Rising rents, low inventory, and higher sales prices….is now the right time to consider downsizing?
Autumn winds blow a chilly reminder that winter is fast approaching. By the time the first snowflakes fall, nearly 400 homes will have exchanged hands in Lakewood (check activity at www.HomeValuesInLakewood.Info). This means that there are 400 homeowners who are preparing to spend their first winter in their new home! Perform the following maintenance tips each fall to protect your property's value and prevent major repairs.
With the first 9 months complete it's time to look at how well we are doing in Lakewood Real Estate.
Looking at the figures on 9/30/13 there were 120 single family homes active on the market. The median breakdown was 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1413 square feet, asking $124,950 and 69 days on the market. There were 23 homes in contingent status and 41 that were pending. As of 9/30/13 there were 322 homes that were sold in Lakewood. The medians for homes sold were 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1535 square feet, selling at $125,577 in 41 days.
In 2012 there were 306 single family homes sold in the first 9 months. The 2012 medians were 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1459 square feet, selling for $108,000 in 65 days. So the number of solds is up this year (322 vs. 306) with prices rising higher ($125,577 vs. $108,000) as well. Homes are also selling quicker (41 days vs. 65 days). With only 120 homes for sale, and the market averaging 36 solds per month, there isn't even a 4 month supply of homes on the market indicating it is still a good time to sell.
There were 49 condiminiums active on the market on 9/30/13. There were 5 in contingent status and 12 pending. The medians on sold condominiums were 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 971 square feet, selling for $58,500 in 61 days. In the first 9 months of 2012, there were 81 sold with medians being 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 873 square feet, for $49,000 in 79 days. The number of sales was down (72 vs. 81), but the prices are up ($58,500 vs. $49,000), and selling quicker (61 days vs. 79 days). With the market averaging 9 sales per month, there is an 8 month supply of condiminiums on the market. The good news is that the prices are higher.
School is back in session, Labor Day has come and gone, and 3/4 of the real estate market is nearly in the books! Where has the summer gone?!
When we are young adults most of us step out into the world renting our first apartment. What a feeling of independence! Then, much to our parents' dismay, some of us come back, but we save up enough money, get a better job, and then do it again. Then, at some point the renting vs. buying creeps in. For some of us there may be good reasons for renting housing, for others, owning is the only way to go. The right answer is, there is no right answer. The decision is a personal one.
Amazing to say, but July is half over already! And so is half of the real estate year! Nationally we keep hearing reports that the housing sector has recovered and everything is doing great. How has Lakewood stacked up during the recovery? Let's take a look at the numbers.
During the first 6 months of 2013 a total of 193 Single Family Homes transferred ownership. The Average Sales Price was $134,900 and the Median Sales Price was $115,500.
During the first 6 months of 2012, 193 Single Family Homes also sold! The Average Sales Price was $130,600 with the Median Sales Price at $107,900.
The Average Sales Price is UP 3.3% over last year and the Median Sales Price is UP 7% over last year! In addition the number of days on market-- the time it takes to sell-- has improved from an an average of 110 days in 2012 to 91 days this year. The Median Days on Market is even more dramatic, improving from 71 days in 2012 to 44 days in 2013. The reality is homes that are "priced right" are selling quickly and in most cases for more than they would have received last year.
So you think you may be in the market for a home, but you are overwhelmed. Questions are racing through your head: What do I do first? Where should I start? Is it even the right time? Breathe. Relax. And start to plan...
The first step is to take an honest look at your financials and set a reasonable monthly budget. How much per month can you comfortably commit to your housing payment? Keep in mind that your monthly mortgage will be one payment that includes your principle, interest, and prorated taxes and homeowners' insurance. We'll touch more on this later.
It's May 7th, and the Lakewood Real Estate Market remains active with single family homes in demand. Currently there are only 96 homes for sale in the market. So where could we use more inventory? I'll tell you in a moment...
Currently there are 65 homes under contract. The breakdown:
- 35% under $100,000
- 35% between $100 - $150,000
- 17% between $150 - $200,000
- 12% over $200,000
Year to date 119 homes have sold and transferred. The breakdown:
- 44% under $100,000
- 28% between $100 - $150,000
- 17% between $150 - $200,000
- 11% over $200,000
The snow is finally gone, right?! Now is the time to address seasonal maintenance issues for your home, regardless if you are getting your home ready for the market or just looking to give it a springtime tune-up. Addressing repairs and upgrades will help lower energy costs while adding value and marketability down the road.
