REAL ESTATE NEWS
Think Our Homes Have Gotten Expensive?
Local home prices have continued to climb to their highest levels ever. The average home in the Shelby/Fayette County area is up about 10% over the past year. That sounded like a big jump until I read a recent Wall Street Journal article about the Nashville area. As you know, Nashville has been booming the past ten years, with many new corporate offices relocating there. This boom has also drawn a number of families from around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, all of which have absolute crazy real estate prices. These out-of-owners have been drawn to the area due to the low taxes and relatively low home prices. Notice that I said “relatively”… according to the WSJ article, the average home sales price in Brentwood, TN is now over $1,000,000…that’s right, MILLION! That is up 28% from just a year ago.
While this Christmas was certainly a little different, our family was fortunate that everyone was in good health and we were still able to get together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Here’s one of my favorite pics from this holiday season. It’s my wife’s parents with their four great-grandkids…pretty cool!
Down 25 in 2020
I’m typically not big on making resolutions, but last year was a little different. On January 5, 2020, after realizing that all of my clothes were shrinking, I decided to do something about it. No, I didn’t go buy bigger clothes, (though that did cross my mind)! I decided that I was going to lose 10% of my weight, which was 22 pounds. I didn’t join a gym or go on any special diet. I just started walking 5 days per week for 45-90 minutes, and I changed my eating habits. The more I walked, the more I enjoyed it. I ate more fruits & vegetables, eliminated fried foods, bread and sweets, and just became more aware of calories. I probably cut my calories in half. Instead of ice cream, I ate cool whip with blueberries, and liked it. Instead of meat-lovers pizza, I ate vegetarian pizza on cauliflower crust, which is absolutely delicious. And on the weekends, I splurged and ate whatever I wanted. The result was that after being down as much as 35 pounds, I ended the year down 25 pounds, my clothes fit again, and I feel much better. If you are wanting to lighten your scales this year, I encourage you to set a goal, change a few habits, and get started now…YOU CAN DO IT!
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MORTGAGE RATE UPDATE
30-year fixed rate 2.5%
(Rates provided by Patriot Mortgage on 1/7/21.)
Travel Plans Anyone?
My wife and I love to travel and can’t wait to be able to plan our next trip. For Christmas, I bought her a world map, gave her a dart and said, “Throw this, and wherever it lands…that’s where I’m taking you when this pandemic ends.” Turns out that we will be spending two weeks behind the refrigerator!
Teachers Are Special
The teacher was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots. He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. Finally, when the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet."
She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.
He then announced, "These aren't my boots."
She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to. And once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.
No sooner than they got the boots off he said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear 'em."
Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry, but she mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.
Helping him into his coat, she asked, "Now, where are your mittens?" He said, "I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots."
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