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That Kind Of Morning

With the frigid temps sweeping over the midwest this week, I thought it was a perfect morning to set up shop on the couch and do some research on other real estate blogs. How lucky am I that that is even an option? While working for yourself has its challenges, it certainly has its perks.

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[My view while writing this morning]

 

My goal was to find a couple other blogs to see what others were doing and to discover how I could improve both my blog and real estate skills. Below are a couple links to blogs that I found interesting and helpful for all businesses. Whether you are in sales, marketing, real estate or an entrepreneur, many of the skills are crossovers.

 

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Nothing will devalue a traditional phone call, but we all know texting is increasingly the preferred way of contact. Instead of ignore it, businesses should embrace it an learn to do it well. BoomTown, a real estate marketing company had a great blog post about lead generation that is worth a read.

 

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Keller Williams mission is “To build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living.” I love that this company encompasses our whole life in to it’s work. To piggy back on this idea, a blog from Afford Anything did an amazing job of breaking down 12 essential lessons you must learn about money and life. Most people don’t have time to read entire books on this subject, so finding shorter reads via blog are very helpful.

 

Other honorable mentions of blogs I found:

Bigger Pockets – “Leading source for the best articles on real estate investing, personal finance, marketing and being successful.”

85 Best Real Estate Blogs to Read in 2016 – A lot of content on this website, but you can find anything you wanted to know about marketing, investing and more.

 

Even though blogging is increasing in popularity, the midwest seems to be slower to catch on. If you know of a local blogger, no matter the subject, please send me a link! I would love to support other local bloggers and see what others are doing!

 

Giving Local

You’ve known me to preach “shop local”, and now that we’re in the heart of holiday season, I encourage you to give local. Local news stations, the Sioux Falls Business Journal, Huffington Post and USA Today have all attributed Sioux Falls as one of the best cities in the United States. Cost of living is low, unemployment is low, but that does not mean we don’t have our fair share of people struggling to make ends meet. Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, but it is also an expensive time of year. I hope you find it in your heart and budget to give to a local organization this holiday season.

 

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The Children’s Home Society is South Dakota’s oldest human services, nonprofit organization, and the organization my team  has chosen to collect donations for at our holiday party. The programs and way people are served through Children’s Home Society is all encompassing. A few of their biggest needs include paper products, snack items, gift cards and size 4 diapers.

 

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My childhood church, First Presbyterian, hosts an angel tree every year and delivers the gifts and food to the families themselves. I love participating in this every year because I am buying for a specific person versus a general donation. I envision their happiness Christmas morning with their new toy and how they will look in their new outfit. This is when the act of giving becomes a gift.

 

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As you could have guessed, the Sioux Falls Human Society is on my list. It is difficult to visit this place as I wish I could take them all home, but it is a joy to bring food and toys to the shelter so the animals can share in the Christmas spirit as well.

 

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If money is tight for your family, your time can be the greatest gift of all. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of serving at the west side Banquet. It was less than three hours of my night and you could feel the gratitude from the guests. Other organizations you can help by donating time included Habitat for Humanity, food banks or the VA hospital.

 

There are countless deserving organizations in the Sioux Empire. Are you passionate about a certain one? I would love to hear more about your organization and learn how to get involved. Please share in the comments!

 

Thanking Thanksgiving

I’m hoping your plan for the day is similar to mine. I plan to eat so much food I am in a blissful trance of fullness and happiness the rest of the weekend. Thanksgiving is the perfect day to wear stretchy pants and eat too much with the ones you love. It is also a great reminder to be thankful for all that we have before entering in to a season that can sometimes be the season of “want.” Thank you Thanksgiving, for the day off of work, for a day of not counting calories, and for the time to pause our busy lives and be thankful.

While I too am thankful for my family, friends and food on the table, I wanted to focus on what I am thankful for in my home. I am creeping up on my 4 year anniversary as a home owner, and I am so thankful every day for what homeownership brings to my life that living in an apartment could not.