Here are some tips for the season:
Windows: Did you notice significant drafts this past winter? If so it may be time to consider refurbishing your windows or replacing them altogether. Today there are all kinds of options for home owners. It could be as simple as adding quality storm windows, fresh caulk, and/or weather stripping to existing windows, which will also allow you to maintain the character and integrity of your home. Contact a reputable Lakewood contractor to discuss options that fit your budget.
Single-family home sales will continue strengthening, according to latest report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
The Real Estate Consensus Forecast, ULI’s semi-annual survey of the nation’s leading real estate economists and analysts, examined 26 economic and real estate indicators in the third quarter. The report predicted healthy estimates for single-family housing as compared to ULI’s March report.
“The predictions diverge from the previous forecast [from March] in that it is more optimistic regarding the single-family housing sector,” said ULI Executive Director Dean Schwanke.
When spring arrives in Cleveland there is always a buzz in the housing market, and there is a lot to buzz about. For the first time in a long time there has been a huge reduction in homes listed for sale which means home prices will start to rise. If you have been thinking about selling now may be a good time to get busy on a marketing plan.
So Mr. and Mrs. Potential Buyer saunter up to me at a gathering and start up the usual patter about the real estate market.
“How’s The Market?”
“Really, I thought it was still awful.”
“Not since a year ago January. It slowed in the fall due to the elections but has picked up at the start of the year.”
“Really????? But it’s still a buyers’ market right?”
“No, not really. Things are looking better for sellers in many markets right now. As a matter of fact, listings are at an eleven year low and don’t seem to be picking up at the moment, so supply is really in demand.”
“So you think we should wait for a bit.”
Part 3 in our three-part series will take a look at the sale of Multi-Family properties in 2012. We will define “multi-family” as legal 2- and 3-family dwellings. Currently there are 63 properties for sale. The average listing price is $120,500 and the average time on the market is 212 days.
In 2012, a total of 105 Multi-Family properties sold. The average sales price was $82,900, fetching about 93% of list price. It took an average of 163 days to sell. Compare this to the benchmark years of 2005 & 2006. In 2005 there were a total of 129 sales, with an average sales price of $145,700. Market time was about 100 days. In 2006 the total number of sales dropped to 119, with an average sales price of $141,300. Average market time was still about 100 days to sell.
By 2007 the number of sales dropped below 100 units, and the average sales price plummeted to an average of $114,000. The Multi-Family market took another hit in 2008 with the average sales pricing dropping to $86,500. Multi-Family properties hit bottom in 2009. Although the number of sales once again broke 100 units (115), the average sales price dropped again, to $75,300.
All 17 townhomes in the first phase at Clifton pointe were sold before construction had even begun.
Developer Andrew Brickman of Abode, Modern Lifestyle Developers recently finalized the sale of the last of seventeen residences of Phase One at Clifton Pointe, Lakewood's newest eco-friendly townhome community.
"My family and I have commented a few times about how we never thought we would be able to find the type of home you are building. It has definitely made us more content to keep Cleveland as our primary residence. Keeping people in the Cleveland area is not an easy feat but Clifton Pointe has done that for us," comments Toni Donaghue, Phase One, Clifton Pointe resident.
Sell My Lakewood Home Now?
“Why should I sell my house now?” That is a question we Realtors have been facing the past few years with frequency, and until recently, other than having to relocate or if the family is bursting the seams of our current home, there have been few honest and reliable answers. This year that situation is starting to change. Now you can command a decent market price, sell quickly, and under the correct circumstances, expect multiple offers. Market conditions in Lakewood have changed considerably in the past 12 months and now might be the time to consider selling your home.
Part 2 of our series will take a look at the State of the Market for Lakewood Condos.
Last year there were a total of 110 sales of Condos in Lakewood. This is the highest amount since 2006 when 127 condos were sold.
The average sale in 2012 was a 2 bedroom, bath and a half condo with 1100 square feet selling for $74,400. They were listed for an average of $86,300 and took about 200 days to sell. Looking at the benchmark year of 2006, the average condo sold was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit with 1000 square feet. It was listed for nearly $95,000 and sold for $89,000. Market time averaged 160 days.
