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7 Ways to Say Thanks to a Teach or Coach!

7 WAYS TO Say Thank you To a Teacher or Coach!



It’s the time of year where we begin to look ahead to summer fun!

Make vacation plans and trade in routine and early evenings for spontaneous overnight vacations and sun-filled days!  But before you do I recommend we pause, and remember how grateful we are for our HOMETOWN HERO TEACHERS AND COACHES!


It has been a great year – even if it’s not your best year – It is a great year!  The relationships and time our teachers and coaches have invested in our families is to be rewarded with a great big THANK YOU!  And maybe this year it is time to do a little more!  With hearts that give 100% it would be nice to give in return!  Here are 7 things every teacher/coach would appreciate.


  1. Dinner – SCORE!  Plan a special event at an inexpensive venue (say Moe’s)  pass out an invite to parents and kids for a night of celebration…let the children recount their favorite stories about the year, the coach, the teacher, funny and sad events, alike!  If you can’t get the team or class to attend – try just a small group or even your family and their family!  Build Relationships!
  2. Gift Card – If organizing an event is impossible for you, why not allow our HOMETOWN HERO enjoy a night on the town free of charge!  A gift card to a fun restaurant can relieve the stress and reward someone who cared for your family.  Make it fun… add a party hat or favors OR FLIP FLOPS! to establish this is a celebration time and you really want to make it known that he/she is APPRECIATED.
  3. Short Video – Would you invest a day for someone that gives you a year in return!  Sounds like a little appreciation may be deserved when you compare the inspiration and knowledge received.  Spend a day at the class or practice and interview the children / young adults on video!  Or take still pictures and put together a book of stills “Called June 2014” – Memories are precious – and pictures keep those memories alive – everlasting and priceless!
  4. Tell Others – write a letter of appreciation and submit it to the school board, principal, sport leaders or association!  It is nice to be appreciated but even nicer when that appreciation pays off!  When others brag about you – the words take on a whole level of meaning and depth!  A teacher/coach can’t go around saying how great they are (it would be meaningless) but if you write a letter – post a blog – or write on the status line!  The feeling takes on life!  Better yet – ask others to do the same….  Who knows – maybe they will get a nomination or a raise!  After all they deserve it – so      take the initiative and get your fingers typing!  Add a picture!
  5. Something of Value – The work doesn’t end with this year there is next year!  Buy something of value for the team or classroom!  Maybe we haven’t done all we could throughout this year – but you can help prepare for next year.  Undercover you can ask – what is the one thing that you wish you would have had this year – or what project was the most effective this year!  Take a collection if it’s something big and help that teacher/coach look forward to 2015!  Teachers and coaches spend a lot of personal money – and a little contribution leads to inspiration that it is really appreciated!  Good for you, good for them and really good for the next years students too!
  6. Help a teacher / coach pack or babysit while they do – bring them lunch after everyone has gone home.  Teachers and coaches don’t get to walk out the door on the last day of school!   A bit melancholy sometimes!  It would be great to see a cheerful face walk in with a roll of tape or a delicious refreshing salad or tropical smoothie.  It doesn’t have to be much – sometimes the warm hug at the end of the year is all it takes – but if you spice it up with “an apple” then it takes on a deeper level of communication.  Pre meditated thankfulness – that’s what we need!
  7. At Fathom Realty, we take our Hometown Heroes seriously!  We provide real savings for our educational leaders, teachers, administrators and staff – looking to buy or sell homes!  We have partnered with Hometown Heroes a non-profit and refund monies spent for appraisals and home inspections!  Agents and sellers provide home warranties!  And the preferred lender and Title Company reduce fees!  Real fees – Save thousands!  It really works and we compare costs side by side on the Good Faith Estimate!  Our teachers, coaches, fire and rescue and police – our military and government workers could have chosen a profit centered business – and they did…it is the profit of a better America and better families!

We at Fathom Realty and Michael and Rebecca Straley – want to say thank you –

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Fathom Realty

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Stafford, VA. 22554

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Also you might ask other Fathom REALTORS such as the 20 plus in Virginia – Juan Piniella, Brian Ashton, Angela Shelton, Vicki Meehan, Pat Gallacher, Nabil Rihane and Lynn Ann Roberts…as well as others!

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8 Things Custom Construction in Fredericksburg Require

Barry and Holly Clark and son, Liam are in the process of building the most gorgeous custom Craftsman home in Fredericksburg!  They have found custom home building to be equally challenging and rewarding!

Don’t make it your fred chatham bridgedream home.  Wow that sounds crazy, or actually not!

If you are building your dream home, everything has to be perfect!  and it will not!  Don’t put the added pressure on your self, your relationship, and your builder.  Get it mostly right – develop the overall vision!  What are you trying to accomplish?  When do you want to move in?

1- Scheduling is critical!  In building a new home – the schedule is as important as the budget.  Don’t keep asking the builder to change or add to and be surprised if he/she is not finished on time!  It is you not them!  Keep it simple.  Set time checks in your schedule so Continue reading 8 Things Custom Construction in Fredericksburg Require



I often look at the construction of a contract,

like that of a house.  

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Remember that engineers and architects are much like that of the lawyers and our industry leaders.  We must always understand the mission is to build a long lasting and safe structure.  We must decide the mission.  In our case homes and contracts are designed for safety, security and comfort.

We want a contract that will not cave in and damage the very people it was built to protect,

much like a house.

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It is also built to offer us the ability to feel secure that the methods

have been tried and true.

