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Realtors are buying homes left and right in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.  Not just for investment but for their familes.  Why, because this is the best buyer's market I have seen in 34 years of selling Real Estate in Arizona!  It even took me by surprise.  Several of my associates have either moved up or downsized in the last 3 months.  The really neat part, is that interest rates are still very low.  That won't last forever.  In the 80s we had rates that were above 12%!  Most people don't remember that.  It could happen again.  Right now 30 year fixed is hovering around 6 1/2 percent.  With low rates like that and a dip in home prices (that won't last much longer either), it is the perfect time to buy. And Realtors know it!  Shhhhh, don't tell anybody, just go buy something!


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Wow, I am overwelmed!  As Steve knows, we didn't get any parades or much in the way of thanks when we got home.  You guys got to me.  Vietnam is a forgotten war and that is good and bad.  It is painful to look back on yet there are lessons to be learned from it. 

 For all of you that have friends or relatives in Iraq, I wish them a safe return and I thank them for their service.

Thanks again for all your comments, it meant a lot!


Nov 11, 2008 10:09 AM #43
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

My father served in Vietnam as well, and I can't begin to articulate how much I appreciate everything that he and you and every other veteran has done to protect and serve our country.

Now, please smack Paul in the head with a shoe for me.

Nov 11, 2008 10:18 AM #44
Lisa Long
Heather Roda Broker - Paso Robles, CA

Welcome to AR I know you will enjoy the company of the people you meet here.

Nov 11, 2008 10:21 AM #45
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Thank you so much for your service Ray! 

Nov 11, 2008 10:23 AM #46
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate

Don't listen to Lisa, Dad.  She's hateful.

Nov 11, 2008 10:27 AM #47
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Lakeland, FL
New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida


Thank you for your service to this country......God has blessed you with an incredibly intelligent son with a very naughty sense of humor (which we all love and are all going to assume is genetic) and who is extremely proud of you. 

Nov 11, 2008 10:33 AM #48
Inna Hardison
ha media group - Orlando, FL
Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group

Ray, and when you are done smacking Paul with a shoe, please smack Sardi with the other shoe for me. He'll know what it's for:-)

Hi Paul-

Nov 11, 2008 10:35 AM #49
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Lakeland, FL
New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida

Hey, I am parking here for the evening. Paul is getting smacked in the head with a shoe....and I don't know what for but am just looking for some gratuitous head smacking......

Nov 11, 2008 10:38 AM #50
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Reaching out across the miles to shake your hand today ... thanks for serving your country and I'm glad you made it back.  So when are you going to blog some more?

Nov 11, 2008 10:52 AM #51
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Ray...Well, I really think 15 months plus a few days is long enough to be inactive here on Active Rain.

Get it, the word is "Active" as in Active Rain is fun, Active Rain is enlightening, Active Rain is an opportunity to share with others, Active Rain is anything but inactive.

Get busy and give us something to read.

Meanwhile, enjoy Veterans Day and thank you.


P.S.  Thank you for Paul also.

Nov 11, 2008 11:53 AM #52
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Ray!  Just stopping by from Paul's blog to let you know that I truly do appreciate your service to our country--Paul is very proud of you and I know is eternally grateful that you made it back to the USA!  Thanks again--may God bless you!

Happy Veteran's Day!

Debe in Charlotte

Nov 11, 2008 11:56 AM #53
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®-

Just stopping in from Pauls Post to tell you how appreciated I am of all you have done for this country!

Nov 11, 2008 01:24 PM #54
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Ray, I just found your blog, via your charming son, Paul.  I want to thank you so much for fighting for all of us. Fighting for our freedom and fighting to protect us, each and every one.  Thank you for all that you have done for our fine Country.  God Bless you, and God Bless America.  I hope you enjoyed YOUR special day.

Now, back to whacking Paul with shoes...or whatever you'd like to do :)

Nov 11, 2008 01:42 PM #55
Donna Bigda
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT
Greater New Haven CT Real Estate

Ray - I just came from Paul's blog and wanted to say thank you to such a special man for your service to our country.  You are a true hero and Paul is so very proud of you.  God bless you and Happy Veterans Day.

Nov 11, 2008 02:01 PM #56
Nick Bastian
Realty Executives - Tempe, AZ
Real Estate Agent - Tempe

Ray, thanks so much for your service. I salute you, my friend.

Nov 11, 2008 02:56 PM #57
Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Hello Ray.  Like several of those above me, I read Paul's tribute and wanted to come here to say THANKS!

Nov 11, 2008 03:45 PM #58
Lisa Glowacki
Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts - Tiverton, RI
Real Estate Broker - RI & MA

Hi Ray, You son Paul sent me over also.  You must be a great man. He had lots of great things to say about you and your family. I have read the comments RE: Vietnam and I feel shame and embarrassment at how some of our countrymen treated you. Although I am to young (not that I am Young trust me I am not) to remember the home coming at the time. When I think how some people treated the veterans I am brought to tears.  I admire, respect, and thank every veteran no matter what war, what time, what ever. Your services to our country is greatly appreciated. Hope you become a blogger you have to much knowledge that you need to share.

Nov 12, 2008 08:00 AM #59
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Hi Ray!  Well, as usual, I am late to the party.

I came by to thank you for serving our country.  It is a gift that keeps on giving.  Thank you.

My husband is a Vietnam Vet, my 2 son in laws are Army and Navy, the 3 of them have a lot to talk about - yet Vietnam is still a mystery.

I think you should start seriously blogging - you must have lots of RE 'war' stories to tell.  The story telling ability seems to run in the family - right?

Gotta go check the children!

Nov 15, 2008 01:42 PM #60
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate

This post is awesome!  No wonder you haven't cluttered up your blog with any follow up pieces! 

Feb 06, 2009 02:06 PM #61
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Why mess with a masterpiece, Paul?

Feb 06, 2009 02:29 PM #62
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