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The Turkey and the Home



This isn’t the type of post I normally write for Agent Genius, and I promise next week I’ll be back to blow up the internet.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it kind of takes the snarkiness right out of me . .  but still it might not be a good idea to test me.

Cooking Turkey

This Thanks giving holiday I will be preparing my 19th thanksgiving diner in my own dining room and I am thankful for that. For me buying a house was never about making an investment, although I have to say it has worked out well.  There isn’t any way we could rent the amount of space we currently have without quadrupling our monthly expenses.

Having a permanent place to live has meant a lot to my family over the years. Our roots go deep into the community.  When I walk into my kitchen I can still see a younger me lifting my children up onto the kitchen counter so they could reach some things from the cabinets and hand them down to me.

A Place with a past
As I serve my thanksgiving dinner tomorrow I will be reminded that the house is now 150 years old and that perhaps many families have enjoyed the same meal that I will be serving in that same room.  I wonder what the dining room looked like during the civil war and if some other mother lifted her child up to reach something from the cupboard.

As a Realtor I have never lost site of what it means to buy a home or what it must feel like to lose one.  It isn’t always easy for me to do my job and remain detached when I work with people who need to move because they can not afford to pay the mortgage or worse.

Serve and Protect

When I work with first time home buyers I think about how the purchase of a home will change their lives. Sometimes I wonder if they understand how lucky they are that they can purchase a home in the first place.  It really is part of the American dream even though these days we talk about it like it is part of the American nightmare.

As agents I think one of the most important services we can provide is helping people buy a home, and we should never lose site of what a privilege it is to be a part of that process. We are sales people but also advocates and what we do matters.  We should take the responsibility seriously and serve our clients with the utmost care.

That is one of the reasons why I got into this business in the first place.

Have a wonderful holiday and be thankful.

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  1. Michelle DeRepentigny

    November 26, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I would like to think that we all get “un-snarky” at this time of the year. Thanksgiving is a time of reflection for me as well.

    Few people know I had planned to be a social worker, but could not live on that salary. Real estate sales was my second choice due to the feeling of joy and accomplishment that I received when helping someone make their home buying dreams come true. With that privilege comes an awesome responsibility, may we never forget that.

    Best wishes to you and your family during the holidays and always.

  2. Teresa Boardman

    November 26, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Michelle – there are days when I feel like a social worker. I think the two most important words in this are “privilege” and “responsibility” . . it was a privilege to get your responsible comment and have a happy thanksgiving.

  3. Matt Stigliano

    November 26, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Theresa – I love the idea of you giving thought to what the kitchen looked like during the Civil War and whether those same residents lifted their children up to the cupboard to get items out. Brilliant visual.

    And this career is a privilege, that much I know. I love what I do and after years of having a great career that I was passionate about, I have found a new one to have that same passion with…for new reasons. I am thrilled that I made the choices I made to move into real estate and look forward to the years to come. And thanks to people like you, I will never forget just why I made my choice. Thanks.

  4. Missy Caulk

    November 26, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I was a social worker and those skills I learned in college are exactly what I do and practise in RE.

    What fond memories, we have been in my house for 17 years and the kids won’t let us sell. Not that I would in this market, but someday as we don’t need the space.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Teresa.

  5. Vicki Moore

    November 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Thanksgiving is absolutely my favorite holiday – even better than any birthday. The eating, sharing, laughing, picture taking, hugging, the tradition and amazing smells. I love it all and look forward to it every year.

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“House on coroner” and other deadly marketing typos

Realtors that don’t proof read their property descriptions in the MLS inevitably end up in the hall of shame here at AGBeat. We hand pick these bloopers in hope that you will be inspired to check yourself before you go and wreck yourself.



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Hi Friends – it’s blooper day, and I found some hilarious gaffes on the MLS this week. I think I finally figured out why we consistently see such errors – agents are letting their pets write their listing remarks.  On the other hand, I suspect that my dog can spell better than some of these culprits, so I may be casting unfair aspersions. Thanks to Jane Peters of Los Angeles for the Blooper of the Week (she hit the mother lode with that one).

Is There A Pulse?

“2 beds uhg” (Me Tarzan, you dummy.)

“Big barths” (Yeah, that usually accompanies a bad hangover…)

“No balls after 9 pm” (My ex had the same problem.)

“House will shit all buyers” (Hence the corn particles in the front yard?)

“Sorry – already bought” (Sign taped to back of seats in the House Chamber.)

Can You Detect A Heartbeat?

“Stay toned for open house schedule” (Man, L.A. sure is a tough market!)

“View from top of hell” (Graffiti on the wall in the Oval office john. )

“Just needs lifts” (…said Tom Cruise’s agent to his producer.)

