Remember the “empty nest” feeling?

Children move away and all of a sudden, your house is quiet. There seem to be more leftovers and not as much laundry in the hamper. Just when you are thinking how you could get used to this, they are back. Jobs have been lost and, therefore, rent and house payments cannot be made, let alone food and utility bills. Now, the nest is full again.

Because of the recent economy, this is what is happening more and more. Families are pulling together for survival. This can be challenging, but, also, rewarding

What’s in your Car

Do you find that you are carrying a lot more in your car than you used to? It is amazing to me all the things we carry and use daily. That handy 10 foot measuring tape that I used to carry in my purse for “just in case” is now a 100 foot tape necessary to measure the home I am listing. I just love the look on parents faces as I pull out my bag of toys to entertain the children while they are trying to decide if this house is the right one or not, and then the camera and portable photo printer to capture the moment when they fall in love with their soon to be new home.
When I find myself out on land, I break out my compass and maybe even the GPS, and let’s not forget the water and the first aid kit.
There are two different kinds of boots necessary, those for hiking and walking on parcels of land and those that just need to go over your shoes in a house that the owner would rather you take them off.
The moment you know you have everything is when you can pull out your computer and printer and write up the offer in the backseat of your car and with the portable fax machine, you send it off for acceptance.
I used to think I carried a lot with me when my son was small, and I did, but this is a whole new world with gadgets and equipment we use every day and I wouldn’t change a thing, but add whatever is necessary to make this job even more exciting and helpful for myself and my clients.

Live among the sounds of the ocean

I have a 5.54 acre parcel in Albion which I have been so excited about because it comes with the Coastal Commissions approval for a lodging facility, of which plans are in place. Wow, how great that is, Coastal Commissions approval!. Well, come to find out by speaking with individuals in the area, it does not seem to be a good time to build a new bed and breakfast right now, due to the economy. So why would anyone want to build another one now. Well, how much sense does that make, a lot.
I was out at this property a couple of days ago to bring out flyers and move signs and just spent time listening and experiencing this property. I discovered that there is more to this property then just a place for a lodging facility. In being there and spending time there it occurred to me that it would be a wonderful spot to build a home or a small ranchette and live among the sounds of the ocean with the waves crashing and the fog horn in the background. The fact that there is the Coastal Commissions approval for the lodging facility is just a bonus or another option.
This property has two wells, beautiful cypress and pine trees, and lots of room to build your dream among the sounds of the ocean.