I don’t recommend talking about real estate during Thanksgiving dinner, but if you need some flavorful conversation, I’ve got you covered.
UPCOMING (PUBLIC) SPEAKING GIGS:
12/5/22 SAFE Credit Union market update on Zoom (register here (free))
1/18/23 WCR Market Update in Cameron Park (details TBD)
1/19/23 Big market update at SAR on Zoom (details TBD)
1/23/23 Residential RoundUP on Zoom (register here (free))
5/22/23 Yolo YPN (details TBD)
REAL ESTATE CONVERSATION STARTERS
Some spicy topics for the Thanksgiving table.
– Modern architecture: cool or ugly as sin?
– The Goonies house is for sale.
– Should we call it popcorn or cottage cheese ceiling texture?
– Inflation: How fun has this year been?
– Mortgage rates doubled.
– How long will interior barn doors be in style?
– Airbnb: Love it or hate it?
– Selling Sunset vs what it’s like to actually work in real estate.
– Why is the iBuyer model struggling since the market shifted?
– Elimination of single family zoning.
– Do “Gather” signs increase your home value?
– Declining home prices.
– Should I dance at Chippendales if I can’t make it in real estate?
– Who has incentive to buy, sell, and invest in today’s market?
– Why are sellers overpricing so much today?
– How to cultivate contentment no matter what the market is doing.
IF YOU’RE GOING TO MENTION RATES…
1) OLDER TO YOUNGER
“I bought my first house at 12%, so stop whining about 7%.” This is a great way to connect with the younger generation and bring encouragement about affording a house today (sarcasm).
2) FLEX YOUR LOW RATE
You’re basically a market genius and real estate prophet who clearly timed things perfectly, so brag about your 2% mortgage rate. Try to flex during dinner with something like: “Pass the cranberry sauce to the bro with a 2.25% rate.” This won’t be awkward at all. Haha.
3) BUYERS ARE WATCHING RATES & PRICES
Okay, let’s be serious. Prices have been going down in many markets across the country, and while property owners might worry about losing equity, buyers are actually excited for lower prices so they can eventually afford to buy. This reminds us that market trends aren’t the same for everyone.
Okay, this was just for fun. But to be real, I tend to think about potential things to say at the dinner table in advance so I don’t get sucked into polarizing political arguments where nobody wins. No matter what you talk about, I hope it’s connective and meaningful. And whatever is going on in life right now, may you have a deep sense of contentment and joy.
I appreciate all the conversations we’ve had this year. You’ve made me better, and I hope in a small way I’ve done the same for you. And I still haven’t forgotten when I was in the hospital two years ago and you carried me. It was humbling to be on the receiving end of a GoFundMe, but that enabled me to take a few months off to heal. I’ll never forget that.
Question: If you had to pick one of the topics, what would you bring up?