Heather's Home Life

Issue 2 | April 2019

McKinley Park | late March 2019

Great Expectations

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

This time of year confuses me. Between setting our clocks an hour ahead for no compelling reason, back-and-forth weather, and Spring's earliest arrivals, my body can't keep up with the changes. In recent days, I've gone from fighting a cold to settling into the familiar throb of sinus pain! But, it's all good. Change brings good things. I've learned to go with it, and when I'm not feeling so relaxed, I open the windows, take a walk, and breath deeply.

Are you ready for longer days? How's work? Are your kids recovering from the time change? Enjoy an evening walk and soak up the literal splendor of life anew as it surrounds your senses, and exhale gratitude. We don't know what's coming around the bend, but we can greet it with a smile if we choose, and a deep breath if needed.

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The Leavitt Family

Mark & Serena are parents from Ramona's school, and it is my privilege to be their Realtor. I wasn't expecting to help them look for a home in March, let alone negotiate on their behalf for a home in my neighborhood, but life is funny that way. This lovely family is just days away from taking ownership of their home, and this review from Serena truly touched me:

The idea of buying our first home brought excitement as well as bewilderment. The process seemed overwhelming and foreign. Heather was there for us. Teaching us one step at a time. Spending more time and effort than I would have ever expected from an agent. She answered calls and texts for every small question. She took the time to explain the big things. On top of all that, Heather has a "je ne sais quoi" about her. She is able to bridge the gap between buyers and sellers that can sometimes be mysterious. Her ability to connect with all the parties involved has a value you cannot put a price on. After going through the home buying process with her I feel empowered and knowledgeable, and I feel like I am more than just a client. Heather and her family have become part of our family now. Thanks to her, we have a forever home.

I'm not crying. You are.

For Your Consideration

Stable Interest Rates, but Rising

If you'll be needing a loan to purchase a home, I've got good news: the Fed is expected to raise its short-term rate only once this year, keeping money relatively affordable in 2019. If you're a buyer, let's talk about getting you connected to a lender, and be sure to touch base with your accountant to consider the tax benefits of home ownership, especially in light of new tax laws.

2019 is the year to make your next real estate move. It's not unthinkable that we will see rates rise to 5.5% in the next couple years, increasing the monthly mortgage on a median-priced home substantially. Now is the time to make a deal for the future.

Shout Out

This month I'm dishing out all my praise to my friend Joelle Robertson, The Creative Coordinator!

Got a big event to get off the ground and don't know where to start? Are you a business owner, creative-type, or about to get hitched and in need of someone to not only hold you and tell you everything is going to be alright, but ALSO elevate your vision and make sure it comes to life without a hiccup? Joelle is the Sacramento creative queen you need!

Joelle's ideas are fresh, her energy is high, and her work speaks for itself. Check her out!

This month's family fun: Disneyland in the Rain & Some Cool TV

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Avatar: The Last Airbender is an amazing bit of storytelling that will make you & your little nerds happy. Michael & I can't wait to snuggle with the kids each night and take in an episode or two as a family. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Professional People Person

At the end of the day, that's basically what I am. A friendly Realtor makes sure you get into contract and stay there. Property transactions are emotional processes, and the more you know about your counterpart on the other side of the deal, the more likely you are to close quickly. Put me to work being friendly on your behalf!

"It takes courage to admit fear, and to admit a mistake." Daenerys Targaryen - Mother of Dragons and someone whose fictional survival I worry about quite a bit.