Mega. Open. House[s]. Weekend. (4!!)

What. A. Weekend! If you already have plans, you’ll want to break them, or at least plan to squeeze in a home – or 4 – to preview and make your move before Christmas!

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easley-davidSaturday, November 19th from 1pm – 3pm
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get an Exclusive Preview of the 5 bedroom – yes, FIVE – 3 bath pool home with granite counters, LOTS of space, split bedroom plan, volume ceilings and a fenced yard that’s nuzzled up in between a cul-de-sac and a greenbelt in the desirable area of Deep Creek is located at 26293 Asuncion Dr, Punta Gorda (Deep Creek!), FL 33983 with our open house host, David Easley!

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Saturday, November 19th from 12pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of this Custom built by the desirable Fero Construction Pool Home in Bobcat Trail with beautiful upgrades, a dreamy master closet fit for royalty, zero edge sliders that bring your patio indoors and brings the picturesque sunrise into your home every single morning!  Located at 3391 Royal Palm Dr, North Port, FL 34288 with our open house host, Ashley Houseman! (*bonus* FREE Starbucks Gift Card drawing!!)

 

 

Houseman & Co Profile PicSaturday, November 19th from 12pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of this beautifully remodeled Bobcat Trail Pool Home with tasteful finishes are evident the moment you walk over the threshold of your elegant glass front door; marbled travertine stretches as far as the eye can see, bull nose corners, new fixtures, fresh paint, recessed lighting, crown molding throughout. Located at 3377 Royal Palm Dr, North Port, FL 34288 with our open house host, John Houseman! (*bonus* FREE Starbucks Gift Card drawing!!)

 

 

heidi-m_headshotSunday, November 20th from 2pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of this cozy saltwater canal cutie that you can’t help but fall in love with!!  This 2 bed, 1 bath home is a rare waterfront find at this price point, only 10 minutes from Charlotte Harbor from your boat leaving from your backyard!  Located at 3402 Sunrise Trl, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 with our open house host, Heidi Marquardt!

 

 

Curious for more details on these homes or others available in the market? Feel free to fire away the questions via email/text/call/FB messages, John and I would love the opportunity to serve you!

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Ashley B. Houseman
Associate Broker / REALTOR®
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty
1951-D Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
C: 941.456.0020 D: 941.627.8125 F: 941.625.3653
Coldwell Banker® – National Profile
 

Market [in a] Minute – July 2016

“Hey, John/Ashley! How’s the market?!” – The most common question consumers – future buyers and sellers alike – ask us about the local real estate market on a daily basis.

“It’s great! We’re busy! Inventory is low! Buyers are buying! Know anyone who wants to sell?” – Most common short answers we typically provide when we’re out and about, usually in line at the grocery store or in passing. Of course, when time allows, more detailed explanations, thoughts and answers are given and usually end up in great conversation.

*light bulb moment* – If everyone wants to know how the current market is doing and how it stacks up against this time last year, why don’t we put the facts together and share it?

Let us introduce… the “Market Minute”… last months hard number statistics compared to the same time last year. Facts directly from the MLS stating how our local Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda markets are doing.

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The  Minute’s “key” (see what I did there?!):

  • “Avg. List Price” is the total amount of homes that were listed last month, their listing prices added together then divided by the amount of homes listed
  • “Avg. Sale Price” is the total amount of homes that were sold last month, their sold prices added together then divided by the amount of homes sold
  • “Days on Market” this is the average amount of days a home was on the market before it fully went under contract. It’s the cumulative amount of days starting from day 1 when the home was listed to day “x” where the home’s offer was fully executed
  • “Homes Sold” you guessed it, the total amount of homes that had the opportunity to put the desirable “SOLD” status on their property!

Want more specific numbers to your home or what’s going on in your neighborhood? Just ask, it’d be our pleasure to help you!

