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Dunes Tavern & Conspiracy Center

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Hey guys!  Just wishing everyone the best... good health, prosperity, joy, serenity and all that good rot :)
December 24 2013
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Dunes Tavern & Conspiracy Center

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Hey Everybody!Was literally in the neighborhood, having to check out some rentals in the area, and decided to see if the Tavern was alive and well.Its too much work to figure out how to get to previous pages but its good to see many of my old friends still hanging, including the proprietor.Carry on!
July 20 2013
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Dunes Tavern & Conspiracy Center

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Its funny, I almost took the BS comment out because I was aware that it would push some buttons, but obviously I made the conscious decision to keep it in for a reason.Listen, Debbie and other REAs among here that I have been interacting with now for years, you have to know that I would never imply BS was a descriptor for any of you.  Mack, sometimes you are a supremely arrogant dude but I don't sense one ounce of BS in you.The business itself is full of it-  whether its REAs who do fit that stereotype, attorneys who play stupid games, sellers who think its okay, even desirable to lie to their REA, buyers who string their REAs along or lie about their income, mortgage reps who try sell a product that isn't in their client's best interest, inspectors who maybe don't do as thorough of a job as they should who then say everything is fine and dandy.....Come on people-  I wasn't in the business that long but I was downright swimming in it at times in just the few years I was.  I am absolutely not implying that being a good BSer is essential to making it in RE.  If I thought that I wouldn't have wasted a second of time or money getting my license.  I also know that BS is definitely not exclusive to the RE industry but this is my experience- the newbies who started when I did or later who were even marginally successful these last several years, were the ones who were full of it and didn't mind using it to further their business.  I guess you could think of it as a short cut, one I would hope would come back to bite them at some point but realistically speaking, probably won't.Is there too much of it in the RE industry?  Of course.  Should there be?  Of course not.  Lying and/or omitting truths when it comes to serving our clients and customers is inexcusable, but in a business where getting the actual paycheck can be elusive and people are hungry, either literally or figuratively, in my opinion its pretty rampant. Sorry for the feather ruffling.  I know my posts have annoyed some, bewildered many and my time here is done.  Pretty sure I've outlived my usefulness on this board.  Nice knowing most of you and I wish you all the best.
January 17 2013
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Dunes Tavern & Conspiracy Center

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I would like to share my perspective on why I failed at real estate:  Trying to break into this tough market as a newbie, especially a newbie who sucks at selling herself because how can you sell skills you don't yet have???  70 or so hours of RE class do not make you ready to go out and get business.  I loved my brokerage, the broker and agents were very supportive, but I wish there was more of a required mentoring system. Commission based pay is great for the top tier of agents who make enough to save for the leaner months but for someone in my shoes, it just didn't cut it.  I was suddenly left the sole support for my kids and practically speaking, it just wasn't the time to try to break into RE. I am not a natural born salesperson.  I don't have an ounce of BS in me and there are times when I perhaps say more than I should.   Most agents don't get rich off of this business, even marginally.  The only ones that I know that do are always working, rarely a day or evening off.   That being said, I thought the percentage that sellers have to pay for this service (negotiable or not, we all know that each market has their own norms) when so many homeowners are upside down was out of whack. And no one deserves six figures for one transaction in the higher end markets, as much as I would love to be one of Those Agents.Can't help it, it just doesn't sit well with me, although a part of me knows that I would very much love to enjoy those kind of commissions.There are probably many more reasons, but I can only fit so much and I tend to ramble so to spare you all, I'll cut it off here.Btw, I would love to get back into RE but if I had it all over to do again, I wouldn't do it when my personal life was presenting some pretty intense challenges and I would be much, much more disciplined in how I approached it, including a written business plan.
January 15 2013
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how much are realator fees

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Oy.....
January 08 2013
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Dunes Tavern & Conspiracy Center

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Mack, as much as I appreciate the critique, you seem to totally miss the point of my doing the rap.I didn't do the rap so I (or my daughter) could get a job in the entertainment industry.  Performing is as far away from my comfort zone as there is-  even when my fingers were young and well-practiced and I had excellent mastery over the instrument, I hated playing piano in front of others, even my parents who were paying for the dang lessons for 13 years.I never rapped a song in my life, let alone compose and performed one to be seen by whoever happens upon this video.My daughter has never had a lesson, just the passion and in this case, a desire to help her mom do something totally wacky and a willingness to handle the embarrassment of critiques like yours or much much worse.Its the content, not the raw delivery, that I consider important. From the feedback I have received so far, it resonates with a lot of people.Obviously, some more than others.
December 26 2012
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Dunes Tavern & Conspiracy Center

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Dunes, you had me really worried and your post is the best Christmas present I've had today.i think i mentioned that I was doing this rap.  Let me know what you all think:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaROiKoqnK8Merry Christmas everyone!
December 25 2012
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Are you wondering if winter is the time to list your home? The answer is YES!

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New_Englander, I tried to give you a thumbs up but was thwarted by an apparently faulty TU thingy.I love it when consumers give feedback, especially when it is well written and thought out :)My take on selling in cold climates during during winter (assuming its not in a ski resort area) is that it is not ideal.  You highlighted some great reasons above.  If the winter turns out to be a snowy one, it makes access to houses problematic and can cut down on showings considerably.That being said, two potential advantages are that new inventory, and therefore your competition, tends to be significantly lower and that the buyers that are looking this time of year tend to be more serious. Of course, buyers and their agents may be thinking the same thing about sellers- that if they're selling at this time of year, they must be desperate.In your particular situation I think there is no doubt that it is to your advantage to wait until you can show the full glory of your property.Frankly, Ms.Kantor's post comes across as a sales pitch and I find it a bit....irksome.
November 27 2012
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How to sell your house for up to 18%......

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Sorry, Jason.  This just sounds like a sales pitch with a bunch of meaningless numbers to try to back up meaningless terminology.Please do the RE profession proud and showcase your knowledge by answering actual questions by actual consumers.  Or posting something that is actually useful.I know I am coming off as a bit testy, but posts like yours just make agents seem like barkers at the fairgrounds, trying to entice the crowd either by yelling the loudest or telling the best story. I don't mean any disrespect.  Really.
November 26 2012
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Seller did not disclose the hurricane damage while signing the contract

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This is a really sucky situation.  Sorry, I know its stating the obvious but dang.I hate to say it but I think you need to consult an RE attorney on this.  I am wondering who handled the sale on your end?  Seems to me that any decent buyer's agent would have /should have emphasized getting the house inspected (did you get it inspected prior?) if there was any possibility of hurricane damage, prior to signing.What kind of damage was it? Is there a possibility that the seller really didn't know? Was the damage visible and obvious?RE contracts tend to put the onus on the buyer to make sure the house is in the condition you are paying for.  Even Seller's Disclosures are voluntary in NJ and not worth a whole lot.  We simply don't have enough information to be able to give you any sort of concrete suggestions, especially since this is tending towards needing legal advice.So sorry about this.  The hurricane left a lot of suffering in its wake, something that isn't going to go away anytime soon. 
November 26 2012
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