Reporter in New York

Wrong

WOW! I can’t believe the attention this case is getting! Here is the bottom line. This girl did not deserve the harsh criticism she has been getting for reporting New York Jets players that made inappropriate comments to her. Some say she dressed too provocatively, that her jeans were too tight, shirts were too low cut. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THAT MAKE? That is like saying a woman deserved to get raped because she was not wearing a bra!

Reporters, men and women, interview NAKED players every game (notice you only get the head shots on the news). What if a woman was interviewing an NFL player in the locker room and grabbed his butt and used the excuse “well, he was NAKED and was standing right in front of me”?

Come on guys! This is 100% wrong. This Reporter may have been a swimsuit model or a nude model. It make no difference. She should be treated with respect. The players need to respect those reporters as well and equally to the men. They are supposed to be role models for our youth and set examples, not acting like teenage boys without parental supervision.

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Listing Agent Must Accompany?

The dumbest thing I see in MLS today is “Listing Agent Must Accompany Showings” in MLS. If you are a Seller, here is a message from Vincent Arcuri: I will NOT be showing your house to my potential Buyers.

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Seller: You are asking why your Realtor attending the showings is not a good idea? I can give you a truck load of reasons why they SHOULD NOT be there but I will keep it short. #1) Nobody in real estate is ever on time. Either I will be running late because the buyer took longer than expected to look at each house or the agent meeting us there is running late so all the showings get pushed back. #2) Your Realtor wants to tell my buyer about every little detail of the house “here is the master bedroom” and “look at that chair rail” and drags what should be a regular showing into this 45 minute DRAMA of an agent trying to show off their real estate knowledge. #3) NOTE TO THOSE REALTORS: Buyers are emotional. They will not buy a house over another because yours is better built and the trusses are commercial grade. They like the pool, they like the location, they think this is the coolest house for the money? SOLD. You being there is not making one ounce of difference in the sale price or if my buyer is going to purchase the house or not. #4) When my buyer is late and you throw attitude around, it further puts your listing in the doghouse.

Locboxes today are safe, effective can be set for showings during certain hours and have the security needed to protect sellers. I set mine from 9:00AM to 8:00PM and deactivate the box at night. After each Agent that opens the box, I will get all the data on-line from MLS. I leave as much information as possible about the home IN THE HOME for any interested buyers to take with them. My listings are EASY to SHOW. That makes them SHOW MORE and the chances of a higher sales price and a faster time to sell are much better.

EGO should be left out of the process and that is what some agents are trying to do when showing up for every showing. Some top producers not have their assistants show up for them! AS IF! Who do WE as AGENTS make the home selling process so difficult on each other! We talk about the banks and how horrible they handle the short sales and REO’s and we do no better as a group.

Making listing difficult to show is a mistake and is not the best representation for your seller or buyers in the marketplace. We can do better.

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What Was America Thinking in Nov of 2008?

What the heck is President Obama thinking? We just sent $70,000,000 to Pakistan for the flood relief? Why don’t those Muslims building the Masque near the site of ground zero throw some money that way? Why does President Obama want to bail out EVERYONE except the people on “Main Street” that he promised to help on the campaign trail?

The banks get a big TRILLION dollar bailout (paid for by the people on Main Street) and now are reporting record profits again. What do the banks do in return? Do they ease the Short Sale crises in America by making the process easier? NO, the are dragging out the process and then when they finally do make the deal happen, the go after everyone involved in the deal to cut fees and do their best NOT TO PAY THE PEOPLE who made the deal happen. Stuffing their own pockets. How is shortchanging those workers on Main Street going to stimulate the economy? If we can’t make any money selling Short Sales, why do we bother? My commissions have been cut well over six figures on Short Sales in the last few years, money that would have been spent and used to stimulate the economy. Now times me by over 500,000 Realtors across the USA! It seems like our President forgot who he was working for.

Now he (President Obama) decided to backpedal on the Masque being built near the site of the World Trade Center disaster. What he SHOULD HAVE SAID (had his Teleprompter been hooked up) was “They do have a right to build it anywhere they want, however I think they should use better judgement in their location of the Masque…… the American people and the people of New York have suffered enough” but as usual, he was apologizing FOR America instead of leading her. Anyone who thinks this guy has done a good job is nuts!

He is spending by the trillions trying to stimulate this flat economy. All he needs to do is cut the taxes of wealthy Americans and offer tax incentives to hire workers and this broken down machine of America can start her economic engine again. But this ARROGANT man refuses to do it because HE wants to be the one to invent a NEW WAY to do it……………… bankrupting America for a shot at history. Well the only history he is making is standing next to Jimmy Carter as the worst commanders in US HISTORY! I’ll bet George Bush is smiling because as much as Obama hates him, he made Bush look TERRIFIC compared to him. He is a despicable man and a despicable President.

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STOP THE LEAK…. NOW!

As a past supporter of offshore drilling, I always assumed that those in charge had a plan to stop a massive oil leak like the one in the Gulf. The reason why I supported it was because I always thought the amount of oil spilled when they hit the well was minimal. Now THIS. It’s only a matter of time before hurricane season is clicking off one named storm after another and all that oil is swished around and no telling where in the world it will end up. This certainly will be the biggest disaster to the environment short of a nuclear accident.