**All statistics are from the Mid-Florida Regional MLS and include ALL of Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, Florida**

Want to view local MLS listings for free?  Visit www.BuyMeFlorida.com and feel free to ask us any questions about any homes for sale on the market or if you would like to have an exclusive preview of one in person!

 

North Port OPEN HOUSE 7/16/16!

Gini Smythe_HeadshotSaturday, July 16th from 12pm – 3pm, get an Exclusive Preview and be captivated by this beautifully updated 3+ bedroom (optional 4th bedroom!) home that is beaming with custom finishes throughout the inside while being surrounded by gorgeous landscaping on the outside located in the desirable & newer area of North Port, located at 2943 Belleville Terrace, North Port, FL 34286 with our open house host, Gini Smythe-Park!

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Curious for more details on these homes or others available in the market? Feel free to fire away the questions via email/text/call/FB messages, John and I would love the opportunity to serve you!

 

Ashley B. Houseman
Associate Broker / REALTOR®
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty
1951-D Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
C: 941.456.0020 D: 941.627.8125 F: 941.625.3653
Coldwell Banker® – National Profile
 

 

Open Houses! Deep Creek & North Port 7/9-7/10/16 [+video!]

Annette Sanders_HeadshotSaturday, July 9th from 1pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of the 5 bedroom – yes, FIVE – 3 bath pool home that’s nuzzled up in between a cul-de-sac and a greenbelt in the desirable area of Deep Creek is located at 26293 Asuncion Dr, Punta Gorda (Deep Creek!), FL 33983 with our open house host, Annette Sanders!
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Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 10.14.00 AMSunday, July 10th from 1pm – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of the beautiful [& massive at 2,500+sqft!], 3 bedroom, 2 bath, privacy fenced pool home located at 2852 Orchard Cir, North Port, FL 34288 with our wonderful open house hosts, Sherry Wizieck and Pamella Lockhart!
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Curious for more details on these homes or others available in the market? Feel free to fire away the questions via email/text/call/FB messages, John and I would love the opportunity to serve you!

Don’t have time to visit Orchard Circle this weekend? Here’s an exclusive walk-thru with our Team Leader, Ashley HOUSEman!

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Ashley B. Houseman
Associate Broker / REALTOR®
Multi-Million Dollar Producer
Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty
1951-D Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
C: 941.456.0020 D: 941.627.8125 F: 941.625.3653
Coldwell Banker® – National Profile
 

 

 

 

History of a [not so] Boring Town

Have you or someone you know ever grown up in a super small town and said that when they “grew up” that they couldn’t WAIT to move away? Yeah, I grew up in a town like that.

One of those tiny towns where all my friends said they’d never come back. In fact, there was a song written about our little ol’ town to that effect. A song by one of my all-time fav bands growing up, a punk-ska band that originated in Florida – because everything amazing comes from Florida like Publix Subs, Lilly Pulitzer (shop local at The Palm on Park!) and Boca Grande Beaches, for instance. A band by the name of Less Than Jake (I hear they’re also big in Japan, just sayin’).

To hear its awesomeness, here’s their song direct from their album “Hello Rockview” and YouTube channel; but don’t stop there, this “boring town” gets better. So, so much better!

 

Ok, so where do things look up?

How about my birthday, for starters. For the last 31 years, I’ve had pretty much the worst birthday date in the history of birthday dates. I was born the day – one day – after Christmas, December 26. One my Canadian friends would call “Boxing Day.” Why is that so bad? How about for the last 31ish years I’ve heard… “here’s your Christmas… aaaaand birthday gift!!” *hands me combined gift*

Tis’ the season to give and not receive. Totally cool with that, but still, had I been born on Christmas in July, that’d be total awesomeness. Well, my friends, I’m happy to say the

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John (my hubby), Chris DeMakes, Me on his 1st Solo Tour at The Celtic Ray Irish Pub, 12/26/14

suckiness streak ended 2 years ago… when Chris DeMakes, lead singer of Less Than Jake, decided to do a “solo tour” and not ONLY play in my hometown at my favorite Irish Pub, The Celtic Ray, but he’s played the last 2 years in a row ON MY BIRTHDAY. Not going to lie, the holy grail of all birthday gifts came to me this past year when not only did Chris sing (& dedicate!) my favorite Less Than Jake song “History of a Boring Town” (see above), he – along with the rest of The Ray – sang “happy birthday” to me. Mind. Blown. Best. Birthday. EVER!

