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June - Hello Summer!

6/18/2020

Hello, June! Good-bye quarantine! Normal activities are resuming. Flowers are in bloom, the grill is on stand-by, and we can drink coffee and welcome the sunrise on the deck or patio. June is a time for graduations, weddings, family reunions, and vacations. It can also be a time of transition, as new graduates look for a home in a city where they’ve gone for a new job, young parents look for a place with more room as they prepare to welcome a new baby to the family, and “more experienced” parents find that they don’t need as much room--now that the kids are gone. 


Summer in Michigan is a busy time as we pack our schedules with activities that don’t require parkas and snow boots. Summer is the season for gardening, for cookouts, for silly games in the backyard, for a dip in the pool, for sitting by a firepit on a chilly night, for watching sunsets and moonrises from comfy chairs on the porch. For many in Michigan, June marks a season of celebration of Home and Family. 


June is also a time when Americans celebrate FREEDOM.  Juneteenth is the name given to June 19, 1863, the day when the Emancipation Proclamation— which had been issued on January 1, 1863— was read to enslaved African-Americans in Texas by Gordon Grange. Juneteenth is a day set aside to celebrate the liberation of Black Americans from enslavement. Juneteenth is also known as America’s 2nd Independence Day.

March - Women's History Month

3/3/2020

March is Women’s History month. For women looking to buy homes, 1974 is a significant moment in history: it is the year that housing discrimination on the basis of sex and credit discrimination against women are outlawed by Congress. 


In Real Estate, most agents are women. In “The Untold Story Behind Why Most Real Estate Agents Are Women,” Grace Stetson writes:


According to the National Association of Realtors, as of May 2018, 63 percent of all Realtors are female….So why do modern-day women remain so drawn to residential real estate? Largely the same reasons they did in the 1920s: According to those in the industry, life as a residential real estate agent provides one of the most flexible schedules for families, good earning potential, and a relatively low barrier to entry. It remains a great option for women looking for a career.


In 2020, women are earning college degrees at higher rates, which is allowing them access to higher wages and has increased their home buying activity and power.


Buying a home can be one of the most significant moments in the life of a woman. A home is a sacred place, a safe-haven, a place where families and friends can make beautiful memories that last a lifetime.  

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Maya Angelou

USNews Women’s History Timeline

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