A hint of Centennial High School’s musical talent

My husband is a member of one of the local Rotary clubs.  They recently had a meeting at Centennial High School to view a few snippets from Centennial’s upcoming performance of “Bye Bye Birdie”.  I jumped at the opportunity to join the meeting!  When I was in high school, some of my very good friends were heavily involved in the fine arts, including the band, choir, drama (musicals/plays) and crew (set design, lighting, all of the behind-the-scenes work).  I had great pride in the quality of the musical shows that my high school performed and was prepared to be disappointed. 🙂

Was I wrong!  The few numbers that the students performed were pretty incredible AND they still have one week until the dress rehearsal!  There were a couple microphone/sound issues, but it’s not a high school musical without a few glitches. 🙂  And again, they still have a week to address any issues.

If you have no plans, mark your calendar for April 9, 10, or 11th at 7pm.  Ticket costs for adults are $9; children are $5; students/senior citizens are $7.  Let me know if you are going and I will look for you!

Where did I go?

I have not kept up with my posts and I am sorry.  Over the last few years, I have been exploring the various methods of advertising my business, coupled with what I actually enjoy doing.  I have gone back to the “basics” of what I enjoy: sharing some of my daily, and exceptional, experiences in real estate.  This way, we can navigate the waters of a real estate transaction, being as informed as possible, together.

Back in 2005 when I purchased my first home, I had no idea what I was really doing.  I looked at one house and bought it.  All I thought I needed to know was where to show up and how much money I needed to bring to the closing.  🙂  My agent at the time did not inform me that perhaps we should look at a few more homes, or that, even though it was a new home, I should seriously consider a home inspection.

I also didn’t think that anything could postpone the closing, so I had no problems with scheduling the curb-side delivery of a refrigerator to my new house the afternoon of the closing day.  Looking back, I know that I was extremely fortunate in how things worked out!  Perhaps it was my military mindset at the time, but I had made my plans and everything worked as it was supposed to.

This perfect execution is not always the case, no matter how hard everyone who is involved in the transaction works.  Things can happen that could postpone the closing, or, in rare cases, completely make a deal fall apart at the last minute.  I hope that you find the information in this blog to be useful to you (or to a friend) in your next real estate sale or purchase.  Come back for content often, or just subscribe!



Hardee’s ‘Making it Happen’ Tour comes to Champaign!

I like Hardee’s. I’m especially fond of their biscuits, so I come to Hardee’s for breakfast quite often (a few times a week). A few weeks ago, the manager on duty extended an invitation to me to come to Hardee’s on Monday, August 17th, to partake in their 2nd Annual “Making it Happen” tour. Today was the last day of the tour, which visited the last 8 of 66 Hardee’s restaurants in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee. At each location, the tour donated money to hometown charity groups, organizations and individuals. This year, a total of $25,000 was given to individuals and small groups where it has the most direct impact on lives, enabling them to continue ‘making it happen’. read more and view photo

My first billboard ad

When I was a new Realtor® at Keller Williams, they decided to start an advertising campaign, highlighting the company’s growth by displaying the names and photos of two new agents every two weeks on the digital billboard on Kirby and State. I was one of the two first agents: (read more and view photo)

Advertising and Real Estate

We’ve all seen enough billboards that unless they’re absolutely attention-grabbing, we don’t pay any attention to them. It seems that about 95% of the time, I don’t remember what a billboard is about nor who is on it. Even when someone asks, “Have you seen that hilarious ______ billboard on Prospect?”, and I try to pay attention that next time I pass it, I still cannot seem to notice.

Realtors® seem to be everywhere on billboards these days. Continue reading Advertising and Real Estate