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The Saga of Ms Ivana Newhouse

As Unlikely Is It May Seem... Once In A While... some buyers or sellers in the Fort Worth, Texas area actually use the services of a Realtor other than Karen Anne Stone.  This can often be a very trying experience for them... fraught with dismay and disappointment.  Here is a case in point:

Pictured below is Ms Ivana Newhouse.  Ms Newhouse had been looking for a new home on her own for quite a while.  Sometimes looking online, sometimes using the Sunday Paper and just driving around... she had not been having very much luck.  Then, she had the misfortune of using the Realtor team of Ilene and Ben Dover, who had only been in real estate for a short time.  The agents had been referred to her by her ex-boyfriend, who it appears was not really trying to do Ivana any favors.

Ms Newhouse was not pleased.Click For More InfoIt was an absolute nightmare !

Things did not go well for Ivana.  The title company lost her documents, so her closing was delayed.  Her loan program disappeared at the very last minute due to the ever-evolving sub-prime mess.  So, she ended up being stuck with a six-month ARM loan program funded by Klingon Mortgage Corp.  Although her loan officer from Klingon DID attend her closing, the only thing heard from him was mumbling something that sounded vaguely like "Git'r'done."

Her Home Inspector inspected the wrong house, the termite inspector sprayed her kids and the dog instead of the termites, and the pool inspector brought his bathing suit and a portable barbeque grill, and shows no signs of leaving. 

Ivana hired a mover who was unfortunately referred to her by her loan officer from Klingon Mortgage Corp.  At this present moment, Ms Newhouse has no clue what has happened to her furniture.

After she finally closed and moved in to her home, she was exhausted.  The next day she met her new neighbors and told them her long and tragic story. 

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT... her neighbors had sold their previous home thru Karen Anne Stone of RE/MAX Associates Realty, and had also purchased their new home using Karen Anne's services as well.  After hearing her tale of woe, and being a part of Karen Anne's By Referral Only "Relationship Base," they did as Karen had taught them.  They gently planted a "referral seed"... saying :

      "Ivana... the next time you're in a conversation with someone, and they mention that they're thinking of buying a larger or more expensive home... please keep Karen Anne Stone in mind."

Karen Anne Stone of RE/MAX Associates Realty can be reached by phone at (817) 929-3400, or by email at KarenAnneStone@gmail.com   or   FairyBlogmother@aol.com

[ Editors note:  The above story occasionally does happen.  HOWEVER... the names of the buyer, Ms Ivana Newhouse, and Realtors Ilene and Ben Dover are all FICTICIOUS... having been changed to protect either the innocent or the guilty, whichever the case may be. ]

Comment balloon 27 commentsKaren Anne Stone • September 07 2007 05:55PM

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Karen Anne - Poor Ivana...............I do hope she remembers you next time.
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 10 years ago
Paula:  You are just too kind to read my silly post.  I've checked back several times since I wrote it, and poor Ivana was starting to feel very, very unloved.  A sincere thanks for making her first comment !
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago
This is cute, especially the graphics.  Actually, my daughter tried to buy a home in the DFW area (new job in Arlington), and she worked unsuccessfully with two different agents who never "got" her.  When her lease is up, we'll have to talk so she doesn't end up like poor Ivana.
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Margaret:  I would love to help your daughter.  I think I remember you said previously that she was renting in Arlington.  I know Arlington, and Mansfield very well.  When is her lease up ?  If you read my post about the Homestead Exemption in Texas, you may remember that any buyer who has closed and funded on their home by January 1, 2008... is eligible for the Homestead Exemption, which will give her about a 10% discount (an actual tax decrease) on her real estate property taxes.

Texas does NOT have an individual income tax.  And... since the money to fund the cities and schools has to come from somewhere, the owner's real estate property tax averages about 3%... give or take... of the assessed value of the owner's home.  It IS higher than many states, but the lack of a state income tax more than makes up for it.  Therefore, being in ownership before the first of the year will give her a break on her property taxes for the coming year.

Also, one of the many services I offer... is negotiating with apartment complexes and their management to assist renters if they would like to leave their apartment before their lease is up.  This is something I have done many times in the past, and usually I can arrange that there be NO cost to the apartment renter as long as they purchase a home with me as their buyer's agent.

Think it over, and feel free to bombard me with all the questions you can think of.  Take care...  Karen Anne

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Look at you go Karen Anne!!  You just started on Active Rain and you've got it all figured out...CONGRATS TO YOU!!!  I really love the link of "Ivana" to your website!  That was ingenious!! 

If you're 1/2 the agent you are a student I'm SOLD already!! 

Congrats on your new lead too...WAY TO GO!!

Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 10 years ago

Susie:  You are being way too kind to this ActiveRain Newbie.  I have been working on learning the in's and out's of posting and blogging, commenting and reciprocating, and all the other stuff swirling around in my ol' brain.  A lot to learn, and I am light-years behind you.

