Do any of these definitions of “blue chip” from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary sound like the city or neighborhood you’re looking for?
• a business or undertaking with an outstanding record or likelihood of profitability
• one that is outstanding: as an outstandingly worthwhile or valuable property or asset
Less than a year after a certain grassroots movement, which seems to consist mostly if not solely of one Midwestern attorney, denounced Nationwide Open House Weekend as a tool of the Devil, also known as the National Association of Realtors, and urged right-thinking citizens to boycott the event, the NAR has decided to call the whole thing…
But wait! How can I be b-a-a-c-k when I was still here? Because over the holidays the old JohnFyten.com, all 465 posts and 101 web pages and way way too many charts and links of it, died to the world and descended all hero-like into Hell to be reborn as the new JohnFyten.com.
Last month I said all signs suggested buyers would hit the market this January like they were shot from cannons. Boom!
Broderick Perkins was a pioneer in real estate journalism, writing first for the San Jose Mercury, then on his own, since the 1980s. Long before I got into real estate, I read his Merc articles because they were readable, even to someone who, in those days, had little interest in real estate.
So imagine my surprise when Broderick emailed me a few months ago: “I’m still here”.
If late fall and early winter are setting the tone for next year, buyers will hit the market in January like they were shot from cannons.
Well, I got it right last year: 2013 made red-hot 2012 look like the overnight temps we’ve had lately. Of course, it’s easy to predict the future based on the present—”another year of the same, folks”. Lots of people do it, and some even get paid to.
Regular readers—I’m pretty sure I’m back up to two—know that at this time of year I always write something seasonal. I’m not sure why I pick Thanksgiving instead of, say, Easter, especially when local real estate lends itself so well to the cyclical rebirth angle.