How are the times of today defined? What if Charles Dickens were alive today living in Punta Gorda Florida right now?
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities English novelist (1812 – 1870)
When these brilliant words were written in 1859 by Charles Dickens in “A TALE OF TWO CITIES”, who would have known he must certainly have been foreshadowing the times of today’s real estate market, the banking and mortgage industry, and the state of the economy?
The continuation of that quote is even more poignant… “– in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
What does this translate to today? Well… Real estate truly lives in the cycles of “best of times” and “worst of times”…and it just depends upon which side of the transaction perspective you are currently in!
Here in the paradise of sunny Charlotte Harbor and Punta Gorda, FL, right now, today, it is indeed the best of times – FOR BUYERS—where you can find an extremely affordable waterfront home “in the Isles”… where a boat at your backyard dock is the norm and in a quick few minutes you are headed out through Charlotte Harbor and into the Gulf of Mexico and the Oceans beyond! ( Click on the Charlotte Harbor Boaters Guide link to the right of this column to get an idea of the fabulous boating here.)
On the other hand, it may be a different perspective if you are a seller who bought at the peak of the spike, in the days when mortgages were being handed out on a whim and a promise, (which may have been “the age of foolishness” Mr. Dickens was referring to). The result of that however is the completion of the cycle! Prices are so attractive due to the current economy that buyers are beginning to realize that now is the time before the cycle begins the upward climb once again.
For those astute buyers who decide right now or in the very near future to buy a home here in the sunshine land of Punta Gorda/Charlotte Harbor, Florida, perhaps the best line of all from the same Dickens novel comes from Sydney Carton…
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Come to my world here in Punta Gorda, Florida and live that quote! We’ll be waiting for ya!