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Poison Ivy? Got Goats?

Poison Ivy? Got Goats?

Okay, so picture this…

 

You haven’t gone out to tend to your backyard in a year or two, or five. You go to walk to the outer edges of the yard where your fence is, and they are completely covered with wall to wall climbing ivy. Even better, let’s make that POISON IVY. Now I’ll tell you what, I’ve gotten poison ivy, and it ain’t no party! So now you have to realize that when you go to try to remove it, not only do you need to be completely covered, but whatever you do, don’t touch that yard tool ya just used with bare hands(or anything ELSE that’s bare for that matter!!!)! After you have used the rake, or the lawn mower, or the shovel after touching the poison ivy with them, just the oil from the poison ivy that’s attached to the tools will have you scratching for the rest of the month!

So, what’s a poor homeowner to do?

                                                                 Got goats?

Ok, there are animals that love to graze, but let’s face it, poison ivy has to be an acquired taste! What animal has no taste what so ever? Or at least really bad taste in greens? Goats! Goats love grass, love ivy even more, and love poison ivy even more than that! Okay, so what’s that got to do with the price of potatoes on Tuesday you ask? Wellllllllll….

Did you know that you can rent goats for ivy removal? Yes my friends, there are plenty of companies out there that will rent you their goats for just such a special occasion. Think I’m kidding? Google it! Even better, Google your county, I’ll bet you find at least one, unless you live in New York City. You might even find at least one in upstate New York that’s willing to bring them! Definitely ecologically friendly, super definitely easier on your skin. They’ll usually bring in any number of goats, and they will set up temporary electric fencing to kind of keep them where you need them to be eating. Sometimes, they will have a dog there also to keep an eye on them.

So how can they do all that and not get sick? The goats actually have an enzyme in their gut that allows them to eat plants that are usually poisonous to other animals. AND, because of the way their mouth is structured, they crush whatever they eat, so any seeds that another animal might eat that could pass through to be refertilized are no longer viable. The only problem with using them for poison ivy is that they may eat the poison ivy, but they don’t eat the roots. That allows the poison ivy to grow back. Now the goats will be chomping away all day, and they can go through pretty dense areas at a rate of about a quarter acre per day for 30 goats. That depends, of course upon how thick the vegetation is and the size of the goats. So, next time you walk out into your backyard and go into total overwhelm looking at your overgrown urban jungle, just ask the question,  Got Goat?

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Tips For a Stellar 2016

Tips For a Stellar 2016

 

Want 2016 to be AWESOME???  Follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way!

 

1. Live everyday with an attitude of gratitude.

Every day, be thankful for another beautiful day. Whether it’s raining, snowing, or completely sunny, you know the old saying: Every day above ground, no matter how bad a day, is still a good day.

2. You create your perception of life.

If you see lack, loss, fear, that’s what you’ll get. If you stay positive, look for the good in life, you’ll appreciate so much more in life and enjoy it.

3. Happiness is a conscious choice.

Every day, you need to choose to be happy. Why? You create how you feel. When you feel miserable, or angry, you choose to feel that way, it’s a conscious choice. Choose happiness.

4. Surround yourself with positive people.

Did you ever notice how negative people suck the life out of you? How the more misery they spew at you, the more it drags you down? If you surround yourself with positive people, you’re getting positive vibes all day long.

5. Don’t waste time on idle gossip.

It’s just another form of negativity, and it creates nothing but headaches. Again, surround yourself with positive people all day long.

6. Do you hear yourself?

I mean REALLY listen to yourself? All of that negative talk that you do to yourself? Instead, talk positivity. Talk motivation. You hear every word that you say to yourself, whether directly or indirectly, and it does affect you subconsciously when you think it. Stop.

7. Everything you put out is energy.

Every word that comes out of your mouth needs to be positive. When you talk negative, negative comes back. We attract to us whatever we speak out, so make sure it’s positive!

8. Create new, good habits.

We all know that we can create good habits by repetition. Replace one bad action with a new good one. By the 4th or 5th time, it will usually become habit.

9. Don’t react, respond. When you react, you speak before you think. It’s automatic, and there’s usually a bad result. Speaking in anger, you can say things that you can’t take back by reacting. Responding is a conscious choice. You choose your actions and choose your words. Reacting is based on emotion, responding is based in logic.  Think, then respond.