I was thinking last night, why don’t the build a structure the size of a small house, with legs (like the Apollo Moon Lander) and sit it on top of the pipe. On top of the structure, put a circular pipe. They could slowly weld the pipe together and section by section lower it on top of the leak. Then the will have a large tube filling with the oil as it gushes up to the surface where it can be siphoned out into barges and hauled away, 100% clean.

It would take less than 7 days to build it and the environmental damage would be stopped. Why is this not being done? Certainly all those engineers have already thought of this simple solution? DUMBASSES!

Most would not support drilling offshore if they know this could happen. I’d rather pay $5.00 a gallon and have my clean beaches for my kids to enjoy.

Time For Property Taxes in Florida to Re-Boot

The Florida realty market is showing very strong signs of recovery. The last quarter of 2009 was very brisk, the first quarter of 2010 was very brisk. Two strong quarters or six straight months equals a recovering market. With the first time home buyers tax credit set to expire soon, why can’t the local and state governments do something very smart to get the market booming again.

Why not raise the sales tax in Florida 2% and eliminate property taxes altogether? This will stimulate the realty market, creating huge sums of revenue for Florida from the Doc Stamps on the Deed tax at every closing (Florida charges .70 for every $100 of the sale price to Sellers at closing). The sales tax increase will also make all the tourist pay their share for road wear and tear and it would lower the monthly payment on houses by as much as 25%, making housing more affordable than ever. It would certainly increase non-Florida resident sales for cash paying investors who will only need to pay insurance on those investments.

This will not happen because this type of legislation makes too much sense and our political leaders are stuck in old ways that will not change.

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And What Did The Banks Do With The Money?

broken house

So the government spent ONE TRILLION to bail out the banks!  I found myself thinking today, why did they not bail out the real estate market instead?  It is estimated that it would take less than 800 Billion to bring all “upside down” property owners “right-side up” and that was a better route to go.  By bailing out the real estate market, it would have bailed out the banks to a degree at the same time.  It would have been a long term, win-win for America. The economy would have been rolling by now. After all, when President Bill Clinton pressed the banks to lower lending standards, it allowed way too many unqualified buyers to buy real estate.  Suddenly there were too many buyers and not enough houses.  Did they learn nothing from the savings and loan scandal? The banks were to blame for what happened to a larger degree.  You can make a case for others as well, but the banks should carry the bulk of the blame for the meltdown.

I believe President Obama made one of the biggest blunders in America’s history by not righting the upside down real estate market and this is the reason: China, the main buyer of our U.S. mortgages is no longer going to purchase those notes effective mid 2010.  At that point, the banks will have no choice but to raise interest rates to offset the monetary loss from China and to pay for the risk of holding those once fashionable loans.

The last quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010 WAS looking pretty good….. until the China announcement.   What was a recovering, but still unstable realty market could take another downturn in 2010.

Quite simply, about 10% of homeowners (those upside down) may just take a walk and send in their keys.  After all, they can RENT the same caliber home now for much less.  Those investors who buy those foreclosures are the ones winning.  Mr. Obama wanted to protect “main street” but it looks like he took care of the banks who caused this mess with the Secretary of State’s husband.  His loan modification program? Nothing.  Refinancing adjustable rate loans for borrowers? Nothing.  The government was better off letting the banks fail and doing nothing that bailing them out.  They are back to the old ways of GREED, GREED, GREED.

I’m not really certain at this point of Senator McCain would have been any different if he would have been elected.  What the country really needed was a TRUE right wing conservative that would have allowed the system to correct itself.  I really can’t see what all of this mounting debt will ever be helpful.  We have given our keys to China, and they really own the USA right now.  The banks have done NOTHING to bail out the average American yet took the bailout money to fix their own mess.  One that they created.

We were promised “Change”….. what we needed was REAL Change.  This is not a short-term fix. The President seems like he is already running for re-election and taking the short-term steps to ensure a small boost in the economy.  Not the long-term stability of our great nation.

America needs to reevaluate.

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A Fool With Your Pants On The Ground

Who saw American Idol last night?  The last guy sent a message to America with his “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, look’in like a fool with your pants on the ground” song.

When I go to the mall on Friday night with my family and see all the young guys walking around with their pants hanging 1/2 down and their underwear showing, I wonder if they realize how STUPID the look.  And the girls that are with them! I ask this question: “What are you thinking girl?”

It really is crazy that this has been the trend the past few years.  Where does our youth get their role models from?  If a guy walked into my office with his “pants on the ground” asking for a job application, I would show them the door.  I don’t care how smart, how much education or what they bring to the table.  I don’t want my clients looking at their “self-expression” and I have no room for it in my office.

America needs to wake up.  To the FATHERS that let their daughters date these guys…. what are YOU thinking?  The worst part is that where we live, all the kids who were brough up with silver spoons in their mouths go to the malls on Friday night and act like they are gangsters!  They were BORN on third base but act like they just hit a triple!

Parents need to pay closer attention to what their kids are up to, yours truly included! 

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