 

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Me, my bestie Kellee & Chris DeMakes on the 2nd Solo tour at Celtic Ray, 12/26/15

Yay, a great birthday tradition for me, so what makes this town even more awesome? How about my job, and my newest co-workers-of-a-team? My hubby, John, and I work together as a real estate team we call Houseman & Co with Coldwell Banker Sunstar Realty… and as of a few months ago, we have had the opportunity to work alongside another team – THE DeMakes Team – composed of papa Doug DeMakes and the one and only, Chris DeMakes.

 

It’s ok, you can be quasi-jealous. We daily have the pleasure of brushing shoulders with a world-renowned rock star celeb who was also not only one of our favorite musicians growing up, but is one of our lifelong family friends.

 

Doug DemakesDoug Demakes started in the real estate biz in 1980 with a main concentration in new construction and residential sales.  He says his favorite thing about having his son Chris in town when he’s not on the road is “Spending time together, and working out as a family at Krav Maga with the Shumans ATA Martial Arts and “getting excited for Chris’ new addition in December 2016!”  When it comes to working together, Doug feels that Coldwell Banker is a generous and giving company. Even when Chris is on tour, we’re multi-tasking while he’s on the road and working [everywhere and] anywhere from Florida to California to England, whatever the real estate need is for our customer, we can take care of it from the bus – phone or computer. One of us is always available, whether we’re entertaining on the road or in town at the office, we’ve been in [and selling] Florida for 40 years!”

Chris is quite the busy guy, and when he’s not on the road rocking out his talents, he’s at the office, he’s spending quality time with clients, he and dad are at the closing table. When I asked him what his favorite thing about real estate is, Chris replied, “Seeing the joy on the faces of first-time home-buyers when I help them find their dream home. Such a rewarding feeling!”

So what brought all this awesomeness together into an inspiration for a blog? Simple. I’m going with my bestie, who we’ll call Nurse Kellee, to witness Less Than Jake “Make Warped Tour Great Again” and rock the faces off of thousands of fans this Friday (July 1st, 2016) in St. Petersburg, Florida at Vinoy Park.

Want to know when the Vans Warped Tour ’16 is making a stop near your house? I’ve included the schedule, the killer line-up as well as the direct link to get your tix… because if you haven’t been to Warped Tour at least once in your lifetime, your bucket list is missing an action item –  and that, my friend, would make you a victim of living in a boring town!

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Less Than Jake live at Vans Warped Tour ’16 in Dallas, Texas (photo credit: Mike Brooks)

 