There have been many posts and comments that question just WHAT should be the subject matter for posts.  Everyone has their ideas.  Some "purists" want 100% real estate stuff... but to me, everything I have posted about so far... pertains to real estate in some way or another... even though some of it is too "touchy feely" for some Rainers, and a decent part of it just pertains to the in's and out's of simply being human.

To me, the purpose of posting on my blog is to build credibility with my clients, peers, and my "sphere of relationships"... which is my term for sphere of influence.  And I have totally thrown out data base and replaced it with relationship base.  If I cannot build some sort of relationship with a person in my Before, my During, or my After, I really don't care to deal with them.  Life is too short. 

Now, don't get me wrong.  There will be tons of real estate stuff... lots about the homes I am selling, and as I learn how to display it, and learn what is of enough interest in and around my home community to share... what I post will improve.

So... what I am trying to do... is learn to build and display a blog of decent enough quality that I am proud to display it to the public... MY public... through a link on my website.

If the present and future of real estate is going to be through the internet, I choose to use it to allow people to get to know me, to like me, and to trust me.  And, for me, the best way to accomplish that is to simply "hang myself out to dry" in my blog (within reason, of course) both by being in the present about both real estate concerns and human concerns, and by sharing some of my self and my stories from things that have happened in the past.

And when someone clicks on the link that brings them to meet me, they will gradually get to know that I really am an expert in real estate, that I "know" people, and that I know how to help them attain what is truly important to them. 

Tell me, My dear Ms Roscoe, is my approach too "drippy?"  I don't think so... but... what do I know?  I'm just a country girl from Cleveland trying to make it in the Bright Lights and City Life of Fort Worth, Texas.

Tonight, with either my next blog post, or my next session of commenting on other Rain'er's posts, I will cross over the 10,000 point milestone.  Tomorrow, Sunday Sept 9th, will be nineteen days since I joined ActiveRain.  I have invited fourteen agents in my office to join Active Rain, and six have joined.  Three days ago I put on a short seminar about just what to do in trying to get started with Active Rain.  Also, just for fun, I created a new screen name just for sharing blogging questions and suggestions with agents in my office that I invite to Play In the Rain.  It is   FairyBlogmother@aol.com 

I wrote a comment on a post this afternoon which was the very first post for a young RE/MAX agent.  She was looking for some help, and some of the comments were very, very short, atta Girl stuff, which is great.  But, I shared some stuff with her... so she wouldn't have to go through the same agony I have gone through over the last eighteen days trying to figure out which way is up.  It feels sooo good to give back.  Honestly, at my age, some days that is all that keeps me going... giving back.  Does that make sense ?

Sorry to make this so long, but I just felt like talking to someone, and your kind comment just kinda sorta got me started.  Take care... be well...    Karen Anne

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne - YOU ARE SO THERE!!!  I can't believe you've already hit 10,000 points in less than 3 weeks!  Wow!!!  You should be so proud!!  I really love your FairyBlogMother email...that is CLASSIC!! 

You are NOT too drippy...you offer "yourself" to your clients and others.  THAT speaks volumes to me and those who are genuinely looking for help whether it be in Real Estate, Blogging or just life.  KEEP IT UP!!  This trait is what makes you a perfect candidate for the By Referral Only program over and over and over.  You have so much to offer...and are so willing to share! 

YOU GO GIRL!!!  This young Re/Max agent who is looking for guidance needed YOU!  You will find that as you learn, you share more with others, and in return are able to take away more new techniques and ideas from those your senior! 

This is a great testimonial!!  THIS is what AR is all about!!  Keep it up!! 

Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) over 10 years ago

Job Well Done, Karen Anne! This is such a cute, yet true, blog. Thanks :) I have friends that just moved from Eugene to Austin. If they migrate to the DFW area, I will definitely insist that they call you.

Posted by . . (no thanks) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne:  The people of Fort Worth are lucky to have THE Karen Anne Stone should a real estate need arise.  I pity all the folks that are outside of your market area, because they will only have the chance to possibly work with the 2nd best unless they want to move to your area.  Great post!  Much better than the   # 1 REALTOR ads and campaigns.  In fact, I would use this blog as a print ad if I were you.

Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 10 years ago
Well, I didn't want to read this but when I saw the cartoon I just glanced at it and before you know it I had read the whole thing.  You are truly fun to read and I look forward to many more in the future!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Bridget:  Thanks for your kind comments.  And... Austin is nice, but Fort Worth values are better, and Austin traffic is really bad.  If your friends end up this way, I promise to take excellent care of them.  Thanks for thinking of me.

Hi Adam:  I love your kind comments... thank you.  And, coming from you... they're extra-nice.  Use it as a print ad ?  Lemme think about that... but, I admit, it would be fun to do.

