Success in Real Estate comes when we can meet our client’s needs. Clients come in all types and styles and, more importantly, with myriad baggage. Some clients are celebrating attaining their own goals at long last, career advancements, or triumphs of wise investments. But just as often, they come to BE clients in the first place due to strife, divorce, escaping bad relationships, hard times, or even as a consequence of death.
I’ve worked with brokers in the past who always, enthusiastically rallied the seller or buyer or renter into a group, for the celebratoryPhoto at Closing. Yay! Aren’t we all Happy! Our goals have been Met! I’ve seen far too many forced smiles and downcast sideways glances in those group photos gracing the walls of Brokerages and worse, websites and social media.
I’ve only seen two clients respectfully (and sheepishly) decline/refuse the group photo. Who knows if they are selling to get away from a stalker? Or if the LAST thing they want their good-for-nothing cousin to find out is they Sold the “Family Farm”? They may be dreading his arrival, expecting or demanding HIS “share”, or hat in hand seeking assistance from his newly well-off relatives. Or, perhaps they HAD to sell, due to job loss or bankruptcy or even nasty neighbors. Then, there are the rental clients, former homeowners, ashamed that they are relegated to the world of second-class Tenants.
Debbie and I are always proud of our successes. Finding the right investment property or home, or apartment, or selling any of the above, is our goal. But that can only be achieved by acquiring the Trust of our Clients. Trust we hold paramount, and in equal value with Confidence. We may announce, “Yay! We found another client the Perfect Horse Farm (or car lot, or young couple’s first apartment rental, or office complex, or 14,000 square foot second home)!!” But you’ll never see our client’s images, or identifiable photos of their homes or businesses, either bought, leased, or sold.
Because the main commodity we market is US, and your ability to have faith and confidence in our discretion. Trust is paramount in a Real Estate transaction.
A crime is a crime. Government out of control hurting the people is a CRIME, specifically IN AMERICA (as a world leader). The power was given to the people to ensure Government does not take its absolute power and corrupt absolutely (Sir Acton).
The other day someone posted that Antifa, the radicalized group, was going to steal the yellow jacket as their newest protest.
Upon looking into the what the yellow jacket protesters are saying (video), the message is people are sick and tired of so many years of corruption by the government serving only the few and ignoring the people. In other countries this would be seen in one way or another as this protest has spread to other countries.
The answer is not violence. Be smarter than that. The goal is proactive implementation.
Here in America this is seen in the escalation to epidemic proportions of health, loss of jobs, drugs and trafficked children used as sex slaves. Millions have been spent and still our numbers are soaring, until the last couple years. Major safeguards are being initiated, laws/initiative/task forces implemented, and criminals being taken down.
The use of government agency for political and financial gain is criminal. The suppression of REAL HELP for the people for personal or financial gain is criminal.
There was a shift in news reporting in the last 24 hours. Issues must stop being spun, marginalized and caught in the politics and personalities. We must deal with principals and not just personalities. The principals as defined by the laws of the lands. If the laws are wrong, then address changing the laws. Ignoring them is not an option in a just society. The focus much change to unjust laws. The upset is that crimes are being exposed, and people do not want to be caught in the middle of the spot light on the criminal mess.
The parts of the government for years pretend, with their sleight of hand, to say they help, while the kids, parents, people are sickened, weakened, kidnapped legally, trafficked, abused, harmed, erased and killed.
This is shown through the numbers of across the board in every industry the systemic government has their hands in. They want to prove their intervention is effective by skewing the numbers in their favor and burying the harm being done.
One example is the number of foster kids trafficked is alarming and most of them are affiliated with foster care, yet most Americans turn a blind eye until it happens to them or someone they love.
The current criminal cases of state workers, court professionals and foster parents have been found to be abusing kids. These kids have feed the sex slave trade for decades. And many of those involved in child protection have sworn an oath of office to protect and serve. They are now, since the election Trump, been exposed and taken down. More and more crimes of missing kids, abusing kids, trafficking kids and killing kids is coming out in the news. There is more to the story and being able to connect the dots is becoming closer and closer.
The news is now filled with missing kids, trafficked kids, opioids killing kids, and so much devastation on the family. This is not new information. It’s just now being reported, and yes, the numbers have escalated. This has been a silenced. The escalation of public awareness started 2 years ago with the arrests consistently of trafficking and drug related crimes.
