Marilyn O'Donoghue's (marilynod) Blog

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 When you hear the word Olympian, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Do you picture Michael Phelps, Dorothy Hamill or the Dream Team?  Or do you think of those athletes who fought the good fight and missed qualifying for the team?My first thought is of my son, Matthew O’Donoghue, who fe...
I recently read a blog post about client appreciation and staying in touch beyond the deal.  I have been thinking of hosting an event with past clients and current customers.  I am wondering, though, how to host an event and how receptive clients/customers would be to such an idea? My husband is ...
 According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the simple definition of moving is “changing place or position; having a strong emotional effect; causing feelings of sadness or sympathy; and relating to the activity or process of moving to a different place to live or work”. When it comes to moving, ho...
"I believe the real difference between success and failure in a corporation can be very often traced to the question of how well the organization brings out the great energies and talents of its people."— Thomas J. Watson, Jr.A Business and its Beliefs (1963) I was fortunate to begin my career in...
“A secondary current usually setting in a direction opposite to that of a main current” When my children were in grade school, there was a situation I thought I may have to deal with at some point.  I practiced my response in order to be ready and when the day arrived, the words in my head became...
The business of real estate can be daunting and challenging yet rewarding and gratifying at the same time.  If you work in residential real estate, you will participate in making dreams come true for buyers while allowing sellers to move to the next phase.  It is one of the few industries where y...
Webster's dictionary defines breakwater as "a wall that is built out into the sea to protect a harbor or beach from the force of waves".  Along the way, there are places in life where each of us needs a "breakwater".  During the school age years, it may be a teacher who offers educational assista...
I just acquired a listing that had been on the market for over a year with another agent.  One of my first steps when listing a property is to ask the owner if I may host a broker's open house.  I serve lunch and advertise in our local real estate exchange.  I also email or text agents as a remin...
In 1964, Bob Dylan wrote a song titled The Times They Are A Changin' and 50 years later the times are still changing.  As a real estate agent, I am often asked about market conditions and inventory status.  There is a phrase in this business that all real estate is local, and it is true, to a cer...
Even if you don’t live in an area impacted by snow or ice this week, weather, at certain times of the year, does affect everyone.  If you are a homeowner trying to sell your property, traffic slows or comes to a halt in bad weather conditions.  If you are a buyer, it becomes challenging to schedu...

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