Monday, August 23, 2010

a real feeling of Loss

A friend died today. It was expected but it wasn't. He had been fighting Stage 4 lung cancer for about 4 years. He had originally been given 6 months but he was a fighter. Funny (?) thing is he never smoked. He had been a missionary to Hong Kong for about 25 years and I can't help but think that maybe it was all the "second-hand" smoke. (It seems like all Asians like to smoke.) He sang in the church choir with me and he had a wicked sense of humor. I visited with him last Thursday, not knowing it would be the last visit. Although he was in Hospice, I really thought he had several more months left.

Many of you  have expressed concern and sympathy for my secretary who lost her only child in an accident last month. I know she appreciates your experssions of support. There is NEVER a thing you can do to help someone who is deep in grief-except be present at the appropriate times and let the one left behind know how much they are all loved.

It makes you realise how important family and friends are. It also means we all need to live as lives to the fullest. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

What if Banks....

I was watching CNBC business channel today when I heard a great idea. Why not refinance all the people who have been making their payments faithfully without missing any. Under the current bank rules they want you to have 20% equity in your property. The appraisal has to show that you have this equity. However, since the bank is already on the hook for the money, who cares if the borrower is upside down on his loan if he is making his payments in full and on time. So let's reward the good guys. Refinance the good guys, lower their rates and put more money in their pockets. Thay way they will also have more money to spend to help the economy.

Banks don't get it...never did

Monday, August 9, 2010

Bank Seized-again

There was another bank failure in north Georgia recently. On July 23, 2010, Crescent Bank of Jasper was seized by the FDIC and was reopened as Renasant Bank, which is out of Mississippi. Crescent Bank had approximately $1 billion dollars in assets. With the acquisition, Renasant Bank will be operating the 11 branches of Crescent Bank across north Georgia .

Crescent Bank was an active mortgage broker in the north Georgia area. It remains to be seen how the acquisition by Renasant Bank will affect it’s mortgage operations.