 

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[Paisley and Orange Kitty sharing the love]

First and foremost, my home is complete with these two fur balls. There are no animal restrictions when living in a house, which means I look forward to adding more furry friends to my home in the years to come! There are so many animals at the Humane Society, I wish all rentals allowed pets, but unfortunately they do not, so that is one big perk to owning your own home. I hope I can love my future children as much as I love these kitties. #crazycatlady

 

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[Cars as snug as a bug in a rug]

The next perk some rentals may have, but with a house, there are no extra charges. I am SO thankful for my attached garage, especially during the painful winter months. With a push of a button I am able to pull in to a snow-free, slightly warmer space for the night. It is a simple luxury, but one that I appreciate daily.

 

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[Picture wall is still in progress]

If you know me, you know I love my pictures. Some rentals are particular about nail holes and may not allow any. While there are ways around that, I am happy my pictures are secure with nails and I don’t need to worry about them falling down. These are my walls and I can do what I need to to fit my style and family.

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[Saving money makes us happy]

A perk to owning versus renting that is not aesthetic is being able to pay yourself instead of a landlord. Every month I write a check to the bank which in turn builds my equity instead of going in to the pocket of someone else. You can’t see the benefits to this right away, but you will thank me later. Often times price to square foot is better in a home as well (double bonus!).

 

Owning a home takes work, but the benefits far out weigh the negatives. I am in charge of my surroundings, I am paying myself instead of a landlord, and I have a place to call home that is truly mine. I am beyond thankful that owning a home is feasible for me at this age. Especially in this market, you would be surprised what you are capable of. Let me connect you with a great mortgage banker to see what you qualify for!

 

Thank you thanksgiving for this designated time. And thank YOU for reading. I am blessed to share my passion for writing and helping others.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! EAT ALL OF THE PIES!

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Last week my husband and I were fortunate to visit his sister and brother-in-law on the East Coast. Having lived in central Pennsylvania for nine years, being in this area of the country feels like home, and it was so wonderful to be back. Over the weekend we indulged in some shopping and enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage in Annapolis, MD, and Georgetown with Steff and Ben, and on Monday and Tuesday Jaime and I played tourists in DC.

I have yet to take a tour of the White House, but it is definitely on the list! If you’ve ever been to DC, you know there are a million things to do within a couple mile radius. This picture was taken about 12 hours before the election results were announced. Surprisingly, there was no “action” going on that day, and it was just a normal beautiful day in the city.

 

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Since it was election day, we decided one of the museums to visit this trip was the The National Museum of American History. My favorite display is the collection of First Lady dresses dating back to the 1800’s. Truly an impressive and fun piece of history to admire. I was also elated to find a display sponsored by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The house pictured below stood at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts, about 30 miles north of Boston for nearly 200 years. The original home was build in 1710 with additions being made in 1760 and then again in the 1800’s. In 1963 it was taken down piece by piece and reconstructed at this museum.

 

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“The house and the exhibition that surrounds it tell the stories of five families who lived there over the years and made history in their kitchens and parlors, through everyday choices and personal acts of courage and sacrifice. Through their lives, the exhibition explores some of the important ways ordinary people have been part of the great changes and events in American history” (Smithsonian).

 

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Another fascinating keepsake I found at this museum is the dollhouse pictured below. It was constructed by the White House gardner around 1896 and given to the children of Grover Cleveland during his second term. The intricate details and large size made it one of my favorite pieces in the museum.

 

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Washington DC has countless fun and educational activities for all ages. If you have never been, I HIGHLY recommend it. And as always, if you’d like to talk travel, old houses, white houses or doll houses, give me a shout. I love them all!

 

Happy early Thanksgiving. Let’s all be thankful for this wonderful country we live in.

Save The Dates

I always say to my self, “Oh after this life will slow down,” or “after this I will have some free time.” But somehow life continues to be busy and fly by as fast as the leaves falling from the trees. Mostly good things of course, so I wanted to share what I’ve been busy planning for in the coming weeks and invite you to some fun social gatherings that also double as charity events. Tis the season!

