The McLaughlin Group Team

The McLaughlin Group Team

Saturday, March 8, 2014

BLINDS WiDE OPEN -day 382 Envious

A while back we attended a birthday party of a dear friend and client celebrating his 75th birthday and to close out his party, he stated "this may seem a bit awkward to say, but I'm envious of my own life." It was an amazing party any those words now ring in my head constantly. Tonight while enjoying a warm, beautiful and breezy evening at M Cafe with my 3 gifts/girls, I could only reflect on my friend's statement; "I'm envious of my own life." Yes, I do have a good life, a super fun job, lots of friends and so much more, but these 3, happy, healthy, beautiful, funny and oh so loving daughters and I said healthy, make my life pretty special. So yes, I am envious of my own life. Kelsey came home from Dallas, so we surprised Miley and when she saw her big sis, it was like the stadium lights at the Rose Bowl turned on! Taking pictures, corn ball (a game at the restaurant), great food, stories, Kinsey boasting about how many likes she will get on Instagram, and the peace of knowing all is well with the 3. The day began with a little flag football, merged into mid day house showings, twighlighted at the cafe, and will end with a humble prayer, a wink in the mirror and dreams of ,"Man alive, I'm envious of my own life!!

This is Dave, from The McLaughlin Group, keeping it real in real estate!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

BLINDS WIDE OPEN - day 382 Home Ownership and Boat Ownership

So following the rains of the last few days, I was left to ponder boat ownership and the costs vs. rewards. As you can see, there will be some costs in the next few days because with anything that requires some type of technical savvy, I am not your guy. Oh, the good times on the boat; the parties on the water, towing the kids around the lake on the paddle boards, back and forth to the rope swing, throwing a line out for a bass and then there is this morning's image. Certainly, there will be a rehab fee of some amount just to get it going, the motor is probably shot, that batteries have been underwater for two days and some seats need new upholstery. Here are the alternatives; untie it, let it float over the dam to Malibu, sink it and use it as a fishing reef or get out the checkbook. It's the same thing with your home, the answer is always get out the checkbook. As much as we would like to just let it go sometimes or scream, the benefits of home ownership are as sweet as the benefits of boat ownership. So get out the checkbook, fix the recent roof leaks, the plugged yard drains, the broken ice maker and just think of all the good, fun times yet to be had (and tax write offs) in your beautiful home/boat!

This is Dave, from the McLaughlin Group, keeping it real in real estate!