Neighborhood social network Nextdoor launches real estate listing service 

Lake Highlands Property has joined, and we would like you to join too! Next Door has had it’s next major boost in the market, and it is a great way to get to know your neighbors, get updates from local public services, increase safety in your neighborhood, and find excellent recommendations for local services.

Join Us on Next Door!

This article from HousingWire outlines some of the great new benefits coming to you from Next Door… Time to join the next wave!

An Exciting New, Alternate Interface for Real Estate!

 

Source: Neighborhood social network Nextdoor launches real estate listing service | 2017-07-13 | HousingWire

Burglars spill their secrets: Is your home really secure?

When considering how to keep your home safe from burglary, there are a myriad of costly options in home security systems. The rapidly changing world of technology makes it difficult to keep up, and even then sometimes that won’t keep them away.  Take it from the thieves themselves: some of the top deterrents for burglars are actually not “sold in stores”. Is your current approach warding off criminals, or are you advertising your home as a treasure chest?

See the full article: We asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes | WFAA.com

Burglars prefer breaking in early morning or afternoon. 

“Between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Anyone that was home for lunch should be gone by then and most kids should all still be in school,” wrote a convicted burglar.

Deterrent or Advertisement?

NRA sticker on car bumper = Lots of guns to steal,” wrote one burglar.

Burglars had mixed opinions about home security signs. Some burglars said it didn’t faze them.

Others said they knew how to disable alarms or avoid setting them off.   

All of the inmates who responded said they would knock on the front door before breaking in.

Generally, burglars agreed security cameras were a deterrent.

 But some said it also likely signaled there were valuables inside the home.

If Fido Has A Big Bark, Thieves Won’t Risk The Bite

If a homeowner had a big, loud dog most burglars would stay away. 

Small dogs don’t seem to bother them.

“Dogs are a deal breaker for me,” said one inmate.

“Big breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out.”

Our Sacred Honor

As tomorrow is 236th anniversary of our separation from the tyranny of King George, I found myself reading the Declaration of Independence for the first time in many years. I am struck by a number of powerful thoughts in this document:

a) When in the course of human of events it becomes necessary… Quite simply, this is a big deal. In fact the change is so significant that the signers felt absolutely compelled to provide a thorough explanation of grievances. No hiding, no subversion. They had the absolute courage to stand up and say “this is wrong and we are going to change it”.

b) We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness… Now, here’s our beliefs. These are the things that above all must remain true.

c) But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security… And since you have seen fit to disregard and trample upon the most basic rights of humanity, we have no other choice than to force a change. This is not a “wouldn’t it be nice” decision, rather, this is a compelling obligation.

d) And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor. We are so firmly committed to this decision that we will stake EVERYTHING to see it through.

The passion, clarity and commitment these men held to our well being is staggering. They had about as much chance of being successful as would Chad, Sierra Leone or Burkina if they launched a war with the United States today. Yet they believed in what they were doing, had a vision for a great country, and they pressed forward despite insurmountable odds.

So, remember these men tomorrow. And the next day, take a mere fraction of their passion into your community and make it a better place. It’s the least we can do to honor the memory of those who gave us so much.

Full text of the Declaration of Independence

IF – Rudyard Kipling

Reconnected with an old friend on Facebook and found this poem on his blog (Running Tyler to Ehningen). IF I can teach these lessons to my sons, then I will have been a successful father. Andre, thanks for reminding me how much I enjoy this verse:

[IF]

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

Because It Feels Good

I received the following by e-mail. I thought I would share…



A quiz to see who is important to you and why…

Snoopy and Scouts

You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. Just read this post straight through, and you’ll get the point.


  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

  2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

  3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

  5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress…

  6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

Charlie Brown on the dock

How’d you do??


The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers… They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.



Snoopy the artist

Here’s another quiz – See how you do on this…


  1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

  2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

  3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

  4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!

  5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Peanuts gang outside a house

Easier?




The Lesson

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials.. the most money… or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most!



Peanuts Dance

If you care to, share this with those people who have made a difference in your life, like I just did.

The following quote is from Charles Schulz…

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.

It’s already tomorrow in Australia !”



Proud Snoopy

Though this has little to do with real estate, it has everything to do with life! And while I spend a lot of time in the real estate world, my true vocation is fatherhood. If I do my job as a father, my children will understand this message.

May God bless and protect all those you care for, and all those who have cared for you.