 

This Sunday I will be modeling my friend Katie’s boutique’s winter line, Glamour Defined, at the Paint It Pink Event at the Hilton Garden Inn. It is a style show and brunch that benefits the Wig Program at Avera McKennan to help women who have lost their hair through cancer. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding event! I have donated my hair twice before and plan to again in the next year. Even what you consider a small thing can be a great blessing to someone else. I hope you join us this Sunday at 11!

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[2013 when I donated 11 inches of my hair]

 

Next Thursday, October 27th is the Keller Williams BOO event from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Bring your kids to 5915 S Remington Place by 57th and Western for a Halloween party! Every mom, dad, super hero, elsa and scary creature is welcome! There will be indoor games, prizes and trick-or-treating. But the most fun is the group costume the 605 Advantage Group is planning. There are nine of us participating, it’s real estate related and I’m sure you have all played in this world before. Those are my clues, stop by Thursday to see what we are! Happy Halloween!

 

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[Kids at last years BOO! event]

 

Our most anticipated event this year is the first annual 605 Holiday Extravaganza! And it’s going to be as epic as it sounds. Mark your calendar for December 10th from 3 – 6 p.m. for a holiday open house where you can take free pictures with santa, visit Santa’s reindeer, snack on delicious appetizers and keep the kids occupied with fun Christmas activities. Along with a generous donation from Plain’s Commerce Bank, we will be collecting items to be donated to the Children’s Home Society. Click here to view their wish list and donation ideas. If I don’t have your address and you would like to come, please message me! More info to come as we get closer to the event.

 

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[Tip Top Camel & Reindeer will bring Santa’s reindeer to our event]

 

 

Along with these events I hope you join me in, my next couple months will include a trip to the east coast, family visiting Sioux Falls from Washington and Maryland, Thanksgiving, two work Christmas parties, a wedding, my husbands birthday, and Christmas.

I was quite mistaken to think life would slow down soon! What are you looking forward to most this holiday season? Do you have an event you would like me to share? Best of luck fitting everything in your schedule and happy holidays!

New Orleans Architecture Post Katrina

A week ago I was boarding a plane with my husband to explore a new city. A close friend of mine since high school lives in New Orleans with her husband while he finishes medical school, so we thought we’d jump at the opportunity to visit them while we could.

New Orleans is beautiful. And now with my real estate background, I appreciate the variety and style of homes every town has to offer even more. Imagine an entire city of McKennan Park, and that is New Orleans. Almost every home has a porch, beautiful greens hanging and unique paint colors. Even the lower income housing had a flair about it you can only find in New Orleans.

 

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[I was surprised by the number of palm trees around]

 

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[Every home had a fence surrounding it]

 

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[Typical adorable New Orleans home] 

 

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[Keller Williams Listing in the Garden District]

 

Along with the immaculate homes lining St. Charles and Napoleon Avenue,  there are still homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago. After the hurricane, many people chose not to return to New Orleans, leaving their homes vacant and inhabitable. The lower income districts were hit the hardest, and while many have been repurchased and remodeled, it is not hard to find houses with spray paint still on the walls and boarded up windows.

 

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[The 9-13 marked in blue means that is when the rescue team left the house] 

 

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[Rescue teams identified themselves on the houses they visited. TFW stands for Taskforce Wildcat, West Virginia National Guard]

 

The culture, architecture and food in New Orleans is like no city I have experienced. A quick 4-night stay was not nearly long enough, so we look forward to our return! I would love to share more about my trip, so if you want to know more about the city, give me a shout! [605.261.8396]

 

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Taste of Sioux Falls

An event where there is wine, well-dressed people and food stations from the best chefs in Sioux Falls? Sign me up!  Last week Jaime and I attended The Taste of Sioux Falls, a fundraiser to benefit the downtown SculptureWalk. As you know, we love downtown Sioux Falls and will jump at the chance to support the growth of businesses and programs that make downtown shine.

