WREC Women’s Real Estate Club

Bonus Space

In preparation for introducing the idea behind WREC, I visited a home today.  I’m not sure how many blog posts I will write about it (maybe two or three total).  This post is about what I found that the agent did not include with the listing.

The Agent's Photo

The Agent’s Photo

I love a house with a front porch

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My Photo

This one also has a screened back porch – love the screen door on back of house.

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This is what was missing from the listing

The Possibilities

The Possibilities

Let’s start by putting in a blue stone patio in front of the “two car detached garage”

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Houzz – Bud Dietrich

How pretty to paint it yellow and trim it in robin’s egg blue and make it a play house for little girls

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Sweet Colors – Houzz – Restyled Home

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Houzz – Restyled Home

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Houzz – Restyled Home

Or, someone can go the sophisticated route for the big girls

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Houzz – Becky Harris

It is large enough for a study-indoor/outdoor dining room

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Houzz – Rebekah Zaneoff

A summer retreat

Summer Retreat

Summer Retreat

If someone has no imagination, they can always make it a potting shed

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No Imagination Idea #1

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No Imagination Idea #2

JUST IN CASE the detached two car garage is not structurally sound and needs to be torn down….

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Cabana Chic – ysvoice – Tumblr 

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Oh no! Santa – don’t do it!

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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WREC – Women’s Real Estate Club

WREC

Real Estate Investment and Education

As a result of investing in real estate, both commercial and residential, I have gained an extensive amount of experience and knowledge in navigating through the investment process.

I would like to share my hands-on knowledge with women who are interested in learning the strategy involved in creating value in a time-worn home for re-sale.   If you have a desire to learn the process of short term residential real estate investment, I will be hosting my first informational meeting on Thursday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m.

My presentation will include my background as it relates to real estate development and redevelopment.  I will share an example of the type of property I will target for investment, the pro forma for an investment, and my vision for the creation of an investment group just for the ladies.

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I will not be doing this again – one WRECK is enough for one lifetime.

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Come out to Turner’s Corner

571 Route 168, Turnersville, NJ  08012

Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Best, Theresa

A Mid Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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Elegant Farmhouse In New York Featured in Architectural Digest

From its Federal-style wing to its neo-Victorian carriage barn, a new home in Dutchess County blends a century of American country heritage into a single transcendent whole.

Design by Gil Schafer

Design by Gil Schafer

In the entrance hall, the antique English gilt-wood mirror and the 19th-century Irish mahogany bookcase are both from Niall Smith Antiques.

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A Walton Ford painting spans one wall of the living room; the lamps are by Vaughan, the Gustavian chairs are from Evergreen Antiques, and the circa-1880s Sultanabad rug is from Beauvais Carpets.

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I think the artwork is bizarre

A de Gournay wallpaper lines the dining room, which hosts a Regency table and chairs; the gilt-wood chandelier is from TheronWareHudson, the George III mirror is from Cove Landing, and the sisal rug is by Beauvais Carpets.

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Munder-Skiles chairs accompany a skirted table on the ground-floor glazed porch.

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The kitchen features Schafer-designed cabinetry and light fixtures by Ann-Morris Antiques; the hood and range are by Wolf, the microwave is by Viking, the sink is by Waterworks, and the barstools are by Mulligan’s.

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The family room contains a chesterfield sofa designed by Schafer and upholstered in a Nancy Corzine velvet; the suzani throw is from Yellow Church Antiques.

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A Robert Kime linen from John Rosselli & Assoc. dresses the window and bed in the master bedroom; the swing-arm wall lamps are from Circa Lighting, and the ikat pillow is by Madeline Weinrib.

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The master bath’s alcove frames a Waterworks tub; the sconce is by Ann-Morris Antiques, the window-shade fabric is by Robert Kime, and the sink stand was designed by Schafer.

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A bedroom is lined with a Ralph Lauren Home linen stripe; the lamps are by John Rosselli & Assoc.

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A columned cabana is situated alongside the discreet swimming pool.

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Behind the cabana is the Fountain Garden, designed by Alexandra Kasmin; the granite basin is by Stone Structures, and the benches are by Munder-Skiles.

