Hey, Veterans! Now that you’ve stopped fighting for our country, let our country fight for you!
A few years ago I took a class that prepared me to help veterans with their housing needs, and I was issued a special certification for my education; it is called H.O.M.E.S. for Veterans. I figured, who deserves help more than our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and who has been more ignored?
Recently, I met with representatives of Rhinebeck Savings that also specialize in helping veterans and has even put a presentation together to educate vets on what they are fully entitled to, and how to get it. I am very happy to announce that Win Morrison Realty will host this presentation, and if you are a vet, first home, or the owner of many homes before, you are INVITED.
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 845-339-1144 and I will share the details of this terrific opportunity.
Personally, I salute you.
Mitch Rapoport, GRI, Ph.D.
Manager / Associate Broker / Partner
Win Morrison Realty
Personally, I salute you.
Mitch Rapoport, GRI, Ph.D.
Manager / Associate Broker / Partner
Win Morrison Realty
Well, it was 40 years ago that we were deeply embroiled in the Watergate scandal and President Nixon’s top aides were indicted by the Grand Jury. The price of gas went from 29 cents to 42 cents per gallon, the average car cost $3,750, a house $10,990, and a year’s pay $13,900. How does that compare today? US median income is $51,371, a car $32,000, gas $3.44 a gallon and a house $152,000. My conclusion? Buying a home (even with the bubble) is still a fabulous investment. While income went up 370% home values went up 1380%; that’s big profit in your pocket! (Sadly the speed limit is still 55 MPH)
Crunching on the absolutely best, homemade, hot, fresh, potato chips at Dietz Stadium Diner in Kingston my waitress confided in me about Mrs. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City who purchased a 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip she set the cruise control at 70 mph and went back to make herself a sandwich. Tthe motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. She sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her (are you sitting down?), $1,750,000. Mrs Grazinski, c’mon down, do I have a home for you and it won’t tip over! I promise!
Amerigo Vespucci, whom many believe this country was named after, was an Italian Pickle merchant. Why do I mention this in a real estate ad? I’m not really sure, but I thought it was a cool fact. He was also a financier who arranged for money from various sources to finance explorers, including our own Columbus, and the financiers who invested with him held title to any discoveries until the cost of the trips were paid off. In other words they were mortgage brokers! When it comes to financing a home, like Amerigo, we can help find the best solution for you with our many powerful contacts in the banking industry. It is not a one size fits all world.
When the new Realtor told her clients that the seller would entertain offers they responded, “If he’s willing to replace the roof, add a deck, put in a fireplace and an indoor pool, extend the living room by 15 feet, and move the whole damn shebang across town, we’re interested.” Some agents simply don’t listen to their client’s needs, and it costs everyone wasted time and effort. We get a lot of requests for “Fix-r-Uppers” from investors, contractors, and homebuyers, and I’d like to devote some ad space to these special kinds of properties. Be sure to listen carefully to the advice of our agents when checking them out.!
Frankly, real estate ads bore me. So, in an effort to make them readable, interesting, information-rich and fun, I’ve changed up the format. Since this began, everywhere we go we hear, “Hey, we read your ads and we’re not even looking for real estate!” Well, I’m overjoyed to hear it, because it’s not just about buying and selling homes, it’s all about dialog and getting to understand your neighbor. If I can also bring a bit of joy along the way, I’m glad. I want you to know and trust our company. I promise, that to us, you are not a dollar sign, you are a friend. But, if you ARE looking for real estate, look beyond the ads, call us directly and tell us what you need. We listen.
Many years ago, an American shoe company sent two sales representatives out to different parts of the Australian outback to see if they could drum up some business among the Aborigines. Sometime later, the company received telegrams from both agents. The first said, “No business here… natives don’t wear shoes.” The second one said, “Great opportunity here… natives don’t wear shoes!” Now that’s the kind of agents we love at win Morrison Realty! We are always searching for agents that think positively. Positive agents are what our clients need to work with because when you put positivity out into the universe, it comes back to all those around you!
Positive Thinking Believe it or not I got a call from a reader of my ads who said, “Hey Win! Your posts are getting too serious, are you gonna wind up like everyone else?” Well the answer is an emphatic NO! So to please this reader and others, I would like to offer some of the favorite quotes I have collected from clients: I have so much debt, I can start a government. You’re not fat; you’re just… easier to see. My favorite exercise is a cross between a lunge and a crunch. I call it Lunch! I have the heart of a lion, but a lifetime ban from the zoo. “I bet you a dollar you won’t give me a dollar.” At what age is it appropriate to tell my dog that he’s adopted? Satisfied?
Being “serious” in real estate is knowing how to get attention for the homes you represent. It’s gratifying that the (handsome) caricature of me in my ads has caused such a stir across the region. We receive an unprecedented number of comments that our ads are enjoyable to read and interesting. We owe it all to the Aflac Duck, the Geico Gecko, the Travelocity Gnome, Flo from Progressive, the Michelin Tire Man and so many MULTI-BILLION dollar companies that have realized it is a good thing to inject humor and a memorable icon into their promotions; and it works, boy does it work! So put yourselves in our hands, we know how to get attention for your home, and we do it with good humor and a smile, seriously.
Boy, you just never know. Saddam Hussein, the previous dictator of Iraq, wrote a best-selling romance novel! No kidding, it was called: “Zabibah and the King.” It was a love tale set in medieval Iraq. Our agents do unexpected things too; our manager Mitch invented a medical prescribing system that has sold billions of copies, Connie Darling is a licensed thoroughbred exercise rider, Frey Johnsson studied interior decorating and jewelry design in Sao Paulo, John Lavalle and John Mower were both Woodstock Town Supervisors (very loved), so, we have many interesting people from every walk of life and they are great agents too!
