Random Thoughts from a Real Estate Agent

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Real Estate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

On this Thursday of a short work week, I find myself incapable of stringing together a cohesive idea for a blog post.  So, here are the thoughts running through my head:

I hate staples.  I'm not talking about the mega office supply store.  I'm talking about the metal fasteners that people use to keep papers together.  When a Short Sale client hands me pages upon pages of financial documents that are stapled in smaller bundles, I want to scream.  Staples don't go through a scanner or fax machine and removing them is a pain.  I love BIG paper clips.

Whoever thought customer servie call centers in foreign lands was a good idea, I would like to smack the crap out of. I've spent two days on the phone with Siruis XM Radio trying to "consolidate" our three household radios.  Apparently, the definition of consolidate is different overseas than it is here.  I want one bill.  "That is impossible because the RAD-e-os are on different billing cycles."  Precisely the reason I would like to consolidate the accounts.  Not only can they NOT truly consolidate my accounts, but they screwed up my premium subscription so I was unable to listen to Opie & Anthony today.  Grrrr.

If you have bad news relating to a shared real estate transaction, give it to me. Don't hide it from me.  Don't avoid me.  I'm a professional.  I can handle it.  And if you don't tell me, it doesn't mean I'm not going to find out anyway.  Bad news never gets better with time.  And allowing me to find out elsewhere just makes you look bad.

If you don't have a Fujitsu ScanSnap, you don't know what you are missing.

If you are afraid of dumpster divers getting your personal financial information, SHRED IT BEFORE IT GETS TO THE CURB.  It's easier than catching a dumpster diver. 

I hate playing leap frog with Cindy Jones on the Active Rain Leader Board.  I feel guilty every time I pass her because I truly like and respect her.

How can a woman FORGET that her two year old son was in the minivan when she parked it on a hot summer day?   It happened to a woman who is a local veterinarian in my area and her son died from exposure to heat after being in the car for about eight hours.  Thankfully, my pets don't go to her practice.  If that's how she is with her own child, I'd hate to see what she forgets to do with animals in her care.

All right.  It's time for dinner.  Who's cooking?  Oh!  I am?  Better get on that....

 

 

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Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker- Licensed in Virginia, GRI, SFR, Northern Virginia Short Sale Specialist. Affiliated with Long & Foster, 7526 Limestone Drive, Gainesville, VA 20155.  To contact Chris Ann, call 703-402-0037 or email chrisann@LNF.com.  Or you can visit her website:  www.nvarealestate.net.

Header photos taken by Chris Ann Cleland.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.

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Bryan:  That's why it's hard to pass Cindy. She's a terrific blogger and a first class agent.  I've never had guilt about passing anyone else.  This will be tough, if she ever truly gives up the #2 spot.

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It was quite random Chris Ann, and I understand about the staples, etc.  Then I read about the vet leaving her child in the car for 8 hours.  That's tragic!!  I just don't get people.  This is truly disturbing. 

July 08, 2011 01:11 PM
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Carla:  Reading about that incident is probably what was making me unable to think straight. 

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Definitely Random thoughts!! Where did you get my cat? I have one that looks exactly the gray one on top!

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I hate staples too. 

Not only forgot but did it TWICE! When you make a mistake like that once you make sure it is one of the things you don't do again. 

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Gerard:  Our gray cat is a girl named Penelope.  Looks like yours have some white on the chest. 

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