For me, 2021 has been a slow year in real estate. That has been a conscious choice as the time has come for me to find other ways to spend my time. Of course, the best-laid plans do not always work and despite 2021 being a transition year a lot has happened.
In September my youngest son took a job transfer to Seattle, good for him, not so good for us. But when he left Phoenix, he made the decision to keep his house in Phoenix’s historic Coronado neighborhood just east of downtown. His plan is to rent the home with the hope of returning someday.
Meanwhile, my son has traveled back and forth between Seattle and Phoenix while he readies the house for his new tenants.
His plan was sound with one exception, he had no experience owning a rental home or managing a property. Fortunately, he has people in his family who understand the intricacies of owning a rental property, so we have spent the last few weeks helping him prepare his former home into a rental house.
With a little help from Mom, and a local Realtor named Dad, he is just about ready to execute his plan. Which judging by where he started is a miracle. He didn’t make it in time for Christmas, but he will be welcoming the new year as a landlord.
Meanwhile, our family has been faced with spending our first Christmas apart, something we did not want to do. So, it was time for more bold action. We got online and booked flights and made hotel reservations for the whole family. Our Christmas miracle this year will be a family first Christmas in Seattle.
We have a few family traditions which we plan to replicate, including Chinese food on Christmas eve and lasagna on Christmas day. We also like to watch football, so my two sons and I will attend the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Chicago Bears the day after Christmas.
We are all Bears fans, so the real Christmas miracle would be a Chicago victory, a tall order even for Santa Claus.