Gratitude easily comes to mind during Thanksgiving and the holiday season. This year since the start of the pandemic, I have put gratitude on the top of my daily list. The commitment of being grateful helps you to feel more positive, enjoy experiences, deal with adversity, and express more compassion and kindness to others. Since the end of March, we have all had to learn unexpected practices and deal with unfortunate realities, yet we are reminded day after day of what’s truly important, not “things” but the people in our lives.
I have always been so grateful for the variety of people I’ve gotten to meet and know. The talks, lessons and experiences we have shared are immeasurable. Even though we have gotten better at navigating this socially distanced world, someone may need to know that the best things in life are our human connections, not our possessions. When in doubt, reach out, let someone know they’re on your mind, and let them know how grateful you are for them. I really miss my hugs but these are working for now 🤗 🤗
Wishing this Thanksgiving finds you with plenty of reasons to give thanks!
New Home Construction Stays Positive.
For the second month in a row, new home builder sentiment reached a record high, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Both September and October saw index numbers above 80. For reference, an index above 50 is considered positive and the index stood at 71 this time last year.
Homes Sell At Fastest Rate Ever.
As reported by CNBC as of October 2020, homes spent an average of 54 days on the market, the shortest average time ever recorded. Compared to averages this time last year, homes in the Northeast spent 13 days fewer on the market, while those in the South spent 11 days fewer, 9 days fewer in the Midwest, and 7 days fewer in the West.
Luxury Home Sale Spike.
In the third quarter of 2020, luxury property sales spiked 41.5% compared to this time last year. As defined by Mansion Global, luxury is considered the top 5% of listings by price in the nation’s 49 most populous metro areas.
Mortgage Rates Drop Below 2.8%, Set New Record.
“Mortgage rates hit another record low, the twelfth time this year, due to economic and political ambiguity,” Freddie Mac’s Sam Khater said in a release. “Despite the uncertainty that we’ve all experienced this year, the housing market, buoyed by low rates, continues to be a bright spot.”
Brass Is Everywhere! It was passé, then it was trendy, now it’s everywhere. Brass has had a widespread resurgence in the design world, this time coming back as a softer, antiqued version of the shiny brass circa 1995. From drawer pulls, to light fixtures, to faucets, brass is a beautiful accent to any room. Click HERE to see these stunning kitchen designs showing how brass works with every style.
Sherwin Williams Has Announced Their Colors For 2021. The 2021 collection offers a mix of warm and bright hues. Paint is so important to every home, and is one of the first things I talk about with clients that are preparing to go to the market. Your home’s colors are part of the first impression potential buyers see when they view a home either online or in person. Click HERE to see the 2021 colors.
Dining Solo Or With A Small Group This Thanksgiving? This Thanksgiving will be a very different one for all of us, but locally we have so many delicious restaurants to choose from and support. Let’s embrace this will be an unusual holiday and try something new. I love food, so I know I will be ordering some things to try: Chesapeake oyster stuffing, Italian egg drop soup and a caramel apple pie!
Do Good. Feel Good. Buy Pies!
Who doesn’t love a delicious pie, especially at Thanksgiving.
Please support my efforts as a Pie Seller by purchasing a pie today! To order, click HERE and under select a seller search Michael Matese. Safe and convenient DMV pick up locations are offered, and scheduled for Tuesday, November 24th, order by November 19th.
Want To Get Out Of The House Thanksgiving Weekend?
The Downtown Holiday Market is an outdoor wonderland which will be expanding their space this year to account for social distancing. The beloved market will stretch across two blocks of F Street between 7th and 9th streets. Check out dozens of pop-up tents, live music, locally roasted coffee and mini-doughnuts!
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