A few items of interest from the news...
Whatever you call them
Football is an unlikely source for names for those who relocate, but the terms "bounce backs" and "halfbacks" are commonly applied to those folks who moved from the northern U.S. to Florida some years ago and now are moving from the Sunshine State to the Carolinas (bouncing half way back, to fully explain both terms). Now comes a new football related term for those who winter for three months of the year in Florida. According to the "Word Watch" column in the Hartford(CT) Courant
, these snowbirds are now referred to as "quarterbacks" for the fraction of the year they spend in the deep south.
Speaking of heat
Leading the list of the 10 most desired features in a home is air conditioning, according to the National Association of Realtors at their site, realtor.org
. A two (or more) car garage ranks second, followed in order by a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, a backyard/play area, cable TV/satellite wiring and high-speed internet access.
One of these days, I am going to get my real estate license if, for no other reason, to attend National Association of Realtors meetings and lobby to remove its executives. Consider this profound Neroism from the NAR's president, Richard Gaylord: "It's more important than ever to examine what's happening with home prices at the city and neighborhood level. The old real estate mantra of ‘location, location, location' is perhaps more relevant today than ever before. Consumers should check with REALTORS® for local expertise on what's going on in their own area because conditions can vary considerably from one neighborhood to the next." Thank you Captain Obvious.