Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal played an amazing five-set match on Sunday in the Mens’ final. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire 3 hours and 37 minutes. Not in one sitting, unfortunately, but I am always extra grateful for my DVR during the slams. I had to pause the match after the 2nd set to show a house; then again before the 5th because I had an open house, but I was able to finish the match without missing a point by 7pm (in time to start the Warrior game!).

I’ve been glowing all week, just thinking about this incredible match. Between 2006 and 2011, it was normal to see Roger vs Nadal in the Grand Slam finals — one or the other of them won 19 of 24 in those years. But Roger won his last Slam final before this in 2012 (Wimbledon), and it seemed unlikely (at 35) that he would have another one.

Not only is he 35 in a sport where “over 30” is unusual, but just returning from six months off after knee surgery — this was his first match.

He played brilliantly from the first match to the final — the announcers were gleefully referring to “Vintage Federer.”

Of course, this has nothing to do with our local real estate market — but it’s just fun to talk about.  Probably only for me — everyone else is talking about the next big event with Super Bowl Sunday two days away.

There is a sporting event that is definitely important to our local real estate market since many sellers are waiting until “after the Super Bowl” to put their homes on the market.  Frustrated buyers that are eager for inventory can look forward to next week, when we should see a nice boost in our numbers.

2015 and 2016 were low-inventory years, but both of those years opened higher than we did this year – i.e., in Alamo, only 17 homes on the market on Jan 1 this year compared to 23/24 of the previous years — and today, still only 17 homes on the market. Not the same 17, but the same impossibly low number.  In Danville, the year opened at 47 and has grown to 64, a bit more to choose from there.

Let’s hope next week brings some wonderful new listings to market — like most agents, I have several buyers anxiously seeking their dream home.