GETTING PERSONAL, January 2022

Greetings to you all! And a Happy New Year! A mild start to our new year as I mull the invitation from Cool Creek to golf today. It is early on New Year’s Eve, and I am up early thinking about stuff I have to do. Preparing the “Inkspot” is first on my mind as I don’t want to interrupt New Year’s Day with any take aways from family celebration. I am not likely to golf as temperatures won’t hit 50 degrees until about 10am with no sun and foggy. I have gear to accommodate the cold but it’s going to be wet and I really hate cold, wet feet!

The Market

Looking forward in the new year I am expecting some changes that could affect the market. The Feds have promised an interest rate hike, (one of probably three), in an effort to stem the runaway inflation. Since the lack of inventory will continue, we are not likely to see housing prices come down. Government policies have been an impediment to real growth in the economy and citizens on fixed incomes are going to take a substantial hit to their finances. Mandates and restrictions have pushed some businesses to their survival limits. If the fear mongering on Covid persists, even more businesses will fail. Since we have more jobs available than people willing to fill them, I don’t see a downturn in the real estate market due to anyone not able to be employed and meet their financial obligations.There may be people whose affordability range changes but the demand for housing remains. The scare of a bubble burst is in the air. I have seen advertising for stated income loans which were a large share of the cause for the last market crash. I am hopeful that people are wise enough to stay within their means.

Prince and Princess Report

Sleep overs have been plentiful with Jimmy and Rosie as it works out well on a Monday night to ease the strain for Olga and Austin for their work schedules on Tuesdays. It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to spend this time with them, bond and build some great memories. Of
course, Christmas was a blast with all congregating at Austin and Olga’s for celebration, food, present opening and fabulous cousin comradery. The kids have great affection for each other.
Their excitement at the prospect of getting together is heartwarming. Check out the back page for a visual and a primer on the growing clan of royalty. I write here about them and some out there are not familiar with the grand kids and my babblings about same. Ben often joins Jimmy on Tuesday mornings for a play date at Uma and Pampy’s. They play pretty will together but do have diverging interests. Jimmy would more likely, want to draw and color or do something crafty. Ben would likely plant himself in a theater seat and watch TV.

Home Front News
My wife has already taken up all the Christmas decorations and many await my hoisting them up over the garage to storage. I am likely to do that today and not wait for an announcement of snow or ice, and have to rush to make room in the garage for a car. I continue to “tinker” in my mancave (the grandkids call it the theater room) with rearranging stuff to suit me. Nothing
earthshaking, just digging out and displaying “stuff” that has not been in view for a long time. Pictures of grandkids now adorn my “trophy” wall and I have left a space for last Prince or Princess to join the group I have labeled “Charlie’s Angels”. I plan to repaint the ceiling of the “Theater” room. It is going to be a bit tedious with all the stuff around but it has needed it for a while and I may even get the time today, at least to start it. Since I have the paint and paraphernalia around I have no excuse to wait!

Until next month,

GETTING PERSONAL, December 2021



Greetings to you all!

A very Merry Christmas to you all! It is hard to believe the year is about to close. The air feels like snow today so time to cozy up inside and being thankful to have family to cozy with!

Working on this today as I have to participate in continuing Ed or license renewal tomorrow. After tomorrow just one more 3.5 hr class on Dec. 16th and I will have completed. As a Realtor Emeritus, I no longer have to take the ethics but it was part of the classes I scheduled so I am “over educated”!

So busy with so much that is not Real Estate but so thankful for the support of all my client base, THANK YOU, You are the best! It has been a very successful year, personally and professionally. I am certainly wishing for all of you a Happy and prosperous New Year!

The Market

Maybe a slight slowing of the business. I still am in competition with every offer. Just lost another bid with a cash offer, large price escalation addendum and lost out to another cash offer that didn’t require inspections! We even limited the seller’s exposure by the buyer taking responsibility for any repair, or deficiency found, with the remedy costing $2000 or less. The seller took another cash offer that required no inspections. Buyers still need to do their best to be the least risk buyer to be successful in competitive bidding.

Prince and Princess Report

Annie and Rosie had a sleep over (girls night). Lots of fun! Ben and Jimmy had to postpone their turn for a couple of weeks due to illness. They spent their day with us today which entailed the obligatory trip to Target and to Jimmy Mack’s. They are so fun to watch. Ben is really like a, real life, cartoon character. He and Jimmy are best friends, the house is filled with laughter as they crack each other up. All were in attendance at Aubri’s Thanksgiving feast. Claire kind of takes charge of the little ones. She is so helpful and generous with her time. Ben and Jimmy asked specifically to watch TV in Pampy’s “Theater” room. Jimmy gets to watch a good bit of TV at home but not so much for Ben. They spent time watching “Clifford the Dog” and snacking down on Dorito’s and chips. Lots of crumbs to vac up! A small price to pay for the enjoyment, theirs and mine!

