Dirty Little Secrets Behind White Picket Fences:

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly about all things Real Estate

Dear Spring, April 17, 2007

Filed under: New Hampshire,NH,Uncategorized — Vanessa Sarlo @ 9:47 pm

If you don’t mind, I’d like to see you soon. You see, Winter and I haven’t been getting along too well lately. I threw him out of the house more than once, but he keeps finding a way back in. I keep reminding myself to change the locks. Just when I think he is gone for good—BAM—he shows back up with a vengeance. This past year, I thought maybe he had learned to control his temper, but recently, he seems to be making up for lost time and is back to his old habits. Frankly, he makes me sick —(I have pneumonia and he is partly to blame, no matter what the doctors say)—and I’m more than annoyed with his overbearing ways. Most of all, I am tired of getting the cold shoulder when I try to confront him. He is bossy, pushy, inconvenient, and always making me late for appointments. Worst of all, my family and friends hate him too.

My love affair with Spring

Spring, I know you and I will always be just a fling. I’m O.K. with that. After all, beggars can’t be choosers. In truth, I

am more partial to your hot brother, Summer, but I was hoping you’d come visit soon and cheer me up, even if it is only for a few months of the year. You see, the only thing that kept me going this year was the thought of you and I

reuniting once again. I imagined the two of us alone together: your scent intoxicating, your warmth enveloping, and your zest for life invigorating my body, mind, and soul. Please hurry—I can’t wait much longer!

I love you,


P.S. I know you usually like to bring your cousin Rain to tag along, but I was hoping for some alone time with you first. (What can I say? I’m high maintenance)

I apologize for those of you expecting the above to be at all related to real estate. Sometimes, a gal just needs to get a few things off her chest before getting down to business. Happy Spring.


Greetings from the Land of Discounters March 24, 2007

Hello Everyone!

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to view this site. With so many blogs and opinions flying around in cyberspace today, I hope you will find this particular one to be informative, cutting-edge, controversial, and most importantly, fun.

I decided to write this blog after spending some time at others professionals’ real estate blogs such as bluecollaragents.com and blueroof.com. Each person has their own interpretation and opinions as to where the real estate industry and market is heading over the next few months, years, and decades. I am one of those people, but with a minor catch: I am a discount real estate agent with very different ideas and opinions than the majority of “traditional” real estate agents, or, as I like to call them, the dinosaurs of our industry. Yep, folks, that’s right, I sell property for a flat fee and discounted MLS fee while still providing full service.

Many people have asked how I do it? How can I provide the same service that other agents charge up to tens of thousands of dollars MORE for? I hope to answer these and many more questions and have conversations over the coming months utilizing this blog.

Now, the disclaimer that all commissions are negotiable by law needs to be placed here, but most people are aware that traditional agents are also known as the six-percenters. Companies like Assist2Sell (where I work) are providing consumers with the full service of a real estate professional working to sell your home at a significantly discounted commission than the industry norm.

The term discount used to be considered a “dirty” word. Now, with the coming of Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJs, Hyundai, eBay, SmartBargains.com, and others, it is looked upon in a new light by consumers and industry vets. Suddenly, it’s hip to be price-savvy.  Today more than ever before the real estate market is experiencing a definite uprooting from its traditional past. Why? The answer is simple: home prices have skyrocketed and we are no longer gatekeepers of information. With the advent of the Internet, and sites such as www.realtor.com, www.nneren.com, www.zillow.com, and many, many others, buyers can find almost any kind of imaginable information about a property for sale. Real estate agents supply that information, but they no longer keep it under lock and key as they did in the past.

My goal with this blog is to expose the secrets of the real estate industry, show consumers that there IS a better way to buy and sell property, and engage in conversations with buyers, sellers, and other real estate professionals so that we can all come to a better understanding of today’s changing market and industry.

I look forward to you continued support and guidance on this project, and hope you will be receptive to new ideas, even if you do not necessarily agree. Together, with your participation, we can take the real estate industry out of its stagnant black hole and into a new better and brighter light.