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The Flooding in Louisiana

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Louisiana has seen some of the worst flooding in the states history over the past 3 days. Since the flooding has started, President Obama has signed a Disaster Declaration on August 11th 2016 which lets Federal aid to start flowing to the affected areas of the state including the Parishes of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa.  With the signing of the Disaster Deceleration, this allows grants for temporary housing and home repairs as well as low interest, emergency loans to help cover uninsured property damage.  This comes in very handy since many of the homes that have taken on water have never flooded prior and do not have any flood insurance.

Extent of Louisiana Flooding

louisiana floodingThe extent of the Louisiana flooding is massive. Currently over 10,000 people are staying in temporary facilities in the Baton Rouge area with many more evacuated. As of today, the flooding has caused 5 deaths.  Celtic Movie Studios, a massive warehouse on Airline Highway in the city, is currently housing about 3,000 people on its campus alone.  Over 20,000 people have been rescued so far by the National Guard and private citizens.  Many residents are still stranded in their homes since the water has yet to recede.  Thousands of people were stranded in their automobiles on Interstate 12 since Saturday.  Only on Sunday were the National Guard and good seminarians able to start rescuing people by boat.  the Stranded motorists that have been rescued were brought to the Hammond Parks and Recreation Center.

Prior to the President’s deceleration, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, declared a State of Emergency.  In a statement, Edwards stated:

“We are in constant contact with local officials and first responders, and assistance is already on the move to affected parishes. … The most important thing to remember is to obey road signs and to constantly monitor the news for updates to ensure everyone’s safety. Every available resource will be used to assist citizens as this situation continues to unfold.”

Louisianians Take To Their Boats

boats in tow to rescue stranded residentsThe scene on Monday morning was thousands of Louisiana residents traveling into the deviated areas with boats in tow.  As of Monday morning, private residents have rescued hundreds, possibly thousands of fellow Louisianians from their flooded homes.  Many of the good seminarians have traveled for hours from outlying cities to assist in the evacuation efforts. With the Governors Emergency Deceleration, over 1000 National Guard soldiers are on the ground in “search and rescue” mode.  In addition to the troops, the state of Louisiana has deployed 170 high water vehicles, 20 boats and five helicopters.  Many Louisiana residents are still stranded in their homes, without electricity or proper supplies.  As of now, thousands of people and hundreds of pets have been saved from the flood that seemed to “come out of nowhere” with over 21 inches of rain in 24 hours. As of now, it is estimated that over 20,000 residents and travelers have been rescued.

 

Trump Answers Real Questions – The Answers May Surprise You

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Donald Trump answers quesitons

Donald Trump the full blown Republican Candidate for President of the United States has been quite elusive on providing details on how he would handle specific political issues throughout the world.  We will lay out the direct questions and answers posed to Trump.

News By Headline

trump answering real questionsI personally believe that it dumbs down the American public when we take our news in by headline or soundbite.  We have become accustomed to choosing our leaders based off of very limited information.  Understanding that most Americans will not take the time to read full interviews, and the mainstream news sources generally only report via headlines, we will provide the legwork so you can get to the meat of the topics.

This is the first, in a string of articles, were we will find hard questions posed directly to the Republican Candidate, with his direct responses.  All of the questions and answers will be direct quotes from interviews and nothing will be added or redacted from the question or the response.

In an interview with Donald Trump, David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times ask very direct questions — here are the responses.

When Donald Trump Was Asked About Details of NAFTA:

HABERMAN: What kind of change could you make in terms of Nafta without fully withdrawing from it? How could you?

TRUMP: You’ve got to be fair to the country. Everyone is leaving. Carrier just announced they’re leaving. Ford is building a massive plant. So I have a friend who builds plants and then I have to go. I have a friend who builds plants, that’s what he does, he’s the biggest in the world, he builds plants like automobile plants, computer plants, that’s all he does. He doesn’t build apartments, he doesn’t build office space, he builds plants. I said to him the other day, “How are you doing?” He goes, “Unbelievable.” Oh, great, that’s good, thinking about the United States, right, because he’s based in the United States. So I said, “Good, so the country is doing well.” He said, “No, no, not our country, you’ve got to see what I’m doing in Mexico.” He said: “The business there is unbelievable, the new plants we are building. People moving from the United States.” That’s what he does. One-story plants. You understand?

