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48 Waterfront Drive | Your Summer Home is Here!

If that video doesn’t spark your interest, I don’t know what will! Wow! What an incredible home.

This exquisite end unit townhouse features an open floor plan with views of the water, rich hardwood floors, gas log fireplace and a panacea of windows opening to a private deck. It also features an eat-in kitchen with island, stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile counter tops and artisan backslash. There are four bedrooms including a master en suite. The third floor bedroom can be the perfect mother-in law suite, home office or entertainment center with full bath room. Enjoy a terraced backyard with perennials and a shoreline walkway. The ground floor is finished and makes a great game room. The integral double car garage has plenty of storage space to enjoy all of you hobbies. Enjoy private sidewalks, city lights, waterfront views and downtown access in minutes. Other features include: Walking/biking trails around the island, onsite marina, Three Rivers Rowing club, Redfin Blues Restaurant, and is close to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities, UPMC and Allegheny Hospitals, Penn Avenue and Pittsburgh’s cultural district. 

The Pirates season is here. Skip the traffic and take your boat to the game.

Call me…let’s talk business.

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MLS #1238785

Chapter 43: The Day in the Life of A Realtor

6:00 AM    Rise & shine. Take the dog out for a morning walk. Enjoy the views of the river along the trail. Quick cup of coffee while perusing the latest TV news.

8:00 AM    Hit the road with today’s showing itinerary. Arrive at RE/MAX office and meet new client and her sister.

2:00 PM    15 showings later, I drive back to my office with client and her sister. Talking about her selection and how soon she would like to close.

3:00 PM     Off to meet family looking for their first new home. Viewing three selections. Finishing at dusk.

6:00 PM     Driving home, looking forward to crashing with my dog, dinner on the sofa with a little TV. Prepping for Sunday open house by the computer.

8:00 PM    Conference call with out of town buyer and lender. Respond to emails and texts. Address any concerns before powering down. 

Working as a full time realtor encompasses hours and hours of preparation and attention to detail, setting up itinerary to view homes, assisting clients in making once in a life time decisions. Decisions that will affect them and their dear ones for years to come.

I love working with people. Learning about them, making them feel comfortable to rest assured that I will have only their best interest at heart. Helping them network with finding contractors, window washers, insurance carriers, babysitters, new grocery stores, restaurants and best new friends.

As I take my morning walk along the path with my dog, enjoying the river, feeling the sun’s rays across my cheeks, I know this is where I want to be ‘right now, right here’ with my ‘new found’ career of just ten years. Financially it’s been my best year yet, but the joy of knowing that I continue to learn and love every aspect of my job is the real reason I continue on this journey. Can’t wait to see what the morning brings…

Day in the Life of a Realtor: Preamble

T’was nine years ago when I stood on the porch of my home on a calm morn awaiting the moving truck. I was alone, scared, teary-eyed, and yes, alone. 29 Priscilla Lane had been my home for over 30 years. I raised my two sons there. That was the only place they ever knew to call ‘home.’ It was a beautiful retreat with over one acre.

And now it was time to let go, sell the home and move onward…

And so up the long driveway I heard footsteps…there appeared a slim man with gray hair. He drawled, “Lady, where w goin’?”

His name was Don. From that moment on he became a storyteller, a jokester, and endless monologue of life’s journeys.  The day was a whirlwind.

When we were all packed up I walked out the door and put the past behind. I know I will always have the memories but life moves forward. Houses and property are just that. We cannot get attached to structures.

Since that day I have had the pleasure of working with many clients, having Don move them. Some new stories, some edited monologues. Always a delight. Always refreshing.

Thank you, Don for having such great insight into the human spirit and your kind words.

The Look

It’s that first impression that strikes buyers. They walk in that door and either like it or hate it. That is why it is so important to make the first impression lasting.

As a seller’s agent I provide complimentary staging. As well as detailed itinerary of possible improvements, repairs to the home prior to listing.

Certainly the exterior, landscaping are a must in presentation. And there is nothing better than replacing door hardware. It’s not expensive and makes such a difference.

It wasn’t until about a year into selling real estate that I noticed the financial impact staging has on offers.

The spring market will be here before we know it. I am offering complimentary staging consults. Shoot me an email and together let’s get your home ready for the biggest selling season of the year!

The Vision

Folks looking to make the transition from their home to a new one must have a clear vision. As a seasoned real estate agent I can assist them in outlining that vision with a detailed path towards reaching their goal. The transition means getting their home on the market all while figuring out where it is they would like to be in the future.

I am working with a woman who is looking to move to assisted living in Oakmont. After visiting, we chose a possible housing unit and now it’s time to start the listing process of her home.  I am working with another client who would like to downsize from the two story family home to a first floor master. We have outlined her goals and are working to make that happen. It’s an exciting time, sometimes scary, to not know the exact future. As I tell all my clients, never look back with regret. Always look forward to what the future may present.

Contact me today to discuss where your future vision is taking you.

Day in the Life of a Realtor: Chapter 45

As a sellers’ realtor, my job is more than putting numbers together, making homes look really really pretty to captivate the buyers’ eye. It is working with the client in achieving their end goal, that of selling their home with nice pricepoint and sending them off on their new journey in good spirits. Not as easy as it appears.

