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.

Burglars Go Shopping While You’re On Vacation!

beachPICTURE THIS  You and your family are returning from a fun-filled vacation, ready to unpack and update the photo album. Only when you get home, you find the front door open, the back window broken, and valuables missing from all over the house, including your “clever” hiding places in the dresser drawer and in the back of the freezer. You’re not alone. Each year, nearly 5 million families become victims of household burglary, often while they’ve been away on vacation.

YOUR HOME SENDS SIGNALS  According to the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA), there are some simple steps you can take to make your home less attractive to would-be burglars. The best way is to combine the list of ideas below with a professionally installed and monitored electronic security alarm system in your home. Before you leave on your trip, pack your sunblock and be sure to:

  • Get a trusted friend or relative to “house sit.” Or, make sure your neighbors know your plans.
  • Have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and your mail for you daily.
  • Lock all doors and windows, and secure the garage door.
  • Leave a car parked in the driveway, or ask a neighbor to park in your driveway.
  • Leave a house key — and a number where you can be reached — with a trusted friend or neighbor.
  • Use timers to turn lights on and off at certain times, altering lighting patterns, to create an occupied look.
  • Leave drapes and shades open as normal. (Closed blinds during the day are a sure sign of an empty house, plus they allow a burglar to attend to his business unseen by neighbors.)
  • Arrange to have your lawn mowed.
  • Be sure your trees and hedges have been trimmed. This gives burglars fewer places to hide.
  • Replace any burned-out lights in your yard. Consider upgrading outdoor light fixtures with devices that have built-in motion detectors, which turn on the lights whenever anyone walks past.

ELECTRONIC SECURITY  An electronic security system adds a barrier of protection to your home that is unparalleled. The NBFAA recommends that consumers purchase systems from its members. NBFAA members are exposed to training, certification and information that sets them apart from the rest. The association recommends calling at least three companies before selecting an installer. Prices will vary, based on the level of protection and type of technology used, so be sure to compare apples-to-apples bids on similar systems. Don’t forget to factor in monthly monitoring charges.