always left me feeling less than impressed – like they are all a bunch of judgmental obsessives with a phycological disorder or two who are compulsive about eliminating all clutter in their lives.  Enter Marie Kondo!  Her YouTube videos are just wonderful.  And now I have discovered her ...

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Reading and Listening to the Real Estate News

OK, I won’t go so far as to call the real estate reports in the national media as “fake” news.  But most of what you read and hear about your real estate market in the media is based on data that applies to the nation as a whole, and all ...

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Your Family Calls Him “Fido”. Your Realtor Calls Him “Fang”.

During my first week of real estate school, one of the first sessions covered how to suck up to the family dog (or cat) to get a listing.  It’s a critical skill for any serious Realtor. But what they didn’t cover – and should have – is how to speak ...

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Real Estate and Politics – Neutralizing Your Home

Here in DC, our residents tend to be quite focused on politics. Many of my clients have worked as reporters, attorneys or lobbyists who are concerned with what Congress, the regulatory agencies and the White House might be doing.  Others work for on the Hill or at the Department of Whatever.  So ...

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Saint Anthony and the Lucky Duck

St. Anthony and the Lucky Duck. Real estate agents, especially those with Irish ancestors, tend to be pretty superstitious. And I am quite typical, with a lucky cat on my desk in my office and a lucky cow painting that hangs behind my desk.  My mother painted the cow, a Hindu ...

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Hi, I’m a Realtor and would like to come over and set off your burglar alarm!

I used to set off burglar alarms on a weekly basis. I had a little phobia, and on more than one occasion, I had to root through my purse for my real estate license when Officer Friendly pulled up in her patrol car and I had to justify being at ...

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