Love it or List It?

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How many of you watch the popular HGTV show, Love it or List it?  It is one of my favorites.  As you know, my family is in the real estate business so for our industry’s sake I should be rooting for the real estate agent every time but guess what?…. I usually am hopeful that they will love their newly redesigned home.  I share this with you because statistically most people move less than 10 miles from their existing home.  We are creatures of habit by nature.  Once we have our driving routes to the grocery, the schools, restaurants, work and friends we generally want to stay close.  If our house isn’t reflecting our style or accommodating our lives sometimes it can be an easy remodel.

It is when the remodel isn’t sufficient enough to keep us in our comfort zone that we hear the line “we are going to list it”.

Do you love where you live?  If the answer is “yes” good for you.  If the answer is “no” what would it take to get you to love where you live or motivate to move to a place you love?  Spring is the time of year that we often think about where we are and what we are doing.  Take inventory of your life and if your decision is to “list it” and move on to another chapter why not let Moving For Love help you get started?

Reach out and Touch Someone

Last week was a busy one by some accounts…. The much talked about Fifty Shades of Grey was released, many schools had a long weekend to honor our Presidents and Saturday was Valentine’s Day.  Believe it or not, I am not going to tie the three together.  I’ll leave that to you.  I would however like to share how the priest at my parish took current events in stride to make for a very interesting homily on Sunday.  Stick with me, I think you’ll be impressed regardless of your faith.

After making a few comments about the movie and sharing the Church’s view of it’s use of pain for pleasure he veered from the religious to the secular world rather quickly.  He jokingly asked “how many of you remember what long distance is?” and quickly followed up with asking, “how many of you remember the AT&T commercials telling you to reach out and touch someone?”  Of course the majority of the congregation was very familiar with both questions.   He spoke about the goodwill of the message to reach out and touch and in this case call a friend, a family member or a co-worker.  The power of that call will “touch” them and touching can make you feel really good and in this case it will also sell a lot of long distance for AT&T.   I hadn’t really given that campaign much thought in recent years but I really liked the fact that he used it as a great example of the power of touch.  It left me wondering who I should reach out to that I haven’t spoken to in some time and also who I’ve love to hear from myself.

How in the world does this tie in to Moving for Love?  It’s simple, by staying connected to friends and family you never know when the pull of their voice or their touch will have you wanting to move closer to them.  When you get that feeling…. reach out and touch us!

Which is smarter you or your phone?

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Don’t worry…. I am not really asking you to answer since I don’t want the question asked of me!

As you know, I have written a bunch about dating online and it’s outcomes.   This morning, the Wall Street Journal published an article, “Love in the Time of Smartphones”  What seemed taboo or for “other” people just twenty years ago today is so accepted and common place that apps pop up every day to help people connect and find companionship.  The success stories and analytics that exist are incredible.

I think the reason why I love reading all about these tools has to do with the my love of  travel and real estate.  When you feel like you’ve looked everywhere  you can for Mr. or Mrs. Right in your city/town the rest of the world is still an option. Where have you always wanted to live or travel?  Why not drop a pin there and see if your perfect match exists there?  Better yet, after reading about some of these apps why not focus on what you love to do without any concern of where you have do it.  Who knows that approach may result in finding someone who lives around the corner but shares your passion to ski, bike, golf or fill in the blank.

If the latest downloaded app leads you to love don’t end there pick up the phone dial Moving For Love.  We are waiting to hear your story and help it end happily ever after!

 

Eureka!

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Do you ever overhear a conversation about something with which you are involved and think….”man, they really get it!”  Well, this morning I cannot exactly say I “overheard” anything since it was being broadcast on the radio but what was said was music to my ears, no pun intended.  Anyone who has read my blog for the past two years knows I believe strongly in matchmaking when it comes to the home buying process to connect the right property with the right owner but equally important is connecting the right Realtor with right client.

Every morning I tune in to America’s Morning Show on my drive to work.  This morning the discussion revolved around Chuck surfing the internet for a house with a backyard for his dog.  He isn’t currently working with a realtor (a fact I hope to help with very shortly) and Blair went on to give all the right reasons he needs to have the right agent working for him and with him to not only find but negotiate the best deal.  It was like a paid advertisement for our industry but even better than that it was unpaid and very well said.

I want to thank him for the shout out and of course offer Moving For Love Personal Move Assistants to help Chuck and his dog find the perfect backyard and settle in to their new home.  As you know, our goal is make any address become Home.

If you, like Chuck are seeking to move for any reason give us a call, send a text, or email us.  We cannot wait to play matchmaker for you!

Your Turn

As 2015 begins and we roll up our sleeves to map out the year ahead we often reflect on our personal belongings… or maybe that is just me, the only person who really enjoys nesting in January and literally cleaning house.  I find this month to be a liberating one.  I set goals that once written or voiced are hard to go back on and I try and de-clutter my personal belongings.  What have I held on to but not used in years?  Clearly I must have an attachment to things that are collecting dust but is that really fair?  When we began Moving For Love it was to help people pave the way to move and with a person, place or lifestyle that they wanted for their next chapter.  Are our objects not entitled to the same?

In October I poste the a blog about a new company that we are involved with, Second Story Auctions.  It is an online auction site that allows consignors to sell to their belongings and let buyers have their turn with that special piece or collectible.  It has been an exciting venture and one that I am personally taking advantage of this month.  I have many things that I hate to part with but know that my time with them has past and now it is your turn.

