It’s 6:03 on April 30th, which means I’m about to find out how fast I can write a newsletter, before Chris gets home and makes me stop working.
If it weren’t for Chris and yoga, I might never stop working. So thank goodness for them.
Okay, we’ve got maybe like 20 minutes, so I’m about to put on some Paul McCartney and get this newsletter OUT.
In this issue:
- Realtor Magazine 30 Under 30-It’s kind of a big deal
- Restaurant of the Month
- Some random thoughts about happiness
- Property Taxes
- The Market
- Recent Closings
- New Listings
Realtor Magazine 30 Under 30
I had the pleasure in April of getting the official news about Realtor Magazine 30 Under 30, and then enjoying the congratulations from colleagues, clients and family. Realtor Magazine is a publication that goes out nationwide and I’m honored to have made the list of 30 Realtors under the age of 30 to be recognized this year. That makes me the first JB Goodwin agent in our 40+ year history, and one of only a handful in Austin. I’m still not sure that’s sunk in for me.
But the best part about it is the effects it’s already having in my business. People are taking me seriously and it’s weird! Today, I gave a talk in front of my company about what I’ve done to be successful, and I’m still feeling a bit like “Why do any of you care what I have to say? I mean I’m flattered, but are you sure? Me? You’re asking me to get up?” It’s kind of crazy!
But even better have been my interactions with clients and potential clients. My clients have all been amazingly supportive and congratulatory and made me feel like one special young woman. Thank you all! And the new people and potential clients I bump into are treating me like, I don’t know, like I might actually know what I’m doing! It’s great! I have a theory that it has less to do with being 30 Under 30 and more to do with the shift it’s caused in my mindset. I mean, I knew what I was doing before I got into a magazine. I think the shift is that now because of that I feel like I have nothing to lose, nothing to prove, and it’s time to just have fun and be really honest with people.
So far so good. If this strategy starts to go south, I’ll let you know.
Restaurant of the Month-Loro
A new collaboration between Uchi and Franklin’s Barbecue in 78704. Here’s my take. Tasty food. Cool decor.
Casual service and presentation at luxury prices.
If you’ve got money to burn, it’s worth trying, but I found myself feeling like I was paying almost Uchi prices to eat at somewhere more similar to Banger’s.
My random thoughts about why Tinder is making people unhappy
I’ve never used Tinder or any other dating apps. I was lucky to meet Chris at 20 and we’ve been together ever since. So I have the weird perspective among my friends of being a millennial with the mindset of an old married person. But here’s what I’ve noticed from conversations with friends recently. Dating as an adult is awful. Tinder makes people think of their potential partners as profiles instead of people, to be constantly shopped against whatever else might be out there.
I find psychology and neuroscience fascinating, and I’ve learned about something called the Paradox of Choice. Studies suggest that the more choices we consider, the less happy we are with the ultimate choice we make.
If we know this to be true, then what is Tinder doing to our ability, as a generation, to commit and be happy with that commitment?
Have you heard of “plan shopping?” It’s when you gather options from all your friends of all the parties and things you could be doing that night, and then you leave everyone hanging with non-committal “maybes” until you finally decide which thing you’re going to do, and then you stand everyone else up. First, this idea gets under my skin in all kinds of ways. But second, based on the paradox of choice, it sets you up to be unhappy with whatever party you do attend, wondering if one of the other 9 options you inflicted on your psyche might have been better.
I think I’m going to write an article on Medium or something entitled “Uncommitted-How Limitless Choices are Limiting Our Happiness.” Okay, old-married-person rant over.
Getting tons of questions about property taxes from you guys. Great, I’d rather you call me than someone else! Video here, and link to tons of resources in the paragraph below.
You can check out a bunch of resources here. Looking for something you can’t find? Confused? Let me know, I’m always trying to improve this.
Humming. Anecdotally I’m seeing lots of activity right now. Because it’s already 6:23, I’m not going to analyze the numbers (sorry) but you can here.
Here are my thought though.
For buyers, interest rates are on their way up. It’s going to get more expensive to buy real quick, even if prices remain level. And there’s a chance prices keep going up even with interest rates rising. And before you say “But when interest rates go up prices go down…” yeah yeah yeah. Maybe. They might. But they have to go down SO FAR before you’re back to the same monthly payment, this isn’t worth betting on. Just trust me.
Sellers, it’s currently a great time to sell. Still very much a seller’s market. But that could change any time. Real estate is cyclical, and we’ve been in a good cycle for quite a bit now. What might change that? Well, interest rates going up. If interest rates go up, it’s possible that prices don’t suffer, but maybe days on market do. Perhaps it puts a bit of downward pressure on prices, not enough for buyers to do a happy dance but enough for it to hurt for you. If you’re considering selling, I’m always a fan of doing so sooner rather than later. You just never know what will happen in a couple months.
I had the pleasure of working with some really great clients who just might turn into good friends, too. I mean, I don’t want to jump the gun and be weird about it, but you guys were cool, so I’m just saying. They bought a beautiful home with a beautiful view of Wild Basin. Congrats, you guys!
The socks have nothing to do with them, but it’s easier to embed this Facebook post than upload the photos, and I told you I’m on a timeline!
Both condos, both central. Just teamed up with the sellers on both last week, so no photos yet. But soon!
2020 S Congress, 78704
1 bed/studio, 1 bath
Walking-distance to everything South Congress
Approx. 500 SF
2305 Coronado Street, 78702
Free-standing condo with attached garage
1 bed, 1.5 bath, 1200+ SF
Throw a rock to Gourmands, Hi Hat, Cuvee Coffee and tons of other fun East Austin spots. Enjoy some jazzy tunes from the recording studio across the street.
Asking approx. $400,000
Thanks for bearing with me for the sloppiest newsletter in my history. But you know what? 34 minutes flat. Now I know how fast I can do these in a pinch.
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