My last blog post of 2016

Almost eight years ago I started this blog, and I never imagined it would still be going after all this time. Sometimes people say, “An appraisal blog? Yeah, that sounds so uninteresting.” But I love the conversations we have each week, and in some way I hope they help us all grow in our skills and understanding. Anyway, I’m sincerely honored you take time out of your day to be here. Thank you for your insight, comments, emails, phone calls, constructive criticism, and the referrals you send my way. On behalf of the entire Lundquist family, I want to wish you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!

The next two weeks: At the end of this week I’ll be taking some time to enjoy family, relax, drink ungodly amounts of coffee, lose the weight I said I was going to lose in 2016, hang out with my new nephew, and let my kids whoop me on their Xbox. I might be crazy, but this year when we visit family I’m bringing my tools so I can build my mother-in-law a bookcase. That’s either the best thing ever or maybe I’m setting myself up for a yearly tradition. Uh oh. Ultimately I hope to get refreshed in coming time and ready for 2017. This has been an amazing year, but I need a break. Can you relate? I hope you enjoy this season and I can’t wait to reconnect in early January. Thank you again for making this a tremendous year. Blessings to you and your loved ones.


These are some of my festive pallet trees in the front yard.

Questions: What are you going to be doing over the next week or so? Any special traditions? I’d love to hear.

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    • says

      Thanks Gary. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I look forward to seeing you again in February when I get to come up (it’s on my to-do list to get that class description to you).

    • says

      Thank you Shannon. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I’m so grateful to be connected. i believe we met on the blog too. It’s a joy to trade ideas back and forth between California and Texas. Just please stop taking our residents. I’m kidding. πŸ™‚

      • says

        Thanks, Ryan. Yes, we did connect via your blog. We do have many, Californias that have relocated to Texas. Welcome!! I also find it interesting, when I read your Sacramento Market Updates, your markets seem very similar to what I see in our markets so people are still very attracted to the beautiful state of California! One of my favorite states to visit. πŸ™‚

  1. Alicia says

    As a new agent, I have learned a lot from your blogs regarding home value and what to look for. No more falling for those value myths that kill a deal due to a low appraisal.

    Thank You.

    • says

      Wow Alicia, I really appreciate hearing that. Thank you. Congrats on your success this year too. Let’s both keep learning in the year ahead. If you ever need something, please don’t hesitate to call or email. I find it’s helpful to kick around value ideas sometimes. I’m glad to give insight if I have it. πŸ™‚

  2. Del Barbray says

    Good afternoon, Ryan
    Your “pallet trees” are awesome and you are an awesome individual and it is a pleasure for me to know you. I appreciate you taking the time to share your insight, graphs, market knowledge, etc regarding the Sacramento real estate market on a regular basis.

    I appreciate you and your expertise.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    ps-You are a good son-in-law also because not every son-in-law would build their mother-in-law a bookcase.

    • says

      Thank you Del. I appreciate your kind words. You are definitely one of the good guys and you have such a gift for encouragement (which you know). Thankfully my mother-in-law is fantastic. I really got lucky to marry into a wonderful family. We’ll see how the building goes though and then what that means for the future… πŸ™‚

  3. says

    Happy happy Holidays and New Year Ryan and family!!!!!

    I appreciate you and the blog so much!

    Thank you for being so knowledgeable and so generous with your knowledge and thank you for taking the time to share with us!

    We are all blessed thanks to you! πŸ˜‰

    See you next year!!!

    • says

      Thank you so much Bev. I look forward to connecting again next year. Thank you for pitching in so many thoughts through the years too. I appreciate you. Merry Christmas!!

      By the way, if any onlookers have topics you want me to cover next year, please comment or send me an email. I’m open ears. Thanks.

  4. Truett Neathery says

    Thank you, Ryan – I always forward your column to my un-knowing relatives who claim to be real-estate knowlegeable!!!

    • says

      Thank you sincerely Truett. I really appreciate it. It sounds like you are going to have some interesting discussion around the Christmas dinner table if your family chooses to talk about real estate. πŸ™‚

  5. says

    Merry Christmas Ryan! I enjoyed reading your blog so much this year and enjoy seeing your take on all things appraisal. Hope you and your family have a great time during the holiday and can’t wait to see the bookshelves.

    • says

      Thank you Tom. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I’ve enjoyed reading all your posts this year too. I’ll probably post a picture on Facebook (as long as it turns out okay of course). πŸ™‚

    • says

      Hi DeeDee. Thank you for the comment. I appreciate it. Yes, I had a great time with family. We just drove back yesterday, so I’m still feeling a bit tired from the drive. Full steam ahead though for 2017. I hope you had a tremendous holiday season. Happy New Year!!

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