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By letting me help you, you help me win an iPad–

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HEEEELLLLLLLLLLLuuuuupppppp!!!

Hi guys! We are having a referral contest at work to win an iPad, I NEED YOUR HELP! I want an iPad something fierce! What’s a referral you ask? If you know of anyone who plans to move anywhere in the world (yes, literally the world, not just the Jacksonville, NC area-which, of course send them my way too!) and would love a friendly, talented, experienced person with a track record to assist them rather than throw a dart at realtor.com or the yellow pages and hope to get lucky. . .I can do that, at no cost to you or your pal. HEEELLLPPP!!! Pour through those friends lists! ūüôā WHEN I win, I’ll of course let you come visit and play with the iPad!

Know someone that wants to move, is thinking about moving. . .might be renting or buying or selling a home? ¬†I don’t care where you live or if a tornado hit your home (we’ve been helping our local victims as well). . .I’d love to help! ¬†I’ll match folks up with the most professional an dhard working follks I can find!

McKenzie Johnson Laurence

Broker Associate, REALTOR

Century 21 Champion Real Estate

http://www.910Homes.net/

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Cheers to a wonderful 2010, can’t wait to see what adventures 2011 will hold!

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May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.

Thank you all for an amazing year.¬† Some home sales were easy as pie, some a little complicated and some as tough as giving birth to a baby rhino (not sure, but imagine that it would be slow and painful, so I felt a handy analogy).¬† Thank you for all the close-call home sales too and I hope the stars align in the new year– after your promotion, baby’s arrival, graduation, marriage, retirement, divorce.¬†

I’m happy to count myself as ons of the few Realtors in the world who is still sitting at their desk during the holiday season responding to past, present and future clients.¬† It’s been a busy year and I’m already rolling into the new year swinging.

This year has been full of questions about the state of the economy, real estate, and the American Dream.¬† Part of being good at what you do is know when not to do what you love to do.¬† I’m thrilled with the homes and folks I have connected with this year but also the homes that didn’t sell because it simply wasn’t the right time for them to buy, pcs¬†orders changed,¬† bad mix of risk and reward.¬† If you need more info about the local economy, want to talk shop. . .I’m always¬†available, well, maybe too available which is on the resolutions list for the new year, but happy to help you figure out if now is a good time for you to buy or sell. . .or rent or lease. . .or look at an option contract.¬†

It’s the fit that counts and there is something out there for everyone.¬† I hope to help you find it.

With warm wishes for you and yours this holiday season!  May your new year be filled with even more fun adventures and great memories than the year almost past.

~McKenzie

One Million Acts of Kindness.

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After a trail workout in the rain, my pal April and I (and her jog stroller with the nice and dry baby Leah inside) stumbled out¬†of the woods in time to see the Kindness bus trying to get out of the Parkwood Elem parking lot and get cut off, twice.¬† I’m interested to see what karma those folks enjoyed the rest of the day.¬† Had a chance to meet Bob, his dog Bogart who was dashing and check out the bus and all its amazing quotes.¬† Please pass along this link if you have stumbled across this entry.

http://www.onemillionactsofkindness.com/     Please check it out, book them for your school and/or donate!

Eating soup with a knife and channeling Sun Tzu. . .and marinating in itunes.

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My desk today. . .sort of speaks for itself.

 

There’s a possibility it’s the caffeine talking but ever experience a good gut-burn that makes you feel like you’re on the right path to something fun and great and mutually beneficial?¬† I’m there, enjoying the burn and the late night epiphanies and brain storming sessions.¬† You know you’re passionate about what you’re doing when half asleep at¬†three thirty in the morning you’re scrawling into a moleskine¬†journal next to the bed to try to get something down before you fall back asleep, actually, no that’s just the inspiration.¬† Hearing your idea is terrible twenty times in a row, some from close family and friends as you morph and develop it then eventually the tides turn and you hear it just might work as you intend it to. . .there’s nothing like your own mother or a former business professor telling you to pack sand to make you put up or shut up on something at the developmental level.

You have to think old school, new school and anticipate the moves of the school with no foundation¬†these days in real estate.¬† Like any business, I’m sure you’re sitting there shaking¬† your head, “It’s not rocket science!”. . .thanks Captain Obvious.¬† It can be frustrating to see some folks¬†advance in business.¬† Prowess in marketing?¬† Networking?¬† Orrrr¬†connections, which, hey, I get it, it’s a networking game, life/business that is and good on ya if you’re out shakin’ your tail feather to push your product or idea.¬† Maybe it was that business ethics class (since I thought taking one was important) or one too many lock-ins at Baylake United Methodist as a kid but I think it’s weird push your product when there’s a very personal interest at heart.¬†

Ah, disclosure.¬† Depending on the state in question, there are some various “direct” connections (Selling agent is builder, Real Estate Firm is Developer). . .but it’s amazing what ISN’T required.¬† It’s kind of strange to stand back and keep an eye on who’s hand is in who’s pocket¬†in real estate these days.¬† Referral organizations that take over a third of commissions up front and then push their product but don’t want you to disclose to their referred client that the client indeed has a choice.¬† Agents who are in one way or another involved with their builder or developer who, perhaps, aren’t doing their due diligence pushing for the best match for a purchase for you but rather something from their personal inventory since it’s proceeds are paying for this year’s trip to cabo or wedding flowers with the builder/developer.¬† Hey, I know we have some PR work to do.¬† As real estate professionals, I know a good chunk of this nation is sure we are the new century’s equivalent of a snake oil salesman and frankly, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with a good portion of us.

