The Complexity of Contingencies

For some, the experience of selling or purchasing a new home is viewed as a great adventure; for others, a great stress.

If you find yourself in a situation where you must first sell your current property before purchasing your next piece of real estate–I would like to kindly give my two cents on the matter. Find yourself a doable rental, move out of your current property, then sell it.  Once you make it to the finish line and both parties have signed on the dotted line and the deed is recorded–go ahead and start looking at that list of new homes you’ve been dreaming about!

The stress you will eliminate from your world by trying to simultaneously sell a property while purchasing a property with a contingent offer will be the key to an all-around positive real estate experience.

My broker recently shared his spiel with me when faced with clients needing to both sell and purchase property. It goes like this, “I don’t encourage contingent sales but if you insist on doing one anyway you need to know that at some point during the process one of you is going to break down and cry and the other one is going to cuss me out.  It’s too soon to know which one of you will do which of those two things; but I promise you they will both happen.” 

He’s not known for fluffing words. He is often correct on his predictions too, so one might be wise to heed the advice of a hard-working, long-time broker who didn’t earn “Realtor of the Year” without learning a thing or two along the way.

Contingent sales happen all the time and a lot of times they work out with only a few hiccups. However, if you are looking for the path of least stress (which is not to be confused with the shortest path!) a contingent sale might not be the best option for you.

If you are looking for real estate in Palmer or Wasilla Alaska–I would love to serve you! Call (907.315.1086), text, or email (


Life Is An Exciting Business

I have realized something recently. For many years I worked hard striving toward “success.”  I never had a clear definition of what success might look like but figured once I arrived at success’ door–I would recognize my arrival as assessed by the fruits of my labor.

After over 30 years in the business world, success looks very different than I had thought it might look.  Helen Keller once said, “Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.” To state that I help people buy or sell property, land or businesses is a very sterile statement void of all personality.  People are amazing.  People are frustrating. People are tentative, and so many other adjectives. I am in the business of serving people on the good days and on the bad days. And I continue to discover that my success is not defined by my bank account any more than my client’s successes are defined by the size or the price point of the property they are buying or selling.


Success is the way I feel at the end of a very long day knowing that I served my clients with the very best of me; in the sun, in the wind (lots of wind!), trudging down dirt roads and hiking through unplowed driveways up to my hips in snow.  Success is going above what is expected and fighting with tenacity to ensure that my client’s needs are never confused with my own wants–doing what is best for him or her regardless the dollar sign attached to the transaction. In my personal world, success is the joy I feel thinking about my 3 daughters, holding my first grand baby, or still being in love with the man whose last name I have shared for over 30 years. The fruits of my personal labor. Turns out that living for others is the true definition of success.

Life really is an exciting business!

If I can serve you or someone you know, it would be my great honor to navigate the journey together–in case you haven’t already heard–I am a very successful realtor! ( (Cell: 907.315.1086)