The Collected Works of Author and Blogger Larry Roberts

Archive for July, 2016

  Having grown up in a community of elders with a long heritage, I have a deep connection to my old home town of Adams-Friendship, Wisconsin. I lived there throughout a blissful childhood until my family moved away when I was eleven years old. I struggled to adapt to my new environment always feeling like an outsider. In my Junior year of high school, I hatched a plan to go back to Wisconsin to have the high school experience I felt I was denied in Arkansas. I went home to come of age. It was 1985, my thoughts were short my hair was longCaught somewhere between a boy and manShe was seventeen and she was far from in-betweenIt was…[READ MORE]

  Childhood in a community of elders Yesterday, in Ancestral Call, I detailed my family history. I was born into a close-knit rural community, swaddled by family, extended family and a broader community which shared the same values. Both my grandparents living within a few miles of one another, and several aunts, uncles and cousins lived nearby. I had the support of this community during my formative years. I grew up believing everything is possible: You can be anybody you want to be,You can love whomever you willYou can travel any country where your heart leadsAnd know I will love you stillYou can live by yourself, you can gather friends around,You can choose one special oneAnd the only measure of…[READ MORE]

I will be on vacation the remainder of this week. If you want to know where I'm going and why, read on. My rural roots My roots run deep in the rural farm community of Friendship, Wisconsin. My fraternal family line can be traced back to Thomas Roberts, a Welshman born in 1831. Thomas arrived with two bothers in New York, but sadly, he became separated from them and never saw them again. Thomas immigrated to Adams County, Wisconsin where he started a family which still boasts many local residents. Although my name is Welsh, the women who married Roberts men for the next several generations were of Scandinavian descent. I am a mutt of the American melting pot. Many…[READ MORE]

I am out of town this week. Please carry on in the astute observations without me. I chose to bring this piece out again because I am going through a reset of my own entitlements. Several months ago, I trashed or sold most of my stuff. I wanted to purge my attachments, but recent events demonstrated to me that I still had much work to do. I've read this post dozens of times, but now it's time for life to imitate art. The Great Housing Bubble cultivated a gentility of entitlement, a sordid societal residue, a system of reliance, a conviction among people that they may possess anything they wish just because; deserving without earning; Grace. Divine acceptance is given;…[READ MORE]

Historically, properties in this market sell at a 0.6% premium. Today's discount is 7.0%. This market is 7.6% undervalued. Median home price is $619,400 with a rental parity value of $668,000. This market's discount is $48,600. Monthly payment affordability has been improving over the last 5 month(s). Momentum suggests improving affordability. Resale prices on a $/SF basis increased from $401/SF to $402/SF. Resale prices have been rising for 11 month(s). Over the last 12 months, resale prices rose 5.9% indicating a longer term upward price trend. Median rental rates increased $31 last month from $2,823 to $2,854. The current capitalization rate (rent/price) is 4.4%. Rents have been rising for 12 month(s). Price momentum signals rising rents over the next three…[READ MORE]

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