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A Greek Revival veranda overlooks the rolling landscape.

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Scala Al Paradiso

Scala Al Paradiso translated from Italian is “it climbs to the paradise,” and that can be translated to Stairway to Heaven. I was inspired by the staircase in yesterday’s classic home to search out other amazing stairways.

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Planitserver.com

This one is very interesting – it reminds me of a book I read to my kids – “The Spooky Old Tree.”

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The Spooky Old Tree – Image Coloribus

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The American Legacy – Tumblr

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Victoriamag.com

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Houzz.com

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brunchatsaks.blogspot.com

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cocokelley.blogspot.com

BHG

BHG

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covetdujour.blogspot.com

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classicaladdiction.com

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Georgian Design – Tumblr

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Gracie Swainson – Tumblr

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Sara C Mills – Tumblr

AND THE WINNER IS

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There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she cant get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a Twenty-First Century World

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Please Read The Letter

Big Orange Landmarks Blog

Big Orange Landmarks Blog

Beautiful historic home for sale for $1,100,000 in Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, the Santa Monica Freeway plowed through the neighborhood in the 1950’s, and the home has been on the decline since then.  It is almost uninhabitable.

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And, then there is a music video that was filmed in the now spooky old house – Please Read The Letter – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Xi5gvZ7Kk

 

If you want to see lots of pics of the home

http://www.planitserver.com/11victorian/index.php?resultpage=1&cat=Dilapidated&id=&id2=&id3=&id4=&id5=&id6=&id7=&id8=&id9=&id10=

If you want to see the real estate listing

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2218-S-Harvard-Blvd_Los-Angeles_CA_90018_M13980-98894

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a Twenty First Century World

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Outside Inside Turner’s Corner – Part I

Memorial Day Weekend 2013 Ventnor, New Jersey

Memorial Day Weekend 2013 Ventnor, New Jersey

Turner’s Corner is the name of a building that I own where Innovasion is a tenant.  The building was built by John Turner in about 1880, and is located at an intersection that was the historic commericial intersection of a then rural community.  The building was purchased by me and my husband in 1985 to house Land Dimensions, our land use planning and engineering consulting company.   Because of the growth of the business, ten years ago we moved to a larger building, but retained ownership of our first “professional office” building.

A few years ago, we divided the building in order to house three different business tenants concurrently, and over the years we have had tenants come and go.  In June 2012, Innovasion took over one of the spaces when a real estate company left.

We have had a wonderful tenant in the upstairs portion of the building, and he is leaving because of a need to move his operation to a different location.  (Sorry to see you go Bob.)  In the course of a conversation with my husband, Bob mentioned that his wife and his son recently opened a breakfast and lunch restaurant in Ocean City, NJ.  Larry told him we certainly will come to visit for breakfast when we are at the shore.

The SOUTH Jersey shore is where we spent Memorial Day weekend 2013.  The South Jersey Shore is not the Jersey Shore of MTV.   I had a list of things to do while we were at the shore.  Top on the list was an estate sale in Ocean City.  I found (but did not buy) a beautiful chest that was in pretty good shape.

What I Did Not Buy

What I Did Not Buy

The estate sale had a way over-priced dining room set.  As a matter of fact, one of my resources has a nicer set with as many pieces  as the estate sale was selling in finished condition and for the same price.

Estate Sale Buffet

Estate Sale Buffet

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My resource’s dining room set is much nicer and costs the same

The china closet at the estate sale

The china closet at the estate sale

My found china closet that is waiting for me to pick it up

My found china closet that is waiting for me to pick it up

Next up after the estate sale was breakfast at the Sunrise Café (the breakfast and lunch restaurant that Bob’s wife and son own).  When we walked in, there was Bob busing tables and seating customers.  It was a hopping place at 11:30 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, so there was very little time for Bob to socialize.  In a brief conversation, my question to Bob was – so….does either your son or your wife have restaurant background, and the answer was no.  Next question – so….?  Bob ran to get the menu with the story on the back.

