Calling all real estate experts (and buyers, sellers, etc.)
A bit fewer blog posts overall, plus some written by guest bloggers, seems to be the community consensus for how I should manage my work/life balance problem. I'm hoping that will work well for all concerned, and I really appreciate the time you took to make suggestions (and to reassure me that it's OK if I dial it back a bit in the interest of being less frazzled -- thanks for being so understanding).
My tentative plan is three posts a week rather than five, though that could mean three substantive posts plus two quick hits. Several readers noted that they would enjoy being pointed to interesting stories and blog posts elsewhere, so I'll keep an eye out for things off the beaten path.
Also, I'm going to start contacting local folks with housing expertise to see if they'd like to write a guest post about something you'd like to read. Open invitation: If you can recommend someone or fit the bill yourself, please let me know by emailing jhopkins (at) baltsun (dot) com. A good guest post might be a look at what's selling (and what isn't) in a certain slice of the Baltimore region, an analysis of what works (and what doesn't) if you're renting out your home, a walk-through of possible changes to the ever-mutating mortgage market -- you get the idea.
Besides that, though, I'm interested in guest posts from people who are living this crazy housing market in some way. Buyers slogging through lots of open houses. Sellers trying to figure out what constitutes a sweet-spot asking price. Renters jumping to homeownership, homeowners jumping ship back to renting. Chances are, you've got an interesting tale to tell, be it ever so short. So please feel free to volunteer yourself.
Check out this post for a recent example of someone sharing a personal experience, one that sparked a conversation about what renters and landlords can and should expect from each other.
Here's to many more interesting conversations.