Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Making a sale has never been this much fun!

Making a sale has never been this much fun!

My dear cousin Ruby asked me to help sell her Time Share  in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She listed it several times before even costing her out of pocket money with no results. The fees had risen dramatically since her original purchase and due to age and health she could no longer enjoy it.

Ruby wanted me to go for her week in her bungalow on the beach to take photos and in turn I would market the deed for her. Could I say no to this one? Not a chance.

The girls and I had the time of our lives!

Beautiful huh?

View from our Bungalow












The view from our Bungalow was magnificent.

Colors of the beach












From the moment we arrived I knew I would have a difficult time breaking away to try and sell it! I just wanted to go play and bask in the sun.

Glimpse of our courtyard




















A glimpse of our courtyard.

Colors of the Ponce DeLeon Lighthouse Prism.












We climbed 203 steps to the top of the Ponce DeLeon Lighthouse. The 360 degree view was phenomenal. The colors off the prism of the actual light were lovely.

Ponce DeLeon Lighthouse




















The Lighthouse was built in 1876 and has been meticulously conserved. The climb was worth it.

shot from the lighthouse












One of my many shots from the Lighthouse.

Back to the beach and fighting over Cheetos!












Sharing the Cheetos!

Can it get more perfect than this?












Does it get more perfect than this?

Sandy Randy and his beach art.












We met Randy on the beach and he turned out to be quite the artist! He introduced himself as sandy Randy~lol.

Randy's Beach Art~




















He worked quickly. High tide wasn't for another couple of hours. I'm glad to have these shots before they were washed away.

 Deb, Penny, Melanie, Ice Cream...yum.












Cooling off with ice cream.

Now, you are probably wondering how I got around to selling the Time Share. There were a couple of really nice ladies in the Bungalow next door all the way from Canada! We watched a couple of sunrises together. We shared wine, ice cream and many laughs.

We formed a friendship and "VOILA", over she walks to tell me she decided to purchase the deed. Yup. I played, had a ball, didn't miss a moment of a good time and I CAME BACK TO TEXAS WITH THE DEPOSIT!

So, let's see...

I had the vacation of a lifetime!

I'm touting a great tan!

We watched the Shuttle Launch from the cool was that?

I sold the Time Share and the trip is a write-off!

I will leave you with a couple of my favorite pictures. The sunrise was better than a painting. Who would want to sleep through this?

Not me...Florida, I will be back soon.

Super Sunrise.












How beautiful~















Thanks for letting me share my vacation and my success! It's a great thing that she bought it or I might have! No kidding!

Later in the rain~Deb


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Comment balloon 30 commentsDeb Brooks • May 17 2009 04:23PM


It sure is beautiful Deb. Anything near the ocean is awesome. Love the cool looking sand castles!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 10 years ago

Bill, you're right about that one! I can't think of a beach I have not loved. This one is very special. I can't wait to try the sand castles time!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago

Well shoot doesn't get much better than that!!! I'm a Florida boy through and through. Now you know why.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Bryant, both my children were born in Florida so for me it's a bit like going home again too. Sand between my toes means I'm in heaven. I'll be back soon I assure you!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago

WooHoo! Well deserved vacation too!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 10 years ago

Sally, it's always good to get home but now I remember what I've been missing!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago


What a fantastic experience, love the photos you shared! Looks and sounds like someone is going to enjoy a great timeshare. 


Posted by Katharine Carey (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Deb, I know jealousy is wrong but I'm feeling it right now:-) That sure was a win-win situation.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 10 years ago

Katherine, they are going to enjoy it. That just adds to the satisfaction! Glad you enjoyed the photos.



Barb, no jealousy allowed! I've gone through a lot of hardships to get to this point and you will get there my friend! Guaranteed.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago

Howdy there Deb

Your a real fine cousin, to help yours out with selling her timeshare.

You sure did gey some real fine photos.

God Bless America

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 10 years ago

It just goes to show that even when you are on "vacation" work has a way of creeping up. In this case it was a good creep!

Posted by Yvonne Coelet (Monument Properties AZ) almost 10 years ago

Dale, I love my cousin Ruby. I am so happy I was able to do this for her. It also gave me wonderful times and memories. Yea! I sold it!


Yvonne, vacation was wonderful and successful. How awesome is that? Great creep, huh? Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago

Wow, isn't it so cool that we get to have such FUN when we "work"????? Not feeling the 203 steps though, you wouldn't be able to budge me from the beach. LOL

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) almost 10 years ago

Working hard is tough....oh what memories. Glad you had fun and glad you sold the bungalow.

Posted by Carl Winters almost 10 years ago

Colleen, The steps weren't the favorite part of my trip but the exercise was great! The walking on the beach was the best. lol, Deb

Carl and Ceil, Thank you! I'm always grateful for a sale but this one was really special...thinking of your chocolate covered strawberries right now...yum, yum.


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 10 years ago

Deb - I'm so jealous!  Who's better than you?  I love the photos of the sandcastles and the sunset.  Wine and ice cream?  Count me in on that parlait!

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) almost 10 years ago

Deb, OH, Sooo, glad you were able to take that much needed and earned Vacation and get a little work done on the side!!!   Time for us to catch up ... miss you!

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) almost 10 years ago

Hi Deb... you know what they say about "All work and no play..."  sounds like this was the perfect combination of  work and play!  Glad to hear you had such a nice time and success!  :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 10 years ago

What a great story!  Now where can I find an opportunity like that...  Congratulations on a wonderful experience.

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) almost 10 years ago

Deb, you really showed us in your pictorial what a beautiful place New Smyrna Beach is! I would love to see that lighthouse up close and personal! Congratulations to you and your cousin that you sold the time share.....way to go!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) almost 10 years ago

Girl, if I could sell beach property this way and still get my kids through college...I would not hesitate doing it! Great pictures and a very fun post!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

So that's where you've been:) I think I would have bought it and set up shop...Florida is a great place to buy right now! I know quite a few people who are looking for places. Nice pics!

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) almost 10 years ago

Deb - Some of have all the luck ...i guess that would be you!

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) almost 10 years ago

Holy cow Deb!  It certainly doesn't get any better than that.  Great pictures and an even better story. 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) almost 10 years ago

Deb - you've enjoyed an experience that you will always remember!  Selling the deed was pure serendipity!  Great pictures too! - man I need a vacation!


Posted by Brian & Marie Spray, Frisco TX Realtors ( - Action Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

now that's the way that real estate should work!

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) almost 10 years ago

DEB, I was not feeling any envy at all as I just got back from Orlando until I read "we watched the shuttle launch from the beach" and then that green eyed devil appeared.  We were there when it was supposed to go off at first but it was delayed.  We visited a cousin in Titusville (that we had not seen in 30 years) the day after it was supposed to launch.  I have always wanted to see a shuttle launch but alas I think it is not meant to be!  I will put my green eyed devil away and be glad that you got to see it for me. We need to get toghether for lunch here soon so you can tell me all about it.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Deb...That would have been a nice little retreat for some of your very favorite, closest Active Rain buddies.  Are you sure it's not too late for your to buy it?


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hi Deb,
Well, somebody had to step up to the plate and make the"sacrifice"!  LOL

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 10 years ago

Hi Deb, these are great photos!!

Looks like you went to a real beautiful place for your vacation.

Posted by Tony Orefice, Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC (Wilkinson ERA/ almost 10 years ago