My last blog post of 2015

It’s been a wonderful year. Has it been for you too? I hope so. I wanted to thank you sincerely for taking time out of your day to read my blog. I hope it’s added some value to your life or business somehow, or maybe it’s helped you navigate the real estate road a bit better. Sometimes when I tell people how much I love blogging they think I have no life. But in truth this blog is about building relationships with readers (you), and that means the world to me. I appreciate the amazing people I’ve been able to meet over the past 7 years since this whole thing began. Thank you for hanging in there with me for another year.

Two Weeks: For the next two weeks I’ll be lying low with family, which means I’ll be taking the rest of the year off (I like the way that sounds). Honestly, this has been a very successful year in terms of business, personal goals, and relationships. Yet I find myself tired and emotionally done with 2015. Can you relate? I’m ready to close this chapter, get refreshed, and open a new chapter in 2016. So these next two weeks I’ll be enjoying walks on the beach, thinking about appraisals, building a few wood projects, catching the new Star Wars movie (no spoilers please), drinking as much coffee as possible, and savoring time with my lovely wife and sons. I’ll look forward to connecting with everyone again the first week of January.

Merry Christmas from Lundquist Appraisal Company

I took this photo at the Capitol building in Sacramento a couple of weeks ago. If you’re local, I highly recommend grabbing a hot drink and heading over to enjoy the tree while it is still there.

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!

Question: What are you going to be doing for these next two weeks? Any plans with family or friends?

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Featured in the Sacramento Business Journal

This was pretty cool. What an honor to be featured in last Friday’s Sacramento Business Journal. This really made my day on Friday. Now full steam ahead for the next five business days. Are you ready? Anything exciting happening for you?

Ryan Lundquist in Sacramento Business Journal

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Unemployment from bell-bottoms to hipsters

Get your retro clothes ready because we’re going back in time. Let’s compare the unemployment rate in the United States, State of California and Sacramento County from 1976 through 2012. What do you see?

Sacramento County vs California vs United States National Unemployment Rate - 1976 to October 2012 - by Sacramento Appraisal Blog - 530 pixels

Sacramento County vs California vs United States National Unemployment Rate - 1990 to October 2012 - by Sacramento Appraisal Blog - 530 pixels

California vs United States National Unemployment Rate - 1976 to October 2012 - by Sacramento Appraisal Blog - 530 pixels

United States National Unemployment Rate - 1976 to October 2012 - by Sacramento Appraisal Blog - 530 pixels

State of California Unemployment Rate - 1976 to October 2012 - by Sacramento Appraisal Blog - 530 pixels

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County and State Data is from EDD (county data is only available from 1990 onward). National data is from Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Question: Is there a particular year or time period above that you remember most in terms of jobs (or simply clothes that should never have been in style)? I’d love to hear your comments below.

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The Box of Thankfulness (an emerging tradition)

Around this time each year I do a Thanksgiving post where I say all the usual things. But this year I’d rather share an emerging tradition in my home that helps my family express thankfulness. Maybe this would even work for your household?

This is what our “Box of Thankfulness” looks like. Duct tape and markers (can you tell the guys made it?).

Let me tell you about the The Box of Thankfulness. This is something my family has done before and will do again this year. It can be a meaningful way to connect, laugh and be intentional about being thankful together. 

What is a Box of Thankfulness?

  1. Make a box: Have someone in the family (even kids) make a box with a slot in the top to drop in messages written on small pieces of paper. If you’re short on time, just use a jar or cereal box. It doesn’t have to be fancy (look at ours).
  2. Set the box out before your Thanksgiving meal: As soon as people arrive at your home, let them know there is a box awaiting them to write out a few messages that will be read during the meal. They can write however many they want at some point before the meal (whenever they want to). Family members can list out things they’re thankful for in life or even direct a message to someone else specifically. Use small pieces of paper too since you’re not looking for novels. It might help if one family member was in charge of gently reminding others to write something down. Give people a few ideas by saying, “it could be something funny, a couple of things you’re thankful for, write a message to someone…” Keep in mind kids might need ideas for how to get started too. Remember to have fun. My family definitely has some sentimental things to say, but we’ll also read messages like “Thank you Bruce Willis for making Die Hard” or “Hostess, you kept me happy for so many years.”
  3. Read the messages: At some point during your meal, pass around the box and have one family member pick out a message to read at random. Once the message is read, pass the box to the next family member or friend. Do this until each message is read and the box is empty. If someone doesn’t want to participate, no problem at all. Just let that person listen. It’s fun to hear what people say and wonder who wrote what, but most of all it’s neat to be thankful, laugh and have conversation beyond the usual stuff.
  4. Save the box: Keep the box for next year.

NOTE: My family has tried in the past to have everyone go around the table to say something they’re thankful for. That’s been nice and all, but at the same time it can feel forced, awkward and difficult to articulate feelings off the cuff like that. That’s why I prefer this idea. If you’re traveling too, why not bring a box with you?

No matter what your circumstances are this year, may you be filled with joy and a sincere contentment during this Thanksgiving week. If you end up trying out the Box of Thankfulness, do let me know how it goes. Blessings from Lundquist Appraisal Company and the Lundquist family.

Does your family have any special Thanksgiving traditions?

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