I want to thank past & present clients for your continued support for Cornerstone Realty (27 years) and Lutz Auction Service (39 years). July 1st of this year marked my 31st year as a full-time Realtor.
Every year the public doesn’t know what to expect for our entry in the Bright Parade. This year I chose Richard Simmons with a “farmer’s tan”. Our slogan was “It will all work out with Cornerstone”. I see so many familiar faces and friends along the parade route. Wow, what a wonderful community event to show support for the unsung heroes of our Life Squad and Fire Department!
Cornerstone is having another record setting year with nearly70 closings. exceeding last year. Interest rates remain at a historical low, but may trend higher. Real estate values have risen due to lack of inventory and cost of new construction. Demand was higher in the upper end homes. It seems the foreclosures are clearing up. Even after all these years, I still get an adrenaline rush when I bring buyers and sellers together for each to reach their goal. I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to meet such great people.
Lutz Auction Service had a career high with conducting over 50 auctions this year. As always, we are amazed with where the merchandise comes from and that we can find it a new home. We handled several estates where we clear the home of the personal belongings, cleaned or painted to prepare the home to be sold and then sold the real estate. This would never happen if it wouldn’t be for Dan Freese who is an independent contractor we use to take charge of performing services for these owners. We highly recommend Dan and he is an excellent painter and handyman if you ever need his services. It brought back memories when we went on location for the Trossman Estate held at their 100-year-old farmstead. We also conducted 2 auctions for good friends and former employees who passed, Merle Steele and Mark McClure. We extend our sympathy & prayers to their families and all families who lost loved ones this year.
Our family is doing great, everyone is healthy! The six grandchildren are ranging from 3-8 years old. Proud to have the 4 oldest taking turns assisting at the auctions. What a great experience for them and the public gets a kick out of their antics. What a joy and blessing having them live close to us. Scott & Abby (our oldest daughter) and family are now our new neighbors. They purchased an adjoining property to the farm. Rachel continues to provide a Sunday evening meal for all!
I am truly appreciative to have such a team being either full time or part time employees to accomplish the volume of business we do each year. Randy operates the farm as real estate takes up most of my time. The wettest summer ever was a challenge for planting & hay making, however produced good yields and thankfully it dried up for harvest. We sold several grain feed angus cattle this year for freezer beef. We also had a beautiful day for our 30-mile tractor ride this year.
Every day I count my blessings! I truly enjoy my profession and want to thank you for being a present or past client. It is the referrals and repeat customers that have allowed Cornerstone Realty to survive the tough times. I could not have done it without you, my family and my support staff at Cornerstone Realty and Lutz Auction Service.
And yes, I have 2 Rachels! Rachel my wife and Rachel Offill who manages the office at Cornerstone. I know it gets confusing. Rachel, Rachel, Randy and I want to wish everyone a great Holiday season. If we can be of any assistance in the coming year give us a call. My cell is 513-266-1859 or you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can sign up for auction Constant Contact at www.lutzauctions.com or visit www.cstonerealty.com for real estate information.
Remember the reason for the season.
May God bless America and our troops.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!