This last week there has been an increase of awareness of the common actions of courts locking up the trafficked kids now adults for crimes of stopping their abusers. The investigators have labeled these kids and adult survivors as harming or killing another individual, instead of defensive action to escape trafficking. When the trafficked fight back against their abusers, they have been jailed for long sentences by the courts. What messages does that send to kids and now adults trapped by their abusers: The criminals in this situation remain free. WHY? The traffickers and their Johns who are paying for sex abuse remain free, must have some warped protections hidden from the law. This is being exposed: lawyers, judges, state workers and other politicians that have benefited from this continuing industry. Released by DOJ December 2018. NY Welfare System Sting.
Here in Northern Virginia this is changing. All the agencies around Northern Virginia started to see a spike in local concerns and started talking to each other and started collaborating. Then they started task forces, off the books by stretching the current budgets. This ended up a two year pilot program put on by CNA and their panel reported the local results (CNA Panel Discussion: Trafficked Children in the U.S.) Across the country real criminals are being taken down right and left, exposed, and new ways to identify and deal with these situations are being taught.
This is changing. The trafficked kids are getting help (JustAskPrevention.org & HTINOVA.com). The Northern Virginia pilot program is having very positive effects. Fauquier’s commitment to education and education is excellent as evidenced by the 3 recent public community town hall meetings, the new programs coming into the schools, the training of first responders and the new town hall meeting in the new year.
The shift is happening where the kids that are victimized are identified, protected and getting help. Law enforcement and first responders are being trained to identify and work with victims and go after the real criminals. The laws are shifting to take down those hurting children. The long-standing networks that have systemically removed kids to feed this industry here in America with our own American kids while at home before being taken is finally being addressed seriously.
This continues in other areas, until we identify the damage and start implementing new ways to turn this around.
The schools have been so focused on testing scores to prove they are effective by reaching bench marks, are failing to teach kids to want to learn, to be educated and to be empowered. Thus, the rise of victims dependent on the state.
The medical system focused on protocols of test results and documented interventions of medication, surgery or behavioral modification, has fallen short since there are increasing numbers of chronic disease and other epidemics making us a very sick nation.
The legal system has its hands tied and is working outside the constitution and rule of law. All lines have been blurred. Guilt with no way to protect from false allegations, sanctuary cities protecting criminals, open borders with attacks on ICE doing their job taking down illegal crossings and criminals coming into our country to do harm.
The government has grown, and cannot be blamed. The government is a system filled with people. Some very good working very hard to make this world a better place, and then others abusing the loopholes and dark places to push their own agendas to benefit from the system.
Between 1837 and 1869 he was known as Sir John Dalberg-Acton, 8th Baronet, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
The government is not here to resolve all the worlds problems or just give benefits to everyone. The government is a system there to serve, protect and allow the people to live in this representative republic function to its best ability. The dark blurred lines harm people, thus our forefathers established checks and balances to ensure the effort to prevent corruption. This is a process, and everyone must be diligent in their dedication to ensure our governmental system functions well and keep corruption at bay.
The good old fashion ideals of transparency, integrity, responsibility and plain old hard work are needed. Rolling up our own sleeves and dedicating ourselves to the projects we believe in. The idea that government must provide and pay for everything is the dangerous big government that will ultimately corrupt causing more harm than good. Victimization is the industry of this bloated government seeking to keep everyone sucking on the corrupt teat of the system.
STEP UP – night now locally with any of the issues that speak to you. Focus on positive action to fix the concerns we are facing. Work with your neighbors. Stop fighting the political spin. If you don’t agree with the current politics, then vote to change it at the next election. Right now, do what you can to improve your immediate community. The focus on Integrity, transparency, responsibility and hard work. Rights and freedom must be for all people, not just your group.
Let’s stop fighting each other, and work together to find solutions to protect ALL PEOPLE, not just one group or another.
The yellow jackets are demanding that the people are heard and that the government is there for the best interests of the people, not the agendas of the few. The government is made up of people. Therefore, it should not protect and serve a handful of people with personal agendas and interests while they harm another group. Many try to stay out of the way and ignore the greater concerns to prevent involvement or harm heading their way.
A crime is a crime. I support the President and all the agencies in the government that are not committing crimes against the people, the children and families. I support the CLEAN UP by the FIXER to put the brakes on this mucked up system.
The 60-year-old “ISM” video shows how people jump on the bad bandwagon for all the right reasons. Their shortsightedness or massive need to fix things, only makes it worse by drinking the ISM juice.
