26 Acts of Kindness


26 acts of kindness

I’ve been struggling with how to digest the recent events in Connecticut.  After our own little taste of violence with the police chase that ended in our neighborhood, I gave some serious thought to finally buying a firearm to protect my little slice of heaven.  Needless to say I was stopped in my tracks when I learned of the tragedy of the 26 innocent lives lost as the result of a lunatic with his mother’s guns.  What does this mean for us, thousands of miles, and hopefully thousands of similar experiences away from a horor such as this?  As I wandered the neighborhood with my two furry canine friends tonight, it occurred to me that more negatives like this need to be turned into positives.  My wife reminded me of this today when she checked off Random Act #5 as she works her way to 26 Random Acts (Google it if you haven’t already heard about it) to commemorate those lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary.  While hers was a simple act, I was impressed to see her stop for a moment in her running around to think of others that she will never meet.  I couldn’t help but imagine that if every time we learned of a life lost to a random act of violence, what would happen if we all countered it with a random act of kindness.  My best guess is that at a minimum, we’d all be a lot happier and more grateful for what we have.

As we make our final trips to the mall for last minute gifts, as we cram into the grocery store looking for the last ingredient for our holiday dinners, and as we speed through town to get to that holiday event, take a minute to slow down, and see what random act you can do to celebrate one of those innocent lives.  My guess is you’ll add a little sparkle to your holiday season and realize how good we have it here in Valmonte.

Merry Christmas!


26 acts of kindness

4125 Via Largavista on the market

If you gage the real estate market by walking around a neighborhood, you would certainly call Valmonte sleepy based on the general absence of for sale signs in the front yards.  This reality can be seen a few ways.  Maybe you can call it the Holiday calm; who wants to have people touring your home while you’re trying to enjoy the special time that is the holiday season?  It could be that everyone loves Valmonte and no one wants to sell.  Or, it may just be that the market isn’t signaling that it’s ready to roll and sellers are hesitant to sell.  I like to think it’s a combination of all of these factors.  Valmonte is a popular place these days (you can argue that it has been for many decades), and there certainly are many families looking to move to this great neighborhood.  However, qualifying for a home is a challenge, and prices here aren’t exactly low.  And after 6 years of a bearish real estate market, sellers ARE slow to accept that the ball is back in their court.  But facts are facts, and in 2012, of the 40 homes that sold in the Valmonte area, the average home sold in approximately 3 months at 97% of the asking price.  Not bad when only a few years ago the sky was falling and chicken little was running around with his head in his hands.  

So seeing a new listing hit the market is a welcome sight and 4125 Via Largavista listed at roughly $1.649m by Raju Chhabria of Shorewood Realtors is one to watch.  Located on one of the best streets in Valmonte this 3 bed, 3 bath 2400′ home on a 9400′ lot was extensively updated in 2006.  The house last sold in 2004 for $1.425m and if you know the neighborhood, not too many come up for sale on this family friendly street.  My guess for 2013 is that we will continue to see demand outpace supply but prices are going to be challenged by buyer’s ability to qualify for loans at continued low rates.  It’s certainly getting better, but we’re not out of the woods just yet.

Happy Holidays!