Here is a short, but poignant response on if Trump would use cyberweapons as an alternative to traditional weapons of war:

SANGER: Would you support the United States’ not only developing as we are but fielding cyberweapons as an alternative?

TRUMP: Yes. I am a fan of the future, and cyber is the future.

Here is the response of Trump when being asked if we should support Assad in his battle against ISIS:

SANGER: You would keep Assad there if he’s also fighting ISIS?

TRUMP: I don’t want to say that, I have a very specific view on Assad, but I think we have to get rid of ISIS before we get rid of Assad.

SANGER: So you agree with President Obama in that regard?

TRUMP: Look, Assad hates ISIS; ISIS hates Assad. They are fighting each other. We are supposed to go and fight them both? How do you fight them both when they are fighting each other? And I think that ISIS is a threat that’s much more important for us right now than Assad. You understand what I’m saying?

SANGER: Mmm.

TRUMP: Because Assad and ISIS are fighting. Now we are going to go in and fight them both, because we have people that don’t know what they are doing. We have people that don’t know what they are doing. So I would get rid of ISIS, but I don’t want to fight at the same time. The other thing you have is, is Assad is backed by a country that we made a power, O.K.? Iran. And Russia, O.K.? So why didn’t we do something about that before we made Iran rich, and before we gave them this tremendous power that they now have, that they didn’t have and shouldn’t have had?

This is Donald Trump’s response to how well he personally believes the Republican National Convention went:

HABERMAN: What do you think people will take away from this convention? What are you hoping?

TRUMP: From the convention? The fact that I’m very well liked. Look, I got more votes than anybody in the history of the Republican Party. Almost 14 million votes. I got 37 states. Kasich has one. As an example, Ted had, you know, not many. Thirty-seven states. Now, with the roll call, I had 44 states. It was 44 to seven and the seven was everybody else: 44 to seven. It was 44 to six because we are including the different islands. And when you are in that hall and you see those people, like yesterday, my daughter called up, she said, “Dad, I’ve never seen it — it’s total love.”

Trump made headlines when he said he would back out of NATO and possibly not support a NATO Nation if they couldn’t pay for it.

Here is the full quote when Trump was asked about possibly not following the NATO rules by supporting a fellow NATO country:

SANGER: But I guess the question is, If we can’t, do you think that your presidency, let’s assume for a moment that they contribute what they are contributing today, or what they have contributed historically, your presidency would be one of pulling back and saying, “You know, we’re not going to invest in these alliances with NATO, we are not going to invest as much as we have in Asia since the end of the Korean War because we can’t afford it and it’s really not in our interest to do so.”

TRUMP: If we cannot be properly reimbursed for the tremendous cost of our military protecting other countries, and in many cases the countries I’m talking about are extremely rich. Then if we cannot make a deal, which I believe we will be able to, and which I would prefer being able to, but if we cannot make a deal, I would like you to say, I would prefer being able to, some people, the one thing they took out of your last story, you know, some people, the fools and the haters, they said, “Oh, Trump doesn’t want to protect you.” I would prefer that we be able to continue, but if we are not going to be reasonably reimbursed for the tremendous cost of protecting these massive nations with tremendous wealth — you have the tape going on?

SANGER: We were talking about alliances, and the fundamental problem that you hear many Republicans, traditional Republicans, have with the statement that you’ve made is that it would seem to them that you would believe that the interests of the United States being out with both our troops and our diplomacy abroad is less than our economic interests in having somebody else support that. In other words, even if they didn’t pay a cent toward it, many have believed that the way we’ve kept our postwar leadership since World War II has been our ability to project power around the world. That’s why we got this many diplomats ——

TRUMP: How is it helping us? How has it helped us? We have massive trade deficits. I could see that, if instead of having a trade deficit worldwide of $800 billion, we had a trade positive of $100 billion, $200 billion, $800 billion. So how has it helped us?

SANGER: Well, keeping the peace. We didn’t have a presence in places like Korea in 1950, or not as great a presence, and you saw what happened.

TRUMP: There’s no guarantee that we’ll have peace in Korea.

