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On Apple Picking and Other Endeavors

Updated: Nov 15




Autumn in Ulster County is a fun time. There are corn mazes, pumpkin picking, leaf peeping, and apples galore. Cortlands, McIntosh, Empire, Golden and Red Delicious, HoneyCrisp, Gala and varieties too numerous to all list here.


Cortlands are juicy with just a hint of tartness while Empires are firm and more red when compared to the McIntosh. Thoreau loved wild apples and believed that surely it was the noblest fruit preferring old orchards to more civilized apple trees irregularly planted and grafted, not even depending on our care to thrive.


Thoreau would insist though that all have one thing in common; all are good.


My first visits upstate in the 90s were to a friend's farm in White Lake, shaking apples from the tree and picking them from the branches bringing them right to my mouth relishing the sweetness and tartness. We'd gather bushels full and then press apples into juice by the gallons and watch over time as our friends transformed the mash into hard cider. Always after binging we'd head back to the city with the knowledge that if an apple a day can keep the doctor away, we've surely kept him away for the year!


Eventually we would find our own farm and home in Kerhonkson complete with open fields dotted with apple trees and this sweet new life. I now not only wonder how many others begin their upstate pilgrimages in this way, lured by the apple and then on to find a home, but often I'm fortunate to take part in similar adventures which are...

sometimes sweet sometimes tart, but always good.



September 2020 Market Report



realtor.com reports:

  • National inventory declined by 39.0% over last year.

  • The inventory of newly listed properties declined by 13.8% nationally over the past year.

  • The September national median listing price was $350,000, up 11.1% compared to last year.

  • Nationally, the typical home spent 54 days on the market in September, 12 days less than the same time last year, and three days less than last month. This is the first time in our records that homes sold more quickly in September than August, and signals an unusually active fall market. 

zillow.com reports:

  • The typical U.S. home value rose to $259,906 in September, up a whopping 0.8% from August — the fastest monthly growth pace since November 2005, in the midst of the last housing boom. 

  • The typical U.S. home sold in just 16 days in September, down from 17 in August and 28 days in September 2019.

  • Entry-level and mid-market U.S. homes (priced from $186,000-$344,000) sold fastest, at 14 and 16 days, respectively. The most-expensive U.S. homes ($488,000 and up) took the longest to sell, at 33 days (down from 47 a year ago).


TRANSLATION: GREAT TIME TO SELL

 

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