Roadmap with Irina - June 2023

Roadmap with Irina - June 2023

Hi <<First Name>>, 

The graduation season is over, and schools are finally closed for summer, so it is time to review the real estate market for the last month.

When comparing the statistics of May 2023 with the same month of the previous year, it is evident that this May was significantly less active. There were 825 houses sold compared to 974 last year, which is 15% less, and 319 condos sold compared to 487 in the previous April, which is 35% less! However, if we compare with April 2023, the number of sales in May 2023 is higher: 41% for single-family homes and 32% for condos and townhouses. So, the real estate market was still slower than last year but much more active than the previous month.
The same trend was observed in the number of new listings: the inventory was 30% less than in May 2022, but it was 10% higher compared to April of this year. It looks like the inventory is recovering slowly but surely. Hopefully, this trend will continue in June. The median sale prices haven't changed much since last month but are still below the levels of May 2022.
Usually, summer is a slow season in real estate due to vacations and kids being on break. Let's review the statistics in a month to assess any further developments. Stay tuned!

If you are thinking about buying or selling, let’s connect, talk about your options, run some numbers, and see if this is the right time for you. Call me, I am always here for you.

One of the best ways to improve your household’s safety is to focus on preparation. If disaster strikes, your household could be without power and running water for an extended period of time. That’s why having an emergency kit filled with supplies is an essential home safety measure.
Remember, when packing your emergency kit, disasters can be different throughout the country. Depending on where you live, you could face flooding, blizzards, tornadoes, or hurricanes, so make sure you make your emergency kit personalized to your location.
Food and water
During a crisis, you may not have access to basic necessities like clean water and food, so make sure you have a supply of these items available. According to the Red Cross, you should keep one gallon of water per person per day. You may also want to pack portable water filters designed to remove waterborne bacteria, parasites, and microplastics from water. When it comes to food, the Red Cross suggests keeping nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items handy. If you’re packing canned food, make sure you have a manual can opener in your emergency kit. You should have a three-day supply of both food and water for evacuation situations and a two-week supply for if you’re sheltering in place.
First-aid kit
A well-stocked first-aid kit can help you get through an emergency. You should regularly check your first-aid kit and replace any of the contents that have expired. You can buy a premade first-aid kit, or you can put one together yourself with the following items:

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Roller bandages
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Cold pack
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Latex gloves
  • Eyewash
  • Emergency blanket
Other basics
You should consider stocking up on several additional supplies that can help keep your household safe and sound. This list includes:
  • Prescription medications: If any of your family members regularly take medication, make sure you have a seven-day supply available.
  • Nonprescription medications: Keep over-the-counter medications, such as pain relievers, antacids, and laxatives, in your kit.
  • Personal hygiene items: Soap, toothpaste, and feminine products are all necessities.
  • Cell phone and power bank: A rechargeable power bank can help keep your phone charged so you can contact emergency responders or family members during a crisis.
  • Change of clothing: Each household member should have at least one extra pair of clothes in the emergency kit. If your area has cold winters, don’t forget to store seasonal clothing, such as warm jackets, hats, and gloves.
  • Flashlight: If your home loses power, a flashlight can help you safely navigate through your home.
  • Radio: A battery-powered or hand-crank radio can help keep you informed during an emergency.
  • Batteries: You should cache a supply of batteries to power your devices for several days.
  • Bedding: Items like pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags can help your household stay comfortable.
  • Personal documents: Important family documents, such as medical information, passports, insurance policies, and proof of address, should be stored in a waterproof and fireproof container or safe.
  • Pet supplies: Don’t forget to stock up on items for your pet, such as food, toys, and other supplies.
  • Map of the area: If you must evacuate your home, a map can help you navigate your way to safety.
Additional supplies
You never know what you’ll face in an emergency, so, depending on where you live, these items can be helpful to keep with your kit.
  • Cash
  • Waterproof matches
  • Rain gear
  • Life raft
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tent
  • Flares
  • Hand warmers
  • Work gloves
  • Tools (hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, wrench, shovel, axe, utility knife)
  • Needle and thread
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Dust masks
  • Entertainment (games and books)

 By taking some time to focus on preparation, you can help increase your chances of safely making it through a crisis.


I came to the USA 20 years ago with one little kid and two suitcases. My husband arrived a few months before us, got a job, rented an apartment, and bought a car. Everything seemed settled, but it wasn't. I don't know a single family that came here and didn't have any problems settling down. Most of us ran into financial and immigration issues, and we had our own experience getting work permits, green cards, and citizenship. I have a few stories to share, so I hope that I will have a chance to tell them to you over a glass of wine or something else.
Looking back, I am absolutely sure that we made the right decision moving to this country and starting from scratch. Now, 20 years later, I can confidently say that these have been fabulous years of my life. So many events and achievements have happened!
I think the most important achievement is our family. We came here with one child and then had two more beautiful daughters. Growing a bilingual family wasn't easy (my multilingual friends understand the challenges), but I am happy that all our kids are fluent in English and Russian and can easily read, write, and speak both languages. We bought our first house and have been living in it ever since. We managed to get through the tough years of our marriage together and hopefully will live happily ever after. My sister-in-law and her family moved here, and then we helped my mother-in-law join us. Our son got married last year, so now we have a big, happy extended family as I always wanted.
The second important part of my life is people. I have met so many wonderful people here who have dramatically influenced my life. I managed to keep most of them in my life, and even if we cannot get together very often, we still have great relationships and are happy to see each other every time. (By the way, call me if I haven't talked to you in the past six months; it's time for us to catch up!) So many people were ready to share their knowledge and experience with us that we could avoid big mistakes in the new country. It's no wonder that after changing a few occupations (babysitter, QA engineer, full-time mom, accountant, investor, landlord), I ended up in real estate, helping other people navigate through homeownership, and I enjoy this job the most.
And the most important part of our successful 20 years is perseverance and determination. When you come here with two suitcases and a little kid, you will do everything to make it work the best possible way. Brian Buffini called it the "emigrant edge." You have nothing to lose, so you just do what you need to do to get where you want to go. My kids know my mottos: "Never give up" and "Just shut up and do it." Feel free to use them; I am sure they work miracles if you say them every day.
And, in the end, I want to say Thank You to all of you who came into my life in this country! You are a huge part of my life, and I am very grateful for you! Tonight, I will raise my glass of Californian wine to toast my next fabulous 20 years. Cheers!

With love,

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