Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, everyone is in overdrive for Christmas…the Hallmark, Family and Lifetime Channels have been running Christmas movies nonstop, some since before Thanksgiving! ION Television has added one to their line-up that sounds intriguing (bear in mind that I have not watched it yet!), “Twelve Wishes of Christmas” Lately things haven’t been going right for Laura, an aspiring fashion exec. With her professional and personal life crumbling, and willing to try anything to help, she follows her best friends suggestion and sets up a session with a life coach, who tells Laura to return home and make a list of twelve wishes for positive change in her life.
If you had 12 Wishes for Christmas, what would they be? Would you be selfish and wish for just yourself? Or altruistic and wish mostly for others? I suspect that most of us would have a little of both on our lists…
Between today and Christmas, I will be working on my list and will share them, one at a time, with all of you. Will you share with me? I’m easy to reach – you can comment on this blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or my website…
As the auto industry has revived, so has the local economy. The city also has benefited from having diverse industries: Pharmaceutical makers (Eli Lilly), financial services firms (Conseco), the state government, and communications companies (Brightpoint) are all major employers. And the job market is improving: Unemployment fell in September to 6.4%, 1.5 percentage points below the national rate of 7.9%.
That’s great news for job seekers, but home buyers may not be quite as happy. A few years ago, Indianapolis regularly led the affordability index; it’s since slipped a couple notches. Still, Indianapolis is the largest metro area of the 10 most affordable cities.
It’s time to pick a gift for that special person and you need a SPECIAL gift. Find something unique and keep your money in the neighborhood. If half the families in Indiana shifted $6.25 of their weekly budget to buy locally, this would provide an annual contribution of $300 million to the local economy. Everyone can go to Wally World and the other big box stores but you’ll find something one-of-a-kind and made from the heart if you look around your area for a local merchant. Of course, Mass Ave is a great place to check out but there are all kinds of local shops all over Indy: Fountain Square, Lafayette Road, Broad Ripple. Or venture a little further out into the ‘burbs: Zionsville, Avon, Mooresville, Greenwood. You’ll never know what you’ll find. Here’s some links with info on shopping local: http://indianamuseum.org/visit/events/eventview.asp?eventid=2543
That was above the median forecast of a 4.75 million-unit rate in a Reuters poll.
NAR economist Lawrence Yun said superstorm Sandy, which slammed in the U.S. East Coast on October 29, had only a slight impact on home resales. The only region where the pace of sales slipped was the Northeast. But Yun said the storm could temporarily hold back the pace of sales in November and December.
Nationwide, the median price for a home resale was $178,600 in October, up 11.1 percent from a year earlier as fewer people sold their homes under distressed conditions compared to the same period in 2011. Distressed sales include foreclosures.
The nation’s inventory of existing homes for sale fell 1.4 percent during the month to 2.14 million, the lowest level since December 2002.
At the current pace of sales, inventories would be exhausted in 5.4 months, the lowest rate since February 2006.
The price increase last month was measured against October 2011, and since then distressed sales have fallen to 24 percent of total sales from 28 percent.
The share of distressed sales, which also include those where the sales price was below the amount owed on the home, was flat from September.
…because you don’t know anything about cars except how to fill your tank? Take your vehicle to the guys at Indy Tire NW, Ron and the other gentlemen who work there are so fantastic that even though I no longer work in their area, I make the trek from Beech Grove for my tires, rotations, oil changes and just about anything else my car needs. When I had transmission problems (which they don’t handle), they directed me to the another shop and I was treated with the same respect I receive from them.
I recently needed new tires and called and spoke directly with Ron (the manager) and we discussed options – I’ve been taking my car to them for a long time and he knows I’m a Realtor (click here for my website!) – he presented me with 2 options and we discussed everything allowing me to make the best decision for myself. Never once in my dealing with this shop has anyone made me feel “stupid”, my budget, time and safety are always taken into consideration. Need to leave your car? they will take you to your office and pick you up later in the day. They’ve even driven me to an appointment and picked me up after…now that is service!
Please everyone, if you want great auto service, visit the shop of Indy Tire NW!
All five groups are calling for home values to rise through the end of next year. However, none are projecting that we will hit historic annual appreciation levels (3.6%) that existed prior to the housing bubble.
I recently relocated to a new cube in our office. Gone are the days when building/facility folks would bring up the carts to help you. I even moved my own technology and phone! That was the most manual labor I’ve done in a long time.
Since I’ve been with the same company for 30+ years I’ve learned to give up ‘stuff’ and only had two boxes to move – including hard copy files (I know there’s an e-copy but there’s some things you just have to keep). I have a few work mementos: a conference room sign from the first building I worked in, my notary certificate, a 30-year achievement award, pix of kids & grandkids, a few favorite Dilbertcomic strips, IU memorabilia and my “Whatever!!!” plaque.
And then there’s this little vignette in the corner:
The candy dish is for when I’m feeling generous and actually buy some; rarely chocolate ‘cause it’s too expensive, I go for the old stuff: fire balls, orange slices, Werthers, cow tails, etc.
The crown and scepter are for when co-workers call me ‘Queen of . . . . “ – it’s usually nice and in fun.
The Louisville Slugger mini-bat would come in handy if those pesky HR policies would let me use it.
The Flip-Flap flower is there because it’s just soooooo cute!
The picture of Sean – well it makes me smile and remember all the great movies he’s been in.