Happy New Year! 2018

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As 2017 quickly comes to an end let’ s pray and hope for a better 2018.

We’ve all had our share of sorrows and ills and doctors, and shots and pills.

May the Good Lord be with us in this brand new year, and fill our hearts, with love and good cheer.

May our country return to standing tall again and our flag wave proudly again.

May we all praise God, outright and so loudly.

God Bless us and keep us

As this year nears its end.

May we all be blessed in 2018.

Happy New Year everyone!

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MR. TRUMP, THIS IS HOW TO DRAIN THE SWAMP!

The WARREN BUFFETT Rule:

Salary of retired US Presidents … .. . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE.

Salary of House/Senate members … . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid

Salary of Speaker of the House … .. . . .. . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE. This is really stupid

Salary of Majority / Minority Leaders . . .. . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE. Stupid

Average Salary of a teacher . . … .. . . .. . . . . .. .$40,065 shocking

Average Salary of a deployed Soldier . . .. . . .. $38,000   shocking

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling.

Here’s where the cuts should be made:

“I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”.

The 26th Amendment ( granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds ) took only three months and eight days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

Warren Buffett is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2017

  1. No Tenure / No Pension.   A Congressman / woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.
  2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
  3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
  4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
  5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
  6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
  7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 3/1/17. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message. It’s time!

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

Your Real Estate Market Snapshot for November 2017 from SFAR

The facts of residential real estate have remained consistent in 2017. In year-over-year comparisons, the number of homes for sale has been fewer in most locales, and homes have been selling in fewer days for higher prices. This hasn’t always been true, but it has been a common enough storyline to make it an overarching trend for the year.

Snip20171220_5New Listings were down 17.4 percent for single family homes but increased 6.3 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Pending Sales decreased 6.7 percent for single family homes and 14.4 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop properties.

The Median Sales Price was up 10.9 percent to $1,500,000 for single family homes and 17.0 percent to $1,237,500 for Condo/TIC/Coop properties. Months Supply of Inventory decreased 33.3 percent for single family units and 16.0 percent for Condo/TIC/Coop units.

 

New tax legislation could have ramifications on housing. The White House believes that the tax reform bill will have a small impact on home prices, lowering them by less than 4 percent, and could conceivably boost homeownership. The National Association of REALTORS® has stated that eliminating the mortgage interest deduction could hurt housing, as the doubled standard deduction would reduce the desire to take out a mortgage and itemize the interest associated with it, thus reducing demand. This is a developing story.

Click here for full report: SFAR_MarketFocus_2017-Nov

A Gentle Reminder From Pope Francis

This life will go by fast.

Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much.

Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.

Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.

So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…

Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.