Happy Friday from the 3rd floor of the Regency Center. The fog is rolling in from the West and it looks like it is going to be a dismal weekend weather wise, but it will still be the weekend.

Now that we are back in the swing if things, we are excited about 2012. There seems to be a lot of optimism in the local market about the upcoming year and it seems like we are making new friends everyday. Today, I even got a call from an old friend. Just as networker extraordinaire George Moore tells me all the time, “you never know which seeds you plant are going to sprout. If you plant enough seeds a few will grow in to big oak trees.” Keep planting those seeds. When the Sun comes out, those seeds will begin to sprout.

Take a minute to look at our firm website. There is a lot of information about the different services we provide. We are a small firm, but we all love what we do. (see standard disclaimer below). Here is the link. As long as I am putting shameless plugs in, I wanted to mention a fantastic event that Carlen and I attended last night. It was a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters and it was called “Honoring Our Mentors.”  Here is the brief rundown. There are a lot of great people in our community making big things happen for others.

Where We Live

Here are 10 predictions for the national housing market for the upcoming year from the Wall Street Journal. Will it be moreof the sme?

Here is a more focused discussion of the new home market. The million dollar question is, “if you build it, will they come?”

Here is an interesting story about what makes some people choose certain houses over others. If you are going to wok the wok….

Here is the review of the Huntsville real eatate market in 2011.

See what a builder’s house looks like.

Finally, this weekend there looks to be plenty to do in Huntsville. For fans of the arts, there is an art show tonight at the Flying Monkey. For those of you who love classical music, be sure to catch a world premier on Saturday night.

 The Best Medicine

Oh My!

(This is supposedly a true account recorded in the Police Log of Sarasota, Florida) An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and, upon returning to her car, found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!” The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat. She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then she realized why. It was for the same reason she had wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee, and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat. A few minutes later, she found her own car parked four or five spaces farther down. She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake. The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed. Moral of the story? If you’re going to have a senior moment…make it memorable.

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