I was thinking about the real estate profession and have come to the conclusion that our business is really made up of an endless series of meetings. To the casual observer, or real estate consumer, it may appear that real estate agents do little more than ride around and show property. But there's a lot more to it. Let me explain.
I was in yet another meeting this morning. The weekly sales meeting. Every agency has one. That's where we discuss everything real estate including market trends and statistics, listings we have, buyers we may be working with, better ways to do things, new regulations, new processes or procedures, and so on and so on. We also tend to do a lot of problem solving at these meetings. Sometime, problems are created at a meeting and we have to have another meeting to solve them. We also have monthly Board of Realtors meetings, annual state conferences, and the National Association of Realtos annual conference. And this is just the beginning.
We have periodic company regional networking events as well as annual company conventions where we also learn the latest and greatest ways to help consumers buy and sell real estate or how to practice our trade more professionally, efficiently, and creatively.
We have meetings through the internet using Skype or "go to meeting." It seems that in a Skype meeting it is important to see the other party and in a "go to meeting" meeting the subject matter may be more important and we don't care what the other guy looks like.
While most of these meeting are all educational in nature, we also have even more meetings to meet the required continuing educational requirements in order to keep our real estate licenses. Sometimes these meetings are used to catch up on sleep, but most are quite valuable. These are three hour meetings with breakfast that turn into four hour meetings.
For those agents that don't get enough meetings through the regular channels, the Realtors Association sets up special committees that you can volunteer to join. You know like finance committees, professional standards, public relations, and grievance committees. Not that anyone ever has any grievances. In this business, when you are not riding around showing property, you can turn into a professional go to meeting person if you want to.
We also have meetings with mortgage companies, bankers, title companies, lawyers, home inspectors, mold and radon remediation companies, appraisers, and a variety of home repair companies. Did I mention psychiatrists?
But there are two meetings that I feel are the most important ones in our business. Those are the first meeting with our client or customer and the last meeting at the closing table to consummate a successful real estate transaction. The first meeting is important because that is where we (hopefully) learn about the client or customer's goals and desires, set expectations, educate, and begin to build that all-important personal relationship with the consumer. The last meeting, at the closing table, obviously is the most important to the person buying or selling a property. But to an agent it signifies that his work, on that transaction at least, is done and that all of those countless hours of meetings and psychiatric help in between weren't for naught.
And now for a little bit of news on how the Lakes Region condo market is fairing this year. For the first four months of the year there have been 41 condominium units sold at an average price of $134,409. Now, that compares to...drum roll please... 41 units for the same period in 2013. I was hoping for more, weren't you? And, unfortunately, the average sales price dropped to just $134,409 and the median price sale price dropped from $165,000 to only $113,000. That means that there were more low priced units selling this year and fewer on the high end of the scale. Maybe we need to have a meeting about that...
Please feel free to visit www.lakesregionhome.com to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others. Data was compiled using the Northern New England Real Estate MLS System as of 5/23/14 Roy Sanborn is a realtor at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-455-0335.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
RUMNEY — Jonathan Alan Kleiner, 63, of 1 Cross Road, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon after a brief courageous battle with cancer with his beloved wife of 40 years, Beth, by his side.
Jonathan was born in Nashua on July 13, 1950, the son of the late Harry Herbert Kleiner and Dorothy (Rowell) Kleiner Kendall. Serving his country in the United States Air Force, Jonathan was honorably discharged after 20 years of service. He was a 30 year resident of Moreno Valley, Calif. prior to coming to New Hampshire full time. Earning his Master's Degree from Chapman College University in Riverside, California, Jonathan was employed as a Social Worker for Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.
