Last month’s HIGHEST SALE goes to this 5 Bedroom, 5 Bath home with 4,924 square feet! Built in 1997 in SE Shreveport’s Long Lake Estates neighborhood, this home was listed for $725,000 but Sold for $665,000 or $135 per square foot.
If you are interested in Purchasing or Selling next month’s Featured Home, please contact the Chris Chandler Team at (318) 272-1326 or email me at ChrisChandler@KW.com
The most expensive Home SOLD in our area for the month of March 2013 was in Bossier City. This 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath home has 4,338 square feet of livable space and is located in the Stonebridge Subdivision. It was listed for sale at $696,000 and sold for $663,714 – $153 per square foot. This home was on the market for over 6 months before landing it’s new owner!
Last year’s top Sale belongs to an older, historic home in Shreveport’s South Highlands neighborhood. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home has just under 6,000 square feet of living area and was built in 1919. The home was listed for sale in May 2012 for $1,650,000 and Sold less than 3 months later for $1,560,000 or $261 per square foot!!! For more information on Buying or Selling in the current real estate market in NW Louisiana, please contact me at (318) 272-1326 or ChrisChandler@KW.com
Yesterday I saw pieces of a tv show that is coming soon where the entire small town in North Carolina is left motherless for a week and the fathers become the primary caregivers to the children. What drama will certainly unfold. I also have recently read that the number of stay at home dads has spiked in recent years. I am sort of a stay at home dad. However, we are missing the mother part that goes out to work and earns the bread to support us. Since our separation in 2007, I have been a 50/50 joint custody single parent of two children aged 1 and 3 back then. They are now 6 and 8. I have had a very interesting last five years! My children are my life…much more so than my career in real estate. This is not so for most men and I have always been aware that I was different from my peers, especially in the “maternal” instincts that I felt I possessed and enjoyed. I have been aware that I could be a wonderful parent to my children and I could escape one of life’s most common regrets – the regret that we wish we had spent more time with our kids. I signed up for the job and have never looked back. Today I look back…and ask myself how am I doing…how are my kids doing? These questions are so tied to each other, as I would not be doing well if they were not, and vice-versa. We have a home where love is truly king. We sleep in the same king-sized bed. We read and watch tv in the same king-sized “big chair”. We hug and kiss and exchange loving words many times each day we are together. We explore our community together, meeting new people and seeing new sights often. We talk. We argue. We wrestle out our differences and challenges. Above all we love, deeply…and we have a lot of fun. Each week our time together comes to an end, and they return to their mother’s house just around the corner and up the street. Our paths do not cross for the next week, except for the occasional visit to the cafeteria at their school, or the occasional phone call. I don’t know what their lives are like every other week. I let it be. I will see them again in a week. It is what it is…and it is the best I can do. No regrets.
This time of the year, I am thinking more about second chances. Maybe it’s an annual rite of Spring. Maybe it is the Easter celebration. Perhaps it is my intentional and eternal optimism for even my own risky life. I have lived enough to know that we have many chances to make changes in life that will allow us a fresh start…even the chance to be “born again”…if we allow our minds to believe it possible. This opportunity for re-birth is one of the greatest concepts known to man. It lies within us. A mere spark can release its energy, which can then become a thought that gets our attention. Our attention then, if we allow it, can lead us to believe in ourselves again. Our attention to this idea and intention to regain a sense of really living our lives…can then allow us to BE born again. We don’t have to be tricked into believing anything strange, irrational, or in any way unbelievable in order to re-invent ourselves. Our attitudes toward happiness are in our own control for the most part. I hope we all enjoy the bunny rabbits and the colored eggs…and all the wonderful mythology that comes hopping around this Spring.
No this is not the beginning of a joke. This is Nefarious – a word I have recently become all to familiar with. Nefarious:
1595–1605; < Latin nefārius wicked, vile, equivalent to nefās offense against divine or moral law.
While some may just chose to continue their lives of quiet desperation, or ordinary mediocrity, I intend to live intentionally on the path of gratitude and frequently surprised wonder! This Leap Day we are rewarded with an extra opportunity, an extraordinany opportunity, to make yet another free choice to really live our lives. By choice I mean that at the end of this day we can either be one of two things: more grateful and happy, or just the same. You see, many things will happen to you today that you have no control over. Perhaps you will have the chance meeting with your “soul mate” who is disguised temporarily as a stranger. (It has happened to me!) Just the same… you may have a chance meeting with a text-messenging/multi-tasking driver of a fast car that for a second loses touch with their direction in life and comes crashing full speed into you, changing your direction and your life…forever. Many more will unknowingly survive today with little change in their lives…no more joy, or less joy, than they experienced yesterday. No more or less understanding that today…this very day…they had numerous opportunities wasted to love someone deeper…to smile at someone…to compliment someone…to give an unexpected hug to someone…to simply tell God ’thanks’…
I have grown convinced that some people experience life at a ”higher level” than others…at a better, greater level. Not dependent on socio-economic standing, some people “just get it”. The light bulb flashes on us and we become more aware of the gift of this day and this life. The ‘rat race’ culture dies for us. Our needs shift. We value relationships much more than ever before. We simply, yet extraordinarily, find ourselves living on a higher level. I truly believe that anyone can leap to the higher level. Today IS a new day…a special day…make the LEAP!