Landslide – the story of our lives…….

My dad was a house flipper way before there was HGTV, or even remote controls!!  Bless my mom because she was the manual labor in their relationship, and she always fixed up the houses.  One time Mom had to stay in the hospital for 2 nights so dad put a sign in the yard and sold the house.  She was mad for several years!

When we were kids, it was tough moving 1 or 2x per year because we were always changing schools.  Now I understand that they moved around because that is how they made money and a house was an asset, not a home.  I can’t imagine how tough it was to make a living in the 1970’s when folks talk about 15% interest rates on home loans.

As adults, both my brother and I and our families have each owned a total of 3 homes.  Our houses aren’t investments but homes for us to raise our families, relax & laugh with friends or just a place that we can find peace from the world outside.

When propane hit $5 per gallon, Rich and I decided it was time to insulate the walls of our 1910 home.  As we looked around the house we saw a lifetime of memories.  In the kitchen, we have that dang 1970’s obnoxious orange sink that Lucie and Dean would always clean their fish in.  Around the island, my classmates have celebrated numerous reunions and Sherm Benson even did tequila shots at our 5 year reunion.  There are a lot of folks with pictures of their kids on our couch!  Whether it was Girl Scouts, Birthday Parties, Prom, Halloween, Lucie’s Memorial or Lexie’s graduation,  it really made me sad to think we were ripping out the walls that housed the laughter and tears of those treasured times.

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AND then that Stevie Nicks song Landslide came on the radio and I seriously started to cry because it is the story of our lives.

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too
Oh I’m getting older too

We have definitely over improved the house and I know that we will never get our money out of it.  Luckily this is our home and not one of our investments so we take a deep breath and think about the future memories and celebrations that we will have in our “new” home.

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and take a peak!

 

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Change is good……

STRESS!!!  This i2014-05-14-10-12-242s my first blog posting ever and it is a little intimidating!!!  Go figure, I can talk to anyone about darn near anything and yet public speaking and writing both freak me out.

As many of you know, Coldwell Banker North Shore is a family real estate business that John and Lucie Detrick started in back in 1971, when they lived in Duluth.  Dad LOVED the north shore and we spent all of our family vacations mid-trail fishing.  Great memories!  Dad eventually talked mom into moving up here in 1976 and the bought Ted & Mary Liebsch’s house, which is now Dr. Lindquist’s office.  Jack Sarchett, Dale Johnson, Barb Borman and Chuck Beberg are just a few of the faces that worked at Detrick Realty.  Eventually John went into partnership with Marland Hansen and that was the beginning of Detrick-Hansen Ltd.

During the 1980’s, dad moved the office to County Road 7 so he could drive his tractor down the hill from his house to the office.  Dean worked for him at that time and it would be pretty entertaining hearing Dean tell stories of working for John.  Keep in mind that the real estate market was incredibly soft and it was tough to earn a living.  Eventually Dean moved to Eau Claire, married Amy and they had two beautiful sons.

For years I said I was NEVER moving to GM and I was NEVER selling real estate.  When we found out dad was terminally ill with brain cancer back in 1991, he asked me to move home and take over the business since I was single and had graduated from SCSU with a degree in Real Estate.  Would never have chosen this path and yet I can’t imagine living my life any other place.  Truly makes you believe in destiny.

Through the years, we went through a lot of changes.  Mom got her real estate license and loved selling homes. Dean rejoined us back in the late 1990’s. We bought the CB franchise and gave up the family name.    The MLS and internet totally changed the dynamics of real estate and were contributing causes to the escalation of our market and the eventual crash.

The good news with surviving the down times is that it makes you work harder and pursue increasing the value that you offer to your customers because they deserve it.  So now we are adding the blogs, facebook, twitter – the social media is the next phase in our business.   We get excited when we see what we can do online marketing!  We are lucky because Joey is the 3rd generation of Detrick’s to work this business and he is far more “computer literate” then I will ever be!

This photo was taken about month or so before we knew dad was sick.  I don’t think John, Lucie or Dean ever dreamed that Joey would some day be working at the business that they all worked so hard to build.  Imagine the pride that they would feel seeing Joey now working at Lucie’s desk (which was originally John’s!)?  Truly gives meaning to the circle of life.

Change is good…….