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Worried About Leadership
In “Two Visions Come Into Focus” (Sept./Oct. 2012,
p. 10), both [presidential] candidates gave platitudes with which it is hard to find fault. Yet, I am
very concerned with what these candidates will or
won’t do for the good of our future. For the most
part, except for health care, they seemed as if they
were from the same party. Leaders from both the
Republican and the Democratic parties created the
financial mess we are in because they were swayed,
wooed, duped, or funded by the financial industry.
What will they do next?
Traveling internationally makes me realize how
weak our dollar is today and how poor our standard
of living has gotten for so many people. Who else
wants a candidate who is not in the big corporations’
back pockets, is fiscally conservative and socially
responsible, has a long-range outlook, and is a
strong diplomat for international relations? Does
any party provide a leader who fits these criteria?
Roberta Moore, QM Realty, San Jose, Calif.
Where Was Old Glory?
Moe Veissi’s column on the presence of R;;;;;;;®
in Washington, D.C. (President, “May 17: A Day to
Remember,” July/August 2012, p. 5) was well received.
I agree that the Washington Monument, the Mall,
and the memorials are all inspiring. I looked with
interest at the two-page photo and saw many excited faces. However, what I did;not see was a single
American flag. I saw a Canadian flag, but no American flag. How can that be? Hank Hohenstein, Home &
Ranch Sotheby’s International Realty, Templeton, Calif.
Editor’s Note: We chose the photo that best captured
the size and enthusiasm of the crowd. Although the
Home Ownership Matters signs o;ered a slight facsimile
of the U. S. flag—and there were any number of state flags
in view—we grant you it’s not the same as seeing the
Stars and Stripes.
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In Need of Relief
In response to “BofA to Eliminate Some Second
Lien Mortgages” (Daily News, Oct. 2, 2012), I always
find it interesting that the relief only comes to
those already in trouble paying their mortgage.
For those who continue to pay, even though it may
be a struggle, there is no relief, so what is the incentive to continue doing the right thing? My son is one
of the many who continue to struggle yet continue
paying. Paula J. Miller, ;;;, ;;;, Coldwell Banker
Premier Homes, Shepardstown, W. Va.
NAR at the Conventions
Representatives from the N;;;;;;; A;;;;;;;;;;
;; R;;;;;;;® attended the Republican and
Democratic national conventions, appearing at
various forums on housing issues. Despite the
parties’ di;erences, NAR 2012 First Vice President
Steve Brown praised the convention experience and
the electoral process: “Even though it’s fraught with
controversy and debate, it’s a remarkable process
and a tremendous opportunity to see our democracy
at work.” Posted Sept. 7 by Erica Christo;er, senior editor
Chaz Rodgers responded: I served as a Texas
delegate during the DNC. I had no clue NAR was
there. However, the convention was breathtaking.
Rebecca Hanks responded: I believe the most
important issue regarding my profession in real
estate is whether or not the mortgage interest
deduction is on the table for elimination.
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4 Big Design Turnoffs
Dated design features can make home buyers
cringe. Do your listings have any? Old popcorn
ceilings and shiny brass fixtures are among buyers’
biggest pet peeves, according to a recent article at
AOL Real Estate. Posted Sept. 17 by Melissa Dittmann
Tracey, contributing editor
Irene Curry responded: Dated wallpaper is a big
turno; for many buyers. They look at it and think
it will be too expensive to have it professionally
removed or too much work to remove themselves.
Amy Weldon responded: Too many mirrors
anywhere and every where. Peach and mauve
scream “old lady.”
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