A Surprise for Me Thought I’d Share with You!

Laraine Mark, Broker/Realtor

My husband, a member of the Neuse Sunrise (Bridgeton) Rotary Club asked me to attend his Rotary meeting on Wednesday, October 26. I said I would and on that Wednesday I went off to the 7:30 a.m. meeting. To make a long story short, to my total surprise I was honored with the Paul Harris Fellow Award for Vocational Service. Yes, much to my surprise I was named a Paul Harris Fellow, as the award states: “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”

The separate 2016 Vocational Service Award states: “Your dedication, loyalty, hard work, and service to the community is an inspiration to others and truly exemplifies the Rotary Motto: ‘Service Above Self.’”

I was surprised and I am honored to become a Paul Harris Fellow and recipient of the 2016 Vocational Service Award.  So, thank you Neuse Sunrise (Bridgeton) Rotary Club!

Now for Real Estate News:

This is a good little article I read:

According to Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors chief economist, to help deal with the shortage of housing in many markets, making home ownership and renting unaffordable for many, he suggests several ways to spur housing construction in an article entitled “A new Agenda for a New President.” Source: “Realtor” magazine November/December 2016, RealtorMag.Realtor.Org.

In this article, Yun suggests ways the new President and Congress can proceed:

Lift onerous financial regulations and liberate community banks allowing them to compete for customers based on how well they serve their clients, rather than their ability to comply with complex rules.  Community banks are the main source of funds to local builders and loans for small startup business, essential to growth.

Provide more resources for community colleges and trade schools for training electricians, carpenters, and other skilled workers we need to produce housing and commercial buildings.

Rebuild the nation’s failing infrastructure to include affordable housing. This can be done by expanding tax credits and other incentives for developers and investors to support new affordable housing.

Yun sums it up by saying, “These moves would be a boon for the economy as they address the inventory and affordability issues.”

That’s it for now…until next post…catch me later…

By Contributing Author: Laraine Mark, Broker/Realtor, The Mark Realty Group with Neuse Realty, 601 Broad Creek Rd., New Bern, 252-349-6448

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