SANGER: Even with our troops, no, there’s no guarantee.

TRUMP: No, there’s no guarantee. We have 28,000 soldiers on the line.

SANGER: But we’ve had them there since 1953 and ——

TRUMP: Sure, but that doesn’t mean that there wouldn’t be something going on right now. Maybe you would have had a unified Korea. Who knows what would have happened? In the meantime, what have we done? So we’ve kept peace, but in the meantime we’ve let North Korea get stronger and stronger and more nuclear and more nuclear, and you are really saying, “Well, how is that a good thing?” You understand? North Korea now is almost like a boiler. You say we’ve had peace, but that part of Korea, North Korea, is getting more and more crazy. And more and more nuclear. And they are testing missiles all the time.

SANGER: They are.

TRUMP: And we’ve got our soldiers sitting there watching missiles go up. And you say to yourself, “Oh, that’s interesting.” Now we’re protecting Japan because Japan is a natural location for North Korea. So we are protecting them, and you say to yourself, “Well, what are we getting out of this?”

SANGER: Well, we keep our missile defenses out there. And those missile defenses help prevent the day when North Korea can reach the United States with one of its missiles. It’s a lot easier to shoot down from there ——

Below, here is the response when Trump was asked about how the Turkish Government handled the failed coup:

SANGER: Erdogan put nearly 50,000 people in jail or suspend them, suspended thousands of teachers, he imprisoned many in the military and the police, he dismissed a lot of the judiciary. Does this worry you? And would you rather deal with a strongman who’s also been a strong ally, or with somebody that’s got a greater appreciation of civil liberties than Mr. Erdogan has? Would you press him to make sure the rule of law applies?

TRUMP: I think right now when it comes to civil liberties, our country has a lot of problems, and I think it’s very hard for us to get involved in other countries when we don’t know what we are doing and we can’t see straight in our own country. We have tremendous problems when you have policemen being shot in the streets, when you have riots, when you have Ferguson. When you have Baltimore. When you have all of the things that are happening in this country — we have other problems, and I think we have to focus on those problems. When the world looks at how bad the United States is, and then we go and talk about civil liberties, I don’t think we’re a very good messenger.

Lastly, when Donald Trump was asked about the complex relationship between Turkey, the Kurdish Army and ISIS:

SANGER: You said that they could be much more helpful with ISIS. I’m sure perhaps they can. The big difference they’ve had is that we’ve been supporting Kurdish forces that have been very effective ——

TRUMP: I’m a fan of the Kurds, you understand.

SANGER: But Erdogan is not. Tell us how you would deal with that?

TRUMP: Well, it would be ideal if we could get them all together. And that would be a possibility. But I’m a big fan of the Kurdish forces. At the same time, I think we have a potentially — we could have a potentially very successful relationship with Turkey. And it would be really wonderful if we could put them somehow both together.

 

The Dirty Underbelly of Democracy

Most people have come to respect Democracy as a positive form of Government.  It is one of the forms of Government that lets “the people” have a voice in the laws that are created.  There is a dirty underbelly to Democracy that is currently being exploited in our current political system..

What is a Democracy?

Its important to understand that the United States is not a true Democracy, we are a Democratic Republic.  There is a monstrous difference.  In a true Democracy, the rules, laws and implementation of Government is a simply majority.  In a true Democracy, the any group that falls into the minority, have absolutely no protection against the power of the majority.  Simply put, it is Mob Rule.  In a true Democracy, if you have 10 people and 7 of them vote to kill everyone with red hair…then anyone with red hair (most likely the 3 that voted against it) would be put to death.

The Representative Democracy

what is democracyIn a Representative Democracy people are elected to place the Democratic Vote on their behalf.  In theory, the elected official is elected because they hold the same beliefs as the people they represent, thus voting in the manner in which their electorate would vote.

In both types of Democracy, True and Representative, the majority’s power is absolute and unlimited.  Any decision by the majority is final and the minority has no retort.   Because of this, True Democracy opens the door to unlimited Tyranny-by-Majority.

