Posted on December 31, 2009
Mt. Baker as seen from Rhodena Beach, Coupeville
Wishing everyone a joyful, serene, and caring 2010!
We've been through quite a lot in the past year, as a people, but I know many, like me, are counting their blessings.
It was fun to end the year with putting a sale in escrow today for wonderful clients. The buyer knew their home was his dream place the moment he walked through their door. Other nice folks relocating here to Whidbey were able to get the thumbs up on a fantastic beach place.
I love my work, and it feels great to help others reach their goals. Celebrating the last day of 2009 is easy, with sincere thanks and appreciation for everyone I've had the pleasure to work with over the past year.
2010 is starting to feel like it will be a great year for Island real estate. Motivated Sellers have tried hard to price their properties to sell quickly, and Buyers are amazed by the quantity and quality of available properties. Prices haven't been this low on Whidbey for years, and their are some absolute steals to be had for those folks staying alert to the market. 2009 saw some sad stories, homes going back to the bank that might have sold if priced more in tune with the market, and other foreclosures as people lost the struggle to keep mortgages paid. The much-touted Hope for Homeowners helped a few people hang on, and lower interest rates enticed some to refinance.
It seemed that this past year reconfirmed my long-held belief that deep and current market knowledge is one of the ways I can best serve my clients. Two of the sales I made this year were written before the listing agents had gotten around to adding more than one photo on the multiple listing site. Both were waterfront, and both were absolutely priced to sell immediately. I was able to send off photos to my clients, and get the properties in contract before competing buyers figured out how great they were.
Another of my beliefs about doing business is that it is important to be nice to people. A listing agent let me know that it was one of the reasons my buyer was chosen out of competing offers on a short sale. Going into a new year, it is good to reflect on ways I can better serve my clients, and also on the things that are working well. I'd love to hear from anyone who has suggestions or comments, always.
Tonight I'm heading to a party at the nearly-ready-to-open refurbished Ebey Bowl, which should be fun. I loved having the opportunity to help some of my very favorite clients buy a fantastic commercial property, in dire need of tlc, on the edge of the beautiful Prairie in Coupeville. The community is so excited at the prospect of the little 6 lane bowling alley reopening, especially our youth.
Again, thanks for a great year, everyone! Drop by my office near the Wharf and say hello....I might even treat you to a latte out at Local Grown on the Wharf.
Wishing you the best year, with each day lived like it's the one you'll always be remembered for!