With every book, piece of pottery, and pillow I return to its rightful place in my home, I can feel the wheels click into place and a sense of calm returning to my little nest.
Last week I had literally taken up parkour - the French discipline of scaling buildings, jumping fences, and flipping through the air - while trying to maneuver my way from my front door to the bedroom, without stepping on the newly refinished hardwood floors; a feat that involved climbing through the casement windows and squeezing between armoires and stacked tables, without disturbing the delicate balance and sending everything tumbling to the floor. (I hadn't twisted and turned that much since learning double trapeze back at Great America when I was nineteen years old - but that's another story . . . .)
What a difference a few weeks make.
With just a few final details to finish off, my husband, our younger son and an unsuspecting friend of his, spent last Saturday actually moving furniture into the new family room downstairs and hanging art. Ahhhh! (That's me breathing again.) With a newly renovated lower level that better integrates the up and down stairs floors, I am excited about the increased space and light the home has now gained. (Thank you Tecta Associates for a stunning job!) Umph! (That's the sound of me hefting couches over the banister.) After six long months of dust, displacement, and discomfort, everything is finally clicking into place.
Our market too, suddenly seems to be clicking into place - as tentative buyers become enthusiastic ones. The result being more escrows, more sales and more successful stories to tell. With the exception of a few homes that are still perceived as "over ambitious," (Translation: "overpriced" - DON'T make that mistake!) we are seeing almost every recent sale go into heavy competition in a bustling Spring market. The market is in full bloom!
"Here comes the sun, do, do, do, do.
Here comes the sun, and I say, it's all right,
da, do, do, da, do, do, do . . ."
It's a trend that plays out year after year with few exceptions, so I am not surprised when the seasonal January stall is followed by the April/May frenzy. After counseling buyers to take advantage of lower interest rates and "corrected" values with lukewarm response, I am truly excited for my Buyers when the emotional and psychological tables turn and results begin to happen in very real and tangible ways. (Everyone's happier when goals are achieved!)
Stay tuned, stay primed and stay aggressive. The buyers who are having the most success are quick to commit and decisive in their actions - no hemming and hawing for these willing folks. Remember, it isn't "luck" that achieves your goals, it's good planning and preparation! You have to know what you want, act immediately and write to win!
And don't get discouraged if it hasn't happened for you yet - it will. Your turn is coming up soon. Ahhh . . just breath and then act, and watch the wheels click into place!
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Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 15 years and has published more than 600 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.