In a recent exchange regarding the Renewable Energy Industry (more specifically, Wind Energy), it occured to me that sometimes talking points might as well be Muzak in the elevator. It was clear that, while the other individual was very concerned with the idea that certain financial models "don't make money," he had not evaluated a budget of that model, doesn't know the players in the business and, furthermore, doesn't understand the trends or the underlying impacts of his position. This brings me to the line of thought that we are our neighbors' keeper... And, conversely, our neighbors are our keepers. When we are evaluating whether our tax dollars should be helping "those people" who are in foreclosure or in the clutches of that eventual culmination with tax incentives or systematic grants, we need to look at the indirect benefits to our neighborhood and our homes or investment properties. In an ironic way, to keep people in their homes, actually helps our marketplace and the stabilization of prices. When the President's administration asks, begs and pleas with the banks to help home-owners with work-out plans, short-sales and loan modifications and congress allocates funds in that vane, the hopeful result is not only a saved neighbor, but also a saved structure in our neighborhood. Strive for the "thought-positions" as opposed to the "talking-points." -Jesse Hopkins-Hoel, REALTOR Tami & Steve, Coldwell Banker Burnet
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