Inspiration

Inspiration

Sunrise Café opened in 2013 with the hopes of bringing residents and vacationers a place to enjoy home cooking by the beach.  Our dream of opening a breakfast place started before the passing of our family’s guardian angel, “Nana.”  Helen M. Reid, a lifelong vacationer in Ocean City, loved her family and supported their dreams to the fullest.  She was their best support system.  Anyone who knew her was truly blessed to have gotten to love her in their lives.  The family has used her memory to start a small business, here, in her favorite place.  Some of these memories include walks to some of our favorite places in Ocean City, NJ, sitting on the beach, taking long walks along the boardwalk or Asbury Ave.  or stopping for a cup of tea.  Those small moments nurtured our creativity and influenced us to appreciate the importance of family.

We'll Be Back

We’ll Be Back

This blog is a tribute to a Nana that I did not know.   In today’s culture of celebrity worship, Nana was an ordinary woman.  Her ordinary life of raising a family, sitting at the beach, walking on the boardwalk and stopping for a cup of tea, was lived as an extraordinary person, and her family paid her the greatest tribute by following their dream because of her.

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Estate Sale Server

Estate Sale Server

The server where I buy some of my  my stuff

The server where I buy some of my my stuff

Just like the ones I found - how cute painted yellow

Just like the ones I found – how cute painted yellow – Chrissiescollection.blogspot.com

 

 

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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Starting in the Middle – Part II – What is Found In America?

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Theresa – when you left off last week, you were showing us some pics of things that you found at an auction.  Just to clarify….when you are out shopping as Found In America, you don’t purchase anthing?

That’s right – ain’t no money coming out of my pocket.

But, Found In America is a business?  How do you have a business selling things, if you don’t buy them?

I am starting out slow…I have a strategy – lol.  If anyone is actually reading this blog, they may think I have a good idea and begin to follow me on Instagram.

Do you have a Found In America handle?

I do – it is foundiam.

What is it that you post on Instagram, and why would people want to follow you?

Right now, I am posting a mix of inspiring design images and the things that I find while I am on my travels.  I am hoping that I will eventually get to the point where I have so many followers that eventually someone will want to purchase what I have found.

How does that work logistically?

I am working on that (i.e., I’ll worry about it when someone actually wants to buy something).

What is the most interesting thing you have found?

A Dinosaur Head

A Dinosaur Head

That’s awesome!  But do you think there’s a large market for that?

Not for your average homeowner, but there is a commercial establishment somewhere in the world that would love to have it.  They just need to follow me (on Instagram).

Last week, you showed us what you saw at the outside auction.  Can you show us what was going on inside?

A Pair of Paris Apartment Nighstands

A Pair of Paris Apartment Nighstands

A Mid-Century Chair

A Mid-Century Chair

Beautiful Wulitzer Jukebox

Beautiful Wulitzer Jukebox

A Rat Pack Bar

A Rat Pack Bar

Can you help us out with what you mean by a Rat Pack Bar?

The Rat Pack ruled Las Vegas and Hollywood during the 1950’s and 1960’s  They were Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop & Peter Lawford.

The Rat Pack

The Rat Pack

Do you have examples of the kinds of chairs you find at the auction?

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Do you find things that don’t necessarily appeal to you, but know they have value?

Yes, I found a pair of Hollywood Regency style chairs that don’t work for me, but certainly would work in a room that is looking for glamour.

Hollywood Regency

Hollywood Regency

I found this black pair on Pinterest for $2,140.00

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Yes, Cheryl and I went hunting for a client, and found these mid-century fireside chairs.  We bought them because of their potential.

We saw the potential

We saw the potential

We put a lot of time into looking for the right fabric

We put a lot of time into looking for the right fabric

Are you ever tempted to bid on something?

Yes, I loved this rug and wanted it for a space I am working on at the shop.  But, the guy I was bidding against was very, very serious and I knew I really didn’t have a chance, so I gave in pretty early on….he was very intimidating.

I Gave It Up

I Gave It Up

So….you left without buying anything? 

OK – I confess….just one little cute chair.

So Cute!  I could not resist.

So Cute! I could not resist.

Remind us again – what is it we need to do to help you be a success with your Found In America venture.

Follow Found In America on Instagram – foundiam.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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