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April 29, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

April 29, 2012

THE MIXED FEELINGS OF MOVING

by Susan Koslovsky

Moving is one of life’s changes that sparks all sorts of events. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the move, regardless of whether it is business or personal, a genre of emotions creeps into the picture. Of course there is the actual physical move itself on that day or over several days and the tiresome physical and mental efforts involved. Factor in the planning stages at a new location with setting up and making everything as ready as possible along with cleaning out and packing up at the old location. After having spent the last two weeks going through files, cleaning out desks, and making many trips down memory lane I am mentally, physically and emotionally drained. As I write these words five days before you are reading them I can only dare to imagine how I will feel Sunday morning when these words are in print. I have given myself a reprieve that everything does not have to be completely set up in the new location on day one and permission to be sad that we are leaving the old location. However, while cleaning out, can be the most daunting task imaginable, it is also extremely liberating as you let go of “things” you do not need or choose not to hold on to or take with you. Reminiscing is of course part of the scenario and that is to be expected. It brings you back to many time periods in your life and how we should cherish the memories we have. Some have a harder time than others not being able to let go, but the prospect of a new space, with freshly painted walls, and new carpeting, helps one throw out more easily than you would have expected. 31 years is a very long time to be in one place, whether it is for work or home. We are all creatures of habit and life seems to go along more smoothly with fewer changes involved. But change is inevitable, so it best to take the bull by the horns and rise to the challenge. Whether you look upon it as a new chapter, an adventure, or a fact of life give yourself time to absorb it all and don’t let anyone dismiss your emotions. The mixture of the highs and the lows are part of moving, and moving on. They are necessary steps to get you to the next level, the next place and the next stage of your life. Hope to see you all at 2580 NE Miami Gardens Drive in a few days.

April 22, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

April 22, 2012

TOO OUT OF CONTROL WITH MOBILE DEVICES

by Susan Koslovsky

Cell phones were invented to offer us the convenience and safety of always being able to connect when we needed to. The phones were quite heavy and the first ones were referred to as the “brick” phone. Much too heavy to lug around, they were left in the car or carried in a brief case. Rarely did you see anyone whip it out and certainly never see anyone carry it around like an accessory. My, how the times have changed. Fast forward so many years later and you rarely see anyone, young and old alike, walking around without a cell phone, or should I say mobile device. With so many types on the market, and so many phone companies to connect with, the world has gone a little mobile crazy. Today the phones are not used for emergency and safety only, but rather as a crutch and constant companion. The devices seem to be one with its owner/user and the constant connection now with emails and all the social medias have taken the concept to a whole other level. Mobile devices are seen everywhere and by everyone. They have become accepted members of society but have completely gotten out of control. They have permeated the social atmosphere and the art of conversation and common decency are now in serious jeopardy. We have gone from usefulness to alienation and rudeness. Parents in an effort to validate their need and use of these mobile devices, allow their children to use their own in all types of social circles including restaurants. They have often times totally disengaged themselves from conversation and interaction with their own children and keep the siblings from creating meaningful connections. When did all of this happen? The most serious aspect of this all is attempt to connect and stay in touch with all social media during the time one is sitting behind the wheel. This is clearly NEVER a time to be concerned with emails, facebook, and texting. The news has confirmed too many times the danger and fatalities that have occurred due to texting and driving. Yet even with proof and having it right in our faces, people continue to believe it will not happen to them. In years to come, the next generation will bear the effects of the constant use of all these mobile devices. One can only imagine how their social skills, art of conversation, and ability to engage with others will be compromised. Somewhere there needs to be a warning label placed on the devices everyone seems to not be able to do without: Use at your own risk. Continued use has been known to cause accidents, rudeness, and complete loss of social graces. Use with caution.

April 15, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

April 15, 2012

FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR SALE FOR A GOOD CAUSE

by Susan Koslovsky

With only two weeks to go until our move to 2580 NE Miami Gardens Drive, there is still lots to do. Regardless of whether you are moving a business or selling your home after so many years the amount of work is unbelievable. As I wrote last week, since we will not be taking all our furnishings with us and many other office and building supplies, we have decided to offer these items at drastically reduced amounts in an effort to raise some money for charity. Additional fixtures will also be available from the Plaza. Stop by, call us, or email me for more information. The sale will take place the last 10 days in our current location. It is a great opportunity to pick up a few bargains with items that would cost you lots more in the stores.