I’m feeling a teensy¬†bit riot grrl¬†lately, granted, Doc Martens don’t go with my work attire today but feeling a little grr nonethless.¬† Am I out to make a buck, you bet, but aren’t we all.¬† I guess if you’re taking a look at something I have up on the market, I want you to know it’s my best friend’s sister’s house with super cute custom curtains in the family room and if it’s a match to your wish list but I’m most certainly not going to shove it down your throat if it’s not a good match.¬† Also, I think if you’re representing a builder/developer and you spent the first half of your morning folding their underpants and making them coffee but you aren’t perhaps legally married or it’s a second cousin twice removed, if I were a client, I’d like to know.

Back to my death by spread sheet and paper cut but had to vent for a second.  Happy to lose a battle in the short term (or at least walk away from the school yard) and to gain ground long term.  Day ten (I think) in a row, thinking I may break for the gym then head back to work. . .

PS-¬†To the facebook¬†and blog creeper out there that’s reposted some of my¬†articles (as well as some that seem familiar from fellow bloggers), nice to meet you, I have your isp¬†address, consider this a polite finger wagging to knock it off. . .it’s not nice to plagiarise.¬† You are welcome to share with a link or repost or trackback buddy. . .seriously, by the looks of things, seems like you don’t write a lick yourself?

Rawr.  End scene.

Rekindling the spirit, finding your work mojo and a needed dash of zippy-kapow.

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Orrrr. . .how helping lots of people for free reminded me how much I love what I do.

Maybe it’s the change of the season, the exhasuting heat finally lifting, the kids off to school, and work slowing a bit. . .or simply being tired from a long hot summer move/selling season for your resident Realtor (I have “Dog Days are Over” by Florence + The Machine playing now on my itunes, case in point).¬† I was going through two sets of clothes often in a day minimum, sometimes three if you average in a gym session. . .and frankly, pretty dang burned out. . .enter a post eleven pm (my cut off on “work” calls and switch to strictly personal time. . .I’m sans hubby and kids at this stage of my life, surely, this will not be popular once that happens) call from a girlfriend in the Pacific Northwest working on a condo purchase.¬† She was there, without her husband, trying to purchase a condo for them as a conclusion of a less than fun cross country move for her and four dogs and before he returned from overseas.¬†¬†She’s thrilled her¬†real estate pal on the East Coast, who can offer advice, took her call after three glasses of wine and a fantactic dinner and stayed on the phone even after it was clear there’d be no fantabulous dog at a truckstop¬†anecdotes.

She’s changed her mind, what to do?¬† Two hours and several glasses of unsweet tea later my lap was hot from the whiring of my laptop. . .and she was ready to face the next morning and felt a lot less out of control.¬† We did pro and con lists on the home she chose, what could be¬†but probably wasn’t wrong with the three year old unit, what her options to get out were and what impact if any it would have on their bottom line and moving on to the next possible home.¬† The next morning, a thank you text from her that said “Thanks for sparing me the mamby-pamby “how does it make you feel?” schpiel. . .I needed someone to say “don’t do that, you might get sued” or “here’s a way to do this that won’t suck later””. . .and she sent me a nice bottle of wine.

Her call sent off some sort of weird vibration in the universe and on random duty calls in the last month, had more than one client from out of state, asking lots of questions on complex transactions they were unsure of.  I started to remember why I really dig my job, well, lifestyle (frankly, I get more post eleven pm calls/texts for work than from boys which is one of several reasons I think it makes it more a liefstyle).

I hope if you’re in a funk, losing focus, feeling a little like you’re going forty in a forty-five with AARP members behind you glaring. . .make an effort to kick yourself in your pants.¬† Go to the bokstore, wander until you find something that inspires you, go for a long drive, go for the phone when it rings in off times. . .it could be your chutzpah calling.

Torsopants.com

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I had to share the latest funny site I stumbled across while web surfing in the office, my favorite thing to do while on hold!¬† ūüôā

You have to check out http://www.torsopants.com FUNNY shirts and one of the more brilliantly designed websites I have seen in a while, reminds me a little of the intro to a Monty Python movie or something. . .

Happy shopping, browsing and laughing!