When Clients Become Friends

I just said goodbye to Barry and Shareen.  In 2006, they moved here from Southern California and bought their Colorado Springs home.  I was their Buyer's Agent.  Today, they sold that home and moved to Durango.  It was a good closing but a tough goodbye, when I teared up as we hugged in the parking lot.

They are more than clients.  They are friends.  We have enjoyed many good times together.  They bought my daughter her first sleeping bag, a Disney princess themed one, back when she when she was three. We have water skiied at Pueblo Reservoir.  We have snow skiied at Monarch Mountain.   We have celebrated many X-Mas Eve dinners together at Musashi.  We have shared our families.  We have laughed and seen each other through difficult life struggles.

As an 18 year veteran in the real estate business, I often joke that I don't have time for any more "friends."   But the truth is friends somehow find us.  We may not set out with the intention of connecting at such a personal level, but with a special few it becomes personal at some point. 

I'm trying not to be sad.  I know that you will be happy in Durango.  You have good jobs and beautiful scenery to enjoy, and you have each other.  I will always cherish our sweet times together!  Thank you for letting me help you and for being my friends.

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Delicious Pumpkin Bread

In honor of fall and the holiday season upon us, I thought I'd leave the real estate talk for a moment and share with you my favorite recipe for pumpkin bread.  Yum!

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

 

Ingredients

4 ounces cream chees, softened

1/4 cup butter

1 1/4 cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Grease one 9x5x3 loaf pan.  In mixing bowl, combine softened cheese, butter and sugar. Cream together well.  Beat in eggs one at a time until blended. Mix in pumpkin.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and walnuts.  Stir until thoroughly mixed.  Combine all at once with batter.  Stir just enough to moisten.  Pour into greased pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes in pan.

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Which Cell Phone Provider Do I Choose?

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So I'm driving around in the car this weekend with some new buyers from out of state.  They traveled with their cell phones, naturally.  As we drive, we notice that they keep losing cell phone service. Their signal is weak and they can't get good connections. They do not have AT&T.

A good friend of mine who lives in the East area of Colorado Springs, near Academy Blvd. and Maizeland, is constantly dropping cell phone calls and having to redial...very frustrating!  He does not have AT&T.

I mention this becuase it DOES matter who your cell phone provider is around here.  In Colorado Springs I have found that best service is through AT&T.  I have found their rates are pretty competitive. I rarely drop calls.  I have good coverage throughout the area.  It is important...especially when your livelihood depends on it!

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