A Death in the Family

Last week we lost a beloved member of the JB Goodwin family; Chris Sachs died unexpectedly in a boating accident on Thursday. He was a much loved and respected agent, trainer, sales manager and all-around bright spot in the day at our office for the past 13+ years.  He was charming and funny, with a near constant smile and positive outlook.   He was usually the first person agents would turn to for help or advice (personal or professional), use as a listening post, or just grab a drink with and bask in his good humor.  He would chat up anyone he met, in any setting.  He had a huge didactic streak and would carry on lively conversation on any number of topics.  He would organize happy hours at the drop of a hat, just because.  He was old fashioned enough to open doors for any women who rode in the car with him, and he absolutely didn’t mind that someone might think him old-fashioned for doing what he considered just good manners. He was a truly devoted husband and father, and always spoke of his family in glowing terms.

His absence is will be keenly felt by all those who knew and loved him for quite some time to come.  It still hardly feels real that he is gone.  His memorial service is today in Austin; I’m out of the country as I write this and can’t be there as I want to be to commiserate with everyone else feeling this loss (and this lost), so I decided to write my own short tribute to a dear friend and colleague I thought the world of and already miss terribly.

Rest in peace, Chris.

WELCOME, WELCOME, WELCOME

Hello there, you!

You’ve landed at my blog, either by intent or accident — and I’m happy to have you!

I started this blog as sort of a catch-all spot to post all kinds of random stuff I’d like to pass along, much of it pertaining to Austin real estate (my own business in particular or market info in general), our local economy, information for first-time buyers and sellers, or interesting/funny tidbits about Austin… or gardening tips, home decor/design ideas, places you should check out, coming events, notes about the weather, or pictures I snap in and around Austin that I happen to like.

Like this one, which I took outside the Palmer Events Center on a sunny fall afternoon:

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Or this one, of the beautiful Brandeen (my sons’ dog) playing at Bull Creek Park (Austin being a very pet-friendly city):

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If you’d like to talk about purchasing a home — as either your primary residence, vacation or second home, or an investment property — OR are curious about new home construction, OR possibly listing your home for sale (OR just finding out what price your home would list for even if you’re not yet ready to sell) I’d be delighted to chat with you!

Also note: if you’re moving out of the area, even to another country, I can still get you taken care of through our relocation department!  Seriously, you don’t have to try and track down an agent to help you buy your new home in New York or Paris or Bangkok:  JB Goodwin REALTORS is a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a selective global community of over 500 independent real estate companies, with 130,000 sales associates in over 70 countries — so I can get you connected to an agent who will take care of your needs every bit as well as I would personally, if only you were staying here. 🙂

See — there are so many things for us to talk about!

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Austin: Keeping it real, keeping it weird at the Hope Outdoor Gallery

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In the mean time, like the unknown artist at Austin’s graffiti wall says above: Just keep swimming. One day I’ll be in your ocean.

I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I’m sure it’s profound.