Quotes of Laughter!

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”   E. E. Cummings

“Laughter is an instant vacation.”   Milton Berle

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”   Victor Borge

“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”   Yiddish Proverb

“Laughter gives us distance.  It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.”   Bob Newhart

“A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet wash.”   Puzant Kevork Thomajan

“Seven days without laughter makes one weak.”   Mort Walker

“A laugh is a smile that bursts.”   Mary H. Waldrip

“Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.”   Arnold Glasow

“Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.”   Oscar Wilde

Happy Mothers Day to my Mom, Gladys Marvell Jacob!

I am approaching 50 years of age this July and I still consider myself to be a Mama’s Boy.  I am truly blessed to have a mother that raised me with the values that I share with others as an adult and gave me the drive to pick myself  up when hardknocks occur in life.

Marvell JacobMy mother is Gladys Marvell  Jacob and she lives in Shelbyville, Tennessee.  My mother raised us by herself for many years when my brother, sister and I were a young age.  My mother worked very hard as a young woman to put food on the table and a roof over our heads and was very creative as we survived some hard times.  I quickly learned the responsibilities necessary to help run a home and to pick and choose priorities of when to play and when to pitch in and do my part.  I am so proud that my Mom could find love again and married my step-father, Giovanni Jacob when I was in junior high school.  He raised us as his own and I am proud to call him Dad.   He has brought love, joy and laughter into my mother’s life.

My mother and father’s perseverance during the hard times bared fruit of comfort and they now live comfortably and want for nothing in life.  They are wonderful role models of good parenting and I have followed their teachings of how to treat others with dignity and equality.

So to my Mom, thank you with love and Happy Mothers Day, everyday!!!!

Hounds Run, Nashville, Tennessee – Value?


Why are the Days on the Market in this wonderful neighborhood significantly higher that the current average of 91 days in the greater Nashville area yet the value per square footage remain fairly consistent since January 2004 despite the area’s recent market correction?  Does today’s consumer first look at new construction instead of an established neighborhood and well maintained homes?

Hounds Run is an established neighborhood leaving Brentwood and entering the Green Hills area of 37215.  Entry to this beautiful neighborhood is from Brentwood on Granny White towards Nashville.  Take a left on Beddington Park; this is Hounds Run. 

This neighborhood has majestic homes on a minimum of acre lots with scenic views sloping up small hillsides.  Overall, not a lot of property movement in this neighborhood that tells us once a homeowner moves in, remaining in the neighborhood is a great possibility. 

The average days on the market is way above the current 91 days per the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors®.  Property range is usually $800K – $1.5M and the price per square foot has remained fairly consistent since January 2004 despite the Nashville area’s recent market correction.

Please visit the report:  http://www.bargers-solutions.com/Hounds_Run.htm

A joke to share on a rainy Saturday morning!

A koala was sitting in a gum tree…… smoking a joint.  When a little lizard walked past, looked up and said, ‘Hey Koala! What are you doing?’

The koala said, ‘Smoking a joint; come up and have some.’  So the little lizard climbed up and sat next to the koala, where they enjoyed the weed.

After a while the little lizard said that his mouth was dry and that he was going to get a drink from the river.  The little lizard was so stoned that he leaned too far over and fell into the river.

A crocodile saw this, swam over to the little lizard, and helped him to the side. Then he asked the little lizard, ‘What’s the matter with you?’  The little lizard explained to the crocodile that he was sitting smoking a joint with the koala in the tree, got too stoned, and then fell into the river while taking a drink.

The crocodile said that he had to check this out, walked into the rain forest, and found the tree where the koala was sitting finishing a joint. The crocodile looked up and said, ‘Hey you!’

So the koala looked down at him and said,  ‘Shiiiiiiiiiiit, duuuuuude…..How much water did you drink?!!’

April 2009 – Nashville’s Home Sales Decline, Pending Sales Get Boost!

There were 1,604 home closings reported for the month of April, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This figure represents a 24.9 percent decrease compared with 2,135 closings in April of 2008.

Year-to-date closings are down compared to last with year with 7,898. That is a 28 percent decrease compared to the 10,979 closings reported through April 2008.

“Home sales in Greater Nashville continue to decline, but there are some encouraging signs,” said GNAR President Mike Nichols. “First, the rate of decline in sales is still significant, but much smaller than it has been in recent months. And second, pending sales are increasing. The spring and summer are traditionally the strongest seasons for home sales, so we do expect to see some growth in coming months.”

There were 1,865 sales pending at the end of April, compared with 2,342 pending sales at this time last year.  The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 91 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during April was $164,500 and for a condominium it was $149,900This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $180,000 and $162,000, respectively.

Inventory at the end of April was 24,408, down from 24,670 in 2008. 

“Inventory is fairly stable right now, and is actually almost right where it was a year ago,” Nichols added.  “Farm, land and lots is the only category that is up significantly. Residential and condominium are both down. Farm, land and lots will likely stay where it is until homebuilding activity begins to increase again. For those trying to sell their home, it makes sense to have it fixed up inside and create as much curb appeal as possible. Competition for buyers is still very significant so preparation and proper pricing are critical to making transactions happen.“

Source:  Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®, press release 040709.

Persistence: Quotes for the Week!

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”   Confucius

 “I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has to get down to work.”   Pearl Buck

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”   John Quincy Adams

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. it’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.”   President Barack Obama

“The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.”   Dr. Joyce Brothers

“When the world says, “Give up,”  Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’”   Author Unknown

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”   Franklin D. Roosevelt

“You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chances there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.”   Charles F. Kettering

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”   Ella Fitzgerald

Magnolia Vale in Brentwood, Tennessee Remains A Solid Real Estate Investment!

Location, Location, Location– The review of sold data in Magnolia Vale from January 2004 through April 30, 2009 reveals the strength of living in one of Brentwood, Tennessee’s premier neighborhoods has held its value through the recent real estate market correction. 

brent Magnolia Vale is a subdivision of higher-end custom-built homes positioned on acre lots with the investment ranging from the high $800K through $1.5M in general.  This quite neighborhood is nestled among gentle and serene landscape.  To visit this neighborhood you would exit I65 south; exit Concord Road east; Turn left at Sunset Road; Through Bonbrook into Magnolia Vale.

Attached is the link to view the details per year including the current listings available to the consumer.  Please visit 2004.043009 Magnolia Vale Data Report.