He was a member of the Board of Directors at the Visterra Credit Union in Moreno Valley, Calif. for more than 20 years. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
He was an avid reader and a Civil War Re-enactor. Jonathan will be remembered for his brilliant mind, quiet compassion, acerbic wit, and quick sarcasm.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth J. (Breton) Kleiner of Rumney, one son; Justin A. Kleiner and his wife Kimberly Colburn of Santa Ana, Calif., one daughter; Rebecca A. Kleiner-Preston and her husband Kenneth of Moreno Valley, Calif., one brother; Carl Kleiner and his wife Sandy of E. Rochester, his granddaughter Emerson Kleiner and his grandson Locke Alan Preston both of Moreno Valley, Calif., three step-bothers; Peter Kendall and his wife Christine, John Kendall, and Jim Kendall, a step-sister; Joanie Kendall. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother Lawrence Kleiner.
Calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia. Burial with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Garfield Street, Laconia.
For those who wish, donations in Jonathan's memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.DAV.org/donate.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com .
Last Updated on Friday, 30 May 2014 08:18
BRISTOL — A Graveside Service for Lawrence "Larry" Sylvia will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at the family lot in Union Cemetery, Academy Street, Laconia, N.H.
Mr. Sylvia, 55, a resident of Fox Meadow Retirement Home, Bristol and formerly of 57 Dixon Street, died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St. Second Floor, Framingham, MA 01701.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 07:39
MEREDITH — Claudine Louise (Lavorel) Gall was born on the 30th day of September in 1935 in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France. At the age of five years, she with her parents
and baby brother escaped from the city of Paris, in advance of the German invasion.
They took refuge in the south of France, outside the city of Toulouse. Even though the Germans occupied that area it was a relatively safe place to live. Furthermore, they were able to keep a garden to supply vegetables. They raised rabbits to furnish themselves with meat, and they even had a goat to produce some milk to satisfy the baby.
Claudine did not have the opportunity to attend school until she was ten years of age. Then, with the valuable assistance and guidance of the Dominican Sisters, she not only caught up on all of the schooling, but she eventually earned her Baccalaureate Degree at the Bertrand Institute in Toulouse.
Claudine and her family then moved to the city of Bordeaux in the southwest of France. Since she had learned how to speak English, she was able to obtain a job as a civilian employee at an American Army base which was located near Bordeaux. While employed at the American Army base, she met a lieutenant in the U.S. Army by the name of Neil Gall, who happened to be stationed at the same location. After he returned home to his civilian life, she made a trip to America to join him. In June of 1958, they were married in the town of Lockport, New York, not far from the city of Buffalo.
They moved to the city of Utica, New York where Neil obtained a good job teaching at the State University of New York. Not long after that, their son Jerry was born. About five years later, Claudine found a teaching position at the Utica Catholic Academy, which merged with Notre Dame High School, and she was very successful at teaching French, Spanish and Latin during her 37 years of service to those schools. She took numerous trips with her students to Europe, and became the Head of the Language Department. With her family, she enjoyed traveling, camping, hiking and sailing.
When Claudine and her husband both retired, they moved to the state of
New Hampshire, for two especially good reasons. They had visited 41 different
states and New Hampshire was one of their favorites. Secondly, their only child Jerry was living there. They picked Waterville Valley to be their home because they always enjoyed being in the mountains.
Claudine volunteered at the local library, elementary school, garden club and the "Shakespeare in the Valley" festivals. She also worked as a volunteer (for over 1,000 hours) at Speare Hospital in nearby Plymouth. Claudine worked for a salary at the local gift shop, and at the Waterville Valley Academy. There she spent five years teaching French and Spanish.
Unfortunately, she was attacked by ovarian cancer in the year 2010. She and her husband found a more convenient apartment in a pleasant retirement home not too far away in the town of Meredith, New Hampshire. On Memorial Day in the year 2014, three and a half years after the fight began; Claudine was conquered by the cancer.
Claudine is survived by her husband and son.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 from 2 p.m. through 4 p.m. at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rte. 3 & Cataldo Rd.), Meredith. Interment will be private.
Claudine's wishes are for red and white flowers, per family custom.
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Claudine's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00