My Open House Checklist

  • Signs
  • Zip ties
  • Wire cutter
  • Mallet
  • Rubber boots
  • KW building keys
  • Balloons
  • Poncho
  • Umbrella
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Flat screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flashlight
  • Tape measure
  • Folding table
  • Tablecloth
  • Folding chair
  • Bar stool
  • Light bulbs
  • Trashcan
  • Trash liners
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Dust cloth
  • Power cords
  • Computer
  • Phone
  • Shoe covers
  • Scissors
  • Mounting gum
  • Pens
  • Blank paper
  • Markers
  • Lint roller
  • Candle
  • Matches
  • Handsoap
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper hand towels
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • A-frame chalkboard
  • Chalk
  • Eraser
  • Business cards
  • Home flyers
  • Sign-in sheets
  • Comment sheets
  • Maps of surrounding homes for sale
  • Portfolio of TREC forms
  • Napkins
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic cups
  • Divided plastic serving bowl
  • Plastic cheese plate
  • Nuts
  • Mints
  • Candy
  • Sliced/cubed cheese
  • Bottled water
  • Carbonated juice (clear)
  • Trunk tools- zip ties, wire cutter, mallet, pliers, hammer, screwdrivers, tape measure, flashlight
  • Trunk- rubber boots, poncho, umbrella, lint roller, portfolio of TREC forms
  • Portable bin- tablecloth, light bulbs, trash liners, cleaning wipes, paper towels, dust cloth, shoe covers, candle, matches, hand soap, toilet paper, paper hand towels, crayons, chalk, eraser, coloring books, crayons, markers, mounting gum, scissors, pens, business cards
  • Purse- Computer, phone, power cords, KW keys, personal pens
  • Portfolio- Home flyers, sign-in sheets, comment sheets, maps of surrounding homes for sale
  • Portable food bin- napkins, toothpicks, paper plates, plastic cups, serving bowl, serving plate, nuts, mints, candy, cheese, bottle water, carbonated juice
  • Bulky items- signs, balloons, folding table, A-frame chalkboard, folding chair, bar stool, trash can

Surprised look

Does this list surprise you???

Basic Tools That Work for You


Late yesterday afternoon, I used these feet to walk around the neighborhood where I’m holding an open house on Saturday. I was walking up to doors that were reachable, ringing the bells, and inviting anyone who answered to the open house. Pretty primitive, right?

Guess what? It works! People are often happy to have a friendly face ask them if they know anyone they’d like to have as a new neighbor. They are happy to give a little thought to whether or not they know anyone who has talked about moving into their neighborhood. Or, if they know of anyone anywhere who is thinking about buying or selling.

The thing is, people often don’t go Realtor®-shopping when they need one. (They should!) People often choose the real estate agent who appears in front of them just when they need a real estate agent. I might as well be that agent that <💥POOF> appears exactly when you need me. And, with a home that you want to buy in a location you love.

So… in addition to using my FONE, I use my feet.

Fone is My Friend

On phone

Here’s my life: connecting with you and your friends to figure out 1) which one of you needs help with real estate in the near future, 2) if I’m the one who can help, and 3) if I can refer you to someone else who can help.

That’s it. Really, my office is the world. I can ask you these questions from anywhere, but today I’m doing it from my home office. In my fuzzy vest. And no makeup.

Today, in a lead-up to hosting an open house on a new home this Saturday, I am calling the neighbors around that open house to see if any of them know friends or relatives who have expressed interest in moving into the neighborhood.

Sometimes agents will talk among themselves and call the nosy neighbors ‘lookie-lookies’. But you know what? I rely on all you nosy neighbors out there in neighborhood-land to help me find someone to buy a great house in a great neighborhood. I am rather fond of nosy neighbors because they are motivated to find their own great new neighbors.

How may I help you with your real estate needs?


Underneath It All

Sky photo for blog

My first post here, and I have a photo of… countryside??? Context, it’s the context. This is the hill country on which half of Austin and many surrounding towns is built. The limestone foundation of this world is honeycombed with caves and covered with thin, alkaline soil supporting a fragile ecosystem.

Hint for homeowners: if you have a lot of trees that look like the one on the left,

IMG_1670best replace them with native live oaks, cedar elms, or another native tree well-adapted to the thin soil and dry conditions. The orange-tinged evergreen in the picture is a juniper, usually called ‘cedar’, and it sucks up water like nobody’s business.

The male trees also emit pollen in the winter, and lots of people are allergic to it. Almost 20 years old now, but revealing many Texas Hill Country secrets, is the Texas Monthly article on the subject of “The War on Cedar“. For further information on junipers and our landscape, read about and visit Bamberger Ranch Preserve.

What’s growing in your yard?