Friday, November 26, 2010

Reflections Of Thanks And Gratitude

Reflections Of Thanks And Gratitude

This is the time of year for giving thankful reflections of gratitude and we have many. We are thankful for the ultra low interest rates helping so many right now to buy or refinance. We are thankful for realistic Sellers; Buyers buying with confidence; Real estate agents that are helping Buyers and Sellers gain perspective to navigate these challenging times and not whining as they help them accomplish their goals; The deliberate efforts to understand and effect Short Sales by Sellers, Lenders, and Buyers.

We are thankful for the renewed opportunity for young families to obtain home ownership and enjoy the American Dream of home ownership due to the low prices today; For the young people that are having the confidence to step up and buy a home; For the loan programs available to them that, combined with the current low interest rates and low homes prices, make for a truly magical buying experience. We are thankful for cooperative lenders that understand Borrowers are often the victim of circumstances these days and are treating them with more compassion and understanding. Many governmental agencies and departments have adjusted their practices in recognition of the need for leniency by developers and builders and we are thankful for their understanding.

We are thankful for the natural beauty and wonderful people of our communities; the wonderful life enhancing opportunities available for our children such as Pop Warner football and cheerleading and the many other superb youth organizations filled with great civic-minded volunteers; We are thankful that the Youth are still and always important in our communities, and that Values are respected and a way of life for most. We are thankful for our many Seniors that stay active in the community and impart their experience and wisdom along the way so we don’t lose our way. The large network of compassionate social services for those down on their luck is something to be truly greatful for.

We are thankful that we can still enjoy free concerts in the park; That people still stop to help one another; People still say hello to strangers with a smile. Drivers are courteous – let you in rather than cut you off. We are thankful for the incredible strength of our community as we suffer together the sickness or passing of loved ones and help them recover or celebrate their life; The right to vote and the many freedoms we enjoy in this great country of ours.

Our Advice: Be thankful for your health, your family and your community. Be thankful for the strength and understanding to carry on when you have a hiccup in the well-being of one of the above. Be thankful for the ability to learn the lessons coming to you during such times, and the good that will result. Every cloud has a silver lining … every cloud. Be a shining example of gratitude and be thankful for what is … not resentful for what isn’t. The real estate market is what it is today, not what it was yesterday, or what it will be tomorrow. Be thankful you can establish your priorities and keep the reality of real estate challenges you might be encountering in perspective – its only money and, thankfully, you can get it back. You can’t get back health and the time with your family so be thankful you can keep them both strong now while you weather the storm.

These are the good old days… be thankful we can share them together. We are very grateful to have so much to be thankful for. When it comes to choosing professionals to assist you with your real estate needs… Experience is Priceless! Lisa Wetzel & Jim Valentine, CDPE, SFR, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates, 775-781-5472. ,


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