A sign of spring….

Well, it’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for. Today is “National Learn About Butterflies Day”.

Wait, what? You haven’t been waiting for it?  Too bad, here it is, in all it’s glory.  Or all it’s fluttery color anyway. (yes, that’s a word. I think)

Fun facts to share about butterflies (and when you do so please use #LearnAboutButterfliesDay)

~ Worldwide there are more than 24,000 species of butterflies

~ Wing spans range from 1/8  inch to 12 inches

~ Top flight speed is up to 12 MPH

~ Life spans are from a week to a 9-10 months

Butterflies rely on plants and flowers to survive, so today is a great day to start thinking spring and gardens and plantings.  See, any time I can write about spring makes me happy!  I’ll keep searching and counting the days……

Happy 100th Birthday…REALTOR® Code of Ethics

Logo of the National Association of Realtors.

Logo of the NAR

Ok, so there won’t be any cake, but for us REALTORS®, and for you home buyers and sellers, it’s still good news!  In 1913 the National Association of REALTORS® adopted a Code of Ethics to establish standards and encourage professionalism in the real estate industry as a way of setting REALTORS® apart from other real estate licenses.
Written before license law or other governing regulations, the Code was written as a declaration of the industries principles.  Adopted by National, State and Local Boards of REALTORS®, over time, the Code has been revised to stay relevant.
What does this mean to the consumer?  As a REALTOR®, I’m held to a very high standard of behavior to best serve my clients interest.  A Code of Ethics goes beyond the laws of the state (which I must say really do protect the consumer!).And so we REALTORS® don’t forget it, every 4 years we must take the Code of Ethics training to maintain our membership in the Association.
If you would like to see a copy of the standards that I am proud to live up, let me know….happy to share it.  As you think about entering or re-entering the real estate market, rest assured that if you use a REALTOR®. you’ll be in good hands!

Sellers ~ we need YOU now!

Home sellers take note….we really do need you!   

 

Uncle Sam

 

The biggest challenge to a Real Estate housing recovery is INVENTORY!!!

According to the National Association of REALTORS latest report
 
http://bit.ly/ZlRkk5  “January existing home sales hold with steady price gains….seller’s market developing”
 
So what’s that mean to you?  If you have been thinking of putting your home on the market but wanted to wait until spring ~ why wait?  We need you now!! 
 
Nationally, our housing inventory, or our supply of homes available for sale, fell by 4.9%, and  that represents a 4.2 months supply of homes. That number is 25.3% below where it was a year ago and is at it’s lowest level since December 1999!!
 
According to NAR’s economist, Lawrence Yun, “We expect a seasonal rise of inventory this spring, but it may be insufficient to avoid more frequent incidences of multiple bidding and faster-than-normal price growth,”
 
So potential  sellers, what are you waiting for? We need YOU now!