Dear Friends,

As many of you know, I married a book lover. At any given time, Susan’s nightstand is stacked with a variety of novels. Classics. Thrillers. Prize winners. You name it. If it’s fiction, she likely knows something about it. As for me, well, I land in an entirely different arena. My reading mantra is something more like, “the only books worth reading (or listening to, in my case) are the books expressly designed to teach me something.” As you might imagine, we hotly debate this reading approach in our household. Opposites really do attract.

So why bring this odd topic up at the start of a new year? Well, I know that, in general, we are all making literal and figurative lists of the things we want to improve this coming year. Some will join gyms, some will connect with old friends, and others will try keto or the next diet fad. As for me, I may do some of those things but mostly I’m going to continue to learn. I hope you are, too.

What I’ve specifically been reading and learning about over the past couple of years revolves around the topic of data and statistics. I’ve listened to countless podcasts and books on the subject and even taken online courses; I find the field of statistics fascinating…and then there’s the obvious application to real estate. A realtor acquaintance of mine recently told me that when she wants to value houses, she often looks over my appraisals before doing so. What a compliment! I’ve spent years digging into the data, and when it comes to buying and selling homes, I’d like to think that my commitment to drilling down and understanding the statistics is hard to beat. I’m a bit of a geek about the numbers, and when you’re about to make one of the largest financial transactions in your life, you want a numbers guy on your side helping you make the best and wisest choice possible.

As always, if you or anyone you know is looking to buy or sell a home in 2019, I’d be honored if you’d send them my way.

And lastly, Happy New Year to each of you! If you’ve read any good books lately, let me know – but only if they’re non-fiction. I’ll pass the fiction ones on to my wife…

Best regards,