The lowest priced sale in 2012 was $12,000 for a 1 bedroom, 1 bath 560 square foot condo in the Kirtland House on Warren. The highest sale price was $240,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1800 square foot condo in the Winton Place. Needless to say it had the most amazing views of the downtown skyline and the lake!
2012 was a year of ups and downs for real estate in Lakewood. Part 1 of this series will take a look at the State of the Market for Single Family Homes.
Last year there were a total of 395 sales for Single Family Homes. This is the highest amount since 2006 when 395 homes also sold. The peak was in 2005 when 428 homes were sold in Lakewood.
The average sale in 2012 was a 3 bedroom home with 1.97 baths averaging 1,742 square feet. It was listed for $134,144, sold for nearly 95% of list price at $127,180, and took an average of 121 days to sell.
At the peak of the market in 2005 the average home sold was a 3 bedroom, 1.86 bath home averaging 1,692 square feet. It was listed for $178,160 and sold for 96% of list price at $171,678 in an average of 90 days.
So we have reached that point in the real estate market where everything seems to be on hold. The old stale listings are still here, either over priced or in poor condition. Everyone has seen them and they are waiting for fresh new houses to hit the market. This year seems particularly stale because a good home, intelligently priced, has sold very quickly with a price at, near, or above asking price. Those who did not get the homes are waiting, waiting, waiting...
In the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Clark Griswold may have gone a little overboard with his Christmas lights, but if he was selling his house, he may have had the right idea.
“Great decorations really set the tone for the holidays, a time when you can showcase your house in a different way to highlight areas that normally may not stand out,” said Amy Cornwell, President/ Lead Designer for Creative Impressions, which specializes in seasonal decorating.
By creating a festive atmosphere, a home seller allows perspective buyers to envision what their holidays will be like in the property—complete with a beautiful tree, stockings hung from the fireplace mantels and the smell of Christmas cookies in the air.
One of the great debates in real estate concerns the prospect of keeping a house on the market during the holiday season. Some argue that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is busy enough without the worry of buying a home, while proponents like the prospects since those shopping are generally more serious about buying.
A downside for the seller is that the hectic time of year makes it harder to get your home ready at the drop of a hat if a call comes in. People are busy making food, wrapping presents and preparing for a houseful of guests. However, your house will also be decorated with beautiful lights and decorations and will create a festive elegance to a home that will attract buyers.
I bet everyone is getting pretty tired of all the political ads that are dominating TV and radio advertising. And our local professional sports teams aren't the most rewarding diversion from our daily routines. So maybe, I thought, some people might be interested in how the real estate market is doing in Lakewood lately.
Home sellers face a new reality as they look to move up, down, in or out of their American dream in today’s market. Consumers, particularly those who purchased their homes within the last five years, often find their options limited by a lack of equity. Those who can sell are sometimes numbed by deflated home prices and find it difficult to justify yesterday’s valuations with today’s reality.
Many home sellers have dug in on price hoping to lose no additional ground. Others seem to have taken this market personally, letting emotions override analysis when setting price. Buyer sentiment has shifted as well, centered on maximum value with abundant amenities – resulting in stalemates and homes languishing on the market. Both sides should be realistic as comparable sales and local-market dynamics still determine fair-market value.
This has been a long time coming but maybe it’s time to list your home in Lakewood. Statistics show it is a wonderful time to list a home. As of 9/13/12 there are currently 132 active single-family homes on the market. There are a total of 71 under contract which means the in the next month or so 71 more homes will be sold. Over the past 6 months 222 single-family homes have sold which is 37 per month selling.
While the warmer months are generally regarded as the time for home sellers to get their property ready for sale, marketing the home in winter and early spring is just as important. Homebuyers are out looking for homes 12 months a year and there’s no reason to drop the ball on sprucing up a home November through February.
The Cuyahoga Land Bank has recently launched an Owner Occupant Buyer Advantage Program designed to make it easier for individuals and families interested in getting a great deal on a property to own and live in.
Real estate consumers are realizing that there has rarely been a better time to buy a home. In fact, historically low mortgage rates coupled with lower home prices have even sparked bidding competition in markets around the country.
Real estate consumers are realizing that there has rarely been a better time to buy a home. In fact, historically low mortgage rates coupled with lower home prices have even sparked bidding competition in markets around the country.