10. My favorite, the law of reciprocity.

Zig Ziglar once said you can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. It’s not just that when you help people that good comes back to you, you have the fulfillment that comes with giving and doing for others. You also really need to love what you do. Ask yourself, why did you start doing what you do? Again, by helping others you feel joy, YOU feel good, and that is a reward in and of itself. Do your job because you want to, not because you have to.

(~Abraham Lincoln)

Dogs and Rentals… a Mixed Breed?

Dogs and Rentals… a Mixed Breed?

   So the old saying goes that dogs are a man’s best friend. Well, they may be, but not if you’re looking to rent a place to live. In the age of foreclosures and short sales, this has become a prevalent problem. When people call looking for rentals, they will answer every question that you ask them, and then when you say ask do you have a pet, they tap dance around the topic…  Then the conversation goes like this:

   “Well, I have a dog.”

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tutt...
English: American pit bull terrier (named Tuttle) seated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

   I ask, “What kind of dog.”

   “It’s a mix.”

   “Well, what kind of mix?”

    “If I knew what kind of a mix it was, I guess I’d be able to tell you.”

   To which is them to text me a picture. (Yes, I am an insane lover of dogs, and I can probably tell you what breed it is) At this point, they start to squirm. One actually said, “I have a terrier.”  To which I finish the sentence with, “Stafford?” (Essentially, it’s a pit bull.) Nine times out of ten, when they won’t come straight out with it, it’s a pitbull mix, or Rottweiler mix, or Doberman mix, or Chow.. Now listen, coming from an owner of giant dogs, I’m only speaking facts here.  I was in the same position once…

   Here’s what most renters don’t understand. We may absolutely LOVE dogs. We may even love certain breeds more than others. But what most potential renters don’t understand, or don’t want to hear, is the liability factor that is involved. If your dog, any breed of dog, bites someone, it becomes a potential lawsuit to the owner of the house. Yes, you will also have repercussions, but ultimately the owner of the home can be sued.  Saying, “Well, my dog doesn’t bite!  He’s a sweetheart!” doesn’t help, trust me.  There can always be that one time that you don’t see coming. In turn, this raises their homeowners insurance, among other things but, it can be even worse than that…

   Case in point: A very good friend of mine that I recently sold a home, learned this first hand. She had an insurance claim for roof damage on her home after a storm. The insurance company sent the adjuster out, and he knocked on the door. Now, my friend is a lover of dogs, so much so that she has six of them(it’s a BIG house). They’re a mixed bunch of all different kinds of breeds, she adopts them. So the guy knocks, she opens the door, they all come running, and he looks down at just ONE of them wagging his tail…

   “What’s that?” he asks. She said, “I think it’s a dog?”  He asks, “What kind of dog?” She said, “He is a terrier.” He said, “No it’s not.” She said,  “Yes, it IS, it’s a Staffordshire.” He said, “No, it’s a pitbull.” Now, where am I going with this? Well, he filed her insurance claim alright, and she got a notice of cancellation of her home owners insurance Fed exed the next day. Why?

   Well, did you know that the insurance company actually has a list of breeds of dog that are not allowed if a home is to be insured with any given insurance company?  I sure didn’t!   Common breeds are any pure breed or mixed breed of pitbull, Rottweiler, Doberman, and a bunch of others. She was told that if she didn’t get rid of the dog, they would not reinstate her policy. Needless to say, she found another insurance company. But, my point is, potential tenants need to understand that when they are looking for a rental, if they own any of these breeds of dog, it is going to be difficult at minimum. The owner may absolutely love dogs, but they are not willing to risk getting sued if your dog happens to bite someone.

   This is not doggie discrimination, its a rule. That’s why when you get an MLS rental listing, it will possibly say “yes with restrictions.” That usually means size and/or breed of dog. There may also be a size restriction within condo association. So please, if you are looking for a rental and you own any of these type of dog, understand that you are going to have a more difficult time finding a rental. More importantly, please understand that you must disclose what breed of dog you have, and be honest about it. Not disclosing honestly what breed of dog you have is considered a violation of your contract. You would end up finding yourself with no where to live before you were ever allowed to move in. As an agent, it puts us in a very bad position if that happens, as the listing agent can blame us for failure to disclose that you had such a breed of dog. So, please, when we ask you: Be honest and upfront with your agent from the start. It is far easier for us to help you if we know from the beginning what we’re dealing with.  There are plenty of landlords that will rent to you, we will help you find one!

