So far this winter in Saline and Ann Arbor, we’ve had a lot of snow. But by the end of February, most of us are thinking about Spring. Our typical winter gives us about 42” of snow. Global warming, anyone?
While the snow is beautiful, it tends to make driving more difficult – especially when buyers want to get out to see homes. So what happens? We run low on salt available for our roads. Meanwhile, Detroit sits on top of huge salt mines. Go figure.
The largest city in Michigan has become a national joke due to a mayor with complete disregard for the station of his office. The will of the voters? The mayor claims to “be about the work of the people.” Maybe the judiciary will have something to say about that. Still, the city serves as the butt of jokes on late-night talk show monologues, and Michigan suffers further in public image.
So what are we to do on snowy evenings? Order out for Pizza, and swizzle some adult beverages to forget the problems going on all about us in Michigan. But wait! Now we find that pizza prices will be rising substantially. What’s the reason? Oh, wait! I know! We have such a demand for corn (for our E-85 vehicles) that the wheat crop is declining sharply. Man, those ethanol vehicles sure taste great!
Last Sunday, as many local Realtors® prepared for their open houses later in the day, we pick up the local newspaper to catch up on the news. There, above the fold on the front page, is an article about foreclosures remaining on a record pace in our County. Thanks, newspaper! That sure encouraged buyers to get out to visit open houses. Nice way to scratch the back of one of your largest advertising revenue sources. We’ll think kindly of you as we wad up your publication to serve as kindling in our fireplaces while we dine on pricy pizza. Besides, the future of Real Estate advertising lies on the web. Goodbye, newspaper!
Meanwhile, the general populace cries out for some good news – in our long winter of discontent.