If you are preparing to sell a home I want you to consider buying some houseplants. Why? Studies show that having a house plant is a known mood booster. It is also suggested that evolution wired humans to know that plants are essential to survival, so seeing one makes us calm and settled. An added bonus, house plants remove harmful pollutants from the air and replace them with fresh oxygen. On the less serious side (I can never resist), never buy a home on a one way dead end street!
Sometimes when I’m home alone up here and my lovely wife, Siddie, is still at our home in Florida, I entertain myself learning interesting facts. For instance, the average person will eat 35,000 cookies over a lifetime, and the average kiss burns 26 calories. Assuming that the average cookie has 50 calories, that means you need to kiss someone 67,308 times to balance your cookie consumption. That’s one heck of a lot of smooches, (but it sure seems like a worthwhile project)! Our Manager (A.K.A. Santa) Mitch Rapoport, claims to eat more than 2,673,941 cookies each Christmas. An exaggeration? Hmmmm… I wonder…
Today I’m offering good advice important to homeowners, so here goes: The average bathroom remodel costs $10,500, and brings the highest return on investment- about 102%. The average kitchen remodel runs nearly $44,000 and can bring a return of about 90%. Don’t plant too big a garden if your wife tires easily. A tankless “on-demand” water heater uses half the energy of a standard model. When selecting a lawnmower, buy one that will last your wife at least several years. Well, my lovely wife, Siddie, will probably have a lot to say about my advice today (although some of it was truly only said in jest!).
I’ve often thought that many of life’s problems are due to two reasons: you act without thinking, or think without acting. It always seems to boil down to that. That is the reason when you buy a home you need competent professional guidance; to keep you from acting without thinking or thinking without acting. A perfect example of this was yesterday when my wife Siddie asked, “Do you want dinner?” I replied, “What are my choices?” She responded, “Yes or no.” So, check out our website and call us; that’s thinking and acting!
As many of you already know, I love interesting facts and trivia; especially the ones that relate to everyday life. For instance, relative to its size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. If you’ve watched any reality shows on TV you know that is definitely true. Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day. That’s one heck of a bunch of bread, cheese, and tomatoes! The human brain is about 75% water. Perhaps that is where the expression, “soft in the head” came from. I’m not sure where all this is going, but I still find it interesting.
Can’t make up your mind about what kind of home you are looking for? We just listed a Victorian split-level two story colonial ranch cottage mobile double-wide cabin! And that’s no joke, we HAVE listed all these kinds of properties, just not all rolled into one. I’m reminded of the poem, “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, thanks to her amazing Realtor, who listened, and was able to meet her eccentric needs.” Recently, I was asked by someone if they could list the cat’s litter box as a 3rd bathroom! Uh, NOT! We have access to umpteen kinds of homes to suit every last buyer, listed on almost every MLS in the entire Hudson Valley!
Sometimes my lovely wife, Siddie, gets exasperated when I talk about houses (as I do 95% of the time). She quotes and re-quotes Jim Carrey who said, “Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.” I guess I just have houses on the brain. I live, eat, and breathe real estate. I love helping people find that perfect home or sell their property for the right price. It is a noble profession. My client’s, more-often-than-not, become life-long friends. So when you are ready to buy or sell a home, give us a call. I did get a call from a home-seeker who said he had lived in the same house for 15 years. I found out he’d still be there if the Governor hadn’t pardoned him.
Gardyloo! Outdated behavior often causes words to disappear. Gardyloo, for instance, was the warning cry in Edinburgh, when someone was about to throw slops from the window into the street! Johnathan Yeager wrote, “One never knew the moment when the warning cry ‘Gardyloo’… might ring out, following which would come in quick succession an avalanche of unmentionable filth on to the footpath – or the passer-by.” Times have sure changed, today when we list rural homes we always find out how the refuse is disposed of. You don’t want to find out too late that the only way to get rid of refuse is to carry it to the local dump or Gardyloo!
In my life I’ve heard some really nutty theories. For instance; Elvis faked his own death after he became tired of the fame and pill abuse. He entered rehab, got clean, and grew a beard. After some time he began to long for fame and fortune and reemerged into the spot light under his new alias….Kenny Rogers. Well of course this is just plain silly; everyone knows that Kenny hates peanut butter and banana sandwiches! Another nutty theory is that investing in a home isn’t safe and the value doesn’t increase. Well, just ask any homeowner who bought 20 years ago if they would sell their home today for what they paid for it back then. Case closed!
Someone once said; life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, just take another shot! It’s better to look back on life and say; I can’t believe I did that, than look back and say, I wish I had done that. Dare to be different! Character is how you treat people who can do nothing for you. Every time you are able to find some humor in a difficult situation, you win. Women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it. And the funnies thing to say when someone hands you their baby is; “No, thanks. I’m a vegetarian.”
Not too many years ago people bought homes to live in. Of course, you might say, why else would they buy a home? Because today we’re told that owning a home is more like an investment to produce a profit. Back then we were taught to pay off our mortgage and pass our home on to our kids. Today it’s a different game, because of huge surges in property values, we use our homes to finance our children’s education, go on vacations, retire, and more. Back then it was a form of forced savings, today it’s a financial adventure! For those of you looking for humor in my message today, remember – if it wasn’t for blinds it would be curtains for all of us!
Here are some philosophical thoughts from our manager Mitch: Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected the expected? Antidotes are what you take to prevent dotes. The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread. A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired. Why go to college when there is Google? Have you ever had a fly or small bug land on your computer screen and your first reaction is to try and scare it with the cursor? Nothing improves my memory more than trying to forget. Success is a relative term. It brings so many relatives… now you’ll need a home to put them in! Call us!