Feliz Navidad! I'm off to visit San Miguel de Allende for the holidays. This trip couldn't come too soon what with all the rain we've been experiencing in Northern California. Not that I'm complaining mind you (my garden is sopping it up) but as of early Monday, my phone hasn't stopped ringing.
"I've got water in my basement." (Yes you do. The ground is saturated and that room is below grade.)
"My sump pump is running. What's up with that?" (It's supposed to; it's a PUMP and it's doing its job.)
"My roof is leaking and I'm sure the Sellers must have known." (I wouldn't necessarily jump to that conclusion.)
As we wind down the year, I thought it fitting to run the numbers. Drum Roll please . . . .
As Piedmont is a small town, it's easy to create a snapshot of the activity as compared to years prior, and for Piedmont Sellers, (as well as for Sellers throughout the East Bay) the news remains strong. For Buyers, it's somewhat tougher to bear.
As of today, 138 Piedmont properties have transferred ownership in 2021, and another three are pending. Additionally, three homes are currently active, per the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), although two of them are priced well out of reach for most hardworking folks, with the most expensive listing in 2021 clocking in at a whopping $19,850,000; the highest list price ever (by a fair margin) for a house in Piedmont. (Rumor has it that several Buyers circled and one strong offer was rejected, but this may be too far a bridge to cross. Time will tell.)
Happy holidays. I hope your Thanksgiving was memorable. I had the good fortune of spending it with my husband and BOTH our boys at our cabin at Fallen Leaf Lake. it was the perfect setting and a rare opportunity to share time and space with my immediate family. (Why children insist on growing up and moving on is beyond me.)
As we wrap up 2021, I thought it appropriate to give thanks for good health, for my boys, for a husband that still makes me laugh, for a business partner that's beyond AMAZING, for clients that cheered us on and supported our growth, for a sister who has my back at every turn and remains my best friend, for a community that knows how to come together, and for making it through the last two years not only unscathed but professionally better off. I recognize that good fortune wasn't the journey for everyone in the midst of a pandemic, so I'm beyond GRATEFUL.! (It doesn't appear that we're out of the woods just yet so please get that booster.)
Of course, good fortune doesn't come without a cost.
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.