In 2008 there was a LOT of inventory on the market. I went and looked back at an old market report and there was 24 months of inventory in July of 2008. Buyers had all kinds of choices, prices were dropping, rates were dropping and sellers were short selling left and right. Me? I was learning about building my own website and started to blog here on ActiveRain. Something I'd not done before 2008.
Real estate was pretty slow, so there was lots of time spent at my computer weekly. And through blogging here on ActiveRain I learned to much... about SEO, shortsales, evergreen posts and even found friends who helped me on various issues eventually having a word press blog and I made lots of new friends that I truly treasure.
Fast forward to this week where I get to work early and I get home at dark thirty and it's been that way for a while. I showed a home this week 2 hours after it hit the MLS and my buyers made an offer only to be beat out by another offer, and their offer was a VERY strong offer accompanied by a pre-approval letter. Back to waiting for more new listings because we apparently have 2 hours of inventory right now.
Today was an exceptionally difficult day both personally and professionally. First my father in law is in the hospital after emergency surgery last week and the diagnosis isn't good at all. So after taking an organ out and part of his intestines he's now waiting to find out when Chemo will start and my sweet mother in law that had by pass surgery early last year can't even go to the hospital to see him. That's heart breaking. Also today one of my uncles had an adverse reaction to his blood pressure medicine that landed him in the hospital and ultimately being transferred to a larger hospital that the small one in his town to Augusta and while I think he will be fine, it's also upsetting that family isn't with him as well.
On the professional end there was a closing today that was the closing of the last listing that my agent Nancy had. Nancy passed away last October and today her "business" ended at Lane Realty after her 17 year tenure with us. While I was in a back part of the office helping Jennie with a HUD offer on a foreclosure the doorbell sounded and I went up front because I was expecting the seller from Nancy's listing. Well much to my surprise it was Nancy's daughter (Tammy), her grand daughter Mollie and her great grand daughter Lana. They had NO IDEA Nancy's last listing was closing today. And while it won't be tax deductible for me because it's a gift with my personal money after the commission check I had planned to give it to her 5 grand children and 1 great grand child. (the share of the commission Nancy would have earned minus the taxes I will pay on it) I had visited with them about half an hour when the seller did get to arrive and speak so fondly of Nancy to them. It was a "give you chills" kind of moment that they happened to come by at the time they did. You couldn't possibly convince me that Nancy didn't have a hand in them stopping by when they did. And they don't live locally, it's not like they pop by all the time.
The closing went great and the seller commented that she is happy a young family will be building something on the lot where her parent's lake cabin once stood.
Then more of the complicated kind of real estate. I have a listings of a manufactured home and when my seller purchased it the titles were not conveyed. I found the former owners, a divorced couple. I located them back when "covid" was just getting started, but then we had a shutdown and I didn't go and get signatures during the shutdown. Now I have a contract in hand and it was time to get things moving for my seller so I went to visit one of them this evening. I did get the signatures that I needed, but not without a LOT of the new spouse being VERY verbally unhappy about it. I phoned the closing attorney to discuss it with them who assured them there is NO risk to them signing the documents they were signing. Hopefully the other half of that former owner pair will also sign, but I'm not terribly sure about it.
Then it was back to my office until dark thirty and now I'm home and my Donald is already asleep. Tomorrow is a full day at the office and then will be keeping Cooper after work until dark thirty when my daughter gets home. And at some point soon I have to get back out to my garden to pick cucumbers again. We've had a great mix of rain and sunshine so I'm sure there are more that need picking. Hopefully there will be some squash as well, I'm So ready for a mess of fresh squash.
Well since in 11 minutes it will be tomorrow I'm going to wrap this up. I've included a recent photo of my daughter and her little family just since it's been a while since I posted one and I know EVERYONE wants to see my cute grandson.
Hope you all have an amazing Friday and perhaps even a little time off this weekend.