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I Think you are Special!

June 12, 2015


My Dad gave me lots of advice. I was wise enough to listen.

Dad had every reason to be pessimistic about the world. He was shot down over Germany during WWII while piloting a B-17, interred in a POW camp and lost his hearing. His career as a pilot was finished due to war injuries, and he was born with the name Shirley. Yes, I said his name was Shirley. It would be easy to fall into the muck and wallow in self-pity but that was not his style.

My Dad was a die-hard optimist. Life was good and every day was special.

When I started my business, one of the best things Dad told me was “always remember to make people feel special.” Dad grew up with a desire to help and to enrich the lives of others. He succeeded.

Everyone wants to feel special. Everyone wants to tell you his or her story. You just need to listen.

This is not so surprising. What IS surprising is that more people don’t realize this. When you care about people, and show a genuine interest in their welfare, your life is all the better.

Try this with clients, friends and, most of all, family. Make today the start of a change in your lifestyle. Make someone’s day.

Make someone feel special.

Leave everyone you meet feeling valued. Ask about their day; ask about their lives; just ask and then listen.

Expect little and give much…you will be amazed. The gift of giving someone a sense of self worth is beyond measure. Now that’s special.



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February 25, 2008


It’s early Monday morning and it has been a LONG and exhausting week. Why? Because buyers are coming out, homes are selling and getting them to closing takes LONG hours of tedious work and intense negotiations. Why do I whine? Because…real estate is hard but I LOVE it. So many people come to me and tell me how lucky I am to work in a job that is so EASY and so SIMPLE. They think it is just about driving buyers around in my car. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. It is NOT easy. It is not about driving people around but rather it is about keeping a level head when all the rest of the buying or selling world is falling apart. It’s tough but rewarding because when the day is done…I am still working at something I love and enjoy. I am providing a service to my customers and I go to sleep satisfied. It’s hard AND it’s all good. Now, hopefully, there is rest for the weary.

Cheers, Linda


Spring brings good news

February 15, 2008


No matter what anyone tells you there is change in the air and its SPRING time for sales in Central Florida. How do I know? Because I am seeing more and more buyers, my listings are being shown, contracts are being written and I have had more phone calls on my listings since January than I had in the last quarter of 2007. This is all good news. Backing up my personal statistics is the fact that home builders are significantly cutting back on new home construction and re-sale inventory has not grown dramatically as predicted. THIS IS ALL GOOD NEWS. With politics settling down, the weather is great, INTEREST RATES ARE STILL LOW,  loans are available and buyers realizing that NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY, we are seeing a change in the Orlando market. Local economic forecasts also show that Orlando and Central Florida are poised for a turn in the market. Will we reach the epic proportions of 2005? Nope. But will we start to see stabilized markets and normal home appreciation…I sure think so. I know I have already seen a change in the market and I’m thrilled. Want more information on your home value or neighborhood? Call me…I’m the voice of optimism! But I believe what I preach. Cheers! Linda (Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty) 407.898.9090



Luxury Home Market Remains Strong in 2007

January 12, 2008

As 2008 begins, there are six U.S. homes on the market for $100 million or more. The most expensive is a Los Angeles estate listed for $165 million which was formerly owned by Randolph Hearst.  According to the Luxury Trends Report 2007-2008 the market for luxury homes still reported one of it’s best years ever! “Although statistics have only been reported for the first eleven months of 2007, the National Association of Realtors predicts the year will wrap up as the fifth best year on record for resale housing. That’s the silver lining on the cloud of a declining residential real estate market. The years leading up to 2007 were so strong that despite the historical strength of last year, sales numbers declined and the market paled in comparison to the preceding record-setting years. Declining prices, growing inventories, and the problems associated with “creative” securitization of mortgages were the added factors making 2007 a less than banner year. 

On a positive note, the luxury market outperformed the market in general. The very top of the market remained strong. New U.S. price records were set, broken, and set again in 2007…”

 In Orlando our luxury market remains strong and I expect sales to inrease as the Burnham Institute and other industries begin relocating to the Central Florida area.


Till Death Do Us Part… Divorce & Mortgages

December 3, 2007


One of the newest changes to the fluctuating mortgage market that may trip up unwary homebuyers is the difficulty in removing a divorced partner from a mortgage loan. In times past, if one spouse chose to remain in the home and assume the mortgage payments, their partner would refinance their debt, effectively placing the mortgage solely in the hands of the resident spouse. But since it is more difficult for people to obtain loans under today’s guidelines, and homes may not appraise at former high values, divorced parties may have to think this option through. Accordingly, debtors beware…a Quit Claim Deed will not release you from the obligation to repay your mortgage loan and the debt remains a part of your credit record. Getting a new loan will be problematic. With today’s current loan and market conditions…it may be “till death do you part” when it comes time to mortgage debt.


One Day Sale!

October 26, 2007

I like thinking outside the box. There is a new concept in real estate sales and it’s the one-day sale concept described as follows:

One-Day-Only Sales Help Concentrate Buyer Minds
Real estate professionals looking to drum up interest in homes in good condition and in desirable locations might want to consider a one-day sale to get buyers’ attention, provided that the seller is willing to reduce the price to the next major price point to achieve a sale.

Top-producing sales associate Angie Martinson of southern Oregon, for example, held a one-day sale for a $219,000 home, lowering the price to $199,000 for the event. Martinson prepared by informing other sales associates and investor friends, advertising in the local paper, and teaming up with a local lender.

Just before the open house, she put up signs, balloons, and flyers throughout the neighborhood. The event attracted 10 groups of buyers and ultimately resulted in a sale. While the event itself was not the reason why the home sold, it succeeded in persuading buyers to take a look.

Source: Realty Times, Jim Remley (10/23/07)

Keep an eye out for this new tactic in the Orlando market where anything may go in 2008!


Luxury Luggage Services

September 26, 2007


By Linda Hutchinson 

As airports become more and more strict about checked luggage on air flights there is a service being offered by Luggage Forward that picks up your luggage and delivers it to your destination. Celebrities have been using this service for some time. The company says that they are “the premier door-to-door luggage delivery service to more than 200 countries. Whether shipping golf clubs or excess baggage, your bags are guaranteed to arrive safely and on time. Luggage shipping provides total travel convenience.” You can get a quote on their website to see what it would cost you to have your luggage delivered to your next travel destination.