My socks don’t spark joy

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. Cleaning and organizing is fun.

If you watched the new Netflix series called “Tidying Up,” you learned all about tidying up and getting rid of items that don’t spark joy. The series is very popular among my friends and neighbors. I don’t want to say too much about the show because I don’t want to give away any of the plots.

On the show, Marie Kondo, who is also the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up“, teaches us how to use the “KonMari” method of folding clothes and organizing our homes. She teaches people to touch their belongings and decide if they spark joy. If they don’t spark joy we are encouraged to thank the item and add it to the pile of the donate or discard pile.

After spending a couple of years “downsizing” I do not have much excess stuff but I was in need of organizing my clothing and I have to say the end result is pretty amazing. Everything all neatly folded up and a little extra space in every drawer.

Even though nothing in my sock drawer sparks joy I decided to keep most of my socks because I need to wear them to keep my feet warm in the winter. I have never really liked wearing socks and I mostly don’t when the weather is warm.

I discovered that my jar full of buttons does spark joy. Since I had some extra space in my sock drawer after I reorganized I decided to use it to store my buttons. Now my sock drawer does spark joy.

More numbers for 2018

I don’t normally publish so many numbers in one week but this is the first full work week of the new year and I have numbers. The chart below shows the number of home sales by neighborhood for 2018 and the average sale price and days on market.

The most expensive home sold in St. Paul in 2018 sold for 2.4 million which was more than the asking price and it sold in 11 days. The home is located on Mississippi Blvd in the Merriam Park neighborhood.

There are one house and one condo that sold for $15,000. They were the lowest sale amount in 2018. They were both in the Payne Phalen neighborhood. One sold in 4 days the other in 30 days.

Overall homes in the Como neighborhood sold the fastest with average cumulative days on market of 24. Homes in the downtown St. Paul neighborhood took the longest to sell with an average of 74 cumulative days on market. Most of the homes downtown are condos and on average they take longer to sell than other types of housing.

It should be noted that the neighborhoods do not all have the same amount of housing in them.

The data used to make the table was extracted from the NorthstarMLS and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The numbers were gently sorted and never stirred.

The economic impact of real estate

“The Economic Impact of Minnesota’s real estate industry equals $52,652,000.00 – or 15% of the gross state product.  Every real estate transaction has a $77,288 local economic impact when you consider all of the inputs.

NAR has research on every state and as predicted – real estate is a strong backbone to the US and MN economy.” – Chris Galler Minnesota REALTORS

Doesn’t that just make you want to go out and buy a house? 🙂

They sell faster and faster

In 2011 it may have taken 77 days to sell the same home that sold in 30 days in 2018.

Some homes sell in a day, while other homes will stay on the market for months. How a home is presented and priced makes a difference.

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Average cumulative days on market – St. Paul

CDOM in the chart stands for “cumulative days on market”, that includes the entire time a home was on the market before it sold . . . which gets complicated but I like to use the number as a guide and I can drill down and look at the numbers for various neighborhoods and price points.

The chart was made using data from the Northstar MLS which is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Home prices and sales by St. Paul Neighborhood

Welcome to the first full work week of 2019. I feel as though the work from 2018 never really stopped but I like the idea of a new beginning.

I am going to kick the year off with home sales and prices by St. Paul neighborhood for the month of December 2018. As for as Decembers go last month was pretty typical for home sales. Home buying and selling activity is generally lower in December than it is in other months. We can call it the holiday effect.

Home sold at a slightly faster rate in December than they did in November. The story for 2018 has been the extremely low inventory of homes on the market and ultimately that resulted in fewer home sales for the year.

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December home sales St. Paul, Minnesota

The numbers used to make the chart were extracted from the NorthstarMLS which is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This data covers a high percentage of local real estate sales activity.

For more local numbers that are not at all hyper please see local market conditions and home sales. Real estate is local. If you would like to know how much your St. Paul home might sell for please call or write. My contact information is on the right and yes there is an @ in my email address, not an (at) and like most email addresses it isn’t case sensitive.

The poopless moose

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. The holiday season was a little rough at my house. We had a death in the family and then a week later our dog crossed the rainbow bridge. There is more but Fridays are for fun. . . .

There was one highlight for me over the holidays and that is when I went shopping on Christmas Eve and I liked it. I went to a Rosedale Mall. I’ll admit it has been a few years since I have shopped in a mall. It was fun to look in the shops and see things I have never seen before. I bought some jewelry, candy, and sweaters to give as gifts to my family and friends.

I also enjoyed the moose at the mall. There is just something about a giant moose, especially one that doesn’t poop.

Poopless moose