Monday, December 27, 2010

I'm Back.....

Sorry for the delay since my last post, but the Holiday season is a busy time....I must say that we've seen blessings during this time of year.

I've had 2 of my children, the youngest 2, hit with strep. My 3-year-old complained that her neck hurt, not knowing what to call it. So sad. But, thankfully they were both better by the time Christmas day came.

Christmas day we went to spend the evening with my parents to eat dinner. I was not feeling all that well, but it's Christmas so there was no rescheduling. Once we arrived at my parent's house, we found my dad in intense pain having had chest pains for almost 24 hours. Already speaking of his coming death and reminding me to take care of my mother, my husband convinced him to go to the ER. He is a stubborn man, and I know where I get it. After 2 hours (they don't make you wait long when you have chest pains) and a few tests they told him that everything came back okay, just elevated blood pressure and that the only test left to schedule would be a stress test, but that would be a few days out. They sent him home with BP meds, but he will live for now. He already feels better. My husband lost his father on Christmas the year our youngest daughter was born on his birthday. Certainly God would not take both of our fathers the same way at the same time of the year. How would Christmas ever feel the same? Well, he didn't take my father but did make us realize how thankful we should be. And we are.

Well, my not feeling well has turned into strep. I spent the rest of Christmas in bed with full body aches and all day on the 26th in bed, too. I finally broke my fever about midnight and am going to the doctor to show her I have strep (which I already know) so she can prescribe meds. But, I am thankful that it is treatable and I am grateful for such a wonderful husband who saw to it that I could stay in bed with drinks, meds, and soup to help me.

I am back....not 100% today, but up and moving. And, I am thankful for all that He has given me. I hope your Christmas was blessed!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

15585 Hwy 351 East, Henderson, KY

Check out this home in Hendereson, KY. Immediate possession; only $93,000; 5 acres; 1500 sq. ft.; 3 bedroom, 2 bath; master suite; 2-car detached garage; fruit trees; ADT security system; etc. You have to check this place out. Click on the link below to see the virtual tour, then call me for a showing!

December 2010 Market Watch

It’s almost a new year, so let me make some specific and bold predictions about real estate sales in 2011. Sales, compared to 2010, will be greater in January, about the same in February and will be less in March, April and May. What does this mean about the state of real estate and where we will be after the first half of 2011? The answer is, absolutely nothing. In case you are wondering why I’ve started this month’s Market Watch as I have let me explain. The real estate market has experienced two tax credits that have expired since November of 2009. In both cases the tax credits boosted, then slowed real estate transactions. My predictions only reflect the reality of the real estate market returning to normalcy, without unusual stimulus.
The national press will be full of articles discussing significant year over year changes in the real estate market. Don’t be fooled by assuming, based on these articles that there are really big changes occurring in real estate sales. We will not really have meaningful year over year information until July of next year.
My advice for now would be to take advantage of very low interest rates that are sure to rise. Home prices locally have already stabilized, in fact the average sales price in our market has climbed from $117,592 for all of 2009 to $122,430 through the first eleven months of 2010. If you or someone you know does not currently own a home, and is financially qualified, there will not be a better time to buy in the foreseeable future. The net worth of a homeowner, on average, is 41 times greater than the net worth of a person who does not own his or her home. If you are contemplating moving to a different home let me give you realistic expectations about the value of your current home and show you the cost of the home you would like to own.
Best wishes for a joyous holiday season.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Honesty Keeps me From Bugging You

I just want to let you in on a little secret: real estate agents don't want to waste their time as much as you don't. And, we don't want to pursue potential clients who aren't ready or able to purchase. So, if you contact me to help you find a home, and I have done my part in any way to do that, please show me courtesy by responding to me. Don't just drop off the face of the earth. Just be honest with me. If you've decided for any reason not to use me as your agent after your initial contact, let me know as soon as possible. That way, it doesn't look like I'm harassing or stalking you with multiple emails and voicemails and text messages just so you know I was trying to please you as your REALTOR. I don't want to waste my time pursuing someone who doesn't need or want my help at this time. If you decide later you need me again, I would be happy to help you, but just be honest. And, consider this my way of not wasting your time, either. I am a very honest person, so if this seems like a blunt blog post, you're right. But, that's one thing you can be assured of if I'm you're agent, Honesty! Call me if you're looking for a home in the Henderson, KY area!