waits in the seed
of you to grow
against a future sky?
~ David Whyte (an excerpt from “What to Remember When Waking”)
One of the reasons I love this poem by David Whyte is that it captures the energy of possibility and potentiality that is available to each of us in each moment. Regardless of where we are in our lives or what we may have experienced in our personal and professional past and/or present, we always have the option to begin again.
We may press the reset button and enjoy a renewal – a rebirth – and walk a new path with a fresh perspective, greater wisdom, and a more keen awareness and mindfulness.
This opportunity for renewal is beautifully exemplified by the advent of spring in our mountains. As winter loosens its grip, the dull grays and browns give way to deep greens and a host of color as spring flowers and blooming shrubs dot the landscape. We increase our time outdoors and relish the lengthening daylight and warmer temperatures. In hardly any time at all, winter is a faint memory and the celebration of spring is in full flourish.
And just as we are joyfully stepping into the season of spring, the Highlands-Cashiers real estate market is similarly enjoying a robust rebirth.
We have reported on the increase in activity and sales in previous months. This increase has continued with quite an active first quarter in 2013. Interestingly, the renewal in the market has a distinctly different and additional component that marks a fundamental shift in investor perspective. And as the adage goes, perspective keenly shapes reality.
In month’s past, investors shopped at a rather leisurely pace, feeling an expansive timeframe for decision making. While there was good activity, buyers did not feel pressure to make swift plans to visit the area to view properties firsthand and submit offers. Many buying cycles were at a minimum six months to 18 months or longer. In a nutshell, the market was lacking a compelling sense of urgency.
The tide has changed.
Beginning in January, we started hearing investors remark that “now was the time to buy.” Prompted by a soaring stock market, reports in the media of rising prices, and their own loss of patience with putting their lives on hold, buyers jumped back into the fray with an almost feverish pace.
Last week, I knew we had entered yet another phase of the rebirth of the Highlands-Cashiers market when an investor told me he feared he would “miss his window” if he did not have a property under contract within the month. He stated that low interest rates, superb selection of inventory, and the increase in showings and contracts in our market indicated to him that there was no time like the present to invest. Enter sense of urgency, stage left.
If you have been on the sidelines and casually considering a purchase, you may want to delve in right now and learn more about the renaissance of our real estate market. You could enjoy springtime in the mountains, as well as a rejuvenation of your own life –- remember, the option to choose to begin again is always yours.