Keep it Simple, Stupid
Aside from the unsettling phrase, "We're not going to sell unless we get our price," the next not-so-wonderful statement on a Realtor's hit list is: "Everything in our house runs on an app!" (Ugh.)
Not that I don't appreciate technology; it's clearly here to stay, and Cliff and I have absolutely benefitted from solar panels, Tesla walls, Apple TVs, Ring doorbells, faster Internet, and our own share of "smart" upgrades, not to mention the proverbial iPhones and laptops that make it possible to travel the world while simultaneously keeping an eye on what's happening back at home. (That's both good and bad.) Next up: A.I.
A Walk in the Park?
I'd be lying if I told you that every transaction we undertake is a walk in the park (it's not), especially in light of last week's startling events regarding Silicon Valley Bank, followed closely by the run on Credit Suisse on Tuesday.
While we wait to see if these institutional failures are just the tip of the iceberg OR if there are more dominoes to fall, there's no denying the sense of shock and concern many of us are feeling.
Here Comes MORE Rain
Looks like MORE rain is on the horizon; get ready for the next atmospheric river. It's officially the Spring market and surprisingly, it's both more robust and soggier than we'd anticipated. As of today, 12 properties in Piedmont have either closed or are pending sale, which is down from the same period last year when 19 properties had traded ownership as of mid-March.
It's 6:15 am and I'll admit I'm more than a little nervous. I've tossed and turned throughout the night and I'm definitely suffering from high anxiety, followed closely by fear.
This morning, I head into the second surgery of a multi-part dental saga. Three months ago, Dr. MacDonald, a gifted oral surgeon in Oakland, extracted a molar that had suffered a failed root canal and was beyond saving, and now that the tissue has healed, phase two involves inserting a titanium screw into the bone. Once that fuses, there's a third procedure and, finally, I'll return to my primary dentist for an implant which will be secured by the aforementioned screw. (Who knew such hardware could cost a small fortune?) Once done, my smile will supposedly be restored to its former glory (be that as it may).
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 18 years and has published more than 670 essays on life and real estate.