Do you believe whether a groundhog sees its shadow or not is a true indication of when Spring will come?
A lot of people aren’t even sure, which means we’re going to have more winter.
But even if you do, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. If it’s sunny, and he sees his shadow, that means a longer winter. If it’s cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow, it means Spring will come sooner. That seems totally backwards.
And then there are lots of different groundhogs… which are you supposed to believe?
Groundhog Day doesn’t predict Spring
Truth is, Spring never actually comes sooner, even if every single groundhog doesn’t see his shadow. It begins on a specific calendar day.
Now the weather on the other hand, that’s a different story. The weather will be what it will be. Weather is something people make small talk about.
But a groundhog predicting it!? Meteorologists can barely do it.
So, most people don’t put a whole lot of stock in what the groundhogs “say” on Groundhog Day. However, a lot of people do put stock in the “Spring market” when it comes to real estate.
Is Spring the best time to buy and sell real estate?
So many people believe it’s the “best” time to buy or sell real estate. Not necessarily.
Sure, there is definitely a “Spring market”.
But first of all, to even say exactly what day it begins is impossible. Some real estate agents even say the Spring market begins in January. Others may say March. Or April. Maybe May.
And while there’s no definite answer as to when the Spring market actually begins, it’s even more inaccurate to say that it’s the best time for you to buy or sell a house.
It might be for some clients… but certainly not for everyone. It depends on so many variables, and upon the client’s specific scenario and needs.
Some solid advice…
Don’t put stock in the “Spring market”, no matter what you hear, or who you hear it from.
Do not base your decisions about when to buy or sell upon something people talk about as lightly as the weather… or whether the Groundhog saw its shadow or not.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer.
But if you are thinking about buying or selling, or both, then we should chat. And strategize.
Is now a better moment for you to begin buying or selling?
Or is it better for you to wait until Spring is “officially” here?
Or perhaps Summer…
It depends on a whole lot of variables.
So, if you’re thinking of buying or selling, let’s just chat.
If not, just stick this in your head for future reference!
Happy Groundhog Day!
Millions of people adjust the time on their clock now that daylight savings is ending this weekend. But what’s weird is that it’s not done everywhere; also, the actual date of when the time change occurs is different in some areas of the world.
It isn’t universal.
Adjusting to the time change is confusing enough for people on a local level. So, forget about trying to make sense of it nationally, or globally.
Why does it exist? Is it still useful? Why doesn’t it get observed everywhere? All questions people may ask, but none of them really matter. It isn’t worth debating…
Because, on a local level, the only thing that matters is that you have to adjust the your clock in order to be in sync with everything and everyone around you.
Time Change and Real Estate
It’s similar in real estate…
The overall process of buying or selling a home is pretty similar from one area to another.
But there are regional differences in how the process works, the rules, regulations, and laws. And all of these things change quite often.
This is usually a bigger issue when someone is moving from one area to another. A typical statement real estate agents hear is, “That’s not how it is done where I come from…”
That might be true. And the way it is done in another area may even be better, or make more sense. But it doesn’t matter. Because the only thing that matters is how things are done wherever you happen to be buying or selling.
Which is why hiring a local real estate agent who is on top of the local process, rules, regulations, and laws is so critical.
P.S. Remember to adjust your clocks. It’s “fall back” in the Fall. So we gain an hour of sleep.
But, if you’re thinking of buying or selling, don’t sleep on it! Just give me a ring. I’m on top of all the local processes, rules, regulations, and laws.
There’s news in the world of house design—for a change! Those who keep in touch with the house design innovations that Northville buyers are currently favoring know one thing is for certain: they don’t change overnight. True innovations are rare.
Fads occasionally come and go (remember “industrial décor” and barn door sliders?)—but by definition, fads don’t wind up making much of a dent in how most Northville homes are built or remodeled. That’s a good thing: overexuberant style-chasing can be expensive to correct once a clever style has come and gone.
I bring this up because it looks as if there are a couple of interconnected house design ideas that look like they might be durable—and if so, Northville home buyers and sellers will want to be aware of them.
Northville House Design Change is Really a Marketing Insight
First is a house design feature that’s gradually been working its way up in popularity: the ground floor master bedroom. Last week, The Wall Street Journal ran an article that pointed to the demographics that make this a house design winner. They call it “main-floor master bedroom”—but whatever you call it, the logic is irrefutable. As the number of America’s seniors grows, the practicality of easy access grows with it, gradually shifting from convenience to necessity.
The associated and more consequential design news is summed up in one word: flex. A flex room or area is one that has no designated purpose, but which can be configured and later re-configured to accommodate changing needs and lifestyles. Flex rooms are usually sited off the entry hall, near the main living space, generally close to a bathroom (“so they can easily morph into bedrooms”). They have ample electric wiring so they can become home offices or media centers. Or anything else, not yet anticipated.
Flex rooms used to be called “bonus rooms”—but that might be selling the innovative element short. To me, the term “bonus room” has always seemed like a luxury afterthought; a non-necessity. “Flex room” sounds active and dynamic—and valuable. In fact, the essence of the idea may be more of a marketing insight than design innovation. Whichever it is, it’s something Northville sellers can appreciate for its practicality: potential buyers will tend to project their own needs into the space. As a house planner put it to the Journal, “When you name it ‘dining room,’ buyers will never get that out of their mind.”
In a wider sense, the “flex” idea is a reflection of 21st-century reality. At this point, we all understand that change is the most predictable element of our future. Having built-in flexibility in a home’s design is one way to assure that it stays in style—and also a way to ensure its lasting resale value.
Maximizing that is my specialty—so be sure to keep my number handy!