C Tann-Starr's Outside Blog


Hi Guys! Whatcha' Doing? I'm Kinda Sorta Working (LOL)

Do you think "Whatcha' doing?" is a rhetorical question? It's not. I really wanna know... I missed you guys the last couple of days. I have been in training and also have an upstate buyer who periodically takes me out of range for my cell phone (oh horror!!!). Mad cool buyer but sometimes traveling all over disrupts my routine by not being able to check in, blog or gab. :-)

I'm thinking I need to stay close to home today and am about to hit one of my outside offices to do some overdue blogging. Been working very hard lately and can't make up my mind if that is a good or bad thing. Buyers using multiple Realtors always tick me off. I hate wasting time. If you have an agent, stick with that person and don't use the rest of us as a casual stop gap if your agent is otherwise occupied. Wait your turn and don't waste other professionals time pretending to not have representation when you do. Very bad way to do business and we will find out. It's a small world when you are dealing in our industry.

People have lost their purchasing minds about the expiring first time buyer's credit and they need to know up front that we Realtors are not a taxi service for lookie-lous... If you, as a buyer, are in a panic don't go crazy thinking you need to see two hundred homes. You don't. Seems I barely have time to do laundry, enjoy Hagen Daz or watch Internet TV these days because I am too busy trying to sort out the serious buyers from the pretenders from the I-need-a-ride but don't really need you might be a buyer. I will try not to whine too long about being in social media withdrawal because these unscrupulous consumers think we have nothing better to do than entertain their every whim while wasting our time but I have to say the panic of not closing escrow in time for the credit appears to have set in and encouraged all sorts of strange behavior from people.

Am I the only one seeing this? What are you guys seeing? Let 'er rip in the comments sections. Might make for a very interesting conversation. :-)

For someone who is supposed to be in control of her schedule I have lost my ever loving mind responding to text requests for appointments. These things are starting to come in 24/7. Think I am kidding? I was answering text messages 5:42 AM this morning and fielding e-mail outside the laundry room for crying out loud. A couple of my NYC buyers were also a wee bit peeved about me being with the upstate buyers because they are soooooo used to instant gratification from me using the tech toys.

Sometimes I wonder about that. Realtors do pause to recharge their batteries and sometimes we actually stop working for the evening (LOL). We have to go home sometime. I know I like running the streets but I have a family at home that likes to see me during prime time once in a while. You know you've been working long hours when your sons start calling Daddy "Mommy" (LOL). Don't get bent out of shape if we actually turn the phone off so we can sleep, cuddle with the kids or remind them they do have a Mom. I know it's a rare thing for me to go to bed at 9 PM but I was tired so I went to sleep with the wee people. This explanation is specifically for the people I stood up last night at Open Mic (LOL). Yeah, it's true, I can sing. I can actually carry a tune (LOL). I sing, paint, make music, sometimes sell a house... don't be so surprised (LMAO). We all have stuff we like to do. Realtors are people with lots of personal quirks and talents so when you waste our time we don't get to do the stuff we like to do with the people we enjoy because we gave that slot time to you. I like helping people but I do not like being used. No one does. Remember that the next time you call ten firms to show you ten houses.

Lately it also appears that some people always want to know where I am and what I am doing, even when I am not doing it with them. A few even want to know why I am doing stuff with others that I am not doing with them (LMAO). Is it just me or is this a social media side effect? I don't know how to answer that because I am a pretty spontaneous person and some buyers are more fun than others. Some like to have my kids along while others don't. Some want to pause and get something to eat while others don't. Some actually invite me over for dinner while others don't. Some are fascinated by meeting me at the beach, the park, the gym while others wont touch an outside office with a ten foot pole. Oh well... I tend to do what we both are comfy with. Wanna hang and house hunt, I'm game. We can do suits or we can do sneakers. Up to the buyer. ;-)

Hmm... That may prove to be very interesting to find out down the road (LOL). No one got me yesterday save the three people I checked in with and I may be limiting access today as well so I can prepare for my international buyers. Wonder what's going to happen when I don't answer my phone today. Freaked them all out yesterday. Kinda freaked me out a little bit as well. I live on my cell phone and it is a bit strange not to have coverage in every crevice of the state. I may need some therapy to ween me from that particular issue (LOL). BTW, I almost wrote a spoof toilet texting post but decided that was way too much information (LMAO). That naughty seed planting is for the people who think I don't respond fast enough. Poo to you. Oh puh-leeze. Normal people don't always call back the same day so give me a freaking break. Besides, I am not normal. Take note of that fact and stop tripping when I decide not to jump through a hoop, social media multitask or entertain my ADD. Sometimes I have to slow down. I can do slow. Seriously... Just remember slow is relative (ROTFL).

Slow is starting to become an attractive word because I need a vacation... Seriously... I want to see my Mommy and Daddy. I want to watch a movie in a theater. I have a brother and sister I haven't laid eyes on in a year. I may want to adopt a girl... buy a dog... build a house... tweak my friggin' life (LMAO).

