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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

Attention to Detail, or What Were Ya Thinking?!

Attention to Detail, or What Were Ya Thinking?!

So…

I go to take my good friend’s daughter to go out looking for a house.  It was probably a 50 miute ride, but her buying a home in this town was going to turn her hour commute each way every day to about 20.  Neither of us really knows the town, so it’ll be nice for a change of scenery.

 

Now you would think, or at least I would, that there would be a few things that any rehabber would think of when they get a “cheap” property to flip.  They might get a good deal on bank owned properties located in good areas.  Blown septic systems, mold, holes in sheetrock, etc are always good bargaining leverage.  Sometimes they do a great job!  Other times, not so much…

 

First home was almost perfect.  Location location location.  Pride of ownership on the block.  HUGE yard.  ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL inside!  Spacious, stainless, granite, AWESOME!  And then, wer walked outside to see the yard.  It was dark out, which I usually hate, but her hours didn’t allow us to go in daylight.  It seemed like an odd layout the way it was situated to the house next door.  I had my Maglite in hand, I sneezed, the light bounced and then I saw it…

 

Across the yard, from left to right, literally just out of reach on my tippy toes, was a wrapped in black set of power cables as wide as my fist.  2 ROWS OF THEM, going across the entire backyard of 3 houses, then separate cables just as big going INTO each home.   Might as well have been a power tower!

 

But the last one, which she is now trying to buy, was the best.  Spacious, beautiful yard, BIG rancher, all new stainless appliances, hardwood floors and custom tile in the bathrooms.  As we’re getting ready to walk out of the main bathroom, she started to LAUGH!!!  We didn’t know what was going on, her husband was like omg, what is it?!  She’s bent over, she’s laughing so hard, and she points to the tub.  Me and her husband look at each other, puzzled, and then WE SEE IT…

 

toilet paper holder in the shower

Her husband looks, cocks his head and says, “a washcloth holder maybe???”

need a closer look?  here…

 

As she pulls lightly on the little rod there, she says, “I don’t think so, lol!”  As we were all in the right place should we wet our pants laughing, we nearly did!  Yep, that is a toilet paper roll holder installed in the tile in the tub, lol!  And NO, it really wasn’t in reach of the toilet, either…

 

So, they decide they want the home, along with a few additional add ons.  I call the listing agent, run down the list of add ons, and said, “Oh, and they’d like the toilet paper holder removed from the tub.”  There was a moment of silence.  She talks out loud as she’s writing the list, and says, “replace ruuuug… remooooove toilet paper holder frommmm….  wait, what?”  I repeated myself.  She just says, “You’re kidding me, right?”  I said, “did you NOT see it?”  Silence.  I said wait, as I texted her the pics.  She laughed harder than we did!  The builder wasn’t too happy, but at least it’s getting done, lol!  Who the heck put it there?  I dunno, but he won’t be making THAT mistake again…

 

Have you had any surprise construction install surprises? Let me know!  I’d love to hear them :0)

~Chris :0)

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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

Oh, what a week it’s been…

Oh, what a week it’s been…

Motherhood.  Real Estate.  The beauty of being self employed is that you can be home when you need to be…  This past week was one of those rare instances that my 7 year old son was sick.  And I mean 102.9 fever sick…

reilly

Apparently, pretty much every school in Egg Harbor Township, NJ has some kind of bug going around.  The other side of town has stomach flu going around, but H. Russel Swift School has a cold/flu going around.  He’s all congested out of NOWHERE, at 101.5 and climbing.  After going nuts when my son’s doctor had her voicemail full and wasn’t returning my calls, I headed for the Shore Urgent Care Center.

After a 2 hour wait, we get in to see the doctor, and long story short, he looks in his ears,clear.  Looks at his throat, says it’s “a little red..” checks his neck and says glands are “a little swollen.” Now mind you, he’s rattling as he’s breathing.  He checks his back and chest with his stethescope, and says he’s “a little congested…”  SMDH!!!!  NO, REALLY?!?!  Doesn’t swab him, culture him, NOTHING.  He says, “Well, I don’t wanna send him for an xray.  Could be bronchitis, could be pneumonia…”  And you DON’T wanna send him for an xray?!  He says, “I’ll give him a little antibiotic and a note for school….”

Ok, antibiotic made me feel a little safer.  But, of course, we get home,and his fever spikes to 102.7.  4 hours later, after the 3rd dose of Tylenol, we realize Tylenol is WORTHLESS.  10pm and it’s out to CVS I go for ibuprofen.  Fever drops to 100.5, so I can go to sleep.  Wake up next morning, he’s back up to 102.7.  Call his doctor again, mailbox is still full.  More ibuprofen.  Finally, his doctor, who I LOVE, calls back, I thought she was an obscene phone call, couldn’t even understand her!

Apparently, SHE had what HE had!  OMG, mailbox was full because she was out sick.  She explained that it’s a plasma bronchitis/pneumonia.  Starts out as a virus like flu, then turns into bronchitis and potentially pneumonia (bacterial) if there’s no antibiotic.  That’s what’s going around, and EVERYBODY’S got it.  Said all we can do with the fever is ride it out.  His fever eventually broke that night, but I gotta tell you, I was SCARED.  I’ve never seen a fever not break for 3 days, with antibiotics, EVER…

So, back to Real Estate…  I missed a class given by my boss, GREATEST broker EVER.  I had to reschedule all my appointments, thank GOD for loyal clients.  And I missed my bi-weekly meeting.  But, of course, I work for the greatest office EVER.  Berkshire Hathaway Fox and Roach in Northfield, NJ is phenomenal.  The company, office AND people…  I finally got back to my office after hours to find this in my mailbox…

million dollar club
million dollar club

wooHOOOOOOO!!!  Christine Gerbehy, Million Dollar Club!!!!

(how freakin’ great is this!  First year with the company!)

 

So, the boy’s back to school, I’m on my way out to a showing, and all is right with my world…  aaaaand iiiiiit’s…

FRIDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This Mama Sells Real Estate!

~Christine Gerbehy

About the Author: Christine Gerbehy is a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors in Northfield, NJ. and is e-Pro certified. Realtor, writer, blogger, wife, mother and zookeeper, I LOVE what I do. ALL of it. Let me help you to buy or sell your property, ’cause This Mama Sells Real Estate!

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