The United States is a Democratic Republic

A Democratic republic uses elected officials to place votes, but the entire system must run within a set of rules.  In the United States’ case, the most basic set of rules are the Constitution.  This means that regardless of what the majority votes, it is unenforceable that the outcome will be outside of the rule of law.  This is an important difference and its what keeps the Majority from absolute tyranny over the Minority. This protects the Minority because of the rights instilled by the Constitution.

The Challenges With Our Democratic Republic

Democracy mediaAs we go into the Presidential Election, we are starting to see the dirty underbelly of Democracy.  With a 24 hour news cycle and social media breaking complex issues into Memes, we have watered down the complex issues of government and have politicians running on platforms that cannot be enforced because of the Constitution and our more granular laws.

With the light-speed pace of the media, exploiting one line statements as a political platform, we are leading people to believe that they are educated on the topics relating to government, while misleading them in the political direction of the news source itself.  There is a quote that says “today, the people use the news like a drunk uses a light pole…more for support than for enlightenment.” With websites so easily created and articles shared on social media, just about anyone can now become a “news source” and have absolutely to culpability to the truth.  This instills misinformation in the minds of the voter.

The Challenges With Our Democratic Republic

democracyBecause, in America we let almost anyone vote, it has become obvious that the influence put forth by making headlines (regardless of the truth) influences the group of people that generally do not follow politics closely.  We must be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that a large portion of the United States do not spend a lot of time learning the background and details of the political arguments.  This, by definition, is ignorance.

Manipulation By Politcal Candidates

Because we should be able to agree that a large portion of the population receives their political views in a myopic manner, we must acknowledge that the purposeful manipulation by the political candidates can put the wrong person in office.  Because generally, we see approximately only 60% of the population vote in Presidential Elections, many citizens realize they do not possess the intimate knowledge (of the current political landscape)needed to make an educated vote.  The new challenge that we face is that a political candidate can now empower a large portion of the population (the other 40 percent), based off of talking points and politically unenforceable views. This lets people running for political office manipulate the vote.

The Downfall of Democracy

The downfall of Democracy is sure to be the fact that every vote is counted equally.  The ability to appeal to the ignorant and mobilize their vote dilutes the vote of the politically savvy voter.  From advising the ignorant to vote, you can control a larger portion of the outcome. This has been a political strategy for decades, many with the best of intentions, but still manipulation of the system.  From MTV telling all 18-21 year old’s to vote, to busing in citizens (who would otherwise stay home) to the polls, our Democratic system has been exploited.  Although this was implemented by the Democrat party, it is now become commonplace in both political parties.

How Do We Fix It?

The fix to the downfall of Democracy as we know it is NOT to push every citizen to vote.  It is not to make people feel guilty if they choose to not exercise their rights in the Democratic process.

If one wants to push for further involvement of the ignorant, push them to become educated.  Don’t push them to vote.

To have uneducated votes dilutes the vote of the people who follow what is truly happening.  As opposed to guilting someone to simply vote, guilt them to learn about the topics and policies.  Once educated, regardless of where they stand, then they should vote.

 

 

 

UFO Footage Released by US Pentagon

#DISCLOSURE 2020 - U.S. Navy releases UFO footage

Is it an Alien?

The truth is more amazing.

Video of an unknown object travelling in excess of 3800 MPH (6700 KPH) was released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Monday. Both the footage and the testimony of Naval Officer witnesses describe an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) with these characteristics:

  • Sudden and Immediate Acceleration to Hypersonic Speeds
  • No Visible means of Propulsion
  • Ultra High G-force, Erratic Maneuvers
  • No Sonic Signatures
  • Travels both through the Air & Underwater

No vehicle known can do this. This is beyond next-generation technology.

The DoD statement accompanying the video release explains that two of the videos were taken in 2015 and one in 2004 by U.S. Navy pilots.

The Leaked Video

In 2007, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) began a top secret, special access program to investigate UFOs named the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

The Director of the five year, $22 million program was a career intelligence officer named Luis Elizondo. Leading the AATIP, Elizondo again and again found indisputable evidence of what pilots were calling the tic-tac UFO.

Luis Elizondo

The evidence clearly showed a craft that could travel at hypersonic speeds and make maneuvers that would crush a human being. Almost as astounding was the complete lack of visible engines.

