It’s hard to believe 2021 is half done – it’s been moving too fast for me! The market is rebalancing a little bit (finally!) as this time of year is usually a little slower with travel etc… but inventory is still low, albeit increasing gradually.
As you can see from the graphic above…we are still closing more homes than in 2020 despite low inventory.
Prices are still rising, but the rate is slowing a little bit – I am seeing more price reductions and houses not going under contract within only 24 hours – a healthier development allowing more first-time buyers some opportunity to compete.
I recently contributed to a local publication on how to know when the time is right to stop renting and build wealth through real estate…despite the current challenges. The short piece is here.
For those who have asked if we will be selling honey again this year, I’m afraid the answer is no.
We lost 5 out of 6 hives over the Winter and have not really been able to recover. Winter 2020 was tough on lots of local beekeepers, between wild swings in temperatures, and the hive beetle, our girls didn’t fare well.
We do have lip balm, and a few tins of butcher block butter, which was a new introduction this year. Both use the beeswax as a key ingredient. I’m still working on a label for it, but it’s great stuff and our wood has never looked better.
We’re not cooking much lately – it’s too hot, and I’ve lost the motivation I had earlier in the pandemic. I’m trying to support local restaurants a bit more as we’ve been emerging.
Stay cool out there!
Until next time,