Bad Parrot

Parrot

BAD PARROT

A young man named Ron received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.

Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.

Ron tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary. 

Finally, Ron was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. Ron shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. Ron, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.

Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.

Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, Ron quickly opened the door to the freezer.. The parrot calmly stepped out onto Ron’s outstretched arms and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.

Ron was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude.

As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly. 

“May I ask what the turkey did?”

Your Real Estate Market Snapshot for October 2017 from SFAR

For residential real estate in 2017, the news has continued to provide a relative sense of calm for both buyers and sellers. The national unemployment rate registered in at 4.1 percent for October 2017, which means that joblessness has not been this low in the U.S. since December 2000. Another positive, mortgage rates have held steady at or near 3.9 percent. Historically, the average rate has been around 6.0 percent. These factors help to keep the pool of potential buyers full, even during the so-called off-season of home sales.October

New Listings were down 0.5 percent for single family homes and 2.3 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Pending Sales increased 12.2 percent for single family homes and 32.1 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 13.4 percent to $1,588,000 for single family homes and 0.2 percent to $1,140,000 for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 29.6 percent for single family units and 28.6 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop units.

Although inventory levels are low in many markets, there has largely been enough listing and building activity, or at least conversation about future activity, to maintain a positive attitude about the prospects of buying or selling a home. Low affordability has started to become a recent topic of conversation and is worth watching. But with a healthy economy, level of demand and national unemployment rate, sellers are going to continue to see strong prices for their homes.

For full report, click here: SFAR_MarketFocus_2017-Oct