Why didn’t you use me as your Realtor?

I was recently approached by a family member who wanted to apologize for not using me as their Realtor when they sold their house.  I get it.  I really do.  Do you know how many real estate agents I knew before I got into the business, tons. They are everywhere and I know that.  Let me tell you a secret, working with close friends and family is extremely stressful.  I feel more pressure to sell or find a home for my brother or best friend. It’s true.

In my short 2 years as a licensed Realtor I have found a solution, referrals.  Before I went to real estate school, and yes I went to ReeceNichols Real Estate School, I didn’t even know that referrals existed in this industry.  For example:

My best friends are getting a divorce and they need to sell their family home.  Obviously I don’t want to get involved in this transaction for so many different reasons.  There is so much stress, emotions, financial issues, and personal information involved in a normal real estate transaction but would be at an all time high while doing it during a divorce.  In this case I would REFER my friends to a amazing agent that can get the job done for them.  And the bonus is, I get a referral fee from that agent without being involved in the transaction.  Everyone wins.

In my small community in Piper, there are 5,657 real estate agents.  Some good, some not so good, some full time, and some part time.  What I am saying is that there is a lot of competition but we still are all working together for our clients.  The point of this post was to let you know that yes, sometimes it hurts that a friend or member of my family goes with another agent but I understand.  If I can’t help you, at least let me find a great agent that will be a great fit.

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The Goose is Loose

Long time since my last post but I get super annoyed when the blogs I follow bombard me with new posts everyday.  A lot has been happening in our crazy household our the past few months and I’m loving every minute of it.  We took a family vacation to Florida (blog post on that to come),  quick jaunt to Denver, and the munchkin turned the Big One.      Oh, and I’m going to be an Aunt! Another munchkin is making her debut in late January.

Let Her Eat Cake

Our little girl is EVERYWHERE now.  She walks all around the house, tries to mimic what we say, and lets her personality shine brighter everyday.  She is the light of my life.  Someday I wish she would just let me hold her all day but I think that is long gone.  She wants to go, go, go.  This Christmas is going to be so much fun this year, hell snow is going to be the most fun.  Let’s hope she likes it.

I have been told that kids grow up so fast but to experience it is a whole different story.  Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that I would be the mother of the best little one year old.  She has made me into the person I am today.  I think that when you hit a certain point in your life you have to make choices that are going to better yourself and your family.  many people say that once your married all you hang out with are married couples, pretty correct statement in a way.  I think I try to surround myself with the people who are going to have similarities to my family.  For example, I don’t want to hang out with someone who cheats on their spouse, hates children, or doesn’t believe that family comes first.  We have started surrounding ourselves with couples that have similar morals and I don’t thing there is anything wrong with that.  It is not only couples that I hold these things to, my single friends are held to the same.  I believe that your friends say a lot about you.  As I creep up to my 30th birthday, I need to surround my family with positive and honest people.  It’s time to cut ties with the people who will cut me down behind my back (or my husbands back).  My new years resolution for 2012 is going to be to make time for great friends and hopefully make some new friendships grow.  Cheers!

Minneapolis

My husband and I just back from a much-needed vacation to Minneapolis.  We went up on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the marriage of two dear friends of ours and had a blast.  It was the first time we had left the munchkin so it was pretty sad leaving her with my parents.  It is very strange being without someone who has been connected to my hip for the past 6 months but I knew it would be a very good thing for me.

Minneapolis is such a great city.  We stayed downtown during our stay and all I can say is that city set it up right.  They had it all down there, stadiums, bars, and shopping. I wish Kansas City would have built our baseball stadium downtown because it would have a completely different atmosphere.  We arrived late Thursday night and went to meet our friends at a bar called Brit’s a couple of blocks from our hotel.  This bar was great!  Yardball on the roof, best thing ever.  I wish I had taken pictures this night but had left my camera at the hotel.  The following evening we went to the married couples favorite bar called The Local which was a great choice.  I love bars that have all the detailed wood surrounding the bar and the little alcoves with booths in them.  We had such a great time that evening. 

During our stay we also went to Ikea next to The Mall of America.  I have been dying to go to Ikea for years but the only problem was that the Minneapolis location was the closet one to my house and a 7 hour drive was stopping me.  If my husband wasn’t with me during our shopping trip I would have done a lot more damage than I actually did, I only spent $100.  I always feel like I have to rush through stores while shopping with my husband because he is bored.  I also feel like I should curb my spending when he is with me, we all know that I would have spent a lot more if he wasn’t there.  Ikea wasn’t what I had built it up to be in mind.  I see all these design shows on television that are always using items from Ikea and I am so impressed with the end result.  So on our trip there we purchased lots of picture frames, cutting boards, and some towels.  A disappointing shopping trip compared to what I thought it was going to be.

The wedding was beautiful, and I knew it was going to be.  I am the luckiest person in the world to have had all my best friends in the world in the same place for 3 days.  After having a baby my social life was kind of non-existent for a while, so when there is a opportunity for everyone to get together I jump on it.  The wedding was just perfect.  We had great weather, great drinks, great food, and great dancing.  There was a live band that kept the crowd of the dance floor throughout the entire night.  The riverfront backdrop that just made the experience that much better.  I couldn’t have had a better time with my friends and my husband.  A big thank you to the married couple for such a great weekend, it made my year.