"We're a definite maybe," the young Agent replied to my inquiry about whether or not her client would be writing on our latest listing.
Uhhh, is that akin to "We're a sure possibility?"
Or . . .
"We're an emphatic perhaps?
Or just a politer version of "Who the hell knows?"
For the record, I'll take the conflicted "maybe" over stone-cold silence any day, (Even uncertain communication beats none at all.)
I know it's not exactly sexy, riveting, or on-the-edge-of-your-seat news, but earlier this week, Jill, Kate, and I attacked the storage room at my house and organized the extra lightbulbs, switch plates, wallpaper, doormats, and light fixtures into neat categories, and then returned everything to their proper places on the shelves. Even with fairly substantial storage space, there's a fair amount of overflow that gradually happens as the Spring Market progresses. In other words, we tend to collect too much sh%^!
Having grown up in the hot delta valley, and having spent summers baking in the sun (in an era when the application of baby oil was the preferred method of tanning), my aging skin has paid the price. Consequently, every few years, I'm forced to address the damage with professionals in a series of procedures that are not only extremely uncomfortable but expensive to boot. ("Yes, that hurts!")
Inevitably, the older I get, the more involved the maintenance seems to become. (Are you picking up the thread?)
It's been a productive week; Sarah and I put 6316 Bullard on the Piedmont-side-of- Montclair into contract on Tuesday, and on the same day, I successfully helped Buyers secure 1014 Rose Avenue in Piedmont in a competitive race that had us scrambling up until the last minute.
While both had strong results, these two houses are a stark contrast in conditions: one is very large, while the other is fairly small. One has a fully-realized apartment below, while the other has an illegal unit out back. One is tucked away in a wooded neighborhood while the other is within walking distance to Piedmont Avenue with a decidedly more urban lifestyle. One is nearly pristine while the other is a "fixer" in sheep's clothing. . . .
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 18 years and has published more than 750 humorous but always informative, essays on life and real estate.