Archive for December, 2012

…and I sit in my office pondering.
I seem to do a lot of that.
Today is a particularly perplexing pondering day.
The year 2013 looms dangerously near as does this whole “Fiscal Cliff’ thing.
I wish I was more versed in exactly what it is and what it means.
It seems as if we do fall off that thing it’s not gonna be a good thing.
I know that my ‘unnamed sources’ talk about a re-recession for up to two quarters should that happen and I certainly hope that won’t be necessary by those that can will not let that happen.
Having lived as long as I have and having pondered as much as I have, there are two things that for now anyway have appeared in my ponderings as of late.
1) When I was a young’un and played tackle football with my friend Maynard in Freemont, NE. That’d put me circa 4th or 5th grade. We would line up against each others with me being the entirety of the Chicago Bears and he likewise being the entirety of the Green Bay Packers. We had a grand time pretending to be Crazy Legs Hersh and whoever else were our gridiron heroes of the moment. Mimicking our fleet-of-foot running backs we would score double digit touchdowns and at the end of each run…I don’t think we ever mastered the art of passing to ourselves…we would just take a deep breath, gloat a little with our eyes but we never did these idiotic touchdown dances. I love watching football and yes I’m a Bronco fan but the anything but delicate and sometimes bordering pornographic touchdown dances that seem to be the norm even after leveling an opponent after a run or a pass completion takes away from the integrity of the game. Yeah, I said integrity…you can ponder that yourself.
2) Poltics. I can remember Adlai Stevenson running against Dwight Eisenhower and then Kennedy vs. Nixon. Because of the ‘genetics’ in my family I have always been interested in the goings on of our Government and politics. I seem to remember them being two seperate things with the subjective politic being more about ideologies, theories and meaningful discussions and the Government being the objective enactment and protection of ideas promulgated by our elected officials. I don’t remember the visciousness of the verbal assaults and the purposeful attempt by one party and/or its figureheads to thwart compromise, governance and to deny the public welfare referenced in our Costitution.
I lament the passinng of Rodney King if for nothing less than his iconic statement, “Why can’t we all just get along.”
Optimism seems to spring eternal deep inside my soul and I believe the Party of No accidentally steeped in some tea leaves grown from parched soil will figure out away to say, “ok” while thinking it has somehow saved face and won a commanding victory…and can snuggle down in their beds being comforted knowing that they can in fact keep the sitting President from a third term in office…after thirteenth our negotions keep us from falling over that impendng precipice.
My thoughts on that particularly perplexing ponderable precipice.
Here’s to thanking Mr. Spock for his aloha, “Live long and prosper”.


…not Sor-optomist (or is it …optimist?) like my friend Carolyn Wade, but optimist (…optomist) that I be, I can have a wind of pessimism blow through my psyche now and then.

I’m of the ilk that December, January and February are not prime time Real Estate months.

And as I find myself in a Real Estate domino situation with my sale (as a Buyer Broker) contingent upon the sale of my Buyers “former” home I’ve been fighting off that pessimism thing, but then out of the blue their house has a couple of showings one of which is by Scott Sutherland, a Broker in my office that I referred the listing to.

Sooooo here’s to spilling some salt and tossing it over my shoulder…I’m not superstitious mind you, but what could it hurt, huh?Anywho if’n I can remember that December, January and February are actually the best time to buy or sell Real Estate I can adjust my sails.

As over-priced listings have a tendency to go away and then re-listed in the Spring astute Buyers actually get out and look at well priced inventory this odd 1/4 of the year ending and beginning with the next can have it’s benefits for all.

Mortgages are still at near record lows and mortgage lenders like to finish the calendar year strong and then like to continue that beginning the New Year if’n I was a Buyer I’d be out seriously looking and if I was a Seller I’d seriously be out looking at the quality inventory now. Heck, shopping for a home will not put one in a crowded mall cursing the crowds and being ticked off that the only parking spot available was almost worthy of calling a cab to get to the store(s) that one wants to get to.

Further-more-there-to-anywho, if’n you are interested in Buying or Selling let me know and remember pleeeeze that I am never to busy for your referrals!


It’s December 5, 2012 and it seems like it was just yesterday that it was the first week of March, 2010 and I didn’t have cancer and the Real Estate industry…which really includes more than us licensed Real Estate folk but includes(ed) homeowners, too…as still reeling from the bubble bursting in 2008 and I was feeling fortunate to be in Northern Colorado and somewhat insulated from the “horrors” that were blighting the rest of the country.

And then I got diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (a.k.a. bone marrow cancer) and started this (cuz I’m still on it) getting remissioned adventure and the whole landscape of my personal life and my Real Estate life changed.

And now it’s dang near 2013 and although I’ve pretty much have my personal/medical stuff under control I’m just now getting way serious about getting my Real Estate life lassoed and re-setting about making  living.

Probably the two biggest “things” in doing that are a) becoming a true Buyer Broker which means that I am going to work strictly with Buyers and in doing so slide back under the/my umbrella of, HELPING PEOPLE LIVE INDOORS which has been my moniker/slogan for many years. That doesn’t mean I won’t assist Sellers because I will but just not in being the Listing Broker. What I’m doing is referring Sellers to those Brokers both in and out of RE/MAX Advanced and in and out of Fort Collins by introducing them Seller to a Broker who can best represent them in the market in which the property they need to get sold lies. So, don’t ignore me please if you or someone you know has a property that needs to get sold! And then b) there’s Mary Hammer. Mary is interning with me and is all those things that I wish I could be really good at…for instance, I have basically turned over my website http//  to her for managing and contenting {that’s a Tippettspeak word}…so please check it out and if you have any comments or suggestions please let either one of us know! Mary is a CSU student and has been fascinated with Real Estate since she was 6 years old! Yep, it’s true. her short term goal in the  grand scheme* of things is to be a Real Estate Broker right here at RE/MAX Advanced and we’ll see what that looks like when the time comes.

Anywho, gotta run and see if’n I can find an appropriate article for my other blog.

*more Tippettspeak


What is Mary’s Corner?

Gee, I glad you asked especially because it’s not up and running, but “Mary’s Corner” will be her blog chronicling her experiences in becoming a Real Estate Broker, which has been her desire since she was 6, yes six.

I’m pretty much gonna give her license to blog what she shall blog and I’m kinda sorta excited to see what she’s gonna do with it.

I have been beyond more than happy that the Universe saw fit to have her respond to my querie for an intern.

Yep, that be true.