I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, from my family to yours! Thanks to all of you for being the best fans ever, for all your positive wishes for my family as we move into 2010. I know it is going to be a very low key one for the Keough Family. I had 30 people for Thanksgiving and I had a great time, but that was a lot of work. We tried frying a turkey, it was great but very dangerous with all that hot oil and I won’t be doing that again. December 23rd I will have my friend, Chef Chaz Bradley help me host a small dinner party for my close friends as we celebrate making it through the recession intact. My Realtor and mortgage friends really suffered this year, some moved in here, others moved home, quite a few lost their homes.
It has taken time to figure out the short sale market and loan modifications. It seems the rules changed weekly. I have learned that communicating with the bank and sending in documents they need promptly goes along way towards getting results. Also the www.distinctpropertysolutions.com has been very helpful guiding people through the short sale process. Dan Raab is my personal contact there. To the average American this process is overwhelming and the misinformation out there is mind boggling. For a reasonable amount of money to a lawyer you get guided through a successful short sale. Tax ramifications and everything is spelled out clearly so no surprises!
I believe 2010 is going to be a great year, my personal friend and attorney Jeff Lalloway is running for congress and several of my friends have really gotten involved in lobbying and writing books to make a difference in our country. I am so impressed with the way everyone is trying to pull together and come out of this recession, a stronger, financially healthier country. I am going to do some lobbying with builder /former Fluor executive Roger Hart. A San Clemente home builder, toll road builder, bridge and water plant builder and a very inspirational friend who has amazing ideas to get the country back on track.
Let's end the year helping someone less fortunate, for some of us it will be giving of your time, not money. The government can't do it all - help at your kids school, if you see something that needs addressing, deal with it - don't turn your head and walk by. At a Christmas party at The Derby last night some Marines were having too good a time, and I was very impressed with the owners, who stopped serving them and got them home safely. Please don't let your friends drive drunk, ever. My Real Estate company Weichert Gold Coast, (thank you Gary Tomasino, Julie Bullock and Cynthia Lemay for the best party ever) threw a wonderful party at The Derby, a piano bar where we sang and danced all night long! If you haven’t been there check it out. It is for all ages and is a fun way to cut loose!