MON.
JUN 27
NEW ORLEANS, LA
MARDI GRAS WORLD
WED.
JUN 29
NASHVILLE, TN
THE FAIRGROUNDS NASHVILLE
THU.
JUN 30
ATLANTA, GA
LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATER
FRI.
JUL 1
ST. PETERSBURG, FL
VINOY PARK
SAT.
JUL 2
ORLANDO, FL
TINKER FIELD
SUN.
JUL 3
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
PERFECT VODKA AMPHITHEATRE AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS
TUE.
JUL 5
CHARLOTTE, NC
PNC MUSIC PAVILION CHARLOTTE
WED.
JUL 6
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS AMPHITHEATER AT VIRGINIA BEACH
THU.
JUL 7
SYRACUSE, NY
NEW YORK STATE FAIR: GRAY LOT
FRI.
JUL 8
CAMDEN, NJ
BB&T PAVILION
SAT.
JUL 9
WANTAGH, NY
NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER
SUN.
JUL 10
HARTFORD, CT
THE XFINITY THEATRE
MON.
JUL 11
SCRANTON, PA
THE PAVILION AT MONTAGE MOUNTAIN
WED.
JUL 13
MANSFIELD, MA
XFINITY CENTER
THU.
JUL 14
DARIEN CENTER, NY
DARIEN LAKE PAC
FRI.
JUL 15
BURGETTSTOWN, PA
FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION
SAT.
JUL 16
COLUMBIA, MD
MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION
SUN.
JUL 17
HOLMDEL, NJ
P.N.C. BANK ARTS CENTER
TUE.
JUL 19
NOBLESVILLE, IN
KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER
WED.
JUL 20
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER
THU.
JUL 21
CINCINNATI, OH
RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
FRI.
JUL 22
AUBURN HILLS, MI
THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS
SAT.
JUL 23
TINLEY PARK, IL
HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATER
SUN.
JUL 24
SHAKOPEE, MN
CANTERBURY PARK
TUE.
JUL 26
MILWAUKEE, WI
MARCUS AMPHITHEATRE
WED.
JUL 27
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO
HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE
THU.
JUL 28
BONNER SPRINGS, KS
PROVIDENCE MEDICAL CENTER AMPHITHEATER
SAT.
JUL 30
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
UTAH STATE FAIRPARK
SUN.
JUL 31
DENVER, CO
PEPSI CENTER ARENA LOT
MON.
AUG 1
ALBUQUERQUE, NM
BALLOON FIESTA PARK
TUE.
AUG 2
PHOENIX, AZ
PHOENIX EVENT COMPLEX
FRI.
AUG 5
SAN DIEGO, CA
QUALCOMM STADIUM AT JACK MURPHY FIELD
SAT.
AUG 6
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE
SUN.
AUG 7
POMONA, CA
POMONA FAIRPLEX
TUE.
AUG 9
LAS VEGAS, NV
HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
THU.
AUG 11
NAMPA, ID
FORD IDAHO CENTER
FRI.
AUG 12
AUBURN, WA
WHITE RIVER AMPHITHEATER
SAT.
AUG 13
PORTLAND, OR
PORTLAND EXPO CENTER

Open Houses! North Port 6/25-6/26/16

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 8.13.51 AMSaturday, June 25th from 11am – 4pm, get an Exclusive Preview of the beautiful [& massive at 2,500+sqft!], 3 bedroom, 2 bath pool home located at 2852 Orchard Cir, North Port, FL 34288 with our wonderful open house hosts, Annette Sanders and Pamella Lockhart!

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John Pappa Jr_HeadshotSunday, June 26th from 1pm – 3pm, get an Exclusive Preview of the perfectly peaceful true 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with a spacious fenced back yard [also perfect for entertaining, little ones or your fur babies!] located at 4274 Troost St, North Port, FL 34288 with our open house host, John Pappa Jr!

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Pimpin’ the iPad (first of many video blogs)

It finally happened. I caved. I’ve now joined the the Apple-loving world of obsessed iPad users.

Thanks to help from hubs and iMovie, here’s the first of many iPad video blogs to come. Enjoy, this is just a snippet of our wonderful (& often quite random) marriage.

Adventures in First Time Home Buying (what to look for and what to avoid)

[Blog content featured on Coldwell Banker’s Blue Matter, May 16th, 2013: http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/adventures-in-first-time-home-buying-what-to-look-for-and-what-to-avoid/]

There’s nothing more exciting than researching homes on the internet, sifting through hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos of homes listed for sale until you narrow down the possibilities and compile your list of those you’d like to see in person. In most cases, a picture is truly worth a thousand words.

On numerous occasions, I’ve had the pleasure of walking through homes with First Time Home Buyers to discover some of the most outrageous and interesting features a house could possibly possess. Some in which you wish the Realtor would have posted pictures of, so you could’ve ruled it out as a possibility and saved yourself the gas and your precious time to see it.

