Real estate is not quite like retail

lake superior
Lake Superior

Tomorrow is July 4th which is a national holiday.  Many people will be off work but not everyone. There will be no mail delivery and the banks will be closed.

Many real estate companies are closed for the day including Boardman Realty. People do buy houses on July 4th. If buyers and sellers are both available and have internet and or access to email access they can transact.

It gets complicated though. Sometimes a buyer has an offer but the seller cannot be reached. Maybe the seller can be reached but the seller’s agent cannot be reached.

If the buyer made an offer on July 3rd the seller may actually see it on the 4th but by then the buyer is off the grid.

All I can say is patience is needed. For everyone, July 4th is a national holiday. That means we really cannot count on everyone working. If real estate were more like a retail store it would all be more predictable.

I totally understand when real estate needs cannot wait until the 5th. Anyone who believes there is no such thing as a real estate emergency has never worked as an agent, broker or loan officer.

I’ll be around on the 4th and sometimes I answer my phone but I become unreliable on major national holidays and sometimes I get so involved in being with my family I forget where I left my phone.


Remembering Fireworks in St. Paul

There was a time just four short years ago when the City of Saint Paul had a public fireworks display for all to enjoy. Those days are gone but we have the memories and pictures of fireworks at the State Capital and over the Mississippi River.

The mayor announced yesterday that there will be no fireworks this year because the city has other budget priorities (we are broke). In recent years they have been launched from Lowertown ballpark where few people could see them. I had hoped that tradition would end and happy that the city is no longer paying for the hidden display that few could enjoy.

There will be plenty of illegal fireworks over the holiday. It will be noisy and dangerous as it always is in St. Paul. It is a day when dogs hide under the bed and children should stay inside. If you have someplace to go for the day, go there.

July 4th is also a day of national celebration. Towns all around us have parades, celebrations, and beautiful public fireworks displays. It is a day for picnics, barbeque grills, family, and swimming.

St. Paul is not a pleasant place to spend the  July 4th holiday, it really never has been. Most people prefer to spend it at the lake. We can blame the mayor but it isn’t his fault. He inherited the mess. Maybe under his leadership, we will celebrate independence day with the rest of the country and use it as an opportunity to bring people into the city instead of scaring them away.

July 4th fireworks over the Mississippi River
Fireworks 2014 St. Paul, MN




We did not go anywhere

If you are reading this. Welcome back.

This site has been down since Saturday, June 9th due to a DDos attack. The attack is about making the network unavailable to people who try to come to the site. it isn’t contagious and has nothing to do with my blog.

The server where it is hosted was attacked. DDos stands for “distributed denial of service’. The way it works is incoming traffic floods the victim and the traffic originates from many different sources. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single source.

Denial of service attacks create a lot of work for the people who maintain the servers and they result in downtime for sites like mine and it can have a negative impact on my business because the site has all kind of links that people who are interested in buying or selling houses use.

Being hacked and being the target of email scams have been a common experience for me in recent years but having my sites down for several days because of a denial of service attack is new for me. Right now I can not think of a thing I can do to protect myself.  The site is backed up constantly and I change the passwords on a regular basis.