A good home in a solid location may attract ample attention only hours after being listed. Home buyers can make their offers stand out from the rest through one or more of the following strategies:
Price. Obviously, price tends to be the primary consideration for sellers. When you’re competing for a home, to get an edge, think about adding a clause stating that you will beat the highest offer by “x” dollars up to “x” amount. Cash offers can be more attractive to sellers as well. Although sellers will receive their money at closing whether buyers pay with cash or take out a loan, cash offers don’t require lender approval.
I was getting ready to submit an article titled "Researching the Perfect Neighborhood" when I received my 12th call in six days asking, "Hey Chris, I just received my 2012 Proposed Value Notice from the County. Can you help me?"
Do you want to buy a house, but you’re scared of the commitment? There may be many reasons why people are afraid of making a commitment to home ownership, but in my experience it is usually the money. Buyers will look at houses on line some will even go driving around looking at homes being held open on Sunday afternoon. They will stay up at night calculating and recalculating how many lunches they will have to pack instead of going out with the gang.
Interest rates are now on your side. It’s time to stop renting and start putting all that hard earned money of yours into something of your own. However, this can be a complex transition. Here are some steps to help make sure this transition is as smooth as possible.
Believe it or not, after months of searching countless homes, finding the perfect one, negotiating price and finally agreeing to a deal, a sale can fall apart over a disagreement about curtains.
It’s astonishing how many people believe they are the next Mario Batali and have taken to the kitchen in a serious way.
Ratings for cooking shows are at an all-time high as viewers are enamored with the idea of being culinary masters. Home sellers are upgrading to professional-style kitchens to capitalize on the craze, and their investments are paying off in more potential buyers and attractive returns when their homes sell.
The July 4th holiday means one thing: we are half-way there! And this means that we also have completed the ever-important spring real estate season in NE Ohio. So how’s Lakewood doing so far in 2012?
First, let’s talk inventory. Currently there are 157 Single Family Homes for sale in Lakewood, excluding any For Sale By Owners. The average home for sale is just under 1,700 square feet, has been on the market for 156 days, was originally listed for $156,900 and has been reduced to $150,000. The median list price is $120,000, with the highest priced home at $849,000 and the lowest at $33,300.
A plumbing checkup should be among your top priorities when preparing your home for sale. Your buying prospects might flush toilets, turns on faucets and inspect the showerheads, while more seasoned “experts” will look under the cabinets for leaks and check for water spots around key areas. The last thing you want is to drench a buyer’s enthusiasm because you didn’t fix a simple plumbing issue.
It’s all very exciting to go look at homes with all your lists and desires and hopes. Sitting down to write an offer is a triply exciting moment because there is a new home in sight and soon it may be yours. Then you sit down and confront five to six pages of words strung together in ways that seem daunting and maybe even incomprehensible which are constructed to give protection to buyers, sellers, brokers, and agents and to become instructions to all parties should the offer be accepted and these pages become a contract.
Home sellers do everything they can to make their house look as beautiful as possible, but appealing to home buyers’ other senses can be just as important, especially when it comes to the sense of smell.
Spring is already here and it has started with a lot of real estate activity. As of April 23rd there were approximately 288 single-family and 86 multi-family homes for sale in Lakewood. This is a large number of properties for sale in a city with a very compact footprint. Also, interest rates have now started to move back up the scale. The large amount of available real estate inventory coupled with the increasing cost of borrowing money will create a highly competitive housing market. This combination of factors presents some very specific challenges to successfully marketing a home for a quick sale at a good price for the homeowner.
Should I stay or should I go when my home is showing? Gently put, most agents say that when potential homebuyers come to see your home, it’s best that you leave the premises.
One of the most dreaded chores around the house is laundry. Maybe that’s why when selling a house; the laundry room is one of the most forgotten areas to get in shape. The machines are often dusty, with detergent dripping down the sides and lint and old socks on the floor.
Homeownership is in reach now more than ever, especially for first time homebuyers. Interest rates are extremely low and most people can purchase a home and have a monthly payment similar to a rent payment. As an added bonus, interest, property taxes and mortgage insurance are all tax deductible. Plus, you are your own landlord. There are no leases to sign so you can stay as long as you please!
At a press conference on January 3, 2012 Senator Brown, Former Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis, and others presented a serious problem facing our communities. Not only are banks foreclosing on families, they are in many cases then walking away from the foreclosure process they started. When this happens, the homeowner is left thinking that they no longer own the property when in fact, they do.
