Here and There

Red, White and You (written for Highlands Newspaper Investing at 4118 ft. column)

 Happy Independence Day!

2017 marks the 241st year of our independence. How will you celebrate? Fireworks? Yummy smelling things charred on your grill? Time with family or friends? A long contemplative hike?  Everywhere you look, you’re bound to see lots of red, white and blue, but what about red, white and YOU? Are you patriotic? The definition of a Patriot is a person that loves, supports and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion. Devotion is a feeling of strong love or loyalty. To be devoted. To be devoted. To be, or not to be, that IS the question, isn’t it? July 4th is a time that Americans show their support for our country, but not the only time. July 4th is just the day we celebrate it. We’ve all heard we should keep Christmas in our hearts every day, but shouldn’t we also keep patriotism in our hearts as well?  There are many freedoms that we have that are taken for granted. In the south, we are very fortunate that others have chosen our area to buy homes to vacation and retire. According to regional statistics, the south is the only region that vacation homes hold the highest market share of home sales at 47%, with primary residences holding on to second at 38%. Those homeowners were exercising their freedom to choose. Why did you choose the area in which you reside? Did you ever stop to think of all the things in place that make it easier to choose the home you live in,  or the homes you are considering, or the second or third home? The mission of the NC Real Estate Commission is “To protect the public interest in real estate” The Real Estate Commission is for you, the consumer. The NCBA (NC Bar Association for attorneys) serves the public by encouraging the highest standards of all members of their profession. Then there are bankers, home inspectors, title insurers, etc. and the list just goes on and on. There are many rules, regulations and laws that govern the way real estate is practiced. (Practiced? You’d think they’d have it right by now, right?) Rules and regulations are evident in the amount of paperwork required. When I first started selling real estate in Highlands twenty-five years ago, the Offer to Purchase was one and a half legal sheets of paper, now it’s a minimum of thirteen sheets of letter size before all the disclosures and copies of documents are added. Every sheet has its purpose- to protect the consumer, the majority of which are American citizens. Home of the free.  Whatever your plans are for the 4th, please remember to take a moment to be thankful for all the freedoms we have in this country. Thank you America. Salute the flag of these United States on July 4th, and every day, even if only in your devoted heart.  

 Jeannie and Tucker Chambers are owners of Chambers Realty & Vacation Rentals at in Highlands, NC. Their July 4th plans are the same as every year. They’ll be sitting in front on their office with friends, some are vacation renters, others are home owners, and a few neighbors, but all enjoy the freedoms given them and of course a Moon Pie and RC cola. Bring a chair or blanket and join us for the fireworks provided by The Town of Highlands. 

To learn more about vacation rentals or real estate in Highlands- visit their website 

Tunnel of Time- Are you on Goodreads?

  I am so thrilled to have become a Goodreads Author! My debut book,  Tunnel of Time is a middle grade story  released in 2017. It's the story about three sisters that spend way more time  together than they ever thought! They're stuck in the Tunnel of Time,  and every time they think they're joining their family back at the  County Fair, they end up in another place and time and meet some pretty  incredible people along the way. I hope you will mark it as a 'Want to  Read'  on Goodreads, and leave a review after you've finished  reading.

Tunnel of Time started out as a NaNoWriMo project in  November 2013. I love NaNoWriMo (NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth) because  it almost forces me to write everyday. To complete the challenge, one  must write 50,000 words in November. After the initial work was  completed, it took many, many rewrites and editing thanks to the  wonderful critiques of my local Writers Group. 

I consider it a privilege to be one of many southern writers in the marketplace today. I hope you enjoy the musings of this essay writer and my #WritersLife. 

Stay tuned..... I always have plenty to say, but not always enough time to say it.