Let Us Give Thanks

 

Can someone tell us where 2018 went?

It seems only yesterday that we were gearing up for the spring real estate market. Now all of a sudden, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Your neighborhood is likely awash in twinkling colored lights, and we’ve already survived winter’s first blizzard. The year is hurtling toward its grand finale; before long we’ll be raising a glass at midnight, singing a song whose lyrics we can never quite remember, and thinking about how we can better ourselves in 2019.

It’s true that the holiday season is best spent in the moment, surrounded by friends, family, and those whose company you crave most. But many of us, quite naturally, spend this twelfth month looking to the future. After all, a new year means a new beginning, and it’s hard not to gaze off toward the horizon, imagining everything that could be.

 

 

But before we begin wrapping presents or jotting down our resolutions, we at d’aprile properties wanted to take a moment to look back on a year that began with so much hope and promise, and will come to an end as one of the best in our history. For the fourth year running, we added to our tremendous growth. Our leaders joined the ranks of ‘Who’s Whoin Chicago. And we made some noise when the Tribune named us as a company that people wanted to be a part of.

But most importantly, we had the privilege of helping amazing new clients (and some wonderfully loyal return customers) realize their real estate dreams. These individuals and their families are the backbone of our business, people that we aim to turn into lifelong customers. You are the ones who allow us to do what we do, and make it possible to do what we love.

 

 

So here, at year’s end, we wanted to take the time to say thanks to each and every one of you. We are so very grateful for your business, and we are honored to serve those you refer our way. We provide real estate services. You provide us with your trust, your honesty, and your faith. Without you, and the confidence you place in our vision, we couldn’t realize our own dreams.

So if we have partnered together in the past, know that we are always here for you, no matter what you need. And if we haven’t yet met, we hope that you stop in, and see what we’re all about. Until then, take the time today to join us in looking forward to a new year, and a fresh start. Because the most amazing thing about time is that it cannot be wasted in advance. The next hour, the following day, and the year to come belong to those who act with purpose. Who find meaning in what they do, and always strive to live in the moment.

We can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer. To You and Yours from Us and Ours, may the holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.


Looking Forward

Another year has come and gone.  Did you make it count?  

As 2016 comes to a close, we can’t escape the tune playing in our heads – Auld Lang Syne.  

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?”

The meaning of the song’s lyrics will always be up for debate, but the title of the Scottish tune simply translates to “times gone by”.  And it’s easy to get caught up in this old habit, reflecting back on the year that was.  The highlights that made us smile and laugh.  The setbacks that kept us up at night.  The good times that we want to relive again and again, and the hard lessons that we can’t forget, no matter how urgently we try.  

It is in our nature as human beings to dwell on moments that have already passed by.  We strive to make better choices, and avoid repeating the same mistakes over again.  And of course, it’s important to learn from the past – as long as we treat it as such.  The past, done and gone.  

Because it is so easy to let ourselves drown in the negative.  To be so afraid of failing, that we simply stop trying in the first place.  Rather than getting excited about the endless possibilities that every single day of our lives presents us, we fear what might be lurking around any given corner.  Just waiting to push us backward and stop our momentum.  And the mere thought of that hurdle keeps us from truly giving our all towards our relationships, our careers, and our lives.

But ask yourself this: if you aren’t failing every now and then, can you honestly say you’re even trying?  Without mistakes and wrong turns, your world can’t change.

So this New Year, spend the holiday in anticipation of all that 2017 will bring, rather than waiting desperately for 2016 to come to an end.  After all, the past year may have introduced us to you.  Looking forward, we are excited to build on that relationship, while we strive to forge new ones.

Have a safe, and Happy New Year.  The best is yet to come.