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What’s the Meaning of the Word ‘TEAM’?

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Per the “bing” dictionary, the word TEAM is defined as “cooperatively functioning group: a number of people organized to function cooperatively as a group.”  “The” Team of Bonnie, Maureen & Kelly epitomizes this definition.

Literally, if there is a schedule conflict with one member, another member can and will step right in to cover without missing a beat. Several years ago, I was headed to Frederick with a client to look at condos. My husband called me from the hospital, telling me he was waiting for a helicopter to take him to Washington Heart Center for surgery. When you get a phone call like this, it doesn’t register right away -so thank goodness my client had a clear head and told me I needed to go directly to the hospital, not show her condos then go! One call to my teammate, Kelly, and she intercepted us, picked up my client, sent Me to the hospital and took the client on to see the condos. Not a beat missed.

This is the reality of being a member on our team: Each member can step in for the other and take care of the business at hand. At the drop of a hat.

It is a combination of commitment, compatibility and respect for each other and our profession. We each have our own distinct personalities, but there is a definite meeting of minds on how we conduct our business and the importance of making sure our clients’ needs are met.

When you are interviewing an agent to assist you in the sale of your home or the purchase of a new home, ask if they work on a team and if so, how the team functions. In today’s world of buyers and sellers needing-to-know-now, there is no better way to make sure you’re covered. Team work  really works, especially with our Team!


What is Fair Housing?

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On a recent visit to a New Home Subdivision a question arose: “Are there other families like us buying here?”  This was an innocent question from a young couple who have a young child. They were not concerned about race, color, national origin, gender or religion, they just wanted to know if their child would have other children to play with, to grow up with. But, it IS a violation of our Fair Housing Laws for us to ask or answer this question. 

It does not seem “fair,” quite frankly. Does it? I mean, in an established neighborhood, the buyer can drive up and down the streets and see for themselves – they see the bikes in the drives, the swing sets in the back yards. Then they can get on line and do a little research to discover complete demographics. They can call the sheriff’s office to find out criminal stats. (We are, after all, a society with Way Too Much Information at our fingertips.) But in a new home subdivision, unless it is labeled a “senior/over 55 community” there is no such information unless it can be obtained from the sales representative. And it can’t, due to our Fair Housing laws.

 As a person who has no personal bias toward any protected or non-protected class, it is frustrating to know – in 2013 – there are still people who do, to the extent we can’t even answer a simple question for fear of legal reprisal.