A 500 Pound Skittle

A 500 Pound Skittle

  • Victoria Merchant
  • 11/16/21
This week there was a miscommunication about a 500-pound Skittle, but before I talk about how dumb of an assumption I made, I want to catch you up on the last week.
Our dog Kamper is driving me crazy. He is able to get packages left by UPS through the gate. He pulls them into the yard and makes a big mess and it’s super annoying. He’s cute anyway, even when I am so mad at him. If anyone can recommend a good groomer in Conifer, Evergreen, or Pine area, that would be awesome, cause he smells like poop and he didn’t do great with the last groomer. He could use a nice wash, brush, and trim and I would appreciate it if anyone could send a recommendation.
We had a bit of a COVID scare last week but everyone tested negative and the kids are back in school. My youngest had some symptoms, so I didn’t bring his brother to school. We did tests and they came back negative but the school doesn’t accept the rapid test. When I finally got the kids back into school, they said a bunch of kids were out, but it wasn’t COVID. My son’s on antibiotics now so should be fine soon.
On a sad note, my mom’s friend recently passed away from COVID. She had bad lungs was a smoker for a long time., but she was a nurse and caught COVID and they eventually had to take her off life support after being in the hospital for about 6 weeks. She was in her 60’s.
My husband’s dad’s cousin also passed away from COVID. She had a lung issue as well that wasn’t good and eventually would have likely been the cause of her death. But she had time left and was on medication that was working and had slowed the progression of that, but she caught COVID and also passed away. So, it’s a real thing. Be safe.
Thankfully, Colorado is doing pretty well, so my husband tells me since I don’t like to watch the news. We are doing better – vaccinating more people than who are catching COVID, which is good. Our rates are relatively under control, but that’s based area by area.
This is the first week without my friends who left for England. So far so good. There was a little bit of a miscommunication though. They bought a new car that looked like a Skittle, and it’s very cute. My friend said, “It’s so little, it was only 500 pounds.”
My dumb American self thought she meant it weighed 500 pounds. I thought that wasn’t heavy at all, and it was a small car so who am I to ask questions? To clarify, it was 500 pounds, as in money, English pounds. There was that. And, apparently, they’re driving around for an hour every night looking for parking where they are staying, and that’s not great. But food is inexpensive. They bought a ton (weight) of food for 100 pounds (currency). They also sell wine in the grocery store which makes my friend very happy.

Realtor® Stuff

When it rains it pours. Lots of people I’ve been working with are listing all at the same time. I have a listing in Ft. Lupton that went live Wednesday, as well as one in Lakewood. Details are below. Next week, I have a perfect multigenerational house in Conifer – it’s actually two homes connected by a 3-car garage. That will be going live next week.
The market is insanely hot for sellers. There's no inventory. This is really unfortunate for buyers out there, but we are trying to help. We can send a postcard to neighborhoods you like and see if anyone wants to sell. Some sellers don't want people coming through their house but could be interested in a single buyer who shows interest. There are things agents can do to help you. Ask them to get creative like finding homes off-market like expired listings, withdrawn listings, or For Sale By Owner.
Buyers, don’t give up – interest rates are so low, if you can buy something that you know isn’t your forever home but is in a great area and you can put some sweat equity into over the next few years, that’s good. This can build up the equity for when you can get your “all the bells and whistles” home. If right now you are renting, it isn’t benefiting you, nor is it growing value. A home is an investment and should be thought of as such.
Well, that’s it for now all you lads and lasses. Stay safe, keep healthy, and wear your masks!

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