What “flavor” is your house?

Today, June 1st, is National Doughnut Day! I thought I’d give you a heads up, so you can get out early and grab your favorite doughnut before they’re all gone.

Have you been to Donut World in Lancaster? Best donuts around! And voted best in Fairfield County – two years in a row!

You ever notice how there’s always the same lame doughnuts sitting on the rack after the morning rush? They’re usually either super boring, or way to “out there” for most people.

No big deal. They’re doughnuts. They’ll get donated or tossed in the trash at the end of the day.

But I see a similar thing happen in real estate, and it is a big deal…

The houses everyone wants tend to sell quickly. They don’t stay on the “shelf’ very long. But there’s always some that just seem to be left to linger on the rack. And they tend to be the ones that are super boring, or way too “out there” for most home buyers’ tastes. (Or just way over-priced.)

So, keep the following in mind for when you go to sell your house…

You don’t want your home to be too boring, or too defined either. There’s a middle ground. Make sure your house is the “flavor” most buyers favor.

(And always feel free to give me a call for any thoughts on what the flavor is lately. I always have a good idea of what buyers are biting on.)

Now, go enjoy a doughnut…

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What In The World Do Groundhogs And Real Estate Have In Common?

Do you believe whether a groundhog sees its shadow or not is a true indication of when Spring will come?

A lot of people aren’t even sure, which means we’re going to have more winter.

But even if you do, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. If it’s sunny, and he sees his shadow, that means a longer winter. If it’s cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow, it means Spring will come sooner. That seems totally backwards.

And then there are lots of different groundhogs… which are you supposed to believe?

Groundhogs don’t predict Spring

Truth is, Spring never actually comes sooner, even if every single groundhog doesn’t see his shadow. It begins on a specific calendar day.

Now the weather on the other hand, that’s a different story. The weather will be what it will be. Weather is something people make small talk about.

But a groundhog predicting it!? Meteorologists can barely do it.

So, most people don’t put a whole lot of stock in what the groundhogs “say” on Groundhog Day. However, a lot of people do put stock in the “Spring market” when it comes to real estate.

Is Spring the best time to buy and sell real estate?

So many people believe it’s the “best” time to buy or sell real estate. Not necessarily.

Sure, there is definitely a “Spring market”.

But first of all, to even say exactly what day it begins is impossible. Some real estate agents even say the Spring market begins in January. Others may say March. Or April. Maybe May.

And while there’s no definite answer as to when the Spring market actually begins, it’s even more inaccurate to say that it’s the best time for you to buy or sell a house.

It might be for some clients… but certainly not for everyone. It depends on so many variables, and upon the client’s specific scenario and needs.

Some solid advice…

Don’t put stock in the “Spring market”, no matter what you hear, or who you hear it from.

Do not base your decisions about when to buy or sell upon something people talk about as lightly as the weather… or whether the Groundhog saw its shadow or not.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer.

But if you are thinking about buying or selling, or both, then we should chat. And strategize.

Is now a better moment for you to begin buying or selling?

Or is it better for you to wait until Spring is “officially” here?

Or perhaps Summer…

Or Fall…

Or Winter…

It depends on a whole lot of variables.

So, if you’re thinking of buying or selling, let’s just chat.

If not, just stick this in your head for future reference!

Happy Groundhog Day!

This Local Hero Built A Train For All His Adopted Stray Dogs

Eugene Bostick and his brother Corky have shared a farm on a dead-end road in Fort Worth, Texas since the 1940’s. Over the recent years, a lot of people have dropped off stray dogs in the area. Somehow, many of them find their way to the Bostick farm, looking for a home with a warm heart. Fortunately, they found it!

Not only have the lucky pups been provided food and room to run, they also get a treat that very few will ever have the chance to experience.

They get to go out on the town in a train!

This gold-hearted man decided he could create a doggie transport by mimicking something he saw being used to transport rocks.

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They get so excited about it, they jump in as soon as they hear Eugene hooking up the tractor, and stay in for the duration of the ride!

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These little guys must feel like they’re in a parade. Now check out the video below to see this “chew chew” train in action!