Land Park, East Sacramento
and Curtis Park Specialist

SHOULD I TRY TO HOLD UP THE SKY OR ENJOY THE SUNSHINE?

SHOULD I TRY TO HOLD UP THE SKY OR ENJOY THE SUNSHINE?

SHOULD I TRY TO HOLD UP THE SKY OR ENJOY THE SUNSHINE?

When reading all of the opinions expressed about our economy, the purported challenges are formidable…if not down right depressing. This morning alone I have read such phrases as “most of us are worse off than three years ago”,” …we are in for another year of tough times” and “the Great Depression is still coming home to roost…”. Sure, there are rays of hope, but they are few and far between. The question that immediately comes to mind is “What can I do about it?” Certainly my vote counted forsomething this year. After all, wasn’t there a great upset? I wish I had great faith that our government “gets it”, but I am not optimistic. History has proved otherwise. I can certainly donate my time and what little bit of money I can spare (which isn’t much, unfortunately). What else? I have often wondered what would happen if our economy completely failed. We are still here. Our families are still here. Buildings and land is still here. Are we going to struggle? Absolutely. Is it going to get more depressing? No doubt. Are we going to die? I doubt it. So, what do we do about this economy? I, for one, am just going to keep on keeping on. I can’t hold up the sky. It is just too far away and intangible. What I can do is enjoy my day-to-day life. I will hug my grandchildren and shock my husband by cooking dinner more often. I will give my dogs their daily quota of “cookies” and enjoy their adoration. I will work all I can to support my family....
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS STATS ARE OUT!

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS STATS ARE OUT!

I don’t know about you, but I love charts, graphs and statistics. It is an easy way to get an overall view of what is happening in the real estate industry. The new National Association of REALTORS just came out, so I thought I would share a few of the more interesting stats. 10 Years – the median number of years first-time homebuyers stay in their home, 152% – the percentage of increase in value for those homeownes who stay in their home 21 years or more89% – the percentage of buyers who searched for a home online 48% – the percentage of buyers who found their agent through a friend, relative or neighbor…the next highest percentage were those who found their agent through a website – 10% 59% – the percentage of buyers who used the internet to search for properties, using an MLS site 2% – the percentage of buyers who used a social networking site for their real estate needs 85% – the percentage of buyers who found photos “very useful” 43% – the percentage of loans that were FHA financed…and the predominant type of loan The real estate industry has experienced some interesting, frustrating and extreme ups and downs in the past few years. I think these stats are reflective of those changes. FHA was almost non-existent just a short 5 years ago…now it is the predominant type of loan. The percentage of buyers searching for their home online continues to increase. Despite the common thought, social networking rarely comes into play when buyers are searching for their home or agent. The new report is...
I FEEL LIKE AN EGG

I FEEL LIKE AN EGG

I’m a little cracked; there are a few chips. I’ve been knocked around quite a bit of late. However, I am whole on the inside. I am still growing and doing what I need to do to become what I was meant to be. My country is in the same state of affairs. The government is cracked and almost broken. It is being knocked around a lot. The external message is exhausting. There are as many theories regarding how to fix us as there are candidates who have a solution. The media is quick to find fault and place blame as are those in office. However, the American people are still doing what they need to do to survive and be the very best they can be despite the circumstances. It isn’t easy. We are making sacrifices. We are changing the way we live. We are scaling down. We are learning new careers. We are working longer hours and retirement is being put on hold. Best of all, we are still giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. We are giving our time, our money and our energy to the increasing number of people who are less fortunate than ourselves. I am so proud to be an...