It’s Closing… It’s Closing…

Now I celebrate every closing, I really really do, but this one is special and here is why.  It is not because I am making a lot of money, it is not because I am getting rid of a buyer, seller or a fellow real estate agent that is torturing me.  It is because not only is this a short sale, but THIS short sale has been going on for 5 years and I am NOT kidding…    I originally listed this property in the fall of 2008 and we are now into the fall of 2013.  My file is literally  half a foot deep and for the most part I store everything electronically so you can imagine how thick this would be otherwise. – we started out with a selling price of 110,000 and we are closing somewhere in the neighborhood of half of that and the best part is she paid 135,000 as a single woman, primary home just a few days before Christmas in 2005.  Life happened, the market got bad, her unit flooded, no one wanted to help or would help and she responsibly took a new job in a new location and tried to sell her home.  Again life happened, she met the man of her dreams and got married.  She kept paying and tried to rent her property out while maintaining everything   Finally through no fault of her own, life happened again, and some pipes burst and again flooded her unit – this time she was done.  Done trying, done paying, done fighting…  This short sale business is a love hate relation ship… I love my job and I love helping people and I feel like I really am when it is a short sale situation, but sometimes I hate short sales.  I do not hate them because they are a LOT of work but they because they cause many people a lot of stress and I am not talking about personal stress, but stress on the homeowner trying to sell, stress on the buyer trying to buy.  5 years!!!  2 lenders and a stink butt HOA (I will not mention any names here…).  Seriously shame on someone for not ending this sooner and it is no shame on myself or my seller.  It was a ittle like aligning the moon and the stars to make this happen and well – it happened and we are all doing a HAPPY HAPPY dance!!!  The buyer is getting a great deal, the seller is closing this chapter and we are all moving forward.  I think sometimes (often times) sellers need to sell and sometimes they should sell and sometimes they ignore it completely and pretend it is not happening.  This is a definite needed to sell and should sell and it was not ignored.  The banks seriously tortured this woman and made her lose sleep and when all is said and done after what she put down and paid back and after the new buyer paid, she was seriously pretty close to paying back the entire amount anyways so why – why – why???  Ok, why does not matter, all is said and all is done and the short sale is over and the seller is done losing sleep and again life happens…  we live in paradise :-)


Destin Florida beaches
Destin Florida beaches



Locks of Love

Locks of Love
Getting ready to cut it all off!

Ok I have been bad about posting as I have been pretty busy with work, BUT Abbi’s hair was finally long enough to cut and donate sooooo she did and I am so proud of her (me smiling)…

Locks of Love
My favorite part of this picture is Morgan dancing in the back ground…
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So proud of little Abbi and she is excited!

Happy St Patricks Day!!!

Happy St Patricks Day!  It has been a cold and cloudy day which has made traffic almost stop. A lot of Spring Breakers are here and they seem to look younger and younger every year…  Certainly I am not getting any older?  Anyways, I made corned beef and potatos and to my suprise – my children LOVED it.  There was no meat left.  I also served sweet peas for a bit of green (they were not as big of a hit, but the dogs enjoyed so not all was lost).

realjoypropertiesSt Patricks

Going on a treasure hunt...
After school Morgan decided to go on a treasure hunt in our back yard – where she did dig up the garden – in her shorts and Justice Peace rainboots – looking for buried treasure. We back up to the bayou, so we are pretty sure there is buried treasue in the back yard… I will keep you posted on that front.
Evidence of treasure hunt…I love this 🙂
Lastly – Bill had to go to Pensacola today and brought me home the most beautiful roses today, look…

Sweet home Alabama

Now, I could not make this stuff up if I tried.  I have never seen a cotton field.  I have seen a lot of corn fields, but definitely NO cotton fields, so the other weekend I drove with my husband to deliver some venison (that just sounds better than deer meat) to a man in Alabama that makes “venison” into fabulous sausage.  I literally made him pull over so I could take a picture and of course I had to touch it (the cotton) – which by the way is not always a good idea, to get out of a car along a highway in Alabama to touch someones cotton, those folks do not like this, but I did get a picture and my children thought it was very funny, so it was actually worth that little stop.


Ok, so now we are back in the car heading to Alabama and this place is actually only about an hour in a half away from our house.  We got there and this man was so sweet.  He must have thought we had lost our minds (well, let me rephrase, he must have thought I had lost my mind).  I asked him if I could take pictures because I was just having a picture taking kind of day.  I have never seen such a thing.  Now I am not really fond of deer meat (sorry , I know it is not a bad thing, it is just a bit gamey for me and I do my hunting at our local grocery store) but this is the best sausage I think I have ever had.  It is called Smokehouse Deer Processing in Lowery, Alabama and it was worth the drive.  They also are part of a group called “Hunter Helping the Hungry” where they give excess meat to needy families, just really nice people and really really good sausage.

Sausage Guy


Somewhere under THIS rainbow…

I love rainbows… I love a lot of things, but this rainbow, this VERY one is the rainbow that made me want to write this blog.   I must live in one of the most beautiful places on this planet and SOMETIMES I get a little busy and forget…  I know it is hard to imagine, but this is really going to be more of a photo journal kind of blog, because I am not really a great writer, but I can post photos (not always good ones, but you will get the idea).  Please understand that I was born in Florida, but I really grew up in Nebraska, yes Nebraska and it was actually very beautiful as well, but very cold and not many beaches.
Destin Commons parking lot
Destin Commons parking lot