Junuary (no that's no misspelling, given the protracted rainy season we experienced) is finally becoming June and the weather seems to be cooperating at long last. I, for one, am thrilled to finally be packing away the sandbags for good and pulling out the beach towels in their stead.
You know the song, "Uptown Girl," by Billy Joel? Well, I am definitely a "Down Stream Girl." When it's really storming, as it did in droves this year, the rain has a habit of pooling down by my garage door and at times, it gets downright exciting ("pooling" is a euphemism for "flooding). I've even been known to don rubber waders to clear the drains. Whoosh! "Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin' alive, stayin' alive . . ."
Happily, I can now focus on summer chores that include drier projects such as tree trimming, pool skimming and barbecuing. Heck, the Fourth of July is practically upon us. "Heat wave!" (If you are around, don't miss the parade in the center of town or the concert that follows after.) Piedmont 4th of Julys represent Americana at its best with everyone gathering in the center of town in the morning, in the park in the afternoon and at block parties as twilight arrives. "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy . . ."
And if you are bringing your home to market in June, you're in luck. Buyers definitely prefer to shop when the sun comes out. In fact, you'll be right in line with families that are seeking to move during the summer months when "School's out for the summer!" and the weather is warm. How convenient is that? (Pretty darn convenient.) Price your home correctly and it should "Sail away." No kidding! Don't skim over the part where I mention pricing your home correctly. The stock market took a tumble last week and that affects buyer confidence as well as their pocketbooks!
So don't delay, now is the time to bring it on. We should have very good traffic until August when things tend to slow considerably, as families head out-of-town to Tahoe and other destinations far and wide. (I'm ready for Hawaii myself.) "Tiny bubbles . . ."
But until then, expect activity to stay fairly constant. I've been "flooded" with phone calls of late - as have my colleagues - which is the only kind of "flooding" I welcome. Still, with warm days ahead and a vibrant summer market to look forward to, I think it's fair for all of us to "just direct our feet to the sunny side of the street."
But first, I need to pull out those lawn chores - I mean lawn"chairs."
So whether you're"a little bit country or a little bit rock and roll ," (a little bit Piedmont or a little bit Berkeley) let's buy or sell a house this summer together. 'Cuz I'm a "round like a circle, like a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel . . ." Call me.
Yeah, it's definitely time to dry off.
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.