Epic Fail: Roadblock for Resale!

Epic Fail: Roadblock for Resale!
Blog content featured on Coldwell Banker’s Blue Matter, May 16th, 2013: http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/adventures-in-first-time-home-buying-what-to-look-for-and-what-to-avoid/

Homes with holes in the floor (we could see the dirt fill below), bathrooms with the door against the toilet, homes that were previous crime scenes (which I found out later via “Googling” the address), an ENTIRE home that was a dedicated shrine of Dale Earnhardt Jr (I’m a fan, just not an entire house of it) and my personal favorite:  a bidet in the middle of a bedroom, yes, a bedroom.

It’s tough to see yourself in a home when either photos don’t do a good home justice or when a potential home is washed out by clutter or issues that are hard to look past. Here’s a few tips to help you to weed out the bad ones from the diamonds in the rough:

Do Your Homework:
Go online:  Did you know that most Realtors can send you listings via email to check out from the web from the comfort of your couch? Use their services to check out homes! Their MLS will be your most up-to-date source for what’s available on the market. Also check out www.ColdwellBanker.com and their app as well.
Do the Drive-by:  If it’s a good possibility, drive by the home and see if you like the location. This will help you to weed out more homes than you think.

Look Past the Surface:
Good Bones:  If shag carpet and gaudy wallpaper isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it. Those are cheap fixes to a home that may have great bones. Look past the things that are easily replaceable and look at the layout of the home, as adding an addition is way more expensive than that gorgeous granite you’ve been dreaming of.
Don’t Fall for the Bells & Whistles: Quite opposite of the last tip. A home may have some sweet upgrades like solid countertops and stainless appliances, but you aren’t too crazy about the layout. Just remember, you can always customize the home down the road but living in a home with an awkward layout can eventually get annoying. It’s more expensive to do a total renovation (knocking down walls, permits, etc) than it is to buy an entire stainless kitchen on a Memorial Day sale.

Think About the Future:
Resale, Resale, Resale:  That small bedroom that is a decent “office” now may not be a considered good-sized bedroom for a buyer down the road when you’re trying to sell, as this personally cost us 10+ buyers when selling our home!  Don’t compromise on things that you think may hinder your chances of selling the home in the future.
Replacement Costs:  Buying a home is an investment, especially if you have to replace a ton of stuff inside. Take a closer look at things like the roof, air conditioning unit, pool pump, and other high ticket items that could be in need of replacing. It’s good to budget replacement costs into your yearly budget, but you don’t want to take on a home that needs everything replaced all at once.

A Home Fit for a Family:
Busy Streets:  If you have or plan on having kids, that’s great, just make sure the house accommodates them! Any parent of a toddler will tell you that living on a busy street is one of the scariest things in the world as you watch cars fly by your driveway. Consider an area that has less traffic and will be safer for the little ones.
A Tub:  As silly as it sounds, you will want a tub in the guest bathroom. Unless you want your sweet munchkins taking over your master every night until they can bathe themselves, save yourself the insanity and make sure there’s a tub in the guest bathroom for the little ones.

These are just a few things to think about when you’re looking to buy a home for the first time. When in doubt about certain things, always consult your Realtor, as they are your best source of information in the home buying process.

No matter what your first time home buying adventure is like, just remember, you could always have a bidet in the middle of your bedroom.

A Mom’s Guide to Selling a Home While Maintaining a Family Life

What do you do to keep your home in showing condition while balancing your family life? Watch this video and tell us your tips and ideas below.


[Video featured in Coldwell Banker’s Blue Matter Blog, Mother’s Day 2013]
[Like the home featured in this video? It’s for sale, 5+ Acres of Southern Charm]

Being a mom is a lot of work, whether you’re working or even a stay-home-mom. Finding time to get everything done in a 24 hour period can be tough and adding keeping your house perfect for a buyer viewing your house at any moment is just icing on the cake.

