Real Estate Investment as a Lasting Legacy
Forbes—the publishing company which self-defines its main topics of interest as “finance, industry, investing, and marketing”—must be doing something right. Its original articles and insights have been engaging readers without skipping a beat since 1917—making it a rare survivor in these days of media churn and burn.
Last Friday, it offered a commentary on a subject to which hard-working Ocean View, DE homeowners are often too busy to pay much attention: the building of a lasting legacy. Given the mounting demands of everyday living, it’s likely that most of us are content to put off any worry about “legacy” issues until later.
Area readers who happened upon “How Real Estate Can Help You Achieve a Lasting Legacy” may have been persuaded otherwise. In it, the author offers a down-to-earth (and convincing) list of reasons why, for those whose wealth creation is the product of their hard work over many years, real estate investments they are able to pass on can constitute one of the “inherently tax-efficient” investments that can be a cornerstone of a legacy that’s more than a simple bequest.
Achieving the “lasting” portion of that goal depends on “teaching stewardship” to the next generation: “starting early and then, later on, explaining your financial position, goals, and plan.” The passing on of legacy goals and responsibilities—and the roles successors will have in it—will elicit a greater impact “you will have on generations to come.” It can be a satisfying thought that the benefits of a lasting legacy needn’t be reserved exclusively for the families of the ultra-rich.
- Written by Jimmie Bachand
“Strategic” Spring Cleaning for Selling Your Ocean View, DE House
If you are a homeowner who’s planning on selling your Ocean View, DE house, this year’s spring cleaning efforts can merit some extra attention. For most of us, the past year meant a lot more time spent indoors. With potential buyers soon to be among the visitors, the regular airing-out and straightening-up procedures might not be sufficient.
It’s useful to examine the difference in the ways that professionals approach spring cleaning— something the American Cleaning Institute makes possible via its industry-sponsored website. In addition to the expected Quick Spring Cleaning Tips and the less seasonal ABC’s of Cleaning, the ACI offers a section that promotes stepping back and organizing an overall operational approach—especially useful for Ocean View, DE home sellers whose spring cleanup this year will become an integral part of their selling campaign. The Strategies for Spring Cleaning section is broken down into four “strategies”:
Strategy 1 is Clear It Out: getting rid of “things that are needlessly filling up your home.” Recycle, Sell, or Donate as much as you can— then organize small containers to store what needs to be preserved.
Strategy 2 is Inventory Your Supplies: a “strategy” you’d expect from a cleaning industry-sponsored website. But the basic wisdom is unquestionable: by having on hand the spray cleaners, abrasive and non-abrasive cleansers (for easily-scratched surfaces), glass cleaners, and others you’ll need, your efforts won’t be delayed by running out of supplies—a familiar frustration for most of us.
Strategy 3 is the 3-parter, Make a Plan.
First, decide on your cleaning style: will it be one room at a time or tasks grouped by type (like cleaning all the windows at once or waiting to vacuum until the end)?
Second, prioritize: decide which areas or tasks need the most work or get the most traffic. That makes sense in case further efforts somehow get derailed.
Third, consider the big stuff: if curtains need to be laundered, slipcovers or shower curtains cleaned, or area rugs sent out for professional cleaning, once they’re gone, it will be easier to “tackle the rest of the space.”
Strategy 4 is Recruit Help. It’s usually not practical to do everything yourself, so enlist family members to help, swap sessions days with friends, or (if the budget allows) call in professionals to “even do the majority of cleaning” once the clutter is gone.
- Written by Jimmie Bachand
Does Ocean View, DE’s Daylight Savings Do More than Pilfer Sleep?
Jamestown residents have the week to prepare for Sunday’s sleep-hijacking event—the middle-of-the-night adjustment that’s required to initiate Jamestown’s Daylight Savings Time. Despite the “spring forward” memory marker, for many who choose to grumble over their sleep deprivation, the springtime exercise is hardly an energetic leap ahead. For them, “savings” is a misnomer for what is near pilferage of the hour’s sleep Jamestown would otherwise have been entitled to beginning at 2:00 am on Sunday.
To be fair, it’s only “near” pilferage because the hour doesn’t vanish for all time. It just goes into hiding until 2:00 am on November 7. Upon its return, it slips the 60 minutes into the wee hours, allowing Daylight Savings enthusiasts to say that the hour was just “borrowed.”
Borrowing of this kind (the kind without permission from the owner) is the kind of “borrowing” that gets embezzlers into trouble. Daylight Savings opponents note that no interest payment is ever made when the clocks “fall backward”—we just wake up to a reversal of the confusion that started with DST’s debut in the spring.
One happy advance that technology has gradually brought to Jamestown homes owes to the rise of wifi and the Internet of Things. Most “IoT”-connected appliances have little screens that announce the day’s time and date, and many of the screens—connected to the web as they are—will spring forward on Sunday all by themselves! Those that do so will earn many a Jamestown householder’s gratitude.
For all the others—that includes recently engineered refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, even fancy toasters—the free time remaining in the already abbreviated 23 hours of Sunday will be further reduced as frustrated householders struggle to remember how to reset the built-in clock/calendars—each of which seems to have a unique personal philosophy governing which buttons to press, in what order. This is where a kitchen drawerful of user manuals comes in handy.
- Written by Jimmie Bachand
Tuesday is Ocean View, DE’s Groundhog Day—and a Mistake!
Most local folks will be reminded that Tuesday is Ocean View, DE’s Groundhog Day via the media circus surrounding Punxsutawney Phil’s televised prognostication. Few, if any, will question how February 2 came to be the rodent’s day of reckoning.
Although NOAA says Phil’s predictions are less accurate than a coin-toss (40%, to be precise), more to the point is that this year, Ocean View, DE’s Groundhog Day observances will be misguided. This year, February 2 is a day early.
The reason is part astronomical, part neo-pagan, part Christian, part poetic, and part potato.
Ocean View, DE: let’s just cut to the chase. The ancient Celtic calendar divided the year into equinoxes and solstices because knowing exactly where you were in the progression of the seasons meant knowing the best days to plant and harvest—a matter of life and death.
Cross-quarter days on the neo-pagan Wheel of the Year marked seasonal midpoints. The one for mid-winter was the most important—so much so that early Christians converted it (“Imbolc”) into “Candlemas Day.” Householders responsible for keeping everyone warm until Spring reminded themselves of its original meaning with a stern poem:
Half your wood and half your hay, you should have on Candlemas Day.
Ocean View, DE homeowners who don’t have livestock in the backyard may safely ignore the second part about the hay—but those with fireplaces might benefit from the other.
The thing about Punxsutawney Phil’s panicking at his own shadow—thus signaling a tardy spring—is predated by an ancient German poem:
When it storms and snows on Candlemas Day/ Spring is not far away
If it’s bright and clear/ Spring is not yet near
The potato mention owes to a Celtic foodie tip. It’s still honored in many Irish counties, where Candlemas is celebrated with Boxty—finely grated raw and mashed potato pancakes mixed with flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and sometimes egg or yogurt. Since there’s no traditional Groundhog Day snack, why not make Boxty a tasty substitute?…
This is all relevant because this year, true mid-winter in Ocean View, DE won’t fall on Groundhog Day at all. This winter, the halfway point between last December’s Solstice and the March Equinox falls on February 3! So we can forget about Tuesday and start grating the potatoes on Wednesday for a tasty Boxty pancake or two.
- Written by Jimmie Bachand