June 29 and we still have plenty of wildflowers. I appreciate this weekend’s guests who were kind enough to pick a few for everyone to enjoy.
Only three of our cabins here at Lake Whitney have ovens so it takes a little creativity to manage several days’ meals. We have a tips and tricks on our Lake Whitney Pinterest Board, but here are the basics.
- Bring paper and plasticware. You want to spend your vacation washing dishes after every meal? User paper goods for meals that aren’t wet or drippy, then bring along a set of sturdy plastic plates or bowls for cereal or for heavier meals like steak. Nobody really wants to eat a big juicy steak off of a flimsy paper plate, right?
- If you have an electric skillet or griddle bring that to expand your cooking options.
- Don’t limit your grilling to just meat. Grilled corn, squash, onions, tomatoes, pineapple, and even orange slices are creative additions to any meal. Use cast iron skillets to scramble eggs or even bake brownies.
- Think combos. Dump things together for simpler cooking and serving.
- Spread the chores. If there are several in your group that cook, divide up the meals. Assign each cook a meal to plan, shop for, and prepare. Be clear about cleanup expectations. Assign those chores in advance as well.
- Relax a little. Vacation is for experiencing new things or indulging in the things you would never eat at home.
- Bring snacks. Whether your weekend activity of choice is flopped in bed watching a movie or busy time on and in the water, snacks are appropriate and might limit the actual cooking to one or two meals instead of three.
- Make a plan. Before you go to the store. Download our easy weekend escape meal planner.
Whether buying or selling, most people don’t have a plan for hiring a real estate agent. They usually just end up with someone recommended by a friend or neighbor, or with whoever’s name is on the sign in front of the first property that catches their fancy. But there is a better way.
Celebrities have advance meetings with agents vying for their business.
It’s not too much to ask for a meeting with an agent before you commit to list or look at properties. Make a list of potential agents, then call and ask for a brief meeting, preferably at a neutral location, like a coffee house maybe?
Celebrities take along their “people” for the meeting.
So take yours along too. A friend who has recently been through a real estate transaction can be invaluable. They may think of things to ask that you might not.
Celebrities ask for a plan.
If you’re listing your property you need to know exactly how the agent will market it. Ask for details beyond the standard sign in the yard, local classifieds, and “on our website.” If your property is noteworthy, then speak up and ask for things like press releases, featured listing status, and larger signage.
If you’re shopping for property, you need to know that the agent understands the specifics of what you are looking for. Ask for a follow-up to your meeting in writing so that you know they paid attention.
Celebrities meet with more than one agent before they commit.
You need to know that the agent you choose to work with values you, not just the commission they stand to make. You need to feel comfortable with the agent, confident in their ability to negotiate the twists and turns of a real estate transaction. And yet you need to feel in control of the relationship. No matter what your real estate experience level, the agent should make you feel like you are in charge, not just being drug along for the ride. The agent is your advocate, but you must ultimately make the important decisions.
Celebrities Use Local Companies
Even if they know big shot real estate people in Hollywood, celebrities understand the need for local advice and experience when they are involved in transactions beyond Hollywood’s boundaries.
If you’re shopping for property in the Lake Whitney area you shouldn’t rely entirely on an agent from outside the area. Lake Whitney real estate has some crucial factors to consider like Corps of Engineers boundaries and restrictions. The advice you get from a local agent is invaluable.