FOR SALE:

DESKS, CHAIRS, SHELVES, TABLES, CHAIR MATS SOME OFFICE SUPPLIES, FIXTURES, LIGHTING, CEILING TILES, EXIT SIGNS, FILE CABINETS, AND MANY OTHER ITEMS. ALMOST EVERYTHING CAN GO!!!!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR APRIL 20TH TO APRIL 30TH AND COME OVER TO OUR PRESENT LOCATION AT 16100 COLLINS AVENUE SUITE 110 IN SUNNY ISLES BEACH. BE THE FIRST FOR A BETTER OPPORTUNITY… MAKE YOUR BEST OFFERS

In the meantime we will be very busy packing up and getting ready to move. Business continues as usual and all our clients are being attended to with the same professional attention they all deserve.

April 8, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

April 8, 2012

CLEANING OUT AND PUTTING THINGS IN ORDER

by Susan Koslovsky

With the Seders behind us this Sunday morning, many continue to celebrate the Passover holiday for the rest of the week while others enjoy Easter. Prior to the start of Passover on Friday night, much preparation as far as cleaning out and organizing took place. That is a huge part of this holiday: ridding your home of any form of bread by taking the time to look through all your belongings and places in your home and office. It is a ritual that takes place every year. The first two evenings of the holiday are spent at the Seders, the ritual dinners, which literally mean “order.” The evening meal is surrounded by a specific schedule of following the story of Pharaoh and the Jews as slaves in Egypt. There is much symbolism in the foods eaten and the songs sung as the story unfolds. Amidst all the hoopla going on in our lives, I am trying very hard to keep up the same spirit I always have for this particular holiday. In the following couple of weeks, Koslovsky Realty will go through 31 years of cleaning out and reorganizing. With the official move and opening of our new location at 2580 NE Miami Gardens Drive on May 1, 2012, there is oh so much to do before then. Going to a smaller location than our present one at 16100 Collins Avenue, we have more furniture and fixtures than we can possibly take with us. Starting on April 20th for 10 days, anything that we are not taking with us will be available for purchase at an unbelievable price. Desks, chairs, lighting fixtures, shelves, file cabinets and many other items will be offered. The money we collect from any purchases made will go to charity. So, here is a great opportunity to come by and take a look. We will be spending our time getting ourselves in order and taking stock of what we have and what will go with us. Saving what we need, shredding what we don’t, and packing up the essentials is the plan for the next three weeks. After 31 years one can only imagine how much has accumulated even with periodic cleanouts along the way. So put April 20th on your calendar and be the first to stop by and see what might be of use to you at a nominal cost. Call ahead of time to make sure we will be there in case you are making a special trip over. 305-807-3370 is my cell number, or send me an email to Susanpres@aol.com, or just stop by if you are in the neighborhood. Remember all proceeds go to charity so it is a win win scenario all around. Help us get ready for the big move as we clean out and put everything in order. Happy Passover and Happy Easter to everyone. Enjoy.

April 1, 2012

by Susan Koslovsky

April 1, 2012

EVEN A GOOD CHANGE IS HARD

by Susan Koslovsky

Changes occur and we have to learn to adapt. We are so conditioned as human beings to follow a pattern and do well with repetition and consistency. This is evident in the behavior of small children and follows through into adolescents and adulthood. We like to think of ourselves as adventurous and being able to think outside the box but that takes adapting and some do it better than others. This is about real life changes after so many years having your business in the same place. It’s there, you get up, and you go. In the real estate world the day to day activities may change as the years pass; clients change, agents come and go, and even the industry itself over 31 years has made a complete turnaround. Marriage, jobs, where we live, can all be positive changes hopefully brought on by choice and those are proactive changes. Other life changes occur reactively but can still be good ones. Forgetting for now changes in our lives that do not present themselves favorably and happen when you least expect them and require additional attention and repair. Today is April 1, 2012 and I am not fooling you, in one month Koslovsky Realty, Inc. will occupy a different space than we have been for the past 31 years. For any of you who have experienced a business change like this you will understand. For me this is even more emotional than I ever expected in addition to the daunting task of the actual move. Collins Avenue has been our “home away from home” for as long as we have been in South Florida and every address for prior businesses has been on that avenue as well. The next month will be filled with the ever so stressful tasks of cleaning out, closing out accounts, moving mail, packing up, getting a new place ready, and then of course the actual move. The sale of our family’s shopping plaza on Collins Avenue to the City of Sunny Isles Beach was by choice, to clear up any misconceptions, but now we Koslovsky Realty Inc. have no choice as we must vacate by April 30, 2012. The building will come down and our family has dedicated the space as a “park” that will be erected in the name of Alex A. Koslovsky; evidence that we were all here, and made a difference in the community. I guess I will have to make even these good changes one step at a time, one day at a time.