Our Howard Hanna Team Lakewood is asking for your help and your attendance to judge the many versions of our agent’s home-made Chili! What a wonderful opportunity in the middle of February to taste and see what you like AND support this charity. Many Lakewood residents and businesses came out in December to support the Annual Children’s Free Care Fund Event at the Carlyle, and we had our most successful event ever. This year we are starting early! Please come with your family and friends to the Howard Hanna office right here in Lakewood!
The U.S. Green Business Council recently reported that single-family homes are responsible for a little over 20% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. By living in a green home, people can help reduce these causes of climate change, and studies show that more homebuyers are looking to purchase homes that have eco-friendly features.
I have a dirty secret. My fall back television show is House Hunters. When there is absolutely nothing on and I cannot pry my butt off the sofa I will watch the show. Actually I will watch the last five minutes of the show and guess which home they choose. I’m pretty good at this, (Hint, go with the house the woman likes because, statistically speaking, she is the decision maker in such matters), and ninety percent of the time I am correct. I have noticed a trend over the last few years. At the end of the show they show the happy new owners in their new home. I really liked seeing what the new owners had done to make the house their home. Recently what we see is very little has been done to the home. The new owners have just moved their stuff into the home and that is that. Last evening I saw a show where the new owners were so happy because they had purchased the entire contents of the home they chose as well as the home. This is baffling to me. Why would someone want to live in a home that is a reflection of someone else? Why don’t they want to make a house a home?
A stressful part of putting your home on the market is trying to figure out what to fix and upgrade to get the very best price. An experienced agent will recommend projects to consider and ones to avoid. After all, just because you put money into a renovation project doesn’t mean you will recoup the money in a sale.
After being under water for all of September we have been basking in the late summer early fall warm and sunny weather and this may be a distraction from needed maintenance on your home in preparing for the coming cold season. There are several things you should attend to that will ensure a warm, safe and dry winter.
Turn on any financial news program and at some point you’ll hear the experts extolling the virtues of diversification. Real estate, even through the market downturn, has long been considered a conservative, long-term strategy to growing wealth.
The chill is in the air. Vacations are over and the kids are back in school. Most everyone is back to work. So how is the Real Estate market doing in Lakewood?
At the end of the first 8 months, there were 211 single family homes sold in Lakewood at a median price of $112,200. Comparitively, in the first 8 months of 2010, there were 239 homes sold with a median price of $115,000. Prices have fallen roughly 2.5% and the number of sales down roughly 12%. In 2010, the year ended with 322 homes sold at a median price of $113,750.
Lakewood is one of the most captivating cities to sell real estate because of the variety of housing options. The market ranges from $20,000 studio condo to a $2,000,000 house on the lake. Each home has its own character with gorgeous woodwork, doorways, archways, and built-ins. About 229 homes have sold from January 2011 through the end of July 2011 making Lakewood one of the most active markets on the west side. There are opportunities for first time home buyers, move-up buyers and investors to purchase homes throughout the city so there is no need to look anywhere else.
When people enter your home they usually look down before up, so that first step is vital for attracting a homebuyer and making a great first impression. This is one reason why more people are installing hardwood floors in their homes.
The city of Lakewood has a first time home buyer down payment assistance program which offers first time home buyers down payment assistance dollars. In addition to the down payment assistance program the city is offering a low interest loan program. This program was created through government funding for neighborhood stabilization. The city is able to buy vacant homes in Lakewood, rehab the homes, and then sell them through a low interest program to people looking to purchase a beautifully restored home in Lakewood.
On May 31, 2011, Jody Conner opened an Assist-2-Sell® franchise office in the Cleveland area. The new office provides full-service real estate to homeowners while saving them thousands of dollars in commission. The office can be reached by calling (440) 773-4880 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
According to Americans for the Arts, nationwide the arts generate $166.2 Billion in total economic activity annually. This includes over 5.7 million jobs, $104.2 billion in household income, $7.9 billion in Local Tax revenues, $9.1 billion in State Tax Revenues, and $12.6 billion in Federal Tax Revenues annually. Think about that when you peruse the prints, ceramics, spoon rings, and yes, the personalized hand painted shower curtains at the next Lakewood Arts Festival. The arts are now being touted as the economic engine that can revive dying cities, a powerful tool that impacts not only your local professional theatre or art gallery, but also the food and beverage industry, the retail industry, and finally, the Real Estate Industry.
