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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Notes from a busy Realtor

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        There’s a great scene in Woody Allen’s movie “Annie Hall” where Alvie Singer, played by Allen, is standing in line at the movie theater listening to some know-it-all professor espouse the theories of media philosopher Marshall McLuhan. Alvie is engaged in a heated argument with the wise guy when McLuhan himself steps up to rebuke the professor for his ignorance. “Don’t you wish every day could be like this?” Allen addresses the camera.

         I had something of an Alvie Singer moment today. After predicting in this space the other day that the market for golf homes in the south was on the rebound, I received the following note from Tom Pace, an expert in real estate at the fine golf community of Glenmore east of Charlottesville.


        “I've been going crazy the past few weeks.  I was out from 9:30 to 6:00 for two straight days showing homes…There were 27 home closings in 2010 in Glenmore, and 28 home closings in 2011.  There are 23 homes under contract this year in Glenmore.  The 24th home should go under contract in the next couple of days and it will be for around $1 million.  We've had multiple offers on four different properties in the past 30 days.  One home was listed at $1,075,000.  I had a couple that paid $1,500 over list price on a $575,000 home and were delighted that I knew how to write an escalation clause.”


        If you are a golf community blogger, or Realtor, don’t you wish life was always like this?

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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.