If Not Buying Now, Then When?

I get it. The journey toward homeownership can feel overwhelming. It’s a process led largely by the heart. Let’s be honest: Most times, 98% of the process is driven by emotion, and 2% by the math. The balance between feelings and financials is what turns waiting and dreaming into buying and living.

I know many of you have been cautiously waiting on the sidelines, watching market trends with the hope that housing prices will decline. That hasn’t happened except for a brief moment in 2008. History has shown us that these moments are not only rare but often fleeting. Since that brief dip over a decade ago, the market has shown resilience and strength. People invest in real estate for the appreciation.

Consider this: while waiting for the perfect moment, you might be missing out on the perfect home. For 16 years, the sidelines have been crowded with watchers waiting for signs and shifts that never materialize as expected. So I ask: when will you jump into the game?

Waiting for the right time (is there such a thing in a volatile market?) can often lead to missing the right home. As you think about stepping off the sidelines and heading into the action, remember: every moment is the right moment if you have all the facts and your ready to start your search for a great home.

Let’s turn your dreams into reality by taking those first steps together and discuss your mortgage and your plans your new home. I’m more than happy to have a phone or video chat to get the ball rolling.

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Ready to buy a new home or refinance the one you own? Please get in touch and I’ll be happy to answer your questions and help guide you through the process. I look forward to speaking with you.

National Teacher Appreciation Day

This year on May 7th, we celebrate National Teacher Day, a day dedicated to recognizing the incredible impact teachers have on our lives.

But how can we truly thank these amazing individuals? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Replenish Classroom Supplies: Teachers often purchase essential supplies out of their own pockets. A box of crayons or construction paper might seem small, but it’s a thoughtful gesture.
  2. The Power of Words: Write a heartfelt card or letter to your child’s teacher. Expressing your gratitude for their commitment and highlighting their positive influence can make a world of difference.
  3. Ask Them What They Need Most: You may be surprised at the answers. Some may need volunteer help. Others may need socks or coats for their students.

You’ve got more than a week to plan. What small gesture can you make to thank a teacher?

Home Improver: Homemade Chemical-Free Bug Spray

Earth Day was this past Monday and lately I’ve been focusing on becoming less dependent on chemicals at home. I know many of you have expressed this eco-conscious sentiment to me over the years.

To start, why not create a chemical-free bug spray by using safe ingredients you may have in house right now? Here’s a recipe that’s safe to use around kids and pets, assuming they aren’t allergic to these ingredients:

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 2 tablespoons of mild liquid soap – helps the solution adhere to surfaces
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar – deters insects and acts as a disinfectant
  • 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil – known to repel mosquitoes and other flying insects
  • 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil – effective against many flying insects, including flies and mosquitoes
  • 1 lemon, juiced – unappealing to most flying insects


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large container.
  2. Mix thoroughly to ensure all components blend well.
  3. Pour the solution into a spray bottle.
  4. Spray around windows, doors, and other entry or gathering points throughout your home.

Here’s to a year of fewer chemicals — and fewer bugs — in your home!