“Pool chub” (Caption under a photo of me in my bathing suit at the office BBQ.)

“House on coroner” (How convenient – he’s already there to pronounce himself dead.)

Pull The Plug

“Coop for sale” (Oh, is Foster Farms going out of business?)

“Drop in sot” (I see you’ve met the guys who play poker with Uncle Paddy.)

“Coy fish in big pond” (Where are the gregarious fish – in the kegger pond?)

“Big water fault in back” (That’s called a tsunami, and if I were you, I’d run like hell!)

Last Rites

“Bright, Quite garden condo. like home 3bads and 2 full bath, fire place3 tend-om parking, incloding refrigcrater” (Take the fork out of the socket and then remove your aluminum foil hat, because your hair is on fire…as is your career.)

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“Breakfast hook” – More MLS hoots and hang-ups



Hope is Crap Spelled Backwards

Well friends, this is my last blooper post of the year, and I still have not run out of material. I don’t know whether to thank these hapless agents or to flog them. At the very least, Perhaps I should commend them for sending us off into 2012 with a lot of laughter. Enjoy these bloopers, and have a Happy New Year everyone!

For Those With Hang-Ups

“Kitch with breakfast hook” (Heehaw – hook ’em, book ’em and cook ’em!)

“Indescribable wildlift” (How are those diet pills workin’ out for ya, sweetie?)

“Bif gym fully equipped” (Who’s more fully equipped – Bif or the gym?)

“Brig bonus by New Year’s day” (Yay – a prison party – at last I’ll find a date!)

“Pets wilcome” (Ahhh, a veternarian’s Field of Dreams.)

From Those Who Should Be Hanged

“Christmas crab bag” (I think there’s an ointment for that.)

“Big troy drive” (Big Troy talk like Neanderthal.)

“Nice entertainment arena” (Proudly offered by Ringling Brothers Realty.)

“Fully rehabilitated upper level” (Let me guess – “Twelve Steps” to get there?)

“Breakfat room” (Lapband, anyone?)

“Come to holiday patty” (This is Hollywood, pal – if you pay Patty, she’ll come to you.)

“Enjoy the egg nod” (That explains how your head slammed into the keyboard.)

Can You Hang Somebody Twice?

“Celebrity hose” (Who did they belong to – J. Edgar Hoover?)

“You’ll like dip in pool” (I will if he’s cute and buys me dinner…)

“Ned addition” (Is Ned the dip floating in the pool?)

“Hug play area”  (Ned again?)

“Please ignore big hole in yard” (Should I also ignore the casket with the dead flowers?)

And The 2011 Dufis Award Goes To…

“Buyers will flock like bees to hiney” (Okay, let me first stop laughing long enough to pen a smart-mouth comment. …Oh hell, I can’t….this is killing me…seriously, this has me on the floor, folks.  Okay, let’s try again: “Buyers will flock like bees to hiney.” I’m sorry, I just can’t top that one other than to say:

 “They must  know an ass when they see one!” 

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“House has spark” – burning up the MLS with typos and other bloopers



The year is starting a march toward its natural ending, friends…and it seems a few real estate careers may be also. This week I found some real head-scratchers in local real estate ads and the MLS.  However, I get submissions from all over the U.S., so no one is safe from the eyes of  the Blooper Scooper. Check out these blunders:

Do You Smell Smoke?

“House has spark” (Apparently your real estate career isn’t the only thing going up in smoke.)

“Big pep area in kitchen” (Is that the cookie jar where Mommy Dearest stashes her uppers?) 

“Dull Viking ovens” (Methinks there’s something in the cookie jar that will perk up those dull Vikings.)

“Large greenhose in back” (Large, naked Jolly Green Giant in yard.)

“Mush added to this house” (Was that the overflow from between your ears?)

I Think I See Flames

“Beautifully remolded guest” (Another cosmetically-altered Barbie hits the Hollywood party circuit.)

“Enjoy a drink poolslide” ( Hell, if the pool is sliding, I’ll need a whole pint of Jack.)

“Each bedroom has own bedrooom” (Hello-o-o, Alice, how are things down there in the rabbit hole?)

“Separate pod to build GH” (That should please my pea-sized buyers.)

“Play room for the kiss” (Something tells me this is the back seat of a ’67 Chevy.)

Still Smoldering…

“Ideal for gusts” (That’s great…if you want to live in a wind sock.)

“Impaccably detailed” (Incredibly challenged)

“Stylish pewder room” (Try burning a match.)

“Stone pillars flake driveway” (Flakey agent got stoned in driveway.)

Nothing But Embers (This Week’s Fave):

“From a bygone error” (You have just written your own epitaph.)



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