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Honoring our Veterans

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Buyers First Choice Realty

The Fourth of July is now over.  I have been reading various blogs for the past two hours.  Logging on and off.  I wanted to share my first blog but was still uncertain and skeptical about the subject that I would choose.  I kept telling myself everyday for the past two weeks of real Active Rain participation that I was going to write my first blog.  I have exited out of the Active Rain site several times tonight and than it hit me.  I want to ask all of you, do you appreciate the commitment that the men and women in armed forces have made for each of you and our country?

 I am an Exclusive Buyers Agent (which by now you probably know from previous comments).  When the real estate market here (MD,DC,and VA) like many other markets experienced that crazy period when home prices were escalating like crazy.  It was hard winning conventional contract offers much less trying to win a contract for many of my VA buyers.  But, I kept plugging away and submitting offers with clients who were opting to use one of  the few VA benefits that they would receive,  the VA loan.  These men and women took an oath to protect our country and the citizens that dwell within.  Why I would ask over and over, will the seller not take a contract from a VA buyer?  Why I would ask did so many agents tell sellers not to consider our contract offer(s)?  I know the answer, it was because of appraisal contingencies and required VA repairs.  

 Who do you think enables us to have the freedom to buy and sell homes for clients, for clients to have the freedom to  buy, invest and sell homes, who also enables us to walk freely in a country that prides itself on democracy?  The answer is the people that put their lives on the line to protect our country and to protect us.  I love on all my buyers but I especially have a soft spot in my heart for VA buyers trying to get a home for their families.  I wanted to scream to the top of my lungs, sellers stop being greedy and listing agents be fair.  If it weren't for our vets, our freedom could be in jeopardy. 

 Now I know why I couldn't cut the computer off, or turn away from Active Rain for the night.  I want to honor our heroes, to thank our servicemen and servicewomen, and let our veterans know how much I appreciate them.  I want everyone to honor them.  And remember, the next time that we are in a sellers market, remember the VETERANS who have committed to protect your freedom.


Comments (9)

Wendy Montoya, REALTOR® Broker Associate, 254-315-4906
Towne Adams REALTORS - Waco, TX
Thank you for honoring our heros. It is so much deserved for all they do. God Bless American and the Men and Women who Serve!
Jul 04, 2007 05:59 PM
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post and paying homage to our armed forces. I am glad I stayed up to read your post.

Jul 04, 2007 06:00 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Very nice job Joyce. We here in this industry will always honor our service volunteers that are ready to sacrifice all for the good of our country and its people. Many have made that ultimate sacrifice and we must never forget.
Jul 04, 2007 06:36 PM
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO
Thank you for the reminder, Joyce, and very well put- great first post, and I'll be looking for more!
Jul 04, 2007 06:39 PM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV

No matter what a persons personal thoughts are on whether we should be in this war or shouldn't be in this war...we HAVE  to remember these are OUR  men and women fighting for a cause that MOST  of them, not all of them, believe in.  We have to support our children, the current and future parents of our grandchildren.  War is nasty no matter if it's right or wrong...but the young men and women who serve during a war need all the personal support they can get...don't let this be another Viet Nam, where these people were spat on and boo'd when they came home after doing their duty.



Jul 04, 2007 07:15 PM
   Verry well said! Our troops have laid there lives on the ground so to speak.Hail ,hail to them i say & i appreciate them more then they will ever know! May they be treated well when they return.  Bless them all!  Your first blog has inspired me!
Jul 04, 2007 09:58 PM
Lea Deo, REALTOR® - KW Realty Partners
Keller Williams Legacy Partners, Inc. - Shawnee, KS
Johnson County REALTOR®| Shawnee KS Homes for Sale
Welcome to Active Rain and I appreciate your remembering the troops in your first blog.  So many are giving and have given so much so that we can enjoy our liberties in this wonderful country.  Thanks.
Jul 05, 2007 12:29 AM
Joyce Dawkins
Buyers First Choice Realty - Bowie, MD

William C., thank you for staying up to read my post.  

William J., thank you for responding to my post.  I finally got my feet wet.

Marc, as a newbie I want to thank you for your kind words and voice of inspiration to blog.

Laurie, I have so much more inside of me.  I look forward to your comments.

Carole, mission accomplished.  I wanted my first blog to speak about something meaningful and close to my heart.

Leo, thank you for your warm reception to Active Rain.

Thank you all for reading and commenting on my first blog.  I feel like I've just birth my first baby! 

Jul 05, 2007 01:14 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
Joyce.  Welcome to the world of blogging.  You'll like it around here.  Lots of VERY smart folks and a good way to stay on top of the real estate world. 
Jul 05, 2007 01:51 AM