I have exciting and not so good news - update

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-24-1997
I have exciting and not so good news - update
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Mon, 12-23-2013 - 8:16pm

To start with I'm sick with a very bad cold.  I've been sick since last Thurs or maybe Wed.  I've taken Tylenold Multicold, Robitussin, etc. & the worst is I HAD A FLU SHOT last Nov. so I knew every year when I get the flu shot, I don't get sick.  This is a 1st for me & I'm really pissed off about it.  

That said, I've been in contact with one of my buyers who has been requesting to see a condo unit.  It's located on the other side of the county where I live so I wasn't looking to drive there with my cold.  Was trying to put it off, but the good samaritan that I am, I knew he only had weekends to view homes, so I relented & drove there.  At least the weather was warm this past weekend - no snow or ice, so I didn't mind the drive that much.  Just packed tissues with me.  Anyway, he loved it & drum roll please...I made my 1st sale!! I filled out the paperwork & now it's in the attorney's hands ready to prepare a contract.  FYI - I'm well aware in the U.S. that real estate agents draw up contracts, however, in New York City and surrounding suburbs, by law, the attorneys draw up the contracts.  This is to prevent fraud, misinformation, errors, etc.  So each party has to hire their own attorney.  Yes, I am excited about this event, only I wish I could have been healthy to enjoy it.  

What a year it's been - to go from one job, enter a new career, and make my first sale - I would never have imagined this in 2012.  I will say this, I'm happy I left retail because 1) the Target credit card crisis and 2) just heard the retail report on Christmas shoppers and it's very weak.  The business reports are saying the online retailers are doing extremely well reporting strong sales and the physical stores are reporting fewer shoppers and weaker sales.  Based on my experience, I did see the tide turning during the recession and I suspected this.  It hurts our generation because we're so ingrained with driving to the mall, parking our car & shopping inside.  Have we known anything else since we've been born?  Going forward, shopping is going to grow exponentially online and the brick and mortar stores are going to suffer.  I'm sure some stores will survive but I can see others folding.  Maybe I'm wrong, but we'll see.

Kathy

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-24-1997
Mon, 12-23-2013 - 8:17pm

Apologies for the double post.  I have to figure out what is wrong

Kathy

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 12-23-2013 - 9:47pm

Congratulations on making your first sale Kathy! I hope that everything goes without any glitches and the parties agree to a short escrow so you can see your commission check sooner rather than later!!

About the attys drawing up the contracts: do they charge a lot for that service? What is the turn around time?

Too bad about your cold, I hope you start feeling better soon. At least its not the flu, right?

I think you are right about the trend in shopping going to online. I did much of my Christmas shopping online this year; during the rest of the year I buy some things online. My kids tend to do a lot of online shopping year 'round. I still like to get a really good look at something before I buy it, but online opens up possibilities for goods not available locally, and sometimes the online prices are very good. In CA we now must pay tax on online purchases so that benefit is gone, but the convenience of ordering from my home makes up for it. From Black Friday online specials through Cyber Monday, there were some great bargains with free shipping. I can envision doing more online shopping as I get older and getting around to stores becomes more of an ordeal. I am fairly computer savvy (and I don't mind asking my kids for help when necessary) but I know others our age and older who have little interest in learning more than the basics, and there is also a trust issue in having their personal information  "floating around".

OTOH there is a growing interest in small boutique type shops with unique goods. Those kinds of stores may do well. American Express is certainly pushing them with its Small Business Saturday promotion. Have you seen any data on holiday sales at stores that have both brick and mortar stores and online stores, such as Macy's or Best Buy?

Congrats again, thanks for sharing your big news with us!

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 12-23-2013 - 9:55pm

Re: the double post---did you get an error message the first time, or did it somehow just "hang" without going through? Whenever that happens to me I open a new window and go to the board, to see if my message did in fact post---usually it does. I'm not sure why the error message occurs, but its pretty common and happens to me fairly often.

If it looked like your post went through normally (and you didn't click on "Post" more than once) then I don't know what to say except that it could be reported on the iVillage Help board where the Tech person might be able to tell you something.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Mon, 12-23-2013 - 10:27pm

Congrats on your first sale.  It's tough to work when you're sick, but in sales, if you're not out there, you're not making money.  One of the RE purchases we made was on Easter Sunday.  The agent ran back and forth between our house and the sellers for a good couple hours, ferrying offers and counter offers.  And knowing a fair number of people in RE, as we do, don't count your chickens untill you've closed.  Here's hoping it all goes swimmingly.

 As for on-line shopping, we've been doing that for years.  Since Illinois still does not enforce collection of sales tax for Amazon on-line purchases, unless we have a store discount that's larger than the tax savings, we buy whatever we can thru Amazon.  And since I have to schlep Bree with me wherever I go,  If I can have something delivered to my door for free, that's what I do.