New Year’s Resolutions


It’s a ritual most of us go through. We make January 1st the day we’re really going to shape up and do things differently. A lot of us resolve to do the same type of things.

I’m no different.

So, this year – 2018 – I put together some resolutions I would really try to keep to. I’ll break them down for you:

Sugar Free

Of all the resolutions this one is pretty much impossible. That’s only because sugar, in its myriad forms, is in virtually everything we eat. Even the salty stuff (look at peanut butter, for example). Sugar goes by a lot of different names and even if the actual word sugar isn’t in the ingredient list there is probably another form of it.  Here’s my resolution about sugar:

1. This year I’m going to kick the sugar habit. No cookies, candy, cakes, ice cream or any of that kind of stuff.

I may not be able to avoid the sugar that’s in ketchup or bread but I can certainly try my damnedest to stay away from the obvious stuff. It’s hard, though, because I’m a “sweets” kinda guy. So, if you seen me around and starting to reach for something that you know I’ve resolved not to eat, just slap my hand. (See Weight)


Yeah. I don’t cook. Never really learned how to. The Missus doesn’t cook, either. So we end up going out to places like Panera or wherever to buy something to eat. Or, we get pre-made or very, very, easy to make food. I can bake a chicken breast and do that boil-in-bag rice but if I have to shop for ingredients and follow a recipe, it gets kinda dicey. So, for 2018:

2. Learn how to cook simple stuff (more than boiling water which I think I have down).

Some people love to cook. I guess I’ll have to learn how to love it, too. At least the simple things.


I’ve been overweight for a long time. Really overweight.

I’m thankful for the friends I have that have overlooked this “issue”. My doctor doesn’t like it and, of course, has me on all kinds of medication for high cholesterol, hyper tension, pre-diabetes. All of it is related to weight. he keeps telling me diet and exercise. I try and fail. Try and fail.

I even went on Weight Watchers in August of 2016 and promptly dropped about 46 lbs. That was great until I started getting complacent and started eating, again, It happens all the time, apparently. The yo-yo diet effect. Luckily, I didn’t go all the way back up. So, I’m determined to take it to the next level down.

3. I have a 50 lb (or more) goal. Time to stop screwing around. I’m supposed to tell people to slap my hand if they see me reach for sugar or excessive carbs (I’m not giving up bread or rice).

That’s about .9 lb a week on average. That should be doable.If I can get more, I’ll take it. Yeah. Still doing the Weight Watchers thing.


This one might be a bit challenging but, hey, so are the rest of the resolutions.

4. Re-orient my business model so I can actually have some work/life balance and slide into my golden years.

That’s right. I’m not getting any younger and the Missus has had a serious health scare this year so I’m starting to focus on making my j-o-b a little more enjoyable and efficient. To that end, I’ve decided to become an exclusive seller’s agent.

Exclusive might be a bit strong because I will gladly work with a seller who is also buying a home in the neighborhood. That’s worked out a few times in my career. Mostly, though, people who are selling are moving to Florida or North Carolina or someplace where I can’t help them on the buying side. That’s OK.

I would rather stop working with buyers and work exclusively with people selling their home (and moving to Florida or North Carolina or someplace). It’s more rewarding. It’s a more efficient use of time. It’s what I’m good at. I’d like to work with 10 home sellers this year (at a minimum). Given the amount of time it takes from the first contact with a potential home seller and the date of settlement I think that’s doable.

Self Actualization

There is a quickie explanation of what self actualization is here. It’s actually kinda neat. I figured I needed a #5 on my resolutions list so I added:

5. Become self actualized.

I doubt that will happen this year but, hey, it’s a nice aspirational goal.

365 Days

I’m posting this on January 8th so an entire week has gone by. I have the year to work on  it, though. In my next post, I’ll let you know how I’m doing.

Pricing Ratios for College Park, MD

This is a chart showing what percentage of the list price to closed price people are getting for their homes in College Park. It looks like that, for the September, October and November of 2017 people have been getting pretty close to their asking price. That’s good. It shows price equilibrium.

About Ken Montville

Ken Montville is a Realtor® and Associate Broker with RE/MAX United Real Estate in the beautiful Maryland Suburbs of Washington, DC. He has been selling nice homes since 1999. Way back in the 20th Century.

When Ken Is not doing the real estate thing he can be found all over social media in places too numerous to mention and he listens to jazz, reads a little (mostly non-fiction), hangs out with the Rotary Club of College Park, MD and can be found blogging at