 

Whether you’re looking to buy a home, or trying to sell a home, I can help! We have the best real estate marketing to get your house sold, best realtor services ever! I cover Atlantic County, NJ, Cape May County, NJ, Ocean County, NJ, Cumberland County, NJ, , Gloucester County, NJ, Camden County, NJ and Burlington County, NJ, too! Pick a town, any town! Need some suggestions? Ok! Absecon, Galloway, Egg Harbor Township, Northfield, Linwood, Somers Point, Ocean City, Sea Isle, Hammonton, Williamstown, Sicklerville, Mullica, Tuckahoe, Middle Township, Upper Township, Lower Township, Rio Grande, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, New Gretna, and Port Republic. Any you don’t see here? CALL ME! I’m sure I’m on it!

Chris :0)

Christine Gerbehy

Berkshire Hathaway Fox and Roach Realtors

Northfield Office

1001 Tilton Rd. Northfield, NJ 08225

609-646-1900

Singer Natalie Cole Dead at 65

Singer Natalie Cole, dead at 65…

Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield DRE#1008764

Just caught the breaking news that Natalie Cole has passed away at the age of 65.  She is/was the daughter of the late jazz great, Nat King Cole.

Her publicist says that she passed last night, but no details as to how or why she passed.  Natalie had long battled with drugs, and as such had gotten hepatitis.  Because of that, she underwent a kidney transplant in 2009.

Natalie had recorded an album, Unforgettable, back in 1991.  I had been a compilation of many of her late father’s songs reworked.  She had actually taken a taped version of that song and created a duet out of it.  That album got 6 grammys and sold over 14 MILLION copies!

I’ll update the post as info comes available…

UPDATE FROM ROLLING STONE:

Cole’s rep said in a statement to TMZ, who add the singer passed away from congestive heart failure. “Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived..with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/natalie-cole-unforgettable-r-b-singer-dead-at-65-20160101#ixzz3w1Z4xVSk
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Stay in Your Own Lane!!!

Stay in Your Own Lane!!!

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach Northfield DRE#1008764

Stay in Your Own Lane!!!

Earlier on my way home from the gym, I was listening to a great channel on Sirius XM. I don’t know if any of you are familiar with Joel Osteen, but he also has a gentleman that is on his channel, and for the life of me I have no idea who he is. He’s funny as all get out, and still manages to get his point across (Guy after my own heart). I was able to take away a few things from the ride home that makes complete and total sense, and I’m going to give them a little twist from a real estate  perspective.

When it comes to real estate, each and every one of us take an insanely different approach. I’m not just talking about being able to read a client, pick out which “type” of person they are and act accordingly. I’m talking about how we conduct ourselves as agents. With real estate, there really isn’t any one size fits all. I may not be able to do what you do the way you do it, but you can’t possibly do things the same way I do them. Our personalities may be so far apart, and maybe not, but we each put our own flair on our approach because of who we are. We can learn different things from different people, and some of those people love to say,  “I taught you everything you know, but I didn’t think teach you everything I know.”  But that’s when you can turn around and say. “You may have taught me everything I know, but you can’t do it the way I do it.”

 Back in the day, one of my favorite sayings was, “Lead, follow or get out of the way.”  As the years have gone by and I have learned that I don’t always know what I need to, and there’s still plenty that I need to learn everyday, I had to tweak that a bit. Now it’s more like driving a car, but much faster. You may drive a BMW, I made drive a truck, but we all drive in our own lane. We can change lanes, change directions to get where we need to go, learning with different people, trying to reach our destination of our own greatness.  But the most important thing to remember is to stay in our own lane. Passing is allowed, as long as its not done on the right. No taking advantage along the way. Enjoy the different scenery as you go. We can learn different things from different people…

Pay it forward!!!

Chris :0)

Whether you’re looking to buy a home, or trying to sell a home, I can help! We have the best real estate marketing to get your house sold, best realtor services ever! I cover Atlantic County, NJ, Cape May County, NJ, Ocean County, NJ, Cumberland County, NJ, , Gloucester County, NJ, Camden County, NJ and Burlington County, NJ, too! Pick a town, any town! Need some suggestions? Ok! Absecon, Galloway, Egg Harbor Township, Northfield, Linwood, Somers Point, Ocean City, Sea Isle, Hammonton, Williamstown, Sicklerville, Mullica, Tuckahoe, Middle Township, Upper Township, Lower Township, Rio Grande, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, New Gretna, and Port Republic. Any you don’t see here? CALL ME! I’m sure I’m on it!

