The Stonebrook Letter
Vol. 22, No. 7
How’s Real Estate
It’s been a great year for real estate. Values have risen sharply while mortgage rates have remained at historically low, affordable levels. The Federal Reserve Board is expected to allow rates to ease upward and some economists forecast an increase to 5% by year end. Still, house notes, generally, are well less than rents for comparable homes.
6510 Stage Rd., Suite 1
May Total MLS Sales
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Gardening with YouTube
My raised bed gardens are keeping me challenged. I’ve lost a couple tomato plants, but overall fought the battle with white flies and aphids to a draw. I relied on YouTube this week to learn:
1. Castile Soap, available at Walgreens, may be better for the plant leaves than the Dawn Dish Detergent I was using in my formula for insecticidal soap.
2. Insecticidal soap has no residual effect. It kills aphids, white flies and soft body insects on contact.
3. Keep a magnifying glass handy. See tiny sap-sucking insects on the underside of plant leaves.
4. Prune squash and cucumber vines to keep them under control. Spray long bladed scissors with Lysol Spray before moving from one plant to the next to avoid spreading disease.
Bike Ride at Shelby Farms
My son, Wade, visited over the 4th of July week and wanted to bike the Greenline at Shelby Farms. He and I rented 2 “hybrid” style bikes at the Visitor Center Bike Barn. We paid $42.00 for 2 bikes for 2 hours and were off and riding, probably my second bike ride in 50 years!
We headed west crossing the Wolf River toward the I-40 overpass. Stopping for a selfie, we noticed the southern sky was growing dark and heard distant thunder. We headed back to the Visitor Center, hoping to beat the storm.
Each open spot was a little worrisome as lightning flashed in the east over Germantown Parkway. The bike attendant gave us a rain check for an hour ride another day.
Take advantage of Shelby Farms bike rentals … it’s an easy way to have a good time, see some beautiful scenery and remember times when you were a kid!
Prune cucumber & squash
Over the years I have picked up quotes or sayings I’ve heard from a family member, sales seminar, etc., that I felt were memorable. Some applied to the real estate profession, but most are applicable to any business or life endeavor. Here are a few:
• Stay with your strengths.
What Clients Say …
“Terry, we absolutely would not have wanted to make this journey without you. You helped to get our home sold quickly, and for top dollar. We had no idea what we were getting into with this incredibly competitive market and historically low inventory. You were so patient, persistent and knowledgeable. We are now thrilled to actually be in our dream home. You earn 6 stars from the Reed family. Well done!”
-Scott & Brittany Reed
Wade & Terry biking the Greenline
Fresh Corn Salad
5 ears of corn, shucked
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the corn for 3 minutes until the starchiness is just gone. Drain and immerse it in ice water to stop the cooking and to set the color. When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob. Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, cherry tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.