October 10, 2008

What can't he do?

My Grandfather is taking painting lessons and I think he is up to 3 painting a week. I have lost track since I have had to take pictures of each of them then email them to family. I think he just likes his picture taken. Between Freedom Years trips, dancing twice a week, going out to dinner, working out at the YMCA every day, golfing 4 times a week... I am glad he found something to keep him occupied... Jeesh. What a guy!

Pending Home Sales Up Strongly!!!

Pending Home Sales up Strongly

WASHINGTON, October 08, 2008

Pending home sales activity surged as buyers took advantage of low home prices and affordable interest rates, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index,1 a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in August, jumped 7.4 percent to 93.4 from an upwardly revised reading of 87.0 in July, and is 8.8 percent higher than August 2007 when it stood at 85.8. The index is at the highest level since June 2007 when it stood at 101.4.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said home buyers were responding to improved affordability. “What we’re seeing is the momentum of people taking advantage of low home prices, with pending home sales up strongly in California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, Rhode Island and the Washington, D.C., region,” he said. "It’s unclear how much contract activity may be impacted by the credit disruptions on Wall Street, but we’re hopeful most of the increase will translate into closed existing-home sales.”


October 8, 2008

Wisconsin Trip 2008

Spent this past weekend in Wisconsin... Jill and I hit the OSU vs. Wisconsin game and then on Sunday went to the Green Bay Packer vs. Atlanta Falcons game. Madison fans are rough but had a great time. Green Bay is a great place to visit...but never been there for more than 24hrs at a time. Thank you Rankins for letting us stay the night and having breakfast ready in the morning. Thank you Ben, Andy, and David for driving! 48 hour trip and we got a lot accomplished!