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Bracing myself for possibly the most difficult six months ahead. . .

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A Woman Should Have
by Pamela Redmond Satran

A woman should have…one old boyfriend she can imagine going back to and one who reminds her of how far she’s come…

A woman should have…enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…

A woman should have…something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A woman should have…a youth she’s content to leave behind….

A woman should have…a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age….

A woman should have…a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A woman should have…one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…

A woman should have…a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

A woman should have…eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored…

A woman should have…a feeling of control over her destiny…

Every woman should know…how to fall in love without losing herself…

Every woman should know…how to quit her job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship….

Every woman should know…when to try harder… and when to walk away…

Every woman should know…that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents…

Every woman should know…that her childhood may not have been perfect…but its over…

Every woman should know…what she would and wouldn’t do for money or love…

Every woman should know…how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

Every woman should know…whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

Every woman should know…where to go…be it to her best friend’s kitchen table…or a charming inn in the woods…when her soul needs soothing…

Every woman should know…what she can and can’t accomplish in a day…a month…and a year…

Crack down on Fake PCS and other news. . .

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www.910homes.net

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you there have been lots of changes in the real estate industry in the last few years.  Rumor patrol is part of my job.  We had an amazing series of meetings with base officials, state organizations, and peers.  The result?  A few updates.

-Rumors have swirled for years that E5 and below are required to stay on base.  Not the case.  No USMC order exists nor is one planned.

-North Carolina has had some changes in the way fees can be assessed and collected for property management and tenants.  If you have questions regarding your lease, property manager, your rights as a tenant or owner, feel free to call or email.  If you are a tenant and have a dispute with the property management firm or the property owner, do not simply move out of the property and abandon your lease.  Consult an attorney or even a competing firm for help on how to constructively sole your problem and keep you out of the court system.

-FALSE PCS ORDERS.  Enacted in 2003, the Soldiers and Sailors Relief act (http://usmilitary.about.com/od/sscra/l/blsscra.htm) was drafted to protect Active (and later amended to cover Reservists) Duty Service Members.  With a simple thirty notice and a copy of PCS  orders(Permanent Change of Station), a service member could break their lease with no penalty.  For a variety of reasons: found a home they’d like to buy, tired of the current living arrangements, divorce, etc. there has been a rise in folks drafting FALSE PCS ORDERS to help them break leases or terminate a real estate transaction, abusing the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act and creating financial turmoil for innocent builders, property owners and managers.  In the instance of the USMC, there has and will continue to be a crack down.  My firm verifies each and every copy of PCS orders breaking a lease or a contract by contacting the Command which has had mixed results.  In several instances the result was the active duty member being booted from their respective service.  If you’re reading this thinking about falsifying pcs orders, there are other, legal options (ask me if you have questions, regardless of where you’re located).  From this week forward, there will be a point of contact (POC) at Camp Lejeune who will research each and every inquiry and report back directly.  Don’t be that guy that gets caught.

If this info wasn’t helpful in answering your questions. . .or even created more, feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll get you some answers.

***I would type out a LONG disclaimer here, however, I have homes to show and clients to meet.  In SHORT: No, I’m not an attorney but I know a few so don’t take anything here as the gospel.  I’m a North Carolina licensed Real Estate Broker and REALTOR so if you’re not in NC, things might be a little different.  If you’re looking to move anywhere in the world and don’t want to throw a dart at the phone book to find a talented and experienced agent you wouldn’t mind being locked in a car or office with for a several day long house hunt, it’s a handy match-making service I provide free of charge.  Thinking of buying, selling or renting?  I can help you weigh the pros and cons and navigate the process.  Give me a holler!

New Jobs For Eastern NC

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http://www.jdnews.com/news/company-89204-contract-area.html

Company says contract means jobs for area

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March 22, 2011 4:22 PM

Leaders of a Pittsburgh-based general contracting company said they plan to bring scores of new jobs to the Jacksonville area this summer.

Dck North America was recently awarded a $22 million design-build contract for a number of new buildings aboard the Camp Geiger school of infantry, including a 64,000 square foot academic classroom building, three single-story applied instruction buildings, and a storage facility, weather shelter, and upgrades to surrounding site work and infrastructure, said Joe Zuckowski, the company’s vice president of business development.

Dck has already begun on the design portion of the contract and plan to break ground in August or September. At peak, Zuckowski said dck will likely have 100-120 workers on-site. And he said the company is hoping to hire local businesses to help complete the roughly $18 million in subcontracting work dck will have available.

“The bulk of the job will be done by local subcontractors and we will be looking to hire as many as we can,” he said.

Zuckowski said the contract is dck’s first aboard local bases, though they hope many more will follow.

“We’ll be bidding much of the upcoming expansion and construction work at both Geiger and Lejeune,” he said, “and there are additional task orders coming out.”

Dck is planning to have a subcontractors’ industry day to share information about the work at a date to be determined, Zuckowski said.

For more information contact Tim Clark at 910-467-4031 or campgeiger@dckww.com.

Contact Hope Hodge at 910-219-8453 or hhodge@freedomenc.com.

Military BAS and BAH rates

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PAY: http://www.dfas.mil/militarypay/militarypaytables/2011MilitaryPayTable1-4.pdf

BAH: https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm 

Great links for pay info, of course, there’s mypay as well for military personnel.

http://dinkytown.net/  my favorite financial calculator site.

Feel free to contact me anytime with your real estate and market questions. Looking for bank owned?  Looking to invest?  Looking to see or rent your home?  I have lots of answers if you have lots of questions.

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

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.