Home Front News

My E-bike finally arrived. I had a couple of days to ride the E-bike. It is like riding on the level most of the time if I utilized the pedal assist. The perfect bike for an old man. I rode from Wrightsville to Nathan’s house on Furnace Rd and it was truly an easy ride. But I won’t ride in the cold weather so the bikes are hanging up in the garage until warmer weather.

I do have room for a car in the garage now so it can snow. My snowblower awaits. It has become very difficult, physically, to do a lot of snow blowing so I regrettably, needed to relinquish the snow blowing for the neighbor across the street. Doing just mine is fairly easy and I no longer dread a big snow. Almost looking forward to it!

No big projects on the horizon. I need to clean out my closet, which probably is a big project. So many clothes that are older than any of my grandchildren. I have weeded out some of my shoes, also older than any of my grandchildren. Formal dress clothes are so seldom necessary anymore, I need to visit the Good Will bin. I will admit to being nostalgically attached to some of it but I will have to suck it up and clean house. Maybe a big snow will come and I will have something to look forward to!

Until next month,



GETTING PERSONAL November 2021

Greetings to you all!

Completing the “Inkspot” on a Sunday morning. This is prep day for my colonoscopy, and I want to get this out before I begin the preparations. As those of you who have partaken of such an event, you know the prep is so much worse than the procedure! Just routine, nothing prompted the procedure. It will be all over by noon on Monday.

The Market

I am still waiting for the cooling off of the market. Many believed we would see a slowing but it appears not to be the case for us. Still competing with every offer we write and can’t build inventory. Every listing is under contract in a matter of days. That said, then you know why the “Do you know Someone” feature is replaced with another article.

I do expect somewhat of a slow down with all the holidays approaching, but maybe not! Rates remain low and demand is still high. Continued bad economic news will eventually have a cooling effect so it’s possible rates could significantly rise and consumer confidence fall. We just have to hope for the economy to expand and not contract. Inflation and supply chain woes appear to go unabated. I just wish someone in Washington knew what they were doing, we, in the real world, have to suffer the consequences of their bad judgement.

Prince and Princess Report

The Columbus Day adventure to Rehoboth was a great success. Although less than ideal weather, we didn’t receive all the rain that was predicted. Leo and Rosie even spent some time in the ocean! Way too cold for me so I just monitored from the safety of the beach. Of course, several hours at the Arcades with Leo and Claire being the “old pros” helping Annie and Rosie become rabid fans of the experience. Our accommodations were very nice with room to spare and a location that was walking distance to the Boardwalk and all the shops. Leo has yet to best me at miniature golf but probably by next year he will master enough skills to beat me. As Jimmy and Ben get a little older, I hope we will be able to share the same experience with them. It will be a real challenge to have them all at once, but I would like to try to work out the logistics. Claire and Leo may “outgrow” the tradition, but they are old enough to be a big help with the little ones and have so much experience to share!

Leo finished his football season with a great game. He caught a pass for a two point conversion in their final game. A great way to end his season and the impetus for his continued success as he will continue his weight training to ready for his next year.

Home Front News

Sanding and painting at the office are likely done until spring. The two major sets of windows are all complete. I may have even mowed all my lawns for the last time this year! Definitely done bagging as the last lawn waste pickup is tomorrow. The Theater sofa has arrived! It is quite grand! the Grandkids are enamored with the power recliners. Rosie and I haven’t had the chance to watch her “flavorite” movie with popcorn yet, but I am sure that is coming!

Martha’s e-bike has arrived. Little effort was needed to put together. It is very nice. Mine has yet to arrive and based on the last email form the Story Bike people, it may come sometime in November. I am not likely to have much weather to ride in by the time it arrives. I did order a bike helmet that is due to arrive sometime next week. I am not a big fan of wearing a helmet. I ordered a “Thousand” brand helmet that doesn’t look so Geeky (If that’s possible)

Probably time to clean up the garage, put the golf clubs away and get out the snowblower from the shed. Many of you know I am not a fan of the cold and the snow, but I have a really cool “theater “room to spend some cozy time with my grandkids, movies and my guitar!

Until next month,

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