"Any scary tales to share?" came this week's inquiry from Jordan Gunn at the SF Chronicle who edits the Sunday "Sound Off" column, to which I promptly and glibly replied, "Isn't the market scary enough?" (Why yes it is, as Buyers and Sellers try to quickly adjust to rising sales prices and the shifting sands, but that's another story for another day.)
I have a bad habit of falling asleep before the ending . . .
It wasn't always this way, although, admittedly, I've never really been a night owl, even when I was dancing the night away in my early twenties. (Remember showing up to the club at 10:00 and staying until last call? Those days are long gone.)
This week I received my favorite kind of call from my favorite kind of client.
"Julie, we've decided to sell. How quickly can you get our house on the market?"
The short answer is, "In about three weeks!"
"Should we move?" my clients plaintively asked as we sat in their lovely living room last week. "We need to redo the kitchen, we've got an aging mother who may come to live with us, and now the doorbell is broken!" (Just an observation, but you DO know that there will be a doorbell at the next house, right?)
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 17 years and has published more than 650 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.