The craft was observed travelling underwater at twice the speed of our fastest nuclear submarine. The craft played cat-and-mouse games with our most sophisticated fighter jets.

The evidence that alarmed him. This craft was fully capable of interfering with U.S. weapons systems. These superior aircraft were potential threats. Elizondo raised the alarm.

For his effort, he was met by certain individuals within the DoD who were “staunchly opposed to further investigation”. In time, Elizondo became frustrated that people at the highest levels were “underestimating or ignoring these potential threats”.

Embittered by what he described as “bureaucratic challenges and inflexible mindsets” in all levels of the Department, Elizondo resigned…and took with him three top secret videos titled FLIR, GIMBLE, and GOFAST.

The Leak

In 2017, Elizando went to work for To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences (TTSA). TTSA was founded in part by Blink-182 guitarist Tom DeLonge who is fascinated by UFOs. Shortly afterwards, TTSA released the now-famous UFO videos.

In 2018 the US Navy confirmed that the video was authentic.

Revolutionary Patents

In April, 2017 the U.S. Navy quietly submitted a patent for “A Craft using an Inertial Mass Reduction Device”. The story told is that the patent examiner initially rejected the application because the claims were too far fetched. The patent was granted only after the Cheif Technology Officer of Naval Aviation wrote a personal letter to the Patent Office.



The inventor listed on the patent is Salvatore Cezar Pais, an aerospace engineer who works at Naval Air Station Pax River in Maryland. Since that first patent, Pais has been awarded four more patents. Currently he and the U.S. Navy hold patents for the following technologies that seem straight out of a science fiction novel:

  • A Craft Using an Inertial Mass Reduction Device
  • High Frequency Gravitational Wave Generators
  • Room Temperature Superconductivity
  • A Compact Nuclear Fusion Device
Salvatore Cezar Pais

Craft using an Inertial Mass Reduction Device

What does that even mean? Inertia is the tendency of a body in motion to remain in motion. Reducing inertial mass reduces (and perhaps eliminates) the effect of g-forces caused by accelerating and maneuvering a craft. In other words, a human could survive in this craft while performing the maneuvers observed by the tic-tac UFO.

How is this possible? According to the patent filing, inertial mass is reduced by an “abrupt perturbation of the non-linear background of local spacetime”. As a non-scientist, my takeaway is this machine manipulates the fabric of spacetime.

It does so by using High Energy Electromagnetic Field Generators and microwave transmitters to pass electrical energy and sound waves through an inner and outer resonant cavity filled with a noble gas. The precise magnetic polarization of the two independent resonant cavities creates a gravitational vacuum.

Antigravity Propulsion

When the two electromagenetic fields are tuned to the precise harmonic occilation, the device generates high frequency gravitational waves. These may also be considered repulsive gravity, or antigravity.

Travel through Air, Water, & Outer Space

The craft can function as a submersible craft capable of extreme underwater speeds (lack of water-skin friction) and enhanced stealth capabilities (non-linear scattering of RF and sonar signals). This hybrid craft would move with great ease through the air/space/water mediums, by being enclosed in a vacuum plasma bubble/sheath…

Patent number: 10144532

UAP Fits this Description

Applying Occam’s Razor (the simplest solution is most likely the right one) leads this writer to believe that the vehicles seen in the declassified videos are the “craft” described in the USN patents.

Is there any wonder that DoD leadership was unconcerned about this potential threat?

What this video reveals is that Earth has perhaps entered the Age of Interplanetary Travel.

Pedophile Rings & Worldwide Criminal Conspiracies in the News

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List of Known Pedophile Rings Worldwide

Searching any of these terms will return many articles for further review

Epstein Lolita Express
Sandusky Ring
Over 300 Pennsylvania Priests
Dan Schneider Pedowood
The Finders Cult
Dutroux Affair
The Franklin Cover-up/BoysTown
Haiti Human Trafficking
Paul Schäfer Cult
NXIVM Cult
Chateau des Amerois (Mothers of Darkness Castle)
Nancy Schaefer CPS Assassination
Andrew Breitbart John Podesta
FBI SAC Ted Gunderson Exposes Child Trafficking
Cardinal George Pell Ring
Peter Scully Darkweb Red Room