November 30, 2017
My in-laws have decided it’s time to make a move. It’s just the two of them and a small dog in their spacious 3 bed, 2 ½ bath home on a corner lot. They’ve made a decision that a lot of people in their generation are making. They are ready to downsize to a townhome. When I first started selling homes here in Sioux Falls, that’s exactly what townhomes were – the first step of retirement housing in that gradual journey to the nursing home. Now let me be clear – in no way am I implying that my in-laws are that old. I’m just sharing why they made the choice they have…… I mean…….uh, anyway…….. While this is still the case for some people, the typical townhome buyer is changing.
If you are dreaming of your very own single-family, stand-alone home with the white picket fence, you may want to rethink that regardless of your distance from the nursing home. Read the rest of this entry »
June 8, 2017
As June is National Homeownership Month, we are doing a series of blog posts relating to home ownership. Each will have a different perspective, so stay tuned for more.
First, full disclosure. I teach our homebuyer education course. I have my real estate license. Even though my license is inactive, I am still involved in our local real estate association. I even teach the classes required to get your real estate license. Am I invested in that world? Yes.
I’ve been both a renter and home-owner. I currently own my own home and would have it no other way.
I am a big fan of home ownership. It is no secret.
I’ll also be the first one to tell you that home ownership is NOT for everyone. Read the rest of this entry »
June 20, 2016
In my neighborhood there is a home that appears to by occupied by at least a couple of young women. By ‘young’, a typical crabbier old guy might classify them as ‘those stinking kids that need to get a real job and grow up’. I’m not there yet. But when I walked past and realized they had a live band playing in the back yard the other night, I thought, “Oh boy, this could get interesting.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 12, 2016
Depending on the day, spring is finally here. Yes, there are still blustery days that start with scraping the windows on your car. But there are also those nice days that get us all a little excited for the impending summer. It gets us excited to get up and moving, get outside, and even get some spring cleaning done.
Aside from the psychological rewards of accomplishing a cleaner home, there are also financial benefits to taking care of that spring clean-up. Let’s take a look at some of them: Read the rest of this entry »