Hi Diane:  Thank you so much for your kind words.  I had fun writing it.  And, yes, reading, AND writing fun stuff is a nice way to de-stress.  It's just my somewhat warped sense of humor coming through.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Great Blog, LMAO! Liked the bit about the mortgage guy, have you seen the capital one commercial with the monkey?  Love the part when she asks about the fees and he mumbles oh those dont worry about them they're just normal and the end where they boast a rate below prime..great!

Thanks for looking at my global warming blog we can only keep doing our part as individuals.

Posted by Christine Melcher, The Loan Lady (Fifth Third Bank) over 10 years ago

Hi Chris:  Yeah, the Capital One ad with the monkey on the woman's back is cute.  But... yikes... Klingon Mortgage ??   What's in your phaser ?

It was my pleasure to comment on your global warming post.  If we don't take care of our Mother Earth, how will She take care of us ?          Karen Anne

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Do you think these things up yourself?

You are FABULOUS Karen Anne!  Simply fabulous!

Posted by Nick and Joslyn Solomon, The Solomon Team - Century 21 Moline Realty, Inc. (Century 21 Moline Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Joslyn:  You are being very, very kind with your comment.  Thank you.

When I opened up the email to read the comment, I just started smiling so hard my cheeks started to hurt.  That's about the nicest thing I've heard in a very long time... thank you again !

Do I think these things up myself ?  ABSOLUTELY YES !  Not borrowed from anywhere, not a story overheard in the ladies room... no ma'am.  You heard the camera commercial saying... "From The Mind of Minolta ?"  Well... this stuff really does come from my own mind.  Now... when I think of it is another thing.  Sometimes in the shower... sometimes on the poddy (TMI)... sometimes while driving.  My only challenge is remembering it until I can get to a keyboard so I can write it down.  Take care, Joslyn...    Karen Anne

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne - I can completely relate to the remembering it part.

I have always written a lot, and in the last ten years I have focused on novels more than anything.  I have so many ideas, and they always hit at weird times. (Shower, stoplights, McDonald's drive-thru...)

I actually used to carry a voice recorder in my car, and would grab it whenever I had an idea and start talking away.  That worked very well, and perhaps I should invest in another one. 

Okay, I'm yawning so hard I'm crying.  I must go to sleep.  Harold is already curled up and hogging the blankets - and it's warm here tonight!

Sleep well!

Posted by Nick and Joslyn Solomon, The Solomon Team - Century 21 Moline Realty, Inc. (Century 21 Moline Realty) over 10 years ago
Joslyn:  Maybe I'll have to invest in one of those small digital recorder thingies.  But, this is a warning.  It just might result in some very "interesting" blog posts.  I warned ya.   Thanks for commenting, Joslyn... you sleep well, too !             Karen Anne
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago
Karen Anne - This is a cute post.  Thanks for sharing it.  For some reason, I thought you were a veteran here at AR.  I started in early August, as did Adam.  You are the only person who can rival us with sheer length of comments.  Keep up the good work!  By the way, I love the "fairyblogmother" email address.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago

Wow, Jason:  What a kind thing to say.  No, I started Active Rain on August 21, 2007.  That was right after gettig back from the By Referral Only Main Event in Reston Virginia. 

It was there that I very briefly met Susie Roscoe from Tampa.  Active Rain was mentioned on something she gave me.  I drove back to Fort Worth, took a peek at A/R, mulled it over for a day or two, and then joined.

So, that makes it about five weeks here... fumbling around in the dark.  And, to be put in the same category as you... and Adam and his incredible stuff... you flatter me... but thank you.     Karen Anne

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Adam and I were talking about challenging each other to write longer and longer comments, or to attempt to write longer comments than the posts we were reading.  Check out my featured post from today for a sample of us dueling with our "supercomments" (make sure you read his and my response to him):

Are you helping your clients through the maze, or are you a stumbling block?

I think you of all people will appreciate this.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago
Jason, by the way:  You mentioned length of blog post comments.  I have noticed that some of my comments are longer than many posts.  Scroll up about two-thirds of the way and see for yourself with my comment to Susie.   I bet I could give the two of you a run for your money... as it were.   LOL.   Hmmmm
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Sorry if I said that.  I was referring to COMMENT LENGTH rather than blog length.  Take a look at the link above if you have some time.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago
Karen Anne very cute post!  What a great way to tie in your contact information.  I also thought you'd been on AR for a long time!  Congrats on your quick successes!!
Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) over 10 years ago
Hi Sandy:  How nice of you to visit !  Yes, I enjoy being more than a tad goofy at times.  Actually, it is petty much the way I used to teach when I taught Junior High for nine years.  Thank you for your kind comments.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago
Karen Anne I bet the kids loved having you for a teacher.  Beats the stuffy ones!!!! 
Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) over 10 years ago
Hi Sandy:  I really loved teaching.  And in many ways, being a Realtor is pretty close to the same thing.  Sharing information, moving towards goals, and making dreams come true.  Thanks for your kind comment.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

It was very kind of you to protect the identities of the guilty! :) You're such a hoot!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 4 years ago

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