My ranting and raving journey…

Time flies when you are having fun! I am looking back today, back to where I first started writing this blog.  A very dear friend said that I should write a blog….I thought she was kidding, my writing ability wasn’t the best.  Just because you think you are educated, doesn’t mean you can write, and who would read what I write anyway?  She said….write what you are thinking…that’s a laugh as I am usually ranting and raving about some real estate problem or whatever.  She persisted and here I am maybe  4 or 5 years later (editor note: That first post was actually January 17, 2011 – 6 1/2 years ago!)….I lost track of the time.  I do know I rant and rave about mostly professionalism and how I believe a real estate professional should act.  I think it hits many of you cause you comment.  Many of you have told me that you print it and hand it to your agents, which is gratifying as then I know there are more of the professionals out there than there are the ones I rant about. So all of that being said……..this is a shout out to Deborah Boza-Valledor who started me in my ranting and raving journey so more of us can remember to be good to each other, be as professional as we can to our clients and in turn we make our profession better.  Deborah is amazing,  she adds the caricatures of me pounding on the desk, and just brings my rants and raves to life.  But better yet, she makes me think of what we all do every day to help our customers move into a home and become part of the fabric of our community.   So thank you Deborah……from me and my readers!

Until Next Monday…

Note from Deborah: Matey, you are way too generous! Yes, it was January 17, 2011 when your very first post appeared…

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Common courtesy is virtually DEAD!

Common courtesy…Don’t think there is much of that anymore.  I am sure you have had some of these experiences:

  • You have a listing in the MLS and it says 24 hours notice.  I think some believe it is 24 minutes notice and of course they call you for a showing in an hour.
  • You are at your listing and waiting for an agent with a customer (note you have confirmed the time) and the agent calls after you are there and have turned all lights on etc. and says, “Oh my customer found something they liked better than yours“…it’s 10 minutes before they were supposed to be there.
  • The agent calls when they are supposed to be there any moment and says, I am sending my customer without me as I have to show one of my listings!!! Doesn’t ask if you would be so kind as to show…nothing!
  • And …the best one is they just don’t show up and you are there waiting.

Common courtesy is virtually DEAD! No Professionalism. No courtesy.  And they wonder why some people think we are lower than &#%@  So my fellow Realtors, please be good to each other, respect our profession and the people involved.

Until Next Monday…

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This is a Series of Serious Headbangers!

Today’s topic is a Series of Serious Headbangers!

I sell real estate in Miami and please comment if you have the same problem in your area:  There are more agents that don’t know what they are doing than the ones that do.  I mean, they cannot write a contract, have no idea what an addendum is and what it is for.  Disclosures….what are they?  And in many instances…the Seller has said that their agent filled out the seller’s disclosure.  They don’t know how to calculate the effective date and God forbid someone gives them a deposit, they hold it for several days.  They have a team name with no office name, so many Buyers and Sellers think they are a brokerage company.  They do something stupid and besides the Broker being liable, the agent on the other side of the transaction could also be in difficulty.  OMG – How to cure this?  Brokers need to train their agents – on contracts, disclosures and all aspects of the real estate transaction.  I can tell you that the majority of the agents I deal with in transactions, have no clue.  Many Brokers take anyone that is licensed off the street and figure them for 1 or 2 transactions a year, so why bother to waste time training.  So let me know if this is a problem in your area and what would you do to solve this problem.

Until next week, be good to each other!

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What is a CDD?

For many of us the title CDD looks like a disease or something weird.  It is actually Community Development District. When a new community is developed with various amenities, this all costs the developer, which in turn he passes these costs onto the Buyer.  The  first Buyer has all this Non-Ad Valorem taxes spelled out in their contract, along with their Ad Valorem or property taxes.  However, the next Buyers that come along and buy in the community (a resale)…..they have no idea that they will be required to pay the Non Ad Valorem taxes. How many Buyers go to the tax roles and look their property up?  Later on when they see their bills for the year, many of them are astonished as they had no idea…and many Realtors are also not aware.  We could be liable as could the Seller.  Now I know if the Realtor is not aware and the Seller has not said anything, the Realtor is not liable but the Seller may be.  However, the costs are clearly in the tax rolls and since the tax rolls are available to all, law says that the Buyer is basically out of luck as they should have known.  Thank heavens for Florida Realtors Forms Committee, they are including a line or two in the Seller Disclosure that basically asks the Seller if there is a CDD and to advise the Buyer from that point so no one is blindsided.

I brought this to your attention because a retired Realtor from St. Augustine area wrote me with this problem.  It has taken over a year to have it put into the Sellers Disclosure so that Buyers are aware if they are buying into this type of community…but now we’ll all know!

So my fellow Realtors, please be good to each other.

Until Next Monday..


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I am sure you have been reading articles on flood insurance. The closer we get to September, the more information we will see about the non-performance of Congress to do something about it.  Instead of looking to re-evaluate the flood maps and the areas that have the most problems or concerns, they will most probably slap something together and pass it, as they usually do.  I love to read and I have found a book on the Non-fiction list called…”The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F’ck”, it is number 7 on the best seller list and slowly moving up on the Wall Street Journal list of Non-Fiction books.  And this surely was written about many of our legislators, on all levels of government.  They posture, listen to us, take our money and then do what is in their best interests.  I guess personal integrity is losing ground in all areas.  So my Fellow Realtors, this issue has gone beyond a head banging…my desk and head can’t take the severity of this problem.

Have a great week and let’s be good to each other.


Until Next Monday…

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Roadmap to Success

Yes, I know, I often tell you to set goals and those goals are your Roadmap to Success.  Many articles I have read seem to disagree.  Many people give you advice about how to be successful.  These people are usually successful themselves.  So it is easy for them to say.  And if you really push the successful ones, many will say they failed multiple times.  You can be passionate about your career but not work at it.  You can love something but again, not be willing to work hard for it.


For most of us the secret to our success is hard work.  We have probably failed several times.  Failure is a guide to sucess.  Some of the greatest inventions happened after incredible failures.  We learn from our failures and mistakes and we go on…maybe to fail a few more times.  Buried in those failures, is our success, we just need to keep at it.  As you look back at the first half of 2017, really look hard at your successes and build on those and look at the things that were not as successful and learn from them…and don’t worry if you fail, once , twice or multiple times, for success comes out of failure.

Until Next Monday…

Monday Mornings With Matey

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The Spirit of the Fourth of July

Every Monday I attempt to share a wide variety of things that are important to our business, things that frustrate me about our business and yes, sometimes, things about our business that inspire me.  What does this Monday, the Monday before the Fourth of July, have me thinking about?

Today I am thinking about our business.  I am thinking about words from the REALTOR Code of Ethics – That we have a “grave social responsibility and a patriotic duty”  to maintain and improve the standards of our calling.

Today I am thinking about our country, about September 11, 2001 and how things changed forever in our country – has nearly sixteen years passed so quickly?  I am thinking about our troops, all the men and women serving our country all over the world…serving so that we may peacefully enjoy and celebrate this week, the Fourth of July.

Today I am thinking about our history, how we came to celebrate the Fourth of July. July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.  I am thinking about fireworks, parades, concerts and family gatherings and barbecues.

Today I am thinking about how proud I am to be an American.  Proud to be a daughter, a wife, a mother, a friend and yes, proud to be a REALTOR(R).

What are you thinking about this Fourth of July – how will you be celebrating? Let us all celebrate peacefully this Fourth.

Until Next Monday…

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