Here are a few tips that you can do to stay on top of your busy mommy lifestyle, raising kiddos, and keeping your home ready for that perfect buyer to walk in the door.

ORGANIZE & DECLUTTER!
1) Keep it Simple- Pack furniture, toys and other stuff away that’s not being used. Good rule of thumb is if it’s not used on a weekly basis, you won’t miss it if it’s in stored away for a while.

2) Get a System– Whether it’s the playroom, the kids rooms, your office (in this case the crafting mommy’s dream den), or the closets – get an organization system that works for you. If everything has a place, you’ll be more likely to keep it organized that way.

3) Clean out the closets– The simplicity factor should carry over to your closets. If there’s seasonal clothes in there that you aren’t wearing or if you’ve been putting off donating clothes to charity, now’s the time to do it. The less you have in your closet, the more room the buyer has to visualize their own stuff in that space.

CLEAN UP!
1) Curb Appeal & Entry– First impression is everything! Have some family time on a Saturday or after school one day to have the kids help pull the weeds, mow the lawn, and trim up the bushes. This will give the buyer a good first impression as they walk up to the front door. [check out 5 DIY Deck Makeover Projects Under $300 For The Weekend you may also like 5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping Projects]

2) Clean as You Go- Although it may take a little more time to complete your task at the moment, you’ll thank yourself at the end of the day when you only spend a few minutes tidying up as opposed to an hour. Done with dinner, give the kids a chore and rinse/fill the dishwasher! Hamper is full, throw it in the washer before dinner, dryer after, then fold it together watching a movie before bed. I promise you’ll thank yourself later when you get more time to yourself at the end of the night rather than cleaning.

3) Break it Up– I’ll usually take on different cleaning tasks every other night. For instance, one night vacuum, another sweep and mop, and another night wipe down bathrooms. This will keep you from being overwhelmed and doing it all at once when you get a call for a showing, which can be super stressful.

4) Spot/Speed Clean- I’ve managed to get a cleaning caddy that keeps all my supplies together and am able to make a quick sweep of the house once I get a call for a quick showing. Even if you just did a deep clean the night before, the spot clean comes in handy, as it did for me just the other day when I was doing a quick check of each room about an hour before a showing just to find a crayon mural on the kitchen window. After a chuckle, quick picture for Facebook, and some Windex from my caddy, I was on to the next room. Once I’ve finished a room, I turn on the light so I know that room is finished and move on to the next one. Lights (especially accent lights!) liven up the home and make it feel more inviting as the buyers walk through… take the time to turn them on before you leave, it makes a difference!

There’s  just a few tips I have for busy mom’s to help sell their home while keepin’ up with the kiddos.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you’re doing to keep your home in showing condition while balancing your family life below!

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For more local real estate information in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Englewood and North Port Florida, check out my personal Realtor source   www.AshleyHouseman.com

April Showers Bring May… Showers?

 

Rainy Florida Day. May 1st, 2013  (Photo courtesy of: @brokerEXCLUSIVE on Instagram)

Rain, rain, go away. Haven’t you heard, now it’s May!
(Photo courtesy of: @brokerEXCLUSIVE on Instagram)

 

“April showers bring May flowers.”

You know the springtime saying, who doesn’t?

I thrive on irony-filled days, and today, this is my focal point. Although it’s been on and off downpour all day here in the usually bright and sunny Florida, you can’t help but still enjoy the view.

Although the literal meaning of the idiom is shot, it doesn’t affect the true essence of the phrase.  No matter what kind of April you’ve had, I wish nothing but success, prosperity and blessings to your May. In my case, that’d be kicking butt in southwest Florida real estate.

Don’t let the rain ruin your day as there’s always naps, classic Tom Cruise movies (Top Gun on repeat) and the excuse to lounge in your pj’s for the majority of the day.