“A conversation…” tonight about the West End and surrounding communities was a great way to end it.
Hearing the concerns of neighbors, old/new and potential shed light on some areas we(Realtors) have not considered or focused on. Sure, there were the normal questions about safety, housing renovations and crappy agent experiences- but there were also very real questions about the availability of affordable rental housing for students and the home purchase process for the millennials. Which, to be honest, is something I had considered myself to be, until I looked up the definition : “Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y, abbreviated to Gen Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.”
Yikes- ….Maybe I’m not. However, I still am within their range, right? I STILL feel their pains.
Honestly, I’ve never worried about such things. Which is why i feel that I’m behind in all of this. In 1997 I was offered to by a Brownstone in Brooklyn for $118k. I scoffed, thinking “who would want to spend that kind of money in this hood” …. That Brownstone today is worth $1.5million( more, if the neighboring home sells for their $2million list price).
That experience shook me and is one of my deepest life regrets. Now, I’m lifting rocks to find one at $800k. And, I’m certainly on a mission to ensure my experiences are shared and others do not fall into the same ditch. What a huge burden to carry!
But is it a burden? Or is it just what you or I am equipped to do….
Tonight was good. Real good. It’s time to throw some energy towards our millennials. After all, they are the future.
As usual, when I returned home, I did a “drive by” past my missed opportunity in Brooklyn….now a historic landmark.
I pray I will never miss another opportunity.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”