It's October and that means it's Halloween time! Normally I'm not someone who dresses up for Halloween but my good friends (and awesome clients) had a mandatory come in costume Halloween party this year so Lindsey and I went all out. Can you guess who we are?
And speaking of normally, normally you might not think of this time of year as a good time to sell your home.
Why sell your house now?
In October, many home buyers are trying to find a home before the holidays. Yet many sellers pull back at this time, creating scarcity for good listings. That makes it a perfect time to put your home on the market!
Call or email now to get your home listed and sold this fall or winter.
WOW! You can live in the country and be walking distance to Main Street in Davidson! This updated mid-century modern home has a true detached apartment/in-law suite, a heated inground pool, and a huge garage/workshop.
Win a $5 Coffee Card — Quiz Contest
Scroll down in the newsletter to find this month's quiz question. Then send your answer...it's that easy! Each month, one correct answer will be drawn to win.
Last Month’s Question: I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I I become even. What number am I? (This is a trick question!)
Last Month’s Answer: Seven.
Congratulations to last month's winner! Jeff Garrett
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This Old House premiered 40 years ago in 1979 on public TV, and was hosted by a cranky craftsman named Bob Vila. It was the first live TV show to depict home renovation from top to bottom.
Over the course of 13 half-hour episodes, Vila led a skilled team of electricians, plumbers, and carpenters in restoring a single home, usually an old Victorian or craftsman style...the kind that were a real challenge, but you knew would be breathtaking when reborn. The team tore out walls, uncovered rot, re-crafted ornamental cornices, rebuilt fireplaces, and replaced floors. The first season saw a quarter of a million viewers every week and the show went on to win 18 Emmy awards.
This Old House also gave rise to an entire genre of imitators who made home renovation look easy and fun, having us believe they could make-over an entire house in the same amount of time it takes the rest of us to clean the bathroom.
HGTV, which started in 1994, took note of the show’s popularity, as did other channels. Soon the format of home renovation shows locked in. We went from the real reality of Bob Vila and his team, taking months to meticulously restore a home, to the fake reality of fix and flip shows where the workmanship is sometimes shoddy and the real behind-the-scenes process is fraught with occasional lawsuits.
Click to see This Old House episode #1 now on YouTube
The Hidden Meaning of Your Halloween Costume
What does your Halloween costume say about you? According to psychologists, not much. Most of us don’t choose our costumes because we subconsciously want to be a goblin or a sexy nurse. Instead there are a variety of factors involved: peer pressure, a desire to impress, a desire to try on a different persona, or just because that's what was available at the store.
Still, there is one type of costume with interesting psychological implications: the full mask. Some psychologists say that people who hide behind a full face mask act out in ways that are not natural for them. They might be more flamboyant or mysterious, funny or flirtatious than their true selves. Other psychologists say just the opposite…that when masked, people act more like their natural selves.
Hmmm, confusing. Whatever you wear, have fun, stay safe, and have a Happy Halloween!
Still in the spirit of Halloween...
Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts
Who doesn't love pumpkin pie? Not to mention pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin parfait, and now...pumpkin pop tarts. Here's a recipe you'll love, plus a tip: skip the crust and just use puff pastry. So much faster! Make a bunch at once, freeze them, and pop them in the toaster for breakfast. Click to get the PDF now.
What Home Buyers Wish They'd Known before Buying
Surveys of home buyers show they wish they had known more about what to expect before buying a home. Here’s a list of their most common laments and how to make sure you or someone you love has all the facts before buying a home.
Store at the right temperature. Never below 25 °F (-4°C) or above 68°F (20°C).
Store bottles with corks horizontally. This keeps the cork from drying out, causing seepage and premature aging. It’s not necessary to keep screw-top bottles on their sides.
Protect from light. Light can damage flavors and aromas.
Store at proper humidity. 60 to 68 percent helps prevent corks from drying. Also don't store wine in your refrigerator, where the air is too dry.
Story: The Selfish Old Woman
Every Sunday I take a jog around a park near my home. There’s a lake located in the park. Each time I jog by this lake, I see the same old woman sitting at the water’s edge with a small metal cage beside her.
This past Sunday my curiosity got the best of me, so I went over to her. As I got closer, I saw that the metal cage was holding three turtles. She had a fourth turtle in her lap and was scrubbing its shell with a brush. "Hello," I said. "If you don’t mind my asking, what are you doing with these turtles?"
She smiled. "I’m cleaning off their shells," she replied. "Algae or scum on a turtle’s shell reduces its ability to absorb heat and impedes its ability to swim. It can also weaken the shell over time. So I trap and clean them."
"Wow! That’s really nice of you!" I exclaimed. "But don’t most lake turtles live their whole lives with algae and scum coating their shells?" I asked.
"Yes, sadly, they do," she replied, looking down fondly at the turtle in her lap.
I scratched my head. "But there are fresh water turtles living in lakes all around the world. And all of those turtles don’t have someone like you cleaning their shells. What difference does it make to clean these guys?"
The woman scrubbed off a last piece of algae from the turtle in her lap and gently placed it back into the lake. "My dear," she said. "I don't know whether it makes any difference to him or not. So I just do it for me."