Friday, September 11, 2009

Gettysburg Address

A good friend forwarded me the Gettysburg address just after 9/11. It was written during a seminal period in US history when the existence of our country was in peril. Again on 9/11 our existence was called into question. Abraham Lincoln summed up why it was important to persevere in the face of tragedy.

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Don't Call it a Seminar...Its a Give Away

Every year I somehow catch the "world famous" Bride Dash at Filene's. For those of you who may not know, this is when Filene's department store in Boston discounts their bride's dresses to the ridiculous for one day. Brides and their entourage storm the racks grabbing whatever they can carry. It is a spectacle. However, the pure relief of a bride who just saved $4000 on a dress comes right through the TV.

With that in mind, lets switch gears. The real estate world is going through a similar type of situation. Rates are ridiculously low, there is an $8000 credit for 1st time homebuyers (or those who haven't owned a home in the last 3 years), and the inventory of homes is deeply discounted. But like all sales, this too will come to an end.

If you ever considered purchasing real estate, now might be the right time. We have held 2 home buyer seminars at our office. We had about 35 attendees the first event and 25 folks last night. Come out to RE/MAX Realty Centre on June 3 from 7-9 if you would like to find out if now is the right time.