Chris :0)

Christine Gerbehy

Berkshire Hathaway Fox and Roach Realtors

Northfield Office

1001 Tilton Rd. Northfield, NJ 08225

609-646-1900

Life With Giant Dogs, or, Whose House Is It, Anyway?

Life With Giant Dogs, or, Whose House Is It, Anyway?

They say that there’s no love like the unconditional love that at dog will give you. Well, if that’s the case, there’s a whole lot of love in my house. Life with a dog is one thing. Life with a giant dog is another. Life with TWO of them? Well…

We have a Bull Mastiff and a French Mastiff, aka Dogue de Bordeaux.  One “See Spot Run,” and one “Turner and Hooch.”  “What do you feed them?” is the common question of the day. Answer?  Anything they want. “Where do they sleep?” Answer? Anywhere they want. Do you see a common thread here? You see, dogs have their own set of rules. Whether or not they apply to you, well, that’s irrelevant. Actually, no it’s not, they all apply to you, and whether or not you fit in with that plan, well…

Nick and Reilly
Nicky and my 8 year old, Reilly

Now don’t get me wrong, my dogs may be spoiled, but they behave. Well, most of the time they behave. Well, one kind of marches to the beat of his own drum. Wow, that kind of sounds like the rules when we got said dogs. “Ok, the dog is allowed in the house, but not on the furniture,” which turned into, “ok well only the old furniture.” Which turned into, “ok all of the furniture but not on the bed.” Which turned into, “ok but only when I say it’s okay to be on the bed.” Which turned into every waking moment that we were not in the bed, and jockeying for space, trying to beat the dogs getting into said bed. That usually turns into me on the edge of one side of the bed, my husband on the edge of the other side of the bed and the dogs laying long ways in between. You see, a giant dog already weighs about 140-160 pounds. It’s hard enough to move that dog when he’s standing. I have TWO of them.  When they’re snoring snarfing dead weight?  Have you ever tried to move a boulder??? That couch is really starting to look good right about now.

Gunner
Gunner, 7mos. and growing…

Oh, yeah, about the couch. We bought a nice 4 recliner Theater Seating couch. Nicky likes to curl up on the far left chair. Usually, my husband takes the right, I take the middle with my son. Well, now that we have Gunner, things have changed a bit. Nicky stays on the right, Gunner takes the middle two, and it’s a race for the last spot that’s left, and that’s usually my 8 year old that wins. My husband and I end up going in the bedroom to watch TV on the bed. And what do you think happens 2 minutes after we get comfortable? You guessed it, here come the dogs…

Is it a pain in the butt? You bet. Do we get frustrated? Absolutely! Would I trade any of it for anything? Not on your life (well, the jury’s still out on my husband…). Both of my legs may fall asleep as one or both are resting on my lap. I may freeze my tail off when one of them hogs all the blankets. But there’s a whole lot of love in my house, & I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Whether you’re looking to buy a home, or trying to sell a home, I can help! We have the best real estate marketing to get your house sold, best realtor services ever! I cover Atlantic County, NJ, Cape May County, NJ, Ocean County, NJ, Cumberland County, NJ, , Gloucester County, NJ, Camden County, NJ and Burlington County, NJ, too! Pick a town, any town! Need some suggestions? Ok! Absecon, Galloway, Egg Harbor Township, Northfield, Linwood, Somers Point, Ocean City, Sea Isle, Hammonton, Williamstown, Sicklerville, Mullica, Tuckahoe, Middle Township, Upper Township, Lower Township, Rio Grande, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, New Gretna, and Port Republic. Any you don’t see here? CALL ME! I’m sure I’m on it!

Chris :0)

Christine Gerbehy

Berkshire Hathaway Fox and Roach Realtors

Northfield Office

1001 Tilton Rd. Northfield, NJ 08225

609-646-1900

In order to be successful at anything in life, you have to EMBRACE THE SUCK.

In order to be successful at anything in life, you have to EMBRACE THE SUCK.

What is the suck you ask? The suck is anything that you have to do, that you KNOW you have to do, that you really don’t want to have to do, EVER. The fact remains, you GOTTA do it. This goes for real estate, sales, really life in general. I mean don’t get me wrong, will have to do suck things in life. Cleaning, working. But what I’m talking about are the calls that you KNOW you have to make that you don’t WANT to make. Cold calling. Calling clients to tell them that you haven’t gotten a single bite on their property. BPOs that you know are under deadline. Door knocking. Anything that involves going outside of your comfort level is also known as the suck.

