The beginning of a shift?

If you are a regular reader you know that I like numbers. Right now I am starting to see a shift in the local real estate market. The number of new listings is actually higher than the number of pending sales. The graphic is a snapshot of last week’s activity using data from the NorthstarMLS which is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

In the past few years, the number of pending listings has been higher than the number of new listings during the peak spring home-selling months. Traditionally March and April are peak home sales months in Minnesota.

The homes that are on the market are still selling quickly and there are still multiple offers. There are a lot of real estate agents advertising that they can list your house and sell it with virtual tours. Keep in mind that photographers are being asked to stay home and that you may be asked to provide your own virtual tour.

Homebuyers are still facing “bidding wars” but that may ease up if this pattern continues for a few more weeks.



graph of real estate activity in St. Paul
Home sales activity in St. Paul

Just like everyone else I am staying at home to help stop the spread. I am available to answer questions and help in any way that I can.

Signs of spring

I can’t think of any time we have needed spring more than we need it now. The picture was taken on April 2, 2012. We had an early spring that year and I believe it is coming early this year. I can see tinges of green when I look across the flooded river.

The buds on the crabapple trees are huge. I predict they will open in the coming week.

I am going to go on a spring treasure hunt next week while staying at least 10 feet away from you and your family. I’ll see how many signs of spring I can find.

Harriet Island regional park
Harriet Island Regional Park


Toilet paper and you

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. It has been an eventful week as we all mentally prepare for at least another month of staying at home.

I have been doing the grocery shopping and instead of going to big box store that offers online ordering and curbside pick-up, I have been shopping at the same neighborhood store I have been shopping at for the last 35 years.

There hasn’t been any toilet paper on the shelves for a while now. We were down to our last few roles when I went to the store early Tuesday morning.  The shelves where the toilet paper used to be were empty.

When I got to the check out line I asked the cashier if she knows when some might come in. She had two cases of toilet paper that had just come in and let me buy an 8 pack.

I thanked her and in talking to her learned that she doesn’t have paid sick leave or any benefits through her employer.

The reason food remains affordable for me is because the grocery store pays her less and keeps her part-time and without benefits.

I will continue to shop at my neighborhood store for as long as I can and for as long as they stay open. The store is important to the neighborhood.

toilet paper
toilet paper

Home repairs

Last winter I started repairing some of the old windows in my house. A little scraping and painting here and there and some caulk and window glaze. Some elbow grease and a good putty knife and they all open and close now. It has been at least a decade since we have been able to open and close all of our windows.

The window in the picture is well over 100 years old. What looks like leaded glass is an inexpensive plastic window cling.


If we have to stay home for another month I might it is possible that I’ll have time to fix things. I do have my eye on a closet that I would love to clean out and paint.


It is April

spring wildflowers -bloodroot find them in the woods

Maybe you were expecting an April fool’s joke? I’ll be saving those up but plant to put some holiday decorations on the house. I have decided that a combination of Halloween and Christmas decorations makes the most sense.

I also have some sidewalk chalk and some candles I can put to use. I look forward to posting pictures of my decorations for this April fools day on April 1,2021.