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I'm a community banker and a commercial real estate lender. At the close of a recent Optimist Club meeting, a fellow Optimist posed this question: "Clark, how long do you think it will be before I'll be able to buy investment property again with a 10% downpayment?" I answered him as diplomaticall...
02/20/2009
. . . by Meredith Mason Brown is a great read if you have any interest in U. S. history. I hope your experience in US History class was more enlightening (and more comprehensive) than mine. Despite an unbroken string of history teachers having done their dead-level best to ensure a lifelong lack ...
02/19/2009
. . . is a great read for anyone who could benefit from establishing or broadening their sphere of influence. Having often been disappointed by the generic, one-size-fits-all theme of most business books I've read, Influencer was a pleasant surprise. Great ideas abound. Don't try to enjoy a sandw...
02/19/2009
I just returned from a weekly Optimist Club meeting. Continuing on a positive, optimistic note, I'm spotlighting three of my customers representing three vastly different industries who are continuing to succeed in spite of the present economic conditions. To use Dave Ramsey's phrase, these entre...
02/18/2009
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I stand corrected. In replying to a response to my most recent post about the industries that seem to be succeeding in today's economy, I cited Warren Buffett's often-quoted advice about being greedy when everyone else is afraid. In the context of Mr. Buffett's statement, "greed" represents a wil...
02/18/2009
While it's not the greatest time to be a real estate lender, I'm encountering bright spots during my "non-virtual" (face-to-face) social networking, Last Monday was the monthly meeting of the Woodstock Community Business Association. The chiropractor who started the group made numerous comments a...
02/17/2009
My wife and I are blessed with a son & a daughter, born eighteen months apart. I've been active in baseball, Boy Scouting & music lessons with our son, while my wife has played an active role in our daughter's activities such as Girl Scouting and dance. While I've never missed a recital or an Hon...
02/17/2009
Have you ever worked for, been on a team with, listed property for, negotiated a purchase for, or been married to someone who personally could never do wrong and always blamed you (and others) for any error or mis-step? Personally, I like to think of those folks as contra-role models.  I never wa...
02/13/2009
In my opinion, one of the most interesting parts of any job that involves dealing directly with the public is the chance to pick up on figures of speech you may not have heard before. Yesterday I met with a customer who's proving to be a great referral source, For privacy purposes, we'll call her...
02/12/2009
Have you noticed that the market drops like a stone every time our new president opens his mouth in front of a microphone? Is it too much to ask that the prez just remain quiet & do his job for at least a week at a time? Maybe spend some time finding cabinet appointees who pay their taxes? Democr...
02/11/2009
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