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Well... this is new...

I'm a bit distracted today because my clients are such interesting and downright fascinating people. I've never had a buyer sign a contract with a mortgage in place, then kick the mortgage to the curb to get a new one weeks before closing. Makes me nervous... I'm sure I'll get over it. I tend to get over a lot of things especially if I have no choice in the matter (LOL).

I think if I could improve my interest rate I might gamble and go for it too... but what do I know... after all, this is new...  I've no idea if doing this is a good or bad idea. I guess it depends upon the circumstances. What say you?

BTW, the Minion Blur has a little girlfriend. Oooo - how very sweet... she's a pretty cute kid, a bit high pitched and wordy too. He actually dances for her since he's speech delayed and seems determined to share everything. What a handsome little flirt he's turning out to be. I can't wait for the weather to improve so I can film the extended version of this candy cane courtship and save it for the electronic-embarrassment-scrapbook to use during his teenage years. You know your almost three year olds with the short attention spans are "somewhat serious" when they actually trade the candy back and forth out of their mouths without fighting for a turn or the whole piece.

Eeeeeew. Toddler affection can make you go "hmm" when you're not screaming, "OMG - quit it!" (LOL). Hey, don't get mad at me. You know you want leverage over you kids when they get older. Seriously! I bet your parents have embarrassing photo album pictures of you. Mine certainly do (LMAO).

Who knew scrapbooks would go all live and digital on us? How very cool and extremely useful. :-)

Took the little buggers to my fave spot to watch the demolition of Shea Stadium again. It is disappearing at an alarming rate. I know that one day soon it will be completely gone, so I try to visit as often as possible to keep up on their progress. I keep wondering what my last eye candy shot will be and if I will be there for the final walk through and watch when it will be no more... I am going to really miss this place. I wonder if I will have the nerve to watch when that last wall falls...

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Comment balloon 30 commentsC Tann-Starr • February 17 2009 10:13PM


I can't believe Shea Stadium is coming down.  Your photos brought me back almost 22 years to when my son was born at Booth Memorial Hospital.  I remember driving past that stadium every Saturday morning for my Lamaze classes.  I lived in the Bronx, but preferred to go to Booth Memorial where I chose to have the birth.  Fond memories (even though as a Bronx chick, I was always a Yankees fan!) 

Posted by Jeannie Kontis over 11 years ago


Well first - yes I think that is a little un-nerving that the buyer dropped the mortgage so close to closing - I hope that works out OK for you.

Second - Ha - a Minion Girlfriend !!! -- and she's a little chatty !!!! LOLOLOLOL ....

Third - pretty big event tearing down old Shea Stadium today. I almost took a drive over to see it myself. Kinda sad, but I guess this happens to many of the best of landmarks.

Anyway, have a nice evenin' !!!


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 11 years ago

It amazes me in this climate that buyers continue to beat the bushes and change everything in midstream just to save a fraction of a point.  It wouldn't be my style even in more "normal" times - but in this crazy time with so many loans getting declined it seems like lunacy.  What are people thinking? - that's what I'm often thinking.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) over 11 years ago

C~ I'm sorry to see Shea go. Yet another piece of history gone. "sigh" You sure made me smile about the kids......lol. I can see him dancing for her! That is just adorable. The candy? eeewwwww but think about it. When he's grown he'll still be swapping spit! LOL. You are so blessed.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 11 years ago

Loved the post - and showing the pictures to my husband who wonders what I am doing at 11:30!

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 11 years ago

Soon also C they will be tearing down Yankee Stadium. Will Babe Ruth turn in his grave? Thanks for the pix and your current update on toddler romance.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Boys love to see things destroyed, don't they.   They love all of the big Tonka Toys too......I have lots of embarrassing pictures of my boys when they were little.  My boys both liked girls and had little girlfriends when they were little....now, my youngest is 15 he is scared to death of all of them!  I am kinda glad though....all in due time....all in due time.

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 11 years ago

C - whew, never know what clients will do these days - I haven't had that happen...yet.  Pretty risky these days.

I knew they were tearing down Shea Stadium but pictures put it in perspective.  :( 

I love the minion romance!!  :)  I'm remembering when my son and daughters went thru that -- it was sooo cute :)  -- then, suddenly they were teenagers and it wasn't sooo cute.  2 are married -- 1 (my son) is still single but in a serious relationship so I figure there will be another wedding sometime in the not too distant future.


Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 11 years ago

Watch out C....my son's first girlfriend was at age 3 to 9. When he was in the fourth grade it wasn't cool to have a girlfriend so he broke it off but she gave him a week to think about it. Young love is too cute.... 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) over 11 years ago

Ok where have I been?? Shea Stadium!!?? That is sad.  I remember when then took down Mile High Stadium....not nearly as famous.  Good luck with your brave buyers!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 11 years ago

I am so glad that I do not have the little ones running around wanting to share their candy in the fashion that you mentioned.  Even more so they are glad today that we didn't have the electronic age when they were growing up.