The SculptureWalk features 56 sculptures year round from artists all over the country and is run by volunteers with a goal “to be the highest quality, most professional, financially strong, artist friendly, year-round outdoor sculpture program in the United States.” This inventive way to display art adds pizazz to Phillips Avenue and bolsters DTSF’s reputation as one of the state’s most unique destinations.

 

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The second annual Taste of Sioux Falls began with a branded wine glass and a large plate to take to all of the food stations. We then could select which small plates we wanted from each restaurant. Everyone brought their A game but dare I say my favorites were the tacos from Look’s Market and the beef from Grille 26. We spent the evening grazing on delicious food, enjoying the view and venue at Raven Industries, and connecting with friends and acquaintances. We wished it would have gone on forever.  The sweetest cherry on top was finding out these chefs and their restaurants donated their time and resources to be there, all in the name of art and community.

 

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[Round one included items from Ode to Food and Look’s Market]

 

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[Friends Allison and Tyler Blake helped us close the place down]

 

What do you love most about downtown? What are you hoping to see downtown in the future? What are ways you support Sioux Falls? So many questions, so little time. I’d love to hear some of your thoughts, so shoot me a text or email and we’ll grab coffee on me downtown. [605.261.8396]

 

Already looking forward to next year’s Taste of Sioux Falls to see what all the talented chefs will create! Click here to learn more about the SculptureWalk.

The Other Halberstadt.

I am probably the only wife in town that doesn’t buy her husband clothes on his birthday or Christmas. That is one battle I am blessed not to have as Jaime most often looks more put together than I do when we head out the door. He has a long history of well dressed men in his family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers was started in St. Cloud, MN, in 1975 by his grandpa Jim. In 1988, Jaime’s father, Jeff, expanded the business by moving to Sioux Falls and then opened additional locations in Rapid City and Des Moines. Jaime worked part-time at the Galleria store during high school and college, but it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that he made the leap full-time and realized his passions and skills lie in the family business of providing the midwest with top of the line service and men’s clothing brands.

 

What is special to you about running a third generation local business?

I am incredibly lucky to have the trust and support of my dad Jeff, whom I see as not just one of the most talented clothing retailers around the region, but also the best mentor I could have. It’s truly a family-run business; it’s not unusual to see me, my mom Marcie, and my dad working special events together, reviewing lines at trade shows, reviewing ad campaigns, etc. My grandparents Jim and Sandy will drop in from time-to-time to keep me in check as well. Work is still work at times of course but it’s really gratifying to me to create something with your family that becomes special to others as well.

 

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[Pictures of the three generations at J.H & Sons downtown Sioux Falls]

 

Any tips for keeping your shoes and clothes looking sharp while stored in your closet?

For leather shoes, I cannot stress enough the importance of cedar shoe-trees. Shoe trees can remove moisture and help keep the shape of your shoes over time. They are an absolute must. As far as clothing is concerned, spacing is important. For instance, if a few suits and sport coats are jammed together on a rack, the jacket linings, lapels, and pockets can get wrinkled overnight. This can of course be difficult with limited closet space, which is why I recommend donating any clothing you’re on the fence about.

While on your buying trips, how do you decide what items and trends to bring home to Sioux Falls?

We keep in mind what has done well in the recent past, but our main focus is on (1) brands that are getting attention internationally but have not been carried yet in Sioux Falls and (2) emerging brands that are doing something a little differently than the rest. Good quality and styling are always the basis for any clothing we bring in. As far as new trends go, if the taste level of the garment is there and it’s fresh and exciting, chances are we’ll pick it up. I always look forward most to the more unique pieces; I think we take our title of “specialty store” very seriously. We buy as a full-service men’s clothier while significantly testing the limits of what can be sold in a smaller market like ours. We are constantly searching for interesting clothing not yet available here.

