Real Estate is a roller coaster ride…
Recently I decided to list my house for sale, because, lets face it… right now Northern Michigan Real Estate Inventory is low, sales prices are high, and it may just be the time to sell, and move onto bigger and better things. Mainly, having that perfect dream home built on that beautiful piece of property somewhere yet to be found. So, I contacted my old college buddy Pat to list. Pat’s been around the real estate racket for years!
Boom-shakalaka, we have a listing! My adorable house in the woods is on the market. As each prospective owner walks through my home, I find myself facing the emotional bonds that I’ve built with this house in the past seven years, everything from the dog monument out front that holds the memories of two of my beloved late pooches, along with a pooch from the previous owner, to the back patio area that I had poured as soon as I moved into the house. Each closet that I clean out to make a move more simplified brings about thoughts of “why am I selling the place I call home?”
The bottom line is that its just time. Even with each showing pointing out things that other people find to be faults with the home, I know in my heart, this house has great bones… I know this, because that quote comes directly from the previous owner. The cathedral ceilings, the beautiful brick fireplace, along with the country kitchen and hickory hardwood floors are all things that make this place a home. So its hard not to feel a bit insulted when a low bid comes in.
“Don’t panic!”, says that little voice in my head… just counter offer. Keep your eye on the prize. Every homeowner has a threshold price in their head, the lowest they will go. When a prospective buyer walks from that price, its tempting to go lower. But what will I end up living in? Bottom line is that I have a budget for my next place, and anything less is simply unacceptable. I think that’s true of any home seller.
… and the next showing is lined up. The house is spiffy cleaned, and ready to show its best features off. Seller’s market? Lets hope so… buckle up for a ride!
Like I said before… Winter’s in Northern Michigan can be gloomy, long, and gray. But When spring hits, it’s like a ray of hope shoots across the sky! What is that beautiful blue sky and bright shiny sun? Ahhhhh… it’s simply wonderful. This weekend was the perfect occasion to tour around the Torch Lake area to catch a little positive energy!
First Stop… Torch River Marine at the South End of Torch Lake. Yes, this place is simply buggin’ to come alive! Boats are already coming out of storage, and the place is hopping!
That’s my pontoon right there in the middle waiting to be uncovered for the season. It will be ready for me in May!
After meandering around the lake through Alden and up to Bellaire, we found a perfect opportunity to stop at Short’s Brew Pub for some delicious brews and a quick snack. Oh so good… there’s a beer or cider flavor for every pallette here!
A highly recommended stop… my personal favorites here: Bellaire Brown, Soft Parade, and Local’s Light.
Overall, a good day around Torch Lake, ending up at home for a good movie and some rest… and of course, some couch time with the Daisy!
No one can resist the perfect sunbeam!
Have you ever kept a daily journal of thoughts that followed you through the day? Well, I guess keeping a blog is very similar to that. Although, I have to admit, I will probably hold back my inner most demons since this blog is open to the public!
Some of my best ideas have come from writing down my thoughts and developing them further. Whether its telling a story, or making a business plan, it’s always a good idea to jot them down on paper (or in a blog, in this case). I’ve always found this type of brainstorming very therapeutic and organizational, even when it just starts with writing individual words.
At times those words may start in anger. That’s where the edit button comes in handy! An idea that might start with anger, can be developed and edited into a positive. Deleting the occasional F-Bomb certainly doesn’t hurt the cause. Of course, reading whats written out loud is a great way to make sure what the writer is trying to say makes sense. It’s also a great way to catch grammatical errors. In this way, I find that blogging not only helps strengthen my writing skills, but it is also very therapeutic to my daily thought process. Take those negatives, and drown them out with positive. The more positive you get in life, the better life you live… am I wrong? 🙂
So… should I blog? Of course I should! Even if its about silly subjects, like, blogging.
I grew up in idealistic small town America, aka Elk Rapids, Michigan. This place is known for its beautiful Caribbean blue water lakes, friendly neighborhoods, and educational excellence (maybe I’m just a little biased on those opinions… ). My best friends still live there, just as I live close to the area. The cold gloomy winters drive me crazy, but the rest of the seasons are simply amazing! The friends from here who have moved away, all come back in the best of seasons for visits. We all gather in town for fun and laughter… these are the kind of friendships that last a lifetime.
Of course, there are other parts of my life that are great too… and I assure you throughout this blog process, I will definitely write about them… and post pictures! I love taking pictures, so be on the lookout for some fun photo’s! I’ve become addicted to travel and learning as much about the places I go as I can. This years adventures include Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, Greenville, NC, and of course, the Southern Tier of New York, where my family business has a remote office. Of course, in the winter season, I may have to slip in a week or two of the glorious sunshine in the Southwest Florida region as well!
Is my life perfect? Absolutely not… and on occasion, I may be inclined to write about those imperfections. Just a heads up… I occasionally suffer from situational depression and general anxiety. I have my coping mechanisms, which usually consist of the “grab life head on and shake it as hard as you can” method. Sometimes I piss people off… sometimes people piss me off… It’s life! All you can do is be the best person you can be the next day when you wake up.