Now for the buyer and the last minute change-----they are taking a real chance on not getting the loan don't you think?

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Don, a very big chance. I spoke to the previous loan broker and asked him to hold it, just in case. I am very glad he is willing to do so and was even happier to hear he is willing to reconfigure the terms to compete with the new offer. My buyers are determined to save as much money as they can and I can not fault anyone for doing so, but I just had to say this is a very new experience for me. Never had that happen before... I'm still a little nervous, even after sleeping on it... I hope all goes well for everyone.

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

Thank you, Mary D.

Teresa, she seems to have been quite the little negotiator. A week, eh? Hmm... (LOL)


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

Judi, I love weddings and wish him the very best on making the right decision (LOL). The Minion Romance might make for a very interesting kid series. I shall have to check to see if I can publish the Minion Girlfriend. Her mom might not want her to be infamous. After all, toddler love is soooo fleeting. What is she gets dumped or dumps him? (LMAO) We shall see. ;-)

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

Jane, you's think destroyer was both their middle names (LMAO). Boys do like a good demolition, don't they? :-)

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

Gary, I have been meaning to go up there and take a peek but I just haven't been able to scope the area. Business has picked up and I'm working 12 hour shifts. Sometimes time sneaks away and 15 hours later... (LOL). It so easy to do this when you are having so much fun. My buyers are interesting. :-)

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

LOL @ Lise. Mine wonders what is going on between quest bouts of World of Warcraft (LMAO). I had to stop him from posting on Cindy's post. He wanted to be bad and I'm constantly telling him to quit it. One naughty minion at a time is enough for AR. :-)

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

LMAO @ Deb. The eeeeews have it!

Yeah, I'm really bummed out about Shea and keep thinking it wouldn't have been so bad to keep it and turn it into a very cool Baseball Museum. Some politicians have no imagination. They just want to tear stuff down to create a new building project to collect more tax revenue that dies with the demolition. They could have skipped this particular job. Seriously... Shea will be a parking lot. That sucks. 

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

Elizabeth B, they will look under a rock if they have to (LOL). "Life is tough" seems to be taking on a whole new meaning. :-)

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

ELLO Sheldon, my love! You must let me know if you do take a drive over. I would love to treat you to lunch or dinner at a really cool foodie paradise spot. We may even be able to Tweet-up with a few more Rainers for the event (LOL). Tailgate at the parking lot directly across from Shea, maybe? Oh my word, what demolition fun would that be? (LOL)

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

Jeannie, Booth Memorial is an awesome place. They recently renovated the maternity wings and the rooms are fabulous!

It is really strange to see one of my favorite places as a kid and young adult destroyed... Citi Field is coming along gorgeous. They wont let anyone inside to take pictures. I've asked twice but they're still working around the clock to finish for April and it's an insurance / security issue.

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

We have such a disposable society. Wonder when they'll start imploding all the gigantic homes that have and are being foreclosed upon?

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago

Susie, we should rezone some of them and turn them into short stay hotels (LOL). I hate when gorgeous homes just sit empty.

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

Carolyn, I've only had the loan switch a few times and I guess if you have at least 2 weeks to close it should work out o.k. As for the wordy girlfriend..it takes one to know one LOL. I mean that in the sweetest way!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 11 years ago

ROTFLMAO @ Barb. I love irony and I guess I've influenced my boy in his choice of what type of woman to gravitate to (LMAO).

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

C, some companies offer float downs if pricing improves. With the current rate environment there have been severe fluctuations in pricing even last week. I guess it depends on the customer and their individual circumstance whether or not it makes sense to change. However, some companies charge application and lock-in fees, which also need to be consider as "closing costs". I hope that this closes easily for you--good luck.

Posted by Eric McGowan over 11 years ago

I had a client kick her mortgage company to the curb AT THE SETTLEMENT TABLE. LOL  Turns out she had been working with 2 companies simultaneously, was incensed the first loan officer "disrepected" her (plus they screwed up the HUD 1), so she walked out of settlement, leaving me to beg for mercy from the listing agent/seller. Anyway, we went to settlement a few days later, with a new mortgage company.  LOL  It worked out in the end, although I did go through a bottle of Tums in a very short period of time.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 11 years ago

Susan, I've been praying to God. My family and I are in the middle of improving a rental property in SC. We had to switch plans in mid renovation.  I feel as if I have one foot in the door and the other outside in the dirt wondering what I'm about to step into (LOL). I just want to make it to closing with as little drama as possible... 

Eric McG that makes a lot of sense. I always want people to do what they feel is best, yet I find myself wondering if walking away from a funded package to start over is growing-gray-hair material. :-)


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

I can't wait to see these pictures of "young love", I have this vision of this chatterbox little girl and your son just dancing away - adorable.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 11 years ago

Stacey-Ann, they are very cute together. It makes me sit and grin. I like watching them. It's better than television (LOL).

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

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