Out & About
Darlings, I had really wanted to spend this whole time with you today talking about myself, but, unfortunately for me, there are too many things going on with other people that make their lives more interesting than mine. Honey Buns, does false modesty become me?
For starters, there’s a new kid in town. Albuquerque-based Realty One of New Mexico is making its Santa Fe debut by opening an office at 431 St. Michaels Drive. They smartly picked a location with plenty of parking and an event-friendly patio. (Muffins, what more does any Realtor need?) Then, the Albuquerque owners ( Mary Ann Campbell, Jessica Martin, and Mike and Jessica Taylor) charmed the eminently qualified Christopher Harris out of his comfort zone at Barker Realty to become the designated QB. Besides being a top-notch Realtor, he is a certified mediator and negotiator. Listen, Crumpets, as a retired Naval Commander and father of eight and grandfather of two, Christopher obviously learned these skills as a matter of survival. Add to all that his qualifications as a real-estate coach and mentor, and I’d say he’s perfect for the job.
Next, there are familiar faces in new places. Ernie Zapata, Ed Reid, and Joseph Martinez (formerly Santa Fe Properties) recently relocated to Barker Realty. No, Puppies, they did not get in a huddle and make a group hug move. In fact, theywere rather surprised (in a serendipitous way) when they discovered that they had all made a similar decision to re-energize their long real-estate careers by changing locations. Cupcakes, it’s so much easier than moving to a new town and completely starting over, don’t you think?
Ed was at Barker years ago, so he thought it was time to go home. Joseph, who doesn’t know it yet, will become a fashion icon for the men at Barker Realty who would like to start wearing earrings again. Ernie will have pangs of guilt when he starts receiving emails from Dermot Monks (SF Props) wondering where his sidekick went. And they will all live happily everafter.
Another familiar face in a new place is Marilyn Foss (formerly SF Props) who can now be found at Sotheby’s Palace Avenue office. She’s not new to Sotheby’s, as she was there when it transitioned from French & French and a few years beyond. She and fellow Sotheby’s Realtor Judith Ivey recently returned from a trip to Paradise Valley, Ariz., where they met with their client to go over details for the new development they’re representing. Kittens, when you leisurely finish my column, go to the Sotheby’s ad and read about Longview at Santa Fe. You’ll get the full scoop on what Marilyn and Judith are doing.
Familiar-faces-in-the-same-old-placesbut-with-new-job-descriptions is my next category. The Realtors at Sotheby’s will definitely miss Adrienne DeGuerre as their office administrator, and Neil Lyon will certainly miss his marketing and operations manager, Vanessa Rios y Valles. Possums, in spite of breaking hearts, Adrienne and Vanessa made the decision to be their own bosses. Before, they were Realtors doing the managing and marketing for other Realtors. Now, they’re Realtors managing and marketing their own businesses. Still at Sotheby’s, they will be a formidable team. Yes, Chickadees, we must welcome them... to a rewarding world of uncertainty, anxiety, excitement, and lasting friendships.
Congratulations go out to Rey Post (Sotheby’s). Today’s ATRE (All Things Real Estate) radio broadcast on 101.5 FM or 1260 AM marks ATRE’s 7th anniversary. Because of Rey’s brainchild, we get to tune in from noon to 2:00 on the first Sunday of every month and listen to Rey and various guests discussing the best news, information, and commentary on every aspect of today’s real-estate market. Lambkins, we even get to listen to our president. Gary Bobolsky (Sotheby’s), this year’s pres. of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors, is on ATRE’s show from1 to 2, during which time he shares with you all the extracurricular activities Realtors do to make this community a better place. He welcomes audience participa- tion, so call him at 470-0927. I mean it, Doll Faces: talk to him about anything -- except politics and who our next POTUS is going to be.
One of the things he’ll talk about today is the Santa Fe Association of Realtors Nate Blaser Golf Benefit on June 10 at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. The tournament begins with registration and breakfast at 10:30. Not a golfer? Then come out for the festivities later that day, which include a silent auction beginning at four o’clock, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and dancing, or just listening to American JeM’s great music. ALL proceeds go directly to the Sky Center of New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project, working to reduce the risk of youth suicide in Santa Fe County and Northern New Mexico.
One last thing, Pumpkins, and I’m turning out the lights. Michael French (the male half of the now-defunct but never-forgotten French & French Fine Properties) just recently published his latest novel,
The joy of life after real estate for Michael is having time to write again (in between trekking around the world, etc). The author of 24 books, both fiction and non-fiction, Michael’s writings never escape a message or two while entertaining us. In Once Upon A Lie, Michael says the message is that “S___ happens in everyone’s lives, no matter what social class one is in.” Well, Cheesecakes, ain’t that the truth. In the past, we knew Michael as a businessman and Realtor. To learnmore about himas Michael R. French, Author, check him out on Amazon.com.
So long, Sweetpeas. Until next time... Oakley
Marilyn and Judith, glamming it up in Paradise Valley
Adriene and Vanessa, ready for their closeups as they close in on their new careers
Christopher Harris, the new QB of Santa Fe’s newest office, Realty One Santa Fe
Joseph, a man who knows how to wear an earring
Ernie, always ready with a smile for everyone