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My friend Debbie asked: Hey
Suzanne, we watched the movie “Bad Neighbors” the other night starring Seth
Rogen and Zac Efron (it was actually pretty funny) but the whole plot of the
movie bothered me- it was about a couple who has a frat house move in next door
to them and their attempts to stop them. But a frat house can’t just move in
next door to someone, can it? I would think there’s a whole zoning issue and
requirements, approval from the township, etc? Even though the movie was funny
I just kept thinking how unbelievable it was. I said, I must consult an expert!
The answer is this: If the home is
in a single family zone they could not get away with it. In fact, a lot of
towns are now passing “X persons per sq ft.” or “X persons per legal bedroom”
ordinances to combat just this kind of thing.
They are called anti-stacking laws.
Stacking refers to a practice that was going on a few years ago wherein
residents would literally sleep in 8 hour shifts. They would stuff as many
mattresses as they could into every room in the house and then literally sleep
one person to a twin sized mattress per 8 hour shift. I can’t tell you how many
people died in house fires during that time, it was awful. Thus, anti-stacking
Single Family means just that,
everyone living in the house has to be members of the same family. But still
some would move every distant relative into the same house, and it made it
difficult for young adults who had a room mate situation, so now we have
Debbie said: I figured! Thanks
for the awesome explanation. I’m just surprised they would make a movie with
such an obvious plot hole, then. Unless I missed something in the beginning of
the film that explained why a frat house was allowed on a street with single
family homes. But I don’t think so.
Well, Deb, there’s a reason it’s
called fiction! LOL
I got a call from a lady a while ago. She saw my blog posts and felt I was someone she could talk to. It seems she had called another agent regarding a rental and got his/her voicemail. Shortly after she got a text message that simply said, “Text me.” She didn’t realize who it was and so she texted back, “Who is this?” And the reply was, “You called me.” She felt quite disturbed by this and called me to see if I would answer my phone and could help her. She asked me if this was the way realtors do business now, if this is ‘normal
I was not able to help this young
woman because she was from a neighboring state, but I told her it is not how I
do business! I may text clients, but not as an initial contact. I
told her that if it made her uncomfortable, I felt fairly sure any realtor in
her State could help her, she didn’t have to work with the listing agent.
And, of course, that is exactly what she did.
I bring this up because sometimes, in our quest to do more in less time, we forget that we are dealing with human beings and not machines. Facebook may be a terrific way to stay in touch with our sphere but it is not a substitute for good old fashioned human contact. Realtors, be careful not to become too dependent on technology. We are all still made of flesh and blood, and, as someone reminded me recently, people may not remember what you do but they will remember how you make them feel. Make them feel important!
Yep, that’s me, that’s most of us I suppose, at last some of the time. I meant to send this email out yesterday, LOL.
It’s been quite a week for me. I started my new roll as the wearer of multiple hats. I am now the General Manager of our new company, Century 21 Professional Realty! I am also the Property Manager, mentor, recruiter and, most importantly, real estate agent. It’s been a frantic time, getting the old office closed and the new office open.
We are working in a construction zone at the moment. Our entire physical office is being redone! New bathrooms, new kitchen, new paint, new carpeting, new wall art and new furniture. Not to mention a facelift to the exterior and new signage! Anyone who has called me this week has had to compete with the sound of hammers, saws, and sanders. But through it all we have managed to maintain our positive attitude and sense of humor. It’s been fun, really, all sitting around the same table with laptops trying to figure out which printer is still wired and moving it all aside when lunch comes. Even vendors have had to tolerate me eating my ‘lunch’ at 2 pm while going over their proposals.
We have gotten proposals for internet service, phone service, copiers and cleaning services. We have moved licenses at the real estate commission, the association of realtors and the multiple listing service. We have moved LISTINGS from the old office to the new office on the MLS and now we are moving the files from our old online system to the new one. We have signed on all our old agents and a few new ones to boot! And all the while we took good care of our clients, such good care, in fact, that I would bet none of you even knew all this was going on behind the scenes.
To me, that is the most important part. When I was offered the position of Branch Manager, I accepted gladly, but with one provision. I would NOT give up my role as your realtor. You are all so important to me and I want to take care of you, personally. And Dave, my new broker, agreed. So as the other ‘hats’ grow, we will be hiring others, administrators, property managers, directors of recruiting, and mentors, and I will supervise them, but I will never, ever have to stop being your realtor.
I am so excited! I love my new role, but I also love my old role too! It’s like that old song we sang as Girl Scouts around the camp fire, “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” You are Golden to me! I wanted to be sure all of you knew that, I am still and will always be … your friend, your advisor and your realtor! ❤