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Do you ever wonder whether or not there is an ongoing storm brewing at our Capitol?
Are you sick and tired of waking up every morning wondering, “What am I going to do today, and why am I doing it? I was at the TEXAS ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® luncheon in Austin yesterday. I’ve been in Austin the last few days staying current on political issues. I think Joe Straus, Speaker of the House for the State of Texas said it best when he said, “Because Home ownership matters."
Like most people, I need a home to live, food, health care benefits, clothes, transportation, ongoing education, savings, retirement, and an opportunity to live within my means. I am not prepared to live within the President’s plan for economic growth and deficit reduction. My buck stops here!
In the past, I’ve done my share of renting. I know what it’s like to give more of my money to live in a place with less square footage, management rules and regulations, strange maintenance people coming into my home, landlords without faces or hearts, rent increases, and lack of privacy within a complex that has doors slamming, people walking and talking too loud, or a rental home that doesn’t have adequate heat, air, insulation, water, covered parking, storage, or privacy.
When I bought my home more than 15 years ago, things were different. My income was better. I had a job that offered annual pay increases, promotional opportunities, health care benefits, profit sharing, and retirement savings. All of that changed after 9/11.
As a Texas Realtor®, life hasn’t been better, it’s just been different. The Texas legislature is facing a $20 billion budget shortfall. However, without grassroots efforts, I know that our future is not very bright. That’s why I’m a member of the Realtor® Party.
Living within my means has been the hardest and most challenging thing I have ever had to do. As a Realtor®, I wake up every morning unemployed. I have lived like this for a long time. However, the rewards I receive are because of the relationships I build with the people who know and believe that home ownership matters.
Luck is what happens when opportunity transpires. Every day I have to be prepared for whatever comes my way. I get involved in my local government. I know who I want to vote for, and why I want to vote for them. When it comes to politics, I know who I won’t be voting for. I will stay abreast of the Real Estate issues that impact my livelihood, including the people who are near and dear to my heart.
As a graduate of the TEXAS ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® LEADERSHIP PROGRAM, I adhere to a higher standard of ethics. I know that foreclosures and short sales are here to stay for a long time. I don’t like it. I will not tolerate it. My reality is people do matter more than the $3 trillion in net deficit over the next 10 years. People need what I need – a home, food, health care benefits, transportation, jobs, and home security. For this reason, I am staying involved in what’s going on in my local government and Washington. D.C... I will be serving as Chair of Government Affairs at my local Board of Realtors, and I will be identifying and setting up candidate interviews. I will be a resource for Real Estate issues that are tearing up the fabric of the American souls. I will not stand for the political crises in our government that has continued to make problems worse.
What can you do to help? If you are an eligible, registered voter, you need to vote. If you moved within the last year, and you have not registered to vote at your new address you need to do it now. If you are a registered voter, but you haven't been voting, now is the time to get involved.
®Patricia Feager, not to be copied or reprinted without permission of the author or by ActiveRain.
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