The hate feeds the corrupt government out of fear.
The positive actions to make things better by deflating the corruption and empowering the people.
Each and every one of us want the freedom to live a good life, and each of us need not steal that from another to get it. That means integrity and responsibility to ensure our freedom and the freedoms of others. That means taking down the criminals that cross the line hurting and using others for their own gains.
See beyond all the spin.
This boldness in statement is dedicated to community, collaboration and action! Our point is to engage and provoke commitment to positive action in our country for a better and more empowered future.
Sadly, Disasters often last FAR longer than our Attention Spans
News cycles are a dubious fact of life these days. Something Huge happens, something cataclysmic shocks us all, dominates every waking and breathless moment of the 24 hour a day news feeds. Facebook is flooded with Outrage, moral indignation, armchair quarterbacking, Opinion, and sincere expressions of Empathy. Then, something ELSE happens. Something ELSE comes to the breathless forefront of our conscience. Something ELSE dominates our attention, our Empathy, our relief efforts.
Alas, as is so often the case, a disaster outlives the collective conscience, and the relief efforts. Those left in the aftermath continue to deal with the destruction, death, loss, and discomfort of being displaced, losing everything, burying loved ones. They then begin to feel the Added sad sorry weariness of being forgotten, feeling left by the wayside.
Such is the case with our precious little island, where until March we had called Home for two and a half years. Unbelievably, my dear friends and family have had Additional layers of misery added to their misfortune. Allow me please to explain how the situation on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands is a sadly unique.
The overwhelming majority of goods that finally land in the end consumer’s hand follow a supply chain. When a tourist on Jost Van Dyke pops the cap off a bottle of suds, that ends a very long journey that bottle has made. The bottle (and several of it’s friends) was loaded into a pickup truck from the local dock and driven to the bar. It came across on a small regional ferry from Tortola, where it was trucked from one side of the island to another, after it was brought from Saint Thomas in the USVI aboard another (slightly larger) ferry. It had arrived in the Freight port on Saint Thomas via an ocean-going freighter that brought it from San Juan on Puerto Rico, where it had arrived aboard another ocean-going freighter from either Houston or Miami.
Now consider the layers and degrees that have conspired to Vex our delightful little Island. First, Hurricane Irene destroyed the pickup truck that brought the bottle from the dock to the bar. It destroyed the dock the local ferry landed at. The storm left the inter-island ferry perched atop the Customs House, upside down. It destroyed the entire infrastructure on Tortola itself, it destroyed the larger ferry that went from Tortola to Saint Thomas. The ferry dock and trucking and freight port on Saint Thomas were all damaged or destroyed.
The Virgin Islands (both US and British) were destroyed. However, at least the SUPPLY chain was not SEVERED. South Florida and the East Coast could send relief aid via Puerto Rico. Sadly, Houston was already offline and suffering their own disaster after Hurricane Harvey.
Then, the unthinkable happened, and the Entire Island of Puerto Rico was decimated by Maria. Our lifeline has been severed. Harvey had already put a serious hurting on the relief aid LEAVING the States. Now it is almost impossible to get ANY supplies, as nothing that arrives on Puerto Rico Leaves that island.
We have been in near constant communications (using our FaceBook Page JVD United) with many on the island, as well as some, located in other parts of the Caribbean yet very vested in the wellbeing of Jost Van Dyke. We have been fortunate enough to be able to generate, nurture and coax some alternative methods of freight delivery to our little community.
Please feel free to reach out to Debbie or me to discuss arrangements. The Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society is an Excellent, Devoted, first-classorganization, concentrating their efforts and talents on logistical organizations. There has been an Amazon Wishlist Registry set up, to facilitate donating and to assure our friends and family receive what they REALLY need. We would be honored to be met by friends and neighbors willing to share in easing the continued (and often worsening) plight of those still struggling with the near complete devastation of that little slice of paradise.
We are shifting our focus on helping one owner on a long term projects down in the islands back to consulting different clients back here at home in Virginia, and remotely around the world.
Chris & I can take our real world experience from across our country and around the world to share what we have learned with those needing some direction on how to make their vision happen, improve the current functioning of the property, off grid system, staff dynamics, operations, location, business development, personal integrated health, and empowerment. From one end to the other we have been through some real challenges and have real-life, hands-on solutions.
Key in all things is communication and working together as a team to make things happen. We will be adding valuable information and options to “tune up” your own project, business or busy life!