Unfortunately, in real estate, the suck is the cornerstone of your business. This is why you MUST embrace it. If you don’t, you will have no business, end of subject. You need to get past it, get over it, or learn to love it, in other words, EMBRACE THE SUCK. Hate cold calling? Too bad. Hate dealing with irate clients? You better learn how to deal with it, and fast. Hate going out and showing houses full of bed bugs termites and cockroaches? Guess what? If that’s all your client wants to look at, you better embrace the suck, or they’ll find another agent that will.

embrace the suck
embrace the suck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photoFound on theartofstoryproject.com)

When I got started I used to work in an office of veteran agents that refused to work after 1 p.m. on Friday until 9 a.m. on Monday. They couldn’t be bothered with answering phone calls from “newbie home buyers” on the weekends. Let me tell you something, that was the beginning foundation of my business when I started. I told those agents please shut your phone off. I’ll take your money all day long. To which they said, “I don’t care, SOMEBODY will sell it, but it won’t be ME on a weekend.”

They also hated doing open houses for their clients in the fall and winter, so they’d have other agents do them for them. Again, that was the beginning foundation of my business. God knows I froze my tail off in vacant houses my first winter with no heat on.  In two of them, it was colder in the house than it was outside! But, I had to…EMBRACE THE SUCK.  Believe it or not, each of those two iceboxes brought me my first sales!

So, YES, there are things we HAVE to do that we HATE having to do.  But, NOT doing them will cost us business.  But, when we DO them, that’s what sets us apart from everybody else.  And THAT, my friend, is where the magic happens.  EMBRACE THE SUCK!

 

Have YOU thanked a soldier today???

On Veterans Day, we should be celebrating each and every soldier, from past to present, here and long gone, for the freedoms that we are able to enjoy each day.  My 8 year old looked at all the red ribbons hung up in his school hallway, proud that one of them has his grandpa’s name on it…

We went out for lunch one day last week when school was closed.  3 soldiers walked in.  As I called the server over and asked for their bill, my son asked what I was doing.  I explained to him that they can never be thanked enough for the way they serve their country.  I explained to him that we need to recognize them for what they do, and if NOTHING else, you say, “Thank you for your service.”  As we met them when they finished lunch, he thanked each one of them.

I couldn’t have been more proud when my husband had seen an older veteran later that week wearing his hat and pins.  As my husband approached him to thank him, so did my son…

To all our soldiers,

THANK YOU!

Not just today, EVERY DAY.

Longtime Radio Man Pinky Kravitz Dead at 88

He was known as “Mr. AtlanticCity,” passed away Saturday at 88 years of age.

Pinky Kravitz, AKA Mr. Atlantic City
Pinky Kravitz, AKA Mr. Atlantic City

Pinky’s real name was Seymour, which, as history has it, he never answered to.  His personality was infectious.  For 57 years, he hosted”Pinky’sCorner” on station WOND.  He would broadcast from local restaurants and haunts, and recently from the Borgata Hotel and Casino.  He had also hosted a talk show on channel 40, an NBC affiliate that shut down last year.  He also wrote a column for the Press of Atlantic City from 2010 til earlier this year.  He used to do a 1 minute gossip clip on the locals called “Insider Notes.”

He had been out sick for the first time in all his years (56!) at WOND back in May when he underwent open heart surgery.  He had a hard time coming back from it.  He started calling in stand-in hosts and retired shortly thereafter in August.

 

Surviving are his wife, Janet; and two sons, Jeffrey and Gregory. His daughter, Cheryl, died in 2006 after 18 years as a teacher in Atlantic City’s schools.

There will never be another Pinky.  May he rest in peace…

 

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Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83…

Leonard Nimoy Dead at 83…

Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame has passed away at the age of 83.  Apparently, he was diagnosed last year with COPD, a HORRIBLE disease; He attributed it to years of smoking, and was hspitalized last week.   I watched both my grandmother and my mom die of it, a horrible way to go…

Nimoy played Spock for years on Star Trek, alongside William Shatner.  He personified the saying, “Live long and prosper.”

Star Trek actors William Shatner and Leonard N...
Star Trek actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy share a laugh at Dragon Con 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my house, Star Trek was a staple, lol!  And for years and years, so were the reruns.  But THIS most recent humorous commercial is one of the ones I like best!  Rest in peace, buddy…