Thursday, January 2, 2020
2020: Joy and (more) Baby Yoda
Yes, I'm one of "them" (he's just so adorable!).
Happy New Year, too! But better than just any new year. A new year that starts a new decade. And a new decade that begins with a fortuitous LEAP 🐸 year.
My wish for 2020 is that we leave the high-anxiety real estate markets of 2018 and 2019 behind us in favor of a healthy balance beneficial for both Buyers and Sellers. I confess to my palpable, adverse reaction to every news report, including those published by my REALTOR® associations at the national, state, and local levels, proclaiming this one-sided awesomeness of the real estate market. If my 24+ years in real estate have taught me anything, it's that neither hyper-price-appreciation in strong Seller's markets, nor depressed-prices and distressed-sales of strong Buyer's markets, are good for our national psyche and overall economy. Buyers have reached burn-out critical mass and Sellers, who are the beneficiary of all that home-value appreciation, are experiencing the same painful reality when they become Buyers themselves after the sale. My wish for 2020 is Joy in Homeownership. Whether buying your first home or selling your current home so that you can build a new one, you deserve to love the experience.
2020 is also the Chinese Year of the Rat. Make of that what you will, but in Chinese culture it portends wealth and surplus. "Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life." Sounds pretty good to me.