I started my business career in the customer service department of a large mortgage company in Kentucky when interest rates were only 3%. I was soon moved up to Loan Processing and later into closing VA, FHA, and conventional loans. My career then moved into the legal world, where I worked for real estate attorneys in Kentucky and later, in Florida.
My career path made a few detours when our three children were young (I owned a day care center, a secretarial service, and a large florist/greenhouse) but eventually I sat for my Florida Real Estate License. I worked in commercial real estate, leasing and managing commercial properties – mostly professional office space and some retail and restaurant space. This is where I learned about staging. My area of commercial leasing was primarily high-end professional office space in high-rise buildings as well as upscale garden-type office complexes. Our properties had to be inviting and elegant and we spared no expense in the presentation of our facilities. I supervised the build out and decor of thousands of square feet of space. I later brought this staging expertise into single-family homes.
When my husband and I moved from Florida to Oklahoma, I realized that I was going to have to leave commercial leasing. I obtained my Oklahoma Real Estate license and entered the world of residential sales. Having worked for mortgage brokers and real estate attorneys organizing home closings for many years, this was not a difficult transition. My commercial leasing experience served me well in residential sales. I found that I actually had an edge over old-time Realtors who had no idea what it even meant to "stage" a house for sale. I became very popular very quickly, and my sales reflected my unique and effective insights into selling a house.
My book, "Selling Your House", was originally written at the request of friends and fellow-Realtors. I handed out photocopies of the book to anyone who asked for it and it was very well received. After retiring, I was often asked to consult with other Realtors and home sellers. In fact, I still have people asking for my advice on how to get their house ready to sell quickly. My husband and my sisters encouraged me to self-publish, so here I am, offering my book to help anyone who wants to read it. It's short, easy to read, and it covers everything you need to know to prepare and market your house. I hope it helps you!
Selling Your House: The Secrets You Need to Know
by Madeline Meixner
Written by a retired Realtor, this book will walk you step-by-step through getting your house ready to sell. You will learn secrets that even your own Realtor won't tell you. You will learn everything you need to know to get a fast sale and you won't need a real estate license to understand it! The strategies here, gained from years of experience, will translate into dollars in your pocket!
on June 19, 2011
I often hear books called "page turners" but I really need a stronger description for this book. I am usually a very "responsible reader" only reading during my work-day breaks and after all my work is done at night. But from the instant I opened this book, I had to argue with myself to stop reading, my lunch hour turned into two hours. Finally, I took a day off from work to finish it - I could NOT concentrate on my work, I just HAD to get back to the book.
I have recommended this book to everyone I know and I plan to continue doing so. The book is extremely well crafted. And, as another reviewer said, it just keeps dishing out unexpected twists. The location descriptions make me (a claustrophobic and serious chicken) want to go underground!
The beautifully painted scenes in Cave are truly worthy of being called literature and the story is strong and compelling. Try it, you won't be sorry!
on Oct. 01, 2013
I ask only one thing of a book I read - I want to be engaged for the time I allot to reading each day. Speedster not only engaged me, it transported me, and the time I allotted for reading grew as I got deeper into the book. I put aside work I needed to be doing to "hang out" with this motley band of characters whom I felt I knew as well as I know the people I meet and speak with every day.
The story line grabs you from the first paragraph and you MUST turn the page - there aren't a bunch of formulaic cliffhangers in this book - if you like a predictable read, Speedster is not for you. This book is as unique and as far from "ordinary" as I have ever come across. Each time I thought I had figured out what was going to happen next, I was stunned with a plot twist that amazed and entertained. And, right in the middle of the most terrifying events, I would run into something that made me burst out laughing - so loudly that my dog came running to see what on earth was happening.
Suffice to say that this book will grab you and keep you. You will want to share it with your friends. That's something I CAN predict.