"I'm so sorry to bother you," she said. "We've been looking on our own and we think we've found the perfect house. Your name was given to us by our SF Realtor®. " (Thank you.)
Listen, there's not an Agent out there, that doesn't appreciate a bonafide referral, but the truth is, waiting until the eleventh hour to select your Realtor® - no matter how experienced he/she/they is -puts you behind the eight ball, especially in a competitive situation.
While it's rare for me to invite other authors to contribute to "The Perspective," I annually invite my colleagues at the Blair Team in Tahoe to provide an overview of the marketplace there. As a fair number of Bay Area residents own vacation homes in Tahoe, who better than the number one COMPASS team in the Tahoe region to give us the 411? Take it away Jamie and Nicole (and thank you).
My dog, Riley, and I are at an impasse. I think his chew toys should remain inside, while he thinks he should bury them in the garden, dig them up several days later, and then haul the mud-streaked offenders back into the house and onto our lightly-colored, down comforter.
I think Riley should let the apples on the trees mature, and he thinks the fruit is all his; "ripe for the pickin."
The goats have returned to Piedmont, and just in the nick of time. As the days heat up, it's important to note that California summers are now often followed by what has, alarmingly, become known as "fire season" (aka: "fall").
While those of us in the East Bay enjoy breathtaking landscapes, sparkling water vistas, and shaded trails, we should also be mindful that wildfires are an unfortunate reality in our neck of the woods. - especially in the hills! The goat's job is to eat the dry grass that provides fuel to an unwelcome flame. (Although a nap seems to hold more allure.)
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.