The Stonebrook Letter
Vol. 22, No. 8
How’s Real Estate
Seems like writing 3 or 4 offers on different homes before one works out is becoming the norm. It’s unlike any market I have seen. Getting closing costs paid by a seller can be a challenge, too, especially if you are competing with a cash buyer. Mortgage rates continue in the 4.5 to 4.625%.
According to Chandler Reports, 2nd quarter home sales in Shelby County were up 5% over last year. Average home prices reached a record high $185,224. The average in the 2nd quarter of 2015 was $155,780, a $30,000 difference!
6510 Stage Rd., Suite 1
Prolific Yellow Squash & Cucumbers
Seems like every morning I go out back and there are 3 more squash or cucumbers to pick. It’s been a good year. I’ve dusted the base of the plants with Bayer Complete Insect Dust (Permethrin) to keep the squash borers away and fertilized with a tablespoon or two of calcium nitrate every 2 weeks and it seems to be working. Another variable that has helped attract pollinators is that the squash is next to a bed of rudbeckia, salvia and herbs … the bees are always busy.
Squash … from bloom to fruit “overnight”
New Listing … Bartlett’s Ravencrest … like new
New school parking for 750 cars … ready to pave!
Nashville Wedding Shower
We joined our son, Will, and his fiancee, Macie, last week for a wonderful couples shower given by their Nashville friends. Our son, Wade, came from Knoxville to join everyone. We enjoyed terrific food from Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, a favorite of theirs from Will’s Nashville days. Now we are almost in the final stretch to the big day in September!
4687 Dylan Valley
Beautifully updated! Enjoy an open, spacious feel in the family room, kitchen & 17’ hearth room. Hardwood, granite & stainless appliances. Custom wainscoting & trim added in family room & kitchen. Updated painting inside & out. 21’ x 15’ bonus room up. Walk-in attic for storage or expansion. Private, manicured backyard has patio, deck and workshop plus green space behind! Lake privileges for fishing, exercise & relaxation. $274,900.
Mary and I switched our tv service last week to DIRECTV NOW. We were paying around $115 monthly and using the DVR box to record shows. After switching to streaming we returned the DVR via FedEx as instructed by DIRECTV, so there is one less box below the TV. Our monthly bill dropped to around $60!
Will & Macie
Terry & Will
RECIPE: Terry's Squash Casserole
What do you do with a squash avalanche? Make casseroles! Get out 2 or 3 casserole dishes, slice up the squash and layer in the dish(s) along with:
• colored bell peppers
Check the refrigerator or pantry and use up those leftovers. (I threw in a can of enchilada sauce with jalapeņo pepper, etc., and it was a tasty addition!)
Bake at 350˚ for about 45 minutes.
Thought for the Month
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own”