“There’s no such as a stupid question,” it is said. The same cannot be said about questioners, however.
What’s wrong with the way this question starts?
“Before buying our home, we asked our home inspector about the black mold on the bedroom walls. …”
OMG. Stop right there. No need to even get to the question to get to my point:
Wha-wh-uh-WHO would buy a house with black mold visible on the dang walls??? To live in, I mean.
(It’s from Barry Stone’s column, Inspector’s in the House. Here is the entire column with this question and others. Barry’s column often runs in The Oklahoman’s residential real estate section on Saturdays.)
From the National Association of Home Builders:
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes declined for the first time in seven months this April, sliding three notches to 25 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, released today. The decline brings the index back to where it was in January, which was the highest level since 2007.
… (The index) gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “high to very high,” “average” or “low to very low.” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.
Maybe. Well, I mean, of course. But gauging from the mood of the builders I talk to, and what they tell me, they’re excited and hopeful to the point of cautious giddiness around here.
Homebuilders, you out there? PreSENT!
We haven’t had a landline at the house for years.
But I can’t imagine a very big business without one …
What say you?
(h/t OMG Facts)
Off Wednesday and out of pocket. Interviews out “in the wild” (out of the office) all day Thursday. Nose-to-the-grindstone busy writing and tweaking content for today’s real estate page in the Business section on Friday.
What I was working on yesterday:
My column: Weather updates by text get personal.
Storms-a-brewin’ again today. I aim to spend today working on a take-home midterm for a class at Phillips Theological Seminary. If I have to head to our “smallest interior room,” I’ll try to check in here!
Yesterday, Woodward, OK, 1947; today, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1979 — it’s one tornado anniversary after another this time of year
April 9, 1947 — Woodward.
April 10, 1979 — Wichita Falls.
Lest we forget.
Like any of us ever could.
Tell me again why we live in a place with snipers in the sky?
Oh, yeah. It’s home!
I hit one if not all of them every week stuck, as I am, with these two fingers and my hunt-and-pound typing method:
Loving room — !!!
Licing room — ick!
Dinning room — where no one is ever required to keep quiet.
Backsliding glass — OK, not really, but I think that’s funny.
Finally: Step-in panty. Walk-in panty. Butler’s panty — and I really *do* mistype those all the time!
(My wife, BTW, points out that all panties are “step in.”)
We’ve written up Dan Reeves and his Landmark Fine Homes for this a time or two. Now, here’s the official scoop from Builder!
From Santa Ana, Calif.-based CoreLogic:
“In Oklahoma City, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 1.1 percent in February 2012 compared to February 2011 and increased by 0.6 percent in January 2012 compared to January 2011. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices increased by 2.2 percent in February 2012 compared to February 2011 and increased by 1.8 percent* in January 2012 compared to January 2011.”
For national stats, read the entire release.