During the holidays i often wanted to post to my blog but never seemed to find the time. I spent Christmas in California with my four delicious granddaughters. One of my goals for the year is to buy a small condo near my granddaughters and spend a little more time with them. They are so dear. As i look back on 2007, it was a very full year and despite the downturn in the national real estate industry, Gwen and I had a great year, our companies numbers were up and I feel quite blessed to be selling Kauai Real Estate on the beautiful island of Kauai. Reflecting back on 2007, here are some highlights:
In February we switched offices from our dear friends at Hanalei North Shore Properties to CENTURY 21 All Islands in the Kapa`a office. We enjoy the team spirit and all the wonderful resources and tools that our current company provides. The owners are constantly providing training and inspiration and statewide, our company did almost 1 Billion in sales this year. Not bad for a small state. In the spring, I played in the pit orchestra for Thoroughly Modern Millie and thoroughly enjoyed the show. Summer began with the Taste of Hawaii, the Rotary Club of Kapa'as island-famous event that brings together 53 chefs from throughout the state for what we call the "Ultimate Sunday Brunch". Gwen's brother and niece visited in the summer along with two beautiful children and we always have fun when guests arrive. Later in the summer, i took a trip to the East Coast to visit my Dad in Fl., my Mom in Philly, and my wonderful friends in Philadelphia who i always carry in my heart. Gwen took a mainland tour in August visiting both her sons, and I went back to CA to perform at a wonderful benefit concert at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley. That was big fun and I got to spend time with my newest granddaughter Rebecca. We call her "Boo".
In the fall, we went on retreat to Australia to get recharged and in October Gwen went back to see our fourteen year-old Mya perform in High School Musical. Most of our business happened April through August and we are so grateful for our clients and new friends. It is such a joy to help people to find a home on Kauai.
The holidays were wonderful, although some of the progress I made on the Abs Diet certainly got reversed during December. I got to perform with a wonderful Christmas Choir in CA and celebrate Christmas with four of my granddaughters. Very sweet.
Looking forward to the new year, I plan on spending more time blogging and building Gwen and my web presence. Our sales goals for this year are quite exciting, 15 Million in closed transactions. We continue to educate ourselves and gather more designations so we can better serve our clients. One of our focus areas is retiring in Kauai. Many folks are interested in that and there is a lot to learn to determine if Kauai and Hawaii are the right place for you. We've begun using Top Producer to automate our business and our goal is to earn more per hour by becoming more and more efficient. We also are building our referral business through networking at various conferences and here at AR. Though the volume of transactions for Kauai Real Estate was down 43% for 2007, this is a special place and buyers, especially baby boomers, will continue to purchase to have their piece of paradise. More on the market in future posts.
We are looking forward to spending some more time this year off island with our granddaughters. Of course, I will be performing in various venues from the local theatre groups production of Hello Dolly, to the Kauai Community College Jazz Band, and many more gigs around the island. I also plan to ramp up my studio and record several songs this year.
On a more personal level, my goal is to lose thirty pounds by summertime, and of course if I could knock off a few strokes from my golf handicap, that would be delightful. That, however, is a goal that I am not very attached to.
I wish each and every one of you a successful new year with the fulfillment of your dreams. And may good health bless you daily.