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Buddy West

  • Hope Springs Eternal

     This is the start of spring. It is about time. I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of the cold, wet, snowy winter we have been forced to endure. The signs are evident that spring has arrived as the temperature has topped the 75 degree mark, parks are filled with activity, […]
  • Show Me A Sign

    Less than 30 days and we will be into spring. Can you believe it? As I am writing this snow is falling and expected to pile eight more inches onto a driveway and walkway that are sick of the sound of my snow blower. Shouldn’t we be waiting for the season’s first bloom and not […]
  • Take the Plunge—It’s a Good Thing

    Wow, this past weekend my thoughts were all about taking the plunge. For months I have been talking about it. People all over the state have been talking about it. And since Monday, thousands are chatting about how glad they feel to have taken the plunge. This economy has been such a roller coaster for […]
  • From Prestidigitator to Prognosticating

    2011 is underway and it’s hard to tell which road will be taken. I am hoping that it is the road less traveled—the one to the settlement table. It’s time to get this housing market kick started and ready for a robust spring. Call your senators and congressman and ask them to put pressure on […]
  • Auld Lang Syne

      Whew! Christmas has passed and we are embarking on the last holiday of the year” New Year’s Eve. Take a moment to consider the dichotomy of the two holidays—so close together yet so far apart. Christmas, or whatever holiday you choose to observe, is a celebration of new life, religious roots, gifts, decoration, family […]
  • Time, Tide and Real Estate Wait for None

      Much can be learned from history if you just stop to think during these fast-paced times. We suffer from information overload, job fatigue and economic disasters. History tells us that time corrects most and moves beyond that which cannot be corrected. What is most important, according to my grandfather, is that we learn from […]
  • A Tale of Two Cities: Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?

      Last week, I spent the Thanksgiving weekend with very dear friends in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Allisons lived in Wilmington, Delaware, until a few years ago, when they chose to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Truth be known, they got out just in time. Their home in North Wilmington sold at its […]
  • Not Talkin' Turkey

    The holiday season is upon us. The evidence is everywhere. First, my newspaper is much heavier. Holiday decorations are sprouting up like bulbs in spring. Window trimmings in department stores are showcasing the latest and greatest gifts. When I was a child, Thanksgiving signaled the start of the Christmas and Chanukah. Times have changed with […]
  • News From Atop the Hill: NAR and FAR

    Wow. The election is over, and none too soon for me—though I will miss some of the more colorful commercials. Some of the candidates seemed to appear out of Hollywood’s central casting. The dialogue in these commercials mirrored a soap opera script with references to a witch, a bitch and the rich. Little was focused […]
  • You Gotta Wonder—Who Owns My House?

    It’s a new week and a new housing crisis. Home sales are down and foreclosures and short sales are soaring. Housing starts are beginning to inch up but banks are reluctant to fund the construction needed to complete the homes. Attorneys general from 23 states are gathering data to research whether many of the largest […]