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Why I Suspect It’s Hard To Love A REALTOR®

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I suspect it’s hard to love a REALTOR®.

We get up early and don’t have time to drink coffee over the newspaper or engage in small talk.

We come home late and are often too tired to cook.

We work extra because we know there are families who need us.

We don’t get too excited over a minor crisis because we deal with several all day; we have seen far worse.

We don’t want to talk when we come home; we have talked all day.

We don’t want to move when we come home; we have moved all day.

It may seem that we’ve left all our caring, our heart, and our love at work, then come home to you empty. We probably have.

But we don’t tell you that many times at work we are overwhelmed and overtasked… and often scared…

… scared we are missing something. Scared we will let our clients down or leave some items unfinished. Scared to go into homes with people we have literally just met.

We have to deal with lockboxes that won’t open, showings with poor showing instructions, Cujo sitting on the sofa when the listing states “no pets”, with angry clients, other agents, title and loan officers, and all the while do our best to help them.

We don’t tell you how the chaos affects us, and how stressed we are with the bajillion things we go through in a day.

I suspect it’s hard to love a REALTOR®, but know this:

Your REALTOR® needs your love. Needs your understanding. Needs to be taken care of. Needs to know that you “get it”. Needs you to do the hardest work you may ever do, which is to love your REALTOR®.

Thank you to those out there who love us and let us do this work. This calling. This life of a REALTOR®.

By: Tami Price | Reproduced with permission

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This Man Put A Window In His Kitchen Floor. The Reason? GENIUS!

At first glance, you might be thinking “bomb shelter”… but it’s really more like the bomb. I’m not exactly sure how this would affect resale value, but ya know what — I don’t care. It’s the slickest upgrade I’ve seen in a home in a long while. And I’m jealous!

From this angle is just looks weird and out of place.

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Ah, it’s a hatch door to a room below. What’s down there?

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The most incredible wine cellar you’ve ever seen. That’s what!

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Pro tip: Don’t attempt descending down these stairs after a few glasses of wine.

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From this angle is just looks weird and out of place.

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And it’s definitely a conversation starter.

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What’s a dream home without a wine cellar like this?!

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You can choose to keep your wine cellar hidden, like this…

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Or you can make it the focal point of the room.

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Even if you don’t drink wine, the cellar could be used for extra storage space.

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These cellars can cost upwards of $40,000. They may not fit your budget, but if you can afford it… why not?!

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Manly Man Buys Girlie House After Reading This Legendary Listing Description

Think this house is some sort of joke? Think again, chief.

This house should only be purchased by the manliest of men. My friend, if a house could grow a five o’clock shadow, this bad boy would need to shave by noon… so lesser men need not apply. Here’s why.

Crafted from nature’s finest raw materials by 5th degree ninja warriors, it was built for the man who snatches victory from the jaws of defeat on a daily basis.

They didn’t bother with girlie features like a front door with beveled glass. Real men don’t even know what beveled means. All we know is square. Square jaw, square meal, and looking another man square in the eyes when squaring off in the parking lot.

Yeah it’s pink, but so what. This was never intended as the dream home of every six-year-old princess across the fruited plain. No, this hellcat from planet kickass just happened to be born in a Hello Kitty body.

Is it in turnkey condition? Hell no it’s not in turnkey condition. It’s got a leaky roof, saggy floor joists, and the AC unit only works when kicked in the just the right spot with a size 13 boot… what size boot are you workin’ with, big fella?

So yeah, this beastly box of badassery has been to hell and back and has the repair estimates to prove it. So if you’re too much of a pretty boy for this fire-breathing, dragon-slaying hero of a home just because it has a few purple hearts, then move along.

But I know you won’t. I know your type. You’re a doer. A fixer. The classic man’s man. And you’re smart enough to realize most swimsuit models would crawl through a mile of crushed glass just to watch a handyman in action through a pair of Fisher Price binoculars. And guess what, stud… that man could be you!

I don’t wanna hear you whining about this home’s lack of a security system. The only security system you’ll need is a stick to keep all the women at bay once they catch wind of your legendary address.

It comes equipped with all the things we testosterone-fueled adrenaline junkies need — like a woodworking shop. And guess what’s included in the sale, boss…

… yep, the finest assortment of hand tools you ever saw, along with a first aid kit in case you slice a finger doing the work of a real man. You know what the first aid kit contains? A pint of Jim Beam, a stitch-your-own-wound kit, and a chunk of leather to bite down on when you’re sewing yourself back up.

It’s priced to move at $179,000, or you can shell out twice as much for the home down the street (and get your man card revoked in the process).

My client will entertain all reasonable offers. And by reasonable I mean if you offer $100,000, that’s liable to earn you a trip to the ER, compliments of a thunder punch to the throat followed up by a two-fingered eye-jab. Would it hurt? Let’s just say you’d better get used to Popeye jokes, champ.

Make a full price offer and my client will even throw in the front doormat. You know what it says? “Man Cave Sweet Man Cave”. Hell, I’d buy it and make the repairs my damn self if my other career didn’t keep me away so much. You know what my other career is? Teaching Navy Seals to base jump. At night… blindfolded. Yeah.

So trust me, this helluva deal with sex appeal will outlast you and the offspring that carry your name. Rumor has it that Chuck Norris was bred here, Elvis was wed here, and John Wayne dropped dead here. Yeah. So what legacy are you gonna leave in this home, tough guy?

Now, go look in the mirror and tell me what’s staring back. If it’s a rugged, non candy-assed Dwayne Johnson stunt double, then call me. I might be out hang-gliding the Rockies or swimming laps in Lake Superior, but leave a message with my assistant and I’ll get back to you.

When we meet, we’ll get down to business over a glass of Johnnie Walker Black, right after we’ve small-talked the finer points of a proper roof truss installation.

 

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Wednesday a proposal to delay the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule until Oct. 1.

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Real Estate Roundup!

May new home sales gain 2.2% from April

Sales of new single-family houses in May 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 546,000, which is up 2.2% from April, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. — From Housing Wire

3 ways to tame student loan debt and afford a mortgage

It’s no secret that student loans can make buying a home a challenge. But what exactly is the problem, and how can buyers overcome it? The problem is that student loans can be included in the buyer’s debt-to-income ratio, or DTI. — From Bankrate

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We’re ready for the TRID rules!

At 5 p.m. EST June 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a statement that the effective date for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rules would be pushed back to Oct. 1, 2015.

CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a prepared statement: “The CFPB will be issuing a proposed amendment to delay the effective date of the Know Before You Owe rule until Oct. 1, 2015. We made this decision to correct an administrative error that we just discovered in meeting the requirements under federal law, which would have delayed the effective date of the rule by two weeks. We further believe that the additional time included in the proposed effective date would better accommodate the interests of the many consumers and providers whose families will be busy with the transition to the new school year at that time.”

Rainier Title has been working towards the TRID implementation for over a year and felt prepared for August 1st. However, with the proposed delay we will be taking this opportunity to continue our education and training of TRID. While we believe that we have been proactive and ready for this change, there are still so many unknowns that will have to be addressed at the time of implementation. The industry should still prepare for 45-60 days for transaction to close due to the new timing parameters of the forms.

We’re working hard to be ready for all changes!