I work very diligently toward ensuring my sellers’ pursuits are met. Each client has a different story, a different perspective, and a different end game. It is knowing and translating those entities into tangible outcomes that make my job intense yet truly satisfying.

At the closing table I can look at them and know we have attained all those goals, and they are ready to move forward.  And that is my reason for being in this business. I so enjoy the satisfaction it brings.

As I stated it’s not easy. But at the end of the process I know that I have done my job, done it well, and onward to then next client.

I just sold home on Washington’s Landing for a very nice price. Those folks decided to build their dream home on the water in Oakmont. They did an outstanding job in designing it in every detail. The exuberance was definitely evident at the closing table. They are well on their way on their new adventure.

Please check out my blog for more stories now and yet to come.

The Lives In The Day of A Realtor: Chapter 33

I am so blessed to know so many lovely folks through my daily mission as a realtor. I was introduced to a dear sweet woman of 95 years young several months ago. She was living in her home of 26 years, two husbands later whom passed away, she found herself unable to stay. While her mind was sound, her legs would just give out. And it was not safe to be there alone. So off she went to lovely Willows near Ohio Valley Hospital.
We met on weekly basis to list the home, work through offer and sale. Each time I visited I learned a lot about this dear soul. And her previous husbands and two outstanding sons, one local and one in Oregon. She had a treasure full of memories, life’s fortunes as well as misgivings, and unmistakable humor.
She collected salt & pepper shakers. When her family traveled they would always bring her back salt & pepper shakers from each and every exotic location. While the sons were clearing out the house I asked the owner if I could have the chicks for remembrance. What a gift!  They sit perched behind my kitchen sink. I think of her daily.
I am blessed…I love my job…I love my clients (most of the time) and I love knowing that each day brings someone whom I can learn from and share while assisting them in buying and/or selling their home.

Atlanta Connection Finds Their Forever Home

Hello Friends! I received this beautiful message today from a couple of my favorite clients. Tiffany & Jamie are really special people to me. I met them last winter in a bluster of icy-cold, stormy weather. We took a magical mystery tour of the City, ala snow boots, with ‘heal toe’ footwork, so as not to break our necks. They became part of my family and now refer to my mother as ‘Grandma.’ I love them dearly. It’s folks like Tiffany & Jamie that make my ‘job’ a dream come true! As the fall air is turning crisp, I want you to know that my business doesn’t stop, just because the weather conditions aren’t ideal. Please take a minute and read what my clients have to say, about working with me.

“Maggie Jayson is simply the best. I emailed her about a home in Rosslyn Farms that we fell in love with via Realtor.com. She responded almost immediately. After three months of emailing with Maggie we were finally ready to house hunt. I asked her if she would be our agent, regardless of the original house I contacted her about. She said she would, but that the original home had just gone under contract two days prior. We were going to be relocated here from Atlanta, for my husband’s job. We would be in town for 4 days and I had never even seen the city. Maggie planned for us to see as much of Pittsburgh as possible. She wanted us to get a feel for the city, and what it has to offer. We toured Sewickley, Mt. Lebanon, Oakmont and everywhere in-between. In three days, we saw over 25 homes! At the end of our trip, we put an offer on a 110 year old Victorian in Oakmont. We call it ‘our forever home.’ We couldn’t have picked a better realtor. Maggie went above and beyond for us. She even had snow boots and socks in her car, in case I needed them. We came from the South, after all. Her attention to detail and love of being a realtor shows in everything she does. She took such care with us through the process and continues to do so even after we moved in. She will always be a part of our lives — a dear friend. She truly is simply the best! – Tiffany St. John | Oakmont, Pa

Thank you for reading. Check out my latest listings here. And remember I’m yours in gettin’ it SOLD!

Takin’ It To The Street

 

I passed Real Estate Networking 101 with flying colors. Yes, to be in this business you must know the who’s and how’s of networking. It is imperative that you have a good working relationship with fellow realtors and professionals. Here’s an example of how I networked and got a listing sold.

This story is about 5904 Stanton Ave., in Highland Park. This listing came to me as a referral from an attorney, who had handled a closing for me earlier this year. As soon as I began marketing this property, I immediately began sharing the news with anyone and everyone. You never know who could buy it. One day when I was getting my hair done, I started talking about Stanton Ave. And would’t you know it, my hair stylist and her husband decided to take a look at it and fell in love. We’ve since closed on the house and the sellers and buyers are all happily situated in their new homes.

Keeping professional relationships and constantly sharing my passion for real estate is what made this possible. Whether it be in real estate or in my personal life, I have created a vast network of relationships. One of my passions is connecting folks with like interests as well as finding them homes where they will be most happy. So ‘Takin’ It To The Street’ is what you will get when you hire Maggie Jayson!

Meet at the Table

   As your Realtor, I will walk you through the process of buying/selling your home.  I am a negotiation specialist so that I can advise you and make recommendations  with regard to smart decisions in counters and price points.  Today I felt compelled to write about the closing table. in the years that I’ve sold real estate I’ve encountered many different situations that make closings either smoothly or more difficult.

   I recommend closing with an attorney at the table. Pennsylvania is a buyers’ choice State. This means the buyer has the right to decide which attorney and/or settlement company will close. Keeping on track with all necessary clerical paperwork, certificates, and permits is foremost in making sure you close on time. You will get nothing but the best from Maggie Jayson at The Table.