Have you heard that there are great deals on houses in Lakewood right now? Well there are, but along with that deal can come a good amount of fixing up that needs to be done. There are fifty six single family homes available in Lakewood under $100,000.00. However, if you are not a handy man or you don’t have the extra money or time it takes to do all the fixing up a good deal may not be such a good deal. What if there was a way to get a contractor to do all of the fixing up? And, what if you could get it all done within a few months time?
“It’s a buyer’s market." Everyone knows this. So goes the thoughts of everyone listing their home for sale. “Buyers will low ball me and I have to build wiggle room into my price so I don’t get taken to the cleaners.“ This makes sense at first glance. If I am to arrive at a fair market price I have to give myself some money to give away. However, when you look at the numbers, this is not the case; in fact you may be doing yourself more harm than good.
It feels good to be home again. I grew up in Lakewood and bought my first home here. When the kids were gone, I moved to a ranch in Avon Lake. Now fate has brought me home again to Lakewood. You know the feeling when you return home from a trip or vacation and you sleep in your own bed for the first time in a while? There's no better sleep than that! But we have some good news that should help us all sleep better in Lakewood.
If you haven’t owned a home in the last three years you are considered a first time home buyer. If you are a first time home buyer contemplating a home purchase in Lakewood you may want to consider the City of Lakewood’s first time buyers down payment assistance program. This city program provides $10,000.00 of down payment assistance on a single family home and $14,000.00 down payment assistance on a two family home. There are specific criteria for the buyer and seller to meet but it is absolutely worth checking into. First Federal of Lakewood offers this loan program and can answer any questions you may have. They will also be able to assess each person’s individual qualifications and evaluate participants in the program.
Several wronged homeowners have come together with the help of attorneys Marc Dann and James Douglass in order to file a class action lawsuit against law firm Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss (LS&R). The suit alleges that LS&R routinely files un-provable foreclosure suits through the use of manufactured and incomplete documentation. The case was filed on January 4, 2011.
Tamara and Phillip Turner and two other plaintiffs all had foreclosure suits filed against them by LS&R. On behalf of various clients, the suits were dismissed after the court found LS&R’s clients did not have standing to file the suits. Despite the final victories, the Turners and two other plaintiffs all were forced to hire lawyers to defend themselves, incurring substantial legal fees. The plaintiffs and others who were sued by LS&R, representing lenders, also suffered significant emotional distress, and at least one formally moved out of their home even though the foreclosure complaints were eventually dismissed.
First time “old house” homebuyers are often overheard asking “What’s this?” when touring homes for sale in Lakewood. Between 1910 and 1940, buyers of Sears mass-produced kit houses pored over Sears catalogs to customize their houses to suit their own tastes. There were numerous options in flooring, trim, doors, lighting, and hardware, but the housewife often chose the most functional items: breakfast nooks, arch-topped telephone niches, and – “What’s this?” – the ultra-convenient built-in ironing board cabinet. Without an ironing board, these shallow niches now provide convenient storage or display space.
It’s that time of year the tinsel, lights, gifts and holiday parties so instead of tensing up as you read this embrace it by reclaiming what the holidays are all about. Holidays have lost their true meaning over the years and in the age we live today it’s time to get back to a simpler way of life. Instead of running to the mall to begin your holiday season take some time to plan a family outing that will create memories to last a lifetime. Take advantage of the community that Newsweek called “the best place to raise your children” a place clevelandnites voted as the “best suburb to raise children”.This Holiday season take advantage of all Lakewood has to offer.
Pardon My Dust.
Tuesday is the day Realtors hold broker’s open house. This is when new listings are held open for real
estate agents to preview newly listed homes and see what’s new on the market. And, on a recent
Tuesday, I went out and previewed five homes and I returned from my travels sorely depressed. Every
home that I had seen was gross. I mean that. Dirty, as in tumbleweeds of cat fur rolling through the
kitchen, as in science experiments growing in the bathroom, as in dog footprints on the walls, furniture,
appliances, and every conceivable surface, as in light switches I would never touch, (please keep in mind
I am a former chef and am not afraid to touch anything), as in what are these people thinking!