We would like to know we have comfort while in the house.

We can then do additions, or modifications only

with the guidance and expertise of the trained professional

involved in that area of concern.

The contract is built to protect the industry professionals and the clients/customers they serve.  It is very important

we understand this concept as entrepreneurs, as we are often look for methods to improve the typical

and offer bigger and better and often succumb to the ego in a desire to be more creative.

Click to viewSometimes we are lured to make changes when we don’t know the effect.  For instance, if we make

the staircase more beautiful, just add a few steps, it would of course be important to remember the ceiling will

be taller.  This seems so innocent – much like a contract exception!  Bigger stairs and taller ceiling, that is what everyone

wants!  But then you must realize the alteration will shorten the available air space for the second floor or you will need

to expand the structure which might include the foundation!  Much like the effects of contract exceptions!

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It seems so insignificant I just wanted two more stairs, why would I change the foundation.

This as REALTORS, is where we must seek counsel and wise vision.  So often, we are lured

into the seeming simplicity of a request.  After all, it is our wish to give the client what they

want.  But remember, do not step outside your boundaries of expertise!

Attorneys draw up contracts and architects design homes, as the contractor or the REALTOR

we do not have the experience to see what challenges might lie ahead.  These challenges

might harm the very persons you are trying to protect.

Back to the house, if we raise the stairs inside the house then we must raise the porch and that seemingly covers

all the height options!  But wait, we need to enlarge or raise the windows on the second floor or it will appear they

are sitting on top of the porch., as we did not allow for the increased interior ceiling height required for the addition

of a couple of stairs!  We must now raise  the windows and there we go, so on, and so on…

Not only did we give the client what  they said they wanted, we also cost them a great deal of money and

halted construction.  All the while, they needed the home completed in a very short time,

as they must provide shelter to the family.

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At these times, the most common response is:  YOU (THE REALTOR)  SHOULD HAVE KNOWN!Click to view

My point be it ever so simple, is do not go outside of the house!  Do not change the plan and

most importantly do not be tempted, by the desire to be a nice guy or a nice gal, to walk into an

exception that breeds difficulty.  It can undermine the ability to have a safe, secure and comfortable home.

Always KEEP THE END IN MIND.  The contract is built to deliver safety and comfort.

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The contract is built to provide a safe environment to buy and sell homes.  The contract is built for the

protection of all ethical people.  Don’t step outside of the contract, thinking you know better.  If you are

tempted, advise your client to seek third party assistance, this is not your vision or expertise.

We enjoy our industry and we need to operate beyond reproach.  Often times, we might displease someone

along the line, but we can prevent harm to a greater degree by staying within our boundaries then stepping


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This also holds true, in other avenues of our industry, i.e. tax questions, comprehensive plans of the city,

investment opportunities and creative financing.  Be the source of the information not the creator and not

the interpreter.  If the client / customer needs information from the county, provide the name and phone number

do not provide the information as fact, as the story often changes when you talk to the next county administrator,

or another architect, or an opposing attorney.

Keep the safety, security and comfort of the contract intact.

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Do not be tempted to step outside of the house. Do not be the nice guy that gives the wrong information.

Rely and recommend the professionals, the surveyor, the title examiner, the home inspector and the

attorney.  We have a house (experience and knowledge) and we can share our house (experience and

knowledge) with the propr expectations of our abilities. We can provide safe, secure and comfortable

housing if we stay inside the contract.

Remember, momma always saidClick to view don’t open the door to strangers (exceptions)

– Stay in the house!

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COMMUNICATION write,talk,listen?

As I learn about blogging and receive even just a couple of replies, it reminds me that I am not alone, as I often feel I am on an island.



It also brings to mind the fear which is imposed on the ability to say the right thing –

at the right time and in the right way  There are so many interpretations of mood, inflection and

even words in both personal and business communications.


Like Slow Children!  Does that mean the children are behind at school?  Or does it mean we are to drive slow?  Does it mean there might be children present but don’t expect them to run?



Words are such a paradox.


We can’t express ourselves with them or without them many times!  Are we more civilized with words or are we more critical and therefore less civilized because of words?  Hence choose our words carefully.


Choosing words is a big part of being a successful REALTOR.  We want to be encouraging, at times, but always truthful.  To allow myself  to “get a life”  and enjoy freedom of speech I must also be mindful of how words may affect others feelings or actions.


I often make an effort to frame my opinion based on a fact, and then related to an experience.  Such as, “This home has a beautiful pool; I know several persons say it has changed their life and brought their family closer together.”   This fact is much different than stating this house is worth more if you add the cost of the pool.  This is an easy example, as we all know; a pool may actually disqualify the home from a purchasers list!

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It is also important to remember when to write and when to speak.  

Instructions from our clients should be in writing.  Such as 1) Tell the buyer why I am moving, or 2) Prepare a notice.

 However, opinions or emotions are better spoken, so inflection and body language can be evaluated such as:

 “Do you think we listed my home too high” – “I am concerned about the traffic to the commuter lot, maybe I shouldn’t buy?”


Decisions from our clients should be in writing.  1) I do not want a counter offer.  2) I will not repair the sink in the basement.


Disclosures are best conveyed in writing.  1) The airport noise is only at lunch time but we are in the flight path.


So let’s meet and chit / chat about ideas!  Which brings up  the reciprocal agreement?  Listening!!! ???


Listening is another chapter, stay tuned.  Thank you for commenting on my blog.  I am excited to include blogging into my new activities as we grow Fathom Realty Virginia