Every year on the 2nd of February, certain people brave the frigid weather to gather in their traditional spot for the “made-for-tv” event, Ground Hog Day. That traditional spot is Punxsutawney, PA and the celebration is all about the groundhog, Phil, seeing his shadow…. or not.
There are mysteries surronding this momentous event. Why Punxsutawney, PA? I cannot imagine the sun having many chances to shine there any during the winter. Why not Jacksonville, Myrtle Beach, or even better..Roatan , Honduras? Why do people give Phil’s annual appearance any credibility at all. He has only been right 39% of the time, much like our local weatherfolks!
Here is the history of this day in folklore, along with his predictions over the years. http://www.stormfax.com/ghogday.htm
And the results of today’s ceremony…… http://www.examiner.com/holidays-in-providence/groundhog-day-2011-results-did-punxsutawney-phil-see-his-shadow-on-feb-2nd
OK, Phil did NOT see his shadow, which means he is not scared to come out. Winter will soon be over and it is time to prepare for spring. What else did Phil see? Better yet, what are WE seeing?
According to USA Today, growth is on the upswing for 2011. Now, you too can come out of your hole!
We can expect a rebound in home sales. More people are renting now than before the boom years of 2000-07. Some should not have been able to purchase a home in the first place, but there are many more out there that can and will purchase a home as the job market improves. Read more:
And speaking of job growth, the Greater Nashville area is steadily recovering, and will continue to throughout the year. Williamson County ranks 3rd in the US in job growth. Check it out!
Supply and Demand: As the economy improves, demand for homes will rise, and so will home mortgage interest rates. Prices in the Greater Nashville area have stabiilized and will be on the rise as our economy regains its health. Those that do not own a home should get off the fence NOW. Nothing to lose, and all to gain. Read more:
Which brings me to the conclusion: If you are considering buying your first home, or any home for that matter, you will not find a better value than in a new Ole South home. Visit www.OleSouth.com for more information on our Middle Tennessee neighborhoods. Just like the ground hog discovered today, it’s okay to come out and look around!
Happy buying and selling!
Trey Lewis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Tennessee with Ole South Realty, 615.896.0019 direct 615.593.6340. Specializing in new home sales in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill, Tennessee