The wee people are on vacation but I am not. Bummer... I'm constantly thinking about taking one because I promised the SC crew I would take my bloggers butt down there while visiting with family and other pals going down and coming back up. A tiny four day event would be mad cool because I can do a loopy-loop and make everybody happy. Think it will happen? I don't know. My phone is always ringing off the hook but we shall see what we cook up in the next couple of days. Gotta call my Mama and see what she's doing next weekend... Figured I give everyone a heads up I am taking off a few days for some fun.

Yes, I will be bloggging about it... I talk about everything else (LOL). Time to meet the clients. Gotta hit the outside office in Forest Hills today. Going out with my fun clients. We're having lunch. ;-)

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Comment balloon 14 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 26 2009 11:20AM


What am I doing? you asked for it girl: Thanking God that Colin was found still alive, recovering from brain melt from doing 21 interior BPOs in 6 days, wrote an offer (that I think might work out), have two foreclosures under contract, and sat by my ailing Grandmother's bedside for a few hours last night, have of late been neglecting my puppies, but hope to change that by leaving early today, getting a new hair do at 3 this afternoon, and obviously typing a run on sentence. Thanks for asking and I have a agree with you about the lookie loos, I'd like to somehow remove them from the gene pool.
Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 11 years ago

Hi there,

I hear ya on the being out of cell phone range and being unable to blog! Welcome back!



Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) about 11 years ago

Tammy, very cool! 21 BPOs is quite a kicker. Love that you are getting your hair done. I may have to make time to do that as well. ;-)

Hi Matt. Thank you. Good to be back in my virtual home. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Hey there - I have been trying to get all my comments and two daily blogs done before I leave the office at 5:15 for my 12 year old's football practice. Then I unwind on the field from 5:30 - 7:50pm before I go home. My husband is working 6am-4pm so he picks up our 3-1/2 year old and sometimes comes out, but is okay with staying home, feeding the "mini" (Zachary's nickname is "Mini Me") and then making sure he's bathed so that when I get home, I can just feed Jacob (the 12 year old), make sure he bathes, and then I can collapse. I am remiss with Facebook, I am remiss with Twitter. Life is hectic now that the 12 year old is back in school because I am picking him up and bringing him to the office at 2pm. If he takes the bus home, he doesn't have enough time to do homework at home before football practice, and then I have an hour's drive to go fetch him and bring him back. (His practice field is 2 minutes from my office and his middle school is less than a mile away.) So I have definitely adjusted my schedule to accommodate his interruptions. I also have to drop him off at 7:40am so we are leaving the house at 7:15am with Zachary and drop him off on the way. I feel like my daily routine is just a bunch of nonsense in between me rolling in and out of bed! I'm too tired to think anything else!

We have plenty of new business, too. Just scheduled two short sale listing appointments, got a new REO this morning, and are working with a few buyers. The market is beginning to hit frenzy pace as the 11/30 deadline gets closer in Northern Nevada. We don't have any lookie-loos that I know of, but it could happen to us and we might not even know it. We have been dealing with lots of listings so that has helped but when they don't sell as fast as we'd like, it drives me crazy.

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 11 years ago

Christianne, that is awesome! I am glad that I'm catching up with my bay-bays between appointments. Very cool! I know what you mean about that 11/30 deadline. It's like a clock ticking over my head... Gotta get the buying gang into contracts so I can go on vacation (LOL). Wishing you the very best with your projects. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Go have some fun!  I have been on a little vacation myself and now I'm trying to get back into the swing of things!  :o)

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 11 years ago

Ann, a little vacation is sometimes all that you need. I hope it was wonderful. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Speaking of lookie-loos:  I have a realtor friend I am helping while she is busy working a full time job and caring for her mother who is going through radiation treatment.  She has a couple of friends that are going to list their home in the next few weeks.  I got an email this morning they want me to take them to see a house that's WAY on the other side of town and is a short sale to boot!  One of these ladies is a realtor that let her license go inactive and she should know better!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 11 years ago

Holy cow! It's amazing to me that people think this is okay.

Ann, I had a guy e-mail me and specifically state he needed me to pick him up and drive him around to view stuff he was picking out on-line in Craigslist. I am sooo not doing it. Only I get to pick and choose who I am putting in my car and for what reason. If people can't be so bothered as to come into my business office with the required documentation (proof of ID, pre-approval, proof of funds) what makes them think I am going to entertain strange requests to play Taxi? 


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

I don't want to let my friend down with all that she is dealing with, but this is ridiculous......and I'm busy enough with people who really need me.

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 11 years ago

I am planning to recharge my batteries this weekend. The wife and I are headed to a cabin in the mountains for a few days.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

Ann, it's a tough call when you have someone you care about counting on you for help, however, friendship does not obligate you to do anything detrimental to your business. I have learned that the hard way. Sometimes you have to remind people that if they are indeed your friends they would not put you in certain awkward situations. Maybe none of them are thinking or maybe it is such a small matter to them they have no idea how complicated writing a potential offer on the home may become down the road. I bet it wont be a casual "to do item" then... I really feel for you because that is not a route I would want to go down.

JL, a cabin in the mountains sounds wonderful.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Hi C...

It's busy-busy for us too but we need some major closing to happen to get our heads back above water.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 11 years ago

Richard, I agree. It's a balancing act that appears to be out of balance.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 11 years ago

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