 

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[Jean wall at J.H. & Sons downtown Sioux Falls]

 

What are a few of your favorite pieces right now?

Bruun & Stengade continues to be a stellar dress and casual shirt line for us. They have a great mix of offerings from brighter micro-patterns to knitted and textured fall fabrics in cool greys and blues. A new line I’m very excited about is Ring Jacket out of Osaka, Japan. They specialize in making off-the-rack clothing as impressive as custom clothing. Plus the jackets are insanely comfortable.

 

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[Bruun & Stengade]

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[Ring Jacket]

 

What do you love most about the Sioux Falls community?

As it relates to the business, our community has been very receptive to the new and unique perspective we bring to men’s clothing. On a wider scale, I am constantly amazed by the amount of talent, intellect, and personality in this city. It’s inspiring.

How do you feel about being married to the most kind and good looking realtor in Sioux Falls?

Best thing to ever happen to me. She’s so humble, too.

 

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[September 25, 2015]

 

Jaime is the manager of the downtown Sioux Falls store J.H. & Sons Clothier and can help you be the best dressed at the office, assist with styling your current items, or tell you what it’s time to part with. And when your closet becomes too small, it’s time to talk to Mrs. Halberstadt and I will get you in to a bigger home, and a bigger closet.

The two of us look forward to MANY more years in this growing community and helping Sioux Falls look and feel their best in both their clothes and home!

 

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Today is the Day

Happy first day of the autumnal equinox! AKA the season of flannel, bon fires and pumpkin flavored everything.  While the cooler temperatures are welcomed after the many hot and humid days we had this summer, it is with great hesitance that I say hello to fall, and goodbye to my favorite season.

 

However, there are many positives about fall, and today I am sharing one of my favorites. This fall inspired craft has been a staple of mine the past few years since it is so simple and oh so adorable.

 

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The supplies you will need are a mum, a pumpkin about the size of your mum pot, ribbon, a pin, and tools to carve your pumpkin. This perfect pumpkin and mum were purchased at Lewis Drug. (side note: all perennials at Lewis are 75% off so stop by the 41st and Minn. location for the biggest selection!)

 

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Step 1: Carve the top of your pumpkin the size of your mum pot so it can easily fit inside. You can discard the lid, you will not need it.

 

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Step 2: Tie your ribbon in to a bow and use the straight pin to attach it to your pumpkin. (side note #2: For those observant folks, ribbon above is different than the one pictured in the supplies photo above. I decided the red ribbon looked a little too Christmas-y than what I was going for.)

 

And that’s all there is to it! When watering your mum, take it out of the pumpkin and let it drain. We want to extend the life of your pumpkin and not let it get moldy too soon!

 

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Another collateral benefit of this craft is the seeds you are left with. A little seasoning and time in the oven, you have a delicious snack!

 

I hope you and your family are enjoying all the fall activities the Sioux Falls area provides, and if you still need to decorate for the season, keep this craft in mind!

 

Enjoy this beautiful change of season my Sioux Falls friends!

 

Sunday Funday Realtor Style

The change of seasons seems to get me in a shopping mood. And what more fun thing to shop for than a new house! Let’s get you in to a new house before Jack Frost makes his bitter return to the midwest. Which means we should start the hunt today!

This Sunday I will be hosting an open house at 3012 W Courtyard Lane in Sioux Falls from 1- 2:30 p.m. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with a three stall garage has all the room you would need for a growing family!

 

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[Located in southern Sioux Falls with new roof in 2015]

 

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[Walk out leads to spacious backyard and entertainment space]

 

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[Open floor plan and stainless steel appliances]

 

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[Stop by for a sweet treat!]

 

To see more of this gorgeous home, come visit me this Sunday! If you’re unavailable, we can set up a private showing that works with your schedule.

And if you want to know what other open houses are happening, contact me about my free mobile app that allows you to see that information and more!

 

Have a great weekend Sioux Falls!

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