What an interesting real estate world we are living in.
Isn’t it amazing to see how dependent we are on imports? With major delays and shortages of materials, it’s getting harder and harder for builders to work within profitable margins. I think we’ll see fewer and fewer new builds as we head into 2022. It’s the season of the ugly stepsister, but I’m wondering what’s next. Will it finally be time for the condo market to shine? With inventory so low, the rental market has skyrocketed. Buyers are going to start looking at other affordable options and the massive inventory of apartment-style condos is going to start looking really appealing. I think I’m going to start making predictions with a crystal ball. I bought one as a prop but it looks more like a large marble. These things don’t come cheap! Anyway, keep an eye out for a video with me trying to make a small crystal ball look big.
I’m writing this on Remembrance Day. It also happens to be my Dad’s birthday. He’s been gone just over a year now, which still feels a little surreal. We’re going to take the kids for a country drive since that was something he really enjoyed. He was such a great role model. He once sent me a letter with his advice for raising kids, he called it his Parent Book. In remembrance of him today, I’d like to share it with you.
- Your kids are your responsibility.
- Give them a safe and comfortable environment.
- Teach them to be responsible.
- Teach them respect through your example.
- Teach them how to be productive members of society.
- Have some stability, whether it is a Sunday dinner ritual or watching a tv program together, but be consistent, kids need parameters.
- It can get tough when they’re teens but hang in there, they do come around.
- Give them chores (cutting grass, shovelling snow, etc.) and follow up even when it means more work for you.
- Don’t abandon them, they need a safe haven where you are there for them, even when they are a pain in the butt.
- Teach them the importance of Integrity, Trust, Honesty, and other important values.
- Start at a young age as it is very difficult to change things after they are 8 to 10 years of age.
- Teach them to respect others and especially elders and special needs individuals.
- If you have skills (cooking, woodworking, gardening, art, etc.) pass them on.
- Support them when they try something, music, sports, reading, photography, etc.
- Yes, it is tough at times to be tough but life is like that and once they are adults there are a lot of things they must abide by.
- Know where they are and don’t be reading or listening about some teens that have done something wrong and thinking that your sons or daughters are not involved.
- Forgiveness. I see too many people that don’t talk to their kids because of whatever. Get over it.
“YOU ONLY GET ONE SHOT”
Did you know? I publish a monthly article in House & Homes feature in the Airdrie City View (also available online at AirdrieToday.com). Every month, I delve into considerations that Airdrie home buyers and sellers should know about the local real estate market. This is an ever-changing and fast-paced landscape and I’m sharing a front-row seat with you!