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Fotos on the fly: It’s Halloween!

Larchmont NYHere are a few photos I have taken along the way over the past week or so  while running around the county.  Most were taken with my iPhone – as they really WERE on the fly while I was working with clients.  But its fun to see what people are doing. Halloween has become such a fun holiday in Westchester  that its getting up there with the 4th of July in terms of internet searches.

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Real Estate for Robber Barons…a new show for HGTV

This post is inspired by Tni LeBlanc  who wrote about getting a steal of a deal  in real estate today   In her post she suggested that HGTV might want to take this one up….

So I have a proposal for HGTV – Let’s create  a show entitled The Real Estate For Robber Barons Challenge   By turning it into a competition we can create criteria for the best Robber Baron.  Think competition like Design Star with the ruthless cut-throat edge of The Apprentice.

Each week contestants need to find a distressed seller who is willing to sell their home for a fraction of its actual value.  The ability to achieve this is based on  the contestant’s capacity to con  the seller to ignoring  the basic principles of mathematics,  common sense  and their own best interests.  The contestant  then creates almost instant profits  via the the slum Lord route or by flipping for an obscene profit. This is all done with minimal seed money that the contestants saved in a cookie jar over a period of six months.

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My Sidekick on the Road – Jade…

Real estate agents are known to spend a lot of time on the road.  I am no exception.  My car is my second office  and depending on what I am doing on a given day – I sometimes bring along my social secretary, and friend – Jade.  I have two other dogs but they are not what you would call great work companions.   They are lively and  active and a real blast – on a hike or any other doggie adventure –  but not at work.  Jade, however,  is so mellow and relaxed that bringing her along actually makes the day run more smoothly.  Gentle and quiet – and a bit shy, she makes any trip – work or otherwise – more fun.

Today  was cool and comfortable.  So Jade tagged along when I went out in the late afternoon….I was taking some photos quickly and when I came back to the car to put my camera away – there she was – apparently she had been tracking me and was looking out the back window…..I actually was able to grab a quick shot….since I already had the camera handy…

© 2011 – Ruthmarie G. Hicks – – All rights reserved.


Freaky Friday – Snake about town – a.k.a. the Bronx Zoo Cobra is a Twitter sssssenssssation…

Snakes AliveEvery once in a while someone does something very clever on Twitter.  The Bronx Zoo cobra has done just that – telling of her exploits while traveling NYC.

For those who  have literally been hiding under a rock with their pet cobras – The Bronx Zoo reported a missing female Egyptian cobra.   Until last night she was out on the town and having a great time according to her twitter page. Within days she had almost 222,000 followers….Wish I was that popular – but then I don’t lead nearly as an exciting a life as she does…..

If you want to follow Bronxzooscobra follow the link.  Meanwhile – here are a few entries….

If you see a bag of peanuts inexplicably moving along the ground at Yankee Stadium today. Just ignore it. It’s probably nothing.

Does anyone know if the Whole Foods in Columbus Circle sells organic mice?

Getting on the ferry to Ellis Island. Let’s hope this goes better than that time on the plane.

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Confessions of a smart-phone addict…

Smart Phone EnvyRight now I’m suffering from  smart -phone envy. Since my robbery of three weeks ago – I have been sans much of my smart-phone capacity.   The police are holding my sleek new iPhone captive  as “evidence.”  And getting that phone back has become something close to an obsession.  The old phone that a resurrected was not in great shape.  the battery drains fast, but it charges slowly.  The letters aren’t allowing me to type messages.  On a good day I can read my email but can’t answer it.  For a real estate agent spending time on the road – it makes me want to tear my hair.  Horror of horrors – I’m taking the laptop and searching for WiFi to plug into the internet.   I knew things were getting out of hand when I felt insanely jealous of a client receiving and opening an email while I was showing homes.  Its amazing how addicted I have become to a piece of technology that I have only possessed for a little less than three years.

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For Dog Lovers Everywhere – Dog O’ Lanterns

Some things just come across my desk or into my email in-box that are just too cute not to share.  This is one of them.  They didn’t have a Siberian Husky, but I can forgive them for that because the dog o’ lanterns that they created were just amazing – particularly when put next to the “source of their inspiration.”

©2010 – Ruthmarie G. Hicks – – All rights reserved.

Freaky Friday – My Favorite Real Estate Videos…

Lets not take ourselves too seriously:

If one of the signs of maturity is that people cease to take themselves too seriously – then I guess I’m very mature – bordering on ancient.  Making fun of  real estate agents appears to be a favorite indoor sport of many. But of all the videos out there that make fun of agents – these two are favorites.

The first is about an agent that takes “pushy” to a whole new level.  Its amazing how the actor morphs from a jolly young man into a Boris Karloff look-alike.

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Freaky Friday – Can pigs dance? Yes they can!

We are definitely in the “Dog Days” of summer – my Siberian Huskies have morphed  from outdoor dogs to indoor couch potatoes in search of the comfort of the AC.    Somehow temperatures close to 95 with high humidity don’t square well with the physiology of a dog that was bred to withstand temperatures of 40 below in Alaska.  So I definitely understand how they feel.

In any case some relief  for the TGIF crowd is in order. So enjoy the video of the dancing pig.  I found him on YouTube and thought he was kind of cute and something fun after a long hot week.

© 2010 – Ruthmarie G. Hicks – Freaky Friday – Can pigs dance?  Yes they can!

Freaky Friday – Summer is almost here….

Hello everyone – given that its Friday –  and the Friday before a  holiday weekend no less – I decided to stay away from real estate and merely post something fun.   As most of you know, I have Siberian Huskies  which are not water dogs. But if they were I would hope that they would clean up the beach after their swim as well as these very well-trained canines do…

Enjoy – I think the theme is appropriate for the unofficial first weekend of the summer season…

© 2010 Ruthmarie G. Hicks – – All rights reserved.

Freaky Friday – The Singing Hippo & Dancing Dog..

Happy Friday – a day  late.  Someone sent me a link to  the full  version of this.  My friend thought it was really cute -but couldn’t figure out why she liked it so much.  I feel very much the same way…Its a lot of fun although normally this isn’t something that I would choose for my blog.  So in the end I decided to embed this for everyone.  The full version is not able to be embedded – so if you enjoy the shorter excerpt  – here is the link to the full version on YouTube.  Have fun with it…I love the how the hippo rolls his eyes at the annoying dog while he tries to perform his solo.



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