Alexa: play Boyz II Men – “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday. I know Boyz II Men is not your traditional holiday music, but I’m feeling a bit nostalgic as I finish the last article of my presidency. We’re a funny society. Thursday, we sat around the table sharing why we are thankful with family and friends. Friday, we trample each other to take advantage of ‘door-buster’ sales. I’d like to close out my final article with you with gratitude. Betterup.com defines gratitude as a conscious, positive emotion one can express when feeling thankful for something, whether tangible or intangible. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. In today’s day and age of modern technology, I was unsure who still read the Sunday newspaper. My predecessor, Stephanie Lemley, shared her surprise when random people acknowledged and complimented her articles. I share her same surprise and also appreciation for the following and support. I’m thankful for Stephanie and the rest of the Board of Directors for the work we accomplished this past year. This was the first time I led a group of people who did not share the same employer as me. I was impressed with the Board’s commitment, engagement, and ability to make decisions quickly and efficiently. I am thankful for the accomplishments of our nine (9) committees. It is rewarding to be a part of something much greater than ourselves while giving back to the community we work, play, serve, and love. I am thankful for the professional, specialty, and trade services with whom we work. If there are any ‘takeaways’ from my time writing articles, I would hope you keep business local. We shouldn’t need to specify a Small Business Saturday rather supporting our small businesses everyday. I am thankful for the incoming MBOR President, Ms.Eve Leombruno. On behalf of the current Board, we welcome her leadership and are excited for the great things she will accomplish. Finally, as I wrap up, my signature line of “Love where you live. And if you don’t contact your local REALTOR®. I remember Life’s Little Instruction book had a quote that read something like (paraphrasing) : “Drive the most affordable car. Live in the nicest home you can afford”. Cars lose the most value in the first year, and depreciation continues for about five years. A car can lose up to 20% of its value in the first year, and over the first five years fall to around 40% from the original price. Also a car’s main purpose is to get you from point A to point B. Most homes APPRECIATE at 3.63 % a year, not including any remodels and updates performed. And it is in that home, you will create your fondest memories with family and friends. Buy the house you love. Rates will fluctuate. You can always refinance when rates are more attractive. So, my Sunday morning friends, I leave you with this.
One final time. Love where you live. And if you don’t… contact your local REALTOR®.
Brian Haufe, 2022 MBOR President