Uncategorized July 22, 2023

Monday Morning Coffee 7.24.23

Black Knight’s home price index hit a new record high in May, showing that last year’s home price correction has now fully reversed. May’s 0.7% monthly gain equates to an 8.9% annualized growth rate going forward.

CoreLogic’s analysis revealed home prices grew in May for the fourth straight month. However, annual price growth dropped below 2% for the first time in 11 years, but CoreLogic forecasts a 4.5% price gain by May 2024.

Zillow reports the typical home value in June broke through $350,000 for the first time ever. The new peak of $350,213 eclipses the prior record set in July 2022 and will hopefully motivate more people to sell.

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~ Michael Jordan

There was a deep fly ball to right field. The batter had hit it well, but not quite solidly enough to get it over the fence. I watched the action as an umpire — the only one on the field during a slow-pitch softball tournament game.

There was a runner on third base and there was only one out.

I heard the third base coach tell the runner to take his time. Why would a coach ever tell a base runner that?

He told him to take his time because the ball was so well hit. And the coach told the runner to take his time because the right fielder had only one arm.

That arm, of course, had a glove on it. I watched the outfielder catch the ball and the runner tag up at third.

I expected there would be no play at home, but I positioned myself in case just in case there would be one.

The outfielder caught the ball in his glove, flipped the ball into the air while in the same motion throwing his glove to the ground. He grabbed the ball out of midair and again in a single motion threw it towards home plate.

The ball shot towards the catcher like a missile. The runner did not even bother to slide. It would have done him no good.

The catcher was waiting with the ball. The runner was out by so far that he could have just as well been in the next state.

He easily became the third out. From then on the advice from the third base coach in this and every other game was, “Don’t run on the right fielder.”

Becoming a good player had not been a simple task for the right fielder. He was born with only one arm.

It would have been easy for someone so interested in sports, as the young outfielder was, to feel a lot of anger and self-pity.

He could have occupied a seat on the bench and asked himself, “Why me?” over and over again. He could have, but he did not.

He not only played, he played well. He was a leader and was named team captain. He kept the team loose.

He was able to joke about his missing arm like another would joke about his bald head. He admits that he did not get much sympathy, but that was just the way he wanted it. He did not ask nor desire any sympathy.

He had an inner strength that would not allow him to quit. When he set his mind to something, he accomplished his goal. He said often that he was not handicapped- far from it, he was blessed.

He felt truly blessed because he was able to play a game that he loved. He has done well in life. Maybe his experiences in the game of softball helped him to be successful in other areas of life?

Everything we have done in life brings us to the place where we are.

I try always to remember the lesson the young ballplayer taught me.

So whenever I begin to think that the cards are stacked against me; whenever I begin to feel that I am not going to be able to do what I need to do; I remember these words.

“Don’t run on the right fielder.” ~ Andrew Hayes

Cindy Glynn
Coldwell Banker American Home