If you are in the market to buy or sell any of your belongings please check out Second Story Auctions.

If you are in the market for a fresh start in a new house and a new location please check out Moving For Love and let a personal move assistant help your 2015 goals happen.

When to Move… When to Stay

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When to Move, When to Stay

It seems counter-intuitive for me to write about moving for a job when the premise of our business is to help people moving for love but…  I thought I’d share a story with you.

Last weekend I was trying to get a jump start on my Christmas shopping.  I am a total supporter of local businesses in our community and when time permits I love to walk through them.  As I debated the perfect gift for my sister I was talking to the shop owner and another shopper who I know well.  Rita, the store owner was talking about her Thanksgiving plans and mentioned that no one in her family, immediate or extended live in Cincinnati.  She and her husband moved her for his job many years ago and thought as soon as he quit or retired they’d be out of here but guess what?  They fell in love with the community, the people they met and the life they built so even though he is no longer with the company who brought him here they remain.  They moved for a job and stayed for love of their lifestyle.

As we all either travel to family or welcome them to our homes it is important to note that sometimes our “family” or even “extended family” can be the friends we meet along the way and home can be anywhere we are surrounded by the ones we love and the life we love.

If you aren’t feeling at home or surrounded by “family” now is the perfect time to let us help you make that move happen.

Traditionally All Treats…

When given the choice between a trick or a treat is there really any question which we would choose?  Do you have a special Halloween tradition or treat that you look forward to every year?  For me, it is hosting a bunch of families with an open door, stocked bar, kitchen full of food, fire going and a blind eye to what feels like a hundred kids trading candy throughout my house.  I love it and look forward to it every year and especially this year when it falls on a Friday which just means we will probably witness the sugar high and low before the night ends.  What is the relevance to this tradition and Moving For Love?   It is the fact that whether this is my 11th year hosting at our house or your first year hosting at yours a tradition can start at any point and with anyone.  If you are surrounded with friends, family and love where you are…. stay put and carry on but  if you are questioning whether or not you’ve been tricked and fret it is too late to start new traditions don’t be silly… give us the treat of helping you get started and pave the way for your move.

 

Mother’s and Daughters

WordItOut-word-cloud-550352When I count my blessings in life, at the top of list is my relationship with my mom.  Not everyone can say the same but most certainly Claudia, our star Personal Move Assistant here at Moving For Love most certainly can.  While this past weekend was a sad one for her as her mother passed away this week will be a celebratory one for a life well lived and a bond well feed.  For the past four years mother has become daughter and daughter has become mother as Claudia has been vigilantly by her mothers side taking her to countless appointments and treatments managing both she and her mother’s calendar with an ease and grace I haven’t seen since my own mother did the same for my grandmother 11 years ago this month.  The example that these two very important women have taught me is one that we cannot be told enough, “be present” with the ones you love.  If they are suffering or in need then that is your priority.  It isn’t a juggling act,  it is center stage.  There is validity to life being a three ring circus but equally important is keeping the spotlight focused on one ring at a time.

I hope your spotlight is focused on whatever act is center stage for you today and that you are fully present for it.  When we talk about Moving For Love one of the first requests we hear is a desire to be closer to family.   We would love to help any of you accomplish this so that you too can be present.

 

 

Decisions, Decisions……

New YorkEach day we are faced with a barrage of choices and they can be as simple as choosing chocolate or vanilla, or then again how about a scoop of each?  Other decisions, such as the kind of car to buy, or which company should be hired to replace your roof, involve additional research.  There are many resources and companies available that can help you make educated decisions.  

What happens if you’re thinking about making a move to a new city?   How can you easily compare your current location to a new place that you are thinking of  calling home? Just one of the many services that Moving For Love offers is to provide you with a detailed cost of living analysis prepared specifically for you.   Whether you are planning an upcoming move or just curious, we can get you the information you want.  

 Our Personal Move Assistant will prepare you a personalized Cost of Living Analysis for anywhere in the United States.  Just send your name, email address and phone number with your originating city and state along with the destination city and state to  Info@movingforlove.com.   Who knows, this could be the beginning step to a big move.

 

Golden Girls

A few months ago I stopped by an open house and chatted with the Sibcy Cline Realtor who was hosting it.  It was a ranch home and I asked about the interest in the property.  She said  three women had come through all of whom were widowed and were seriously considering buying the property together.  I was very intrigued by the idea and naturally scenes from the sitcom, Golden Girls came rushing through my mind.  What a great idea!  Fast forward, the house sold and closed to other buyers but I kept thinking these women may have been on to something…

Playing catch up on my reading of The Week Magazine,  the July 25th issue published an article entitled, “Retirement: A roommate for your golden years”.   It was a great article outlining the benefits and risks associated with purchasing a property and co-cohabiting.   The housing industry is always tracking renters vs. homeowners, generational buying habits, and all sorts of other indicators that have an impact on buying behavior.  I think it will be very interesting to see how much traction there may be with the benefits of combined purchasing power and companionship as we age.

We always talk about moving for love of a person, place or lifestyle and this is a great example of people moving for an independent lifestyle with dependability of roommates.   Perhaps life is truly imitating art and the Golden Girls were ahead of their time.