Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Main excited!!!

So I know I haven't been diligently blogging my 30 days of Thanks...and as my mother advised me, "Don't ever commit to a daily project publicly!", so I feel a bit slacker-esque. But do not fret -- I'm going to do a great, big, fatty, delicious, chock-full-of-thanks update soon, because lately, there is most definitely A TON for which to be thankful...

But today, I just HAVE to share something with all my Main Line pals that has truly brightened this grey, rainy mess of a day; a little article of wonderfulness that I believe some people will be truly excited about...

Now I know some of you may not share in my gratefulness, but let's just put it into perspective: You have this awesome way to get to work, a perfect little back-road route straight to your office that gives you that extra 10 minutes in your day to play Angry Birds/<insert name of time-wasting phone app here>. And all of a sudden, that daily convenience is taken away from you. And you literally turn into an Angry Bird. This is why this article causes my heart to do a little happy dance.

Read on... and take note on how ridiculous the article makes PennDOT look...if nothing else, read it for a chuckle....
Sugartown Road bridge completion by Dec. 2
Monday, November 14, 2011
By Alan Thomas

PennDOT’s Sugartown Road bridge project in Easttown Township has been stalled, going nowhere. There has been a weeks-long wait for guide rails, and, more recently, a new question of how to anchor them.

A notice on the Easttown Township Web site says that, “The bridge project on Sugartown Road is a PennDOT project on a PennDOT road; the township is not involved in any way and has no control over the project’s progress or completion.”

The township notice goes on to explain that the township was informed “on Nov. 8 that there is a utility conflict in anchoring new guiderails. A PECO electric and gas line, a Verizon telecommunications line and a storm sewer pipe are apparently in the way.”

PECO representatives said Monday that the problem has been that “the utilities were shown to be in different locations [and that the contractor] can’t drive posts [for the guiderail support].”

The solution will be to mount two of the guiderail supports on concrete slabs for the necessary stability, and that the project will now be completed by Friday, Dec. 2.

According to Easttown Township assistant manager Mike Brown the township has been getting phone calls, “three or four a day.” The bridge, except for the guiderails, was completed six weeks ago, ahead of schedule according to PennDOT, but people have not seen any activity because there’s nothing else left to do except for installing the guiderails and final paving.

Motorists who use Sugartown Road have been following a detour that takes them to Route 30 for eastward or westward travel between Berwyn and Devon since the project began in July. The bridge crosses a tributary of Darby Creek.

Brown said “The township is taking the delay seriously, but it’s not the township’s project. We’re being as helpful as we can.”

Easttown supervisor Fred Pioggia said he wondered why PennDOT had not “physically located the utility lines” before the project began, which he said was “Building 101.” He termed the delay “inconvenient” for township residents, but also said that the nearly completed job is “neat – it looks beautiful, looks great.”

Brown said he had talked to the “top executive at PennDOT’s District 6 headquarters in King of Prussia most recently on Friday night.

The answer to the question came Monday afternoon.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Are these kids serious?

New favorite button on the remote? The "Last" button. Autumn Monday nights used to be great just for the football. But now, I utilize the "last (channel)" button frequently because the Sing-off is one of my new favorite shows. I'm thankful for this show because it exhibits such incredible talent -no selling of glitz or glam- just a capella wonderfulness. I love the way they pull this off, with only voices, and the patience to put something together like this (see below) arrangement with so many sounds to coordinate... Does anyone know of a group like this around the Main Line? If so, I need to know about them!


Ok. Get ready. I owe my blog three days of thanks. And I've had the weekend to really get 'em good...

I feel as if I get in a wrestling match with 'growing up' everyday. Gone are the days of staying out til 2am, then sleeping til 10am, and actually waking up not feeling like roadkill. Well, on Friday, when Rich proposed we go out with some friends that night, the first question was, "Ok...what time?" Second question, "When will be home?" A quick trek to the Drafting Room in Exton (yummiest french fries!), hanging with some great people, and in bed by 11pm. Now that's my kind of (geriatric) evening.

Thankful for the perks of growing up. More sleep, less money spent on under-eye make-up.

This might seem like a boring 'thanks' to anyone who isn't in real estate, but I really am grateful for our TREND Multiple Listing Service. This is the web-based database system that holds a schmillion tid-bits of information on houses that are for sale not just on the Main Line, but in the tri-state area. When I first got into the business, I always used to think it was this secret portal of invisible homes, just waiting for me to peruse through them. The novelty has worn off a bit, but I still love the fact that all that info (so neatly organized, unlike random search sites) is right at my fingertips, just waiting for me to sell one. I's totally nerdy...but still, thankful.

Over the next few weeks, while I'm giving thanks all the days, I will only use this one time to give thanks for SUNDAYS, even if for the next three Sundays, I'll want to be thankful for them.

Sundays full of CHILL: Mass, recliners, football, sweatpants, fantasy match-ups, cuddly pups, naps, family, yawns, did I mention naps?

Thankful for rejuvenating Sundays.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Everyday should be "Assistant Appreciation Day".

Amanda DiStefano...I am so very glad you're a part of our team! You, our trustworthy Administrative Assistant, receive my gratitude today. You've taken on some things that frankly, I'm just not great at...the paperwork. And that helps me become a better buyer's specialist for our group. Just wanted to give you a shout-out, because you do things with a smile and you even put smiley faces on your task list post-it notes, which always state triumphantly, "DONE :)"


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thanks for being so angry.

After a long day of (trying to sell/) selling houses, I now see the delightfulness of those stinky little Angry Birds. It doesn't necessarily have to be birds, or angry ones for that matter, just a pure distraction. It feels amazing to zone out to a meaningless game after the busyness of a work day.

And thanks to my mortgage lender Diane and our MCA Colleen for providing me with mini distractions during my day with all that leftover halloween candy.

Thankful for distractions.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


In light of it being Noviembre, the month of Thanksgiving, I decided to embark upon 30 DAYS OF THANKS. Everyday this month, I'll be posting about thankful-onius things that make my life wondrous in everyway.

Oh,'re so wise...
"Let us rise up and be thankful; for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful."

In light of the one-year anniversary of my grandmother's death on Sunday, I'm hard-pressed at the moment to find anything more deserving of gratitude than her love, support, and nagging advice. One in particular that I have to remind myself of everyday is the infamous, "No one person makes you feel any one CHOOSE to feel that way." So obnoxiously true, right?

This woman was my biggest fan, and I, hers. Her accomplishments are too many to name, and aside from her exemplary life, I'm equally grateful for her autobiography, which I will get to share with my children and my children's children.

PS. I inherited her electric blanket, too...go buy one tomorrow. No, really. It will change your life. MMMMmmmm...

Friday, October 21, 2011

The fight with/against/for technology.

So a while back, I was at a real estate conference. It was so good that I forgot the topic. However, what I did remember was the part in the program where the instructor told us we had to take 15 minutes before lunch break and call (like, on the telephone, dialing numbers, using vocal chords, the whole nine yards) at least five people and ask them if they or anyone they knew were interested in talking real estate.

Now, for everyone 30ish years of age and up, this was a simple task. Dial, speak, converse, hang up. Me? Not so much. My palms started to get sweaty, my voice would get really loud leaving voice messages...I was a wreck. "This is SO not how I communicate with ANYONE," I thought. My thumbs felt neglected for those fifteen minutes from lack of texting. So I left a few voice messages for some friends and left it at that. I do consider myself a professional, and can certainly make a phone call, but my "sphere" (all of my friends and family, and you) communicates primarily via text messaging and email. Agreed? Agreed.

Since I got into this career of selling homes, I've found the technology aspect of it all quite tedious. I'm what some would call a "people person"; I really do enjoy and gain energy from hanging out with others. When given a choice between writing a blog entry about how great interest rates are versus going to happy hour with friends who I can talk to about the insanely low interest rates... no brainer, cheap beer and friends win every time.

Don't get me wrong -- I love me some MacBook Pro action and Siri is totally my new best friend. But can you blame me for just wanting to hang out with people and also help them with the home-buying process, instead of sitting at my desk, staring out at all the BMWs in the parking lot?

So do me a favor: go to my Facebook page and take my poll on how you want info from me on house-buying stuff. And maybe I'll buy you a cheap beer at TJ's Everday and we can hang.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Why you won't find many people under the age of 30 in the real estate biz...

A friend once told me that she loses interest in people's blogs if they don't post at least once every couple of days. Well, friends, it's been more than 'a couple of days' and I do hope you're still interested in reading! What's odd is that that very same friend and her husband were my very first buyer clients. I'll let her tell you the story of how it all went down...but needless to say, I'm pretty sure they loved the extra attention they received while I wasn't updating this blog :)

So, the past few months have been incredibly fun. I absolutely LOVE being a real estate agent. If I have one wish for my friends (aside from you buying a home from yours truly) it is that each one of you find a job that doesn't feel like work. As any professional will tell you, hard work gets you paid. And in the case of real estate, some of the risk is working really hard for months on end only to have a deal not get to the settlement table. There are times when I've asked myself, "Can I do this? Can I really afford, as a 26 yr. old with college loans and ridiculous PECO bills, to work solely on commission?". It can certainly be scary at times, hence the title of this post. But when those doubts come up (about every 47 minutes), I have to pause and remind myself that (sappiness alert) if I'm truly honoring my call, my purpose in life, doing what I enjoy the most and helping people have fun in the process... the business will come. I have approximately four years to become one of the industry's 30 under 30 and be famous, like these amazing peeps:

This issue just came out, but I keep reading it. The tenacity and drive it takes to work for yourself and persevere through slow markets and mortgage debacles is what these 30 have done... and I want it. Bad. Just like Dirk wants the win over LeBron...

Despite what the silly pundits say about the real estate market, we've been pretty busy selling houses and taking names. Spring is the biggest season in the industry and on top of it being crazy, we've moved into a brand new office on the Main Line (right near K-Mart, Acme, The Paddock, Whole Foods in Devon), and are now officially allowed to call ourselves Keller Williams Realty Devon-Wayne. I feel very grown-up when I get to say, "I'll be there in 10...just leaving the office."

In the next few months, now that we're in our new space, I'm going to be throwing a party...a "Come have a cocktail and hang out with your favorite friend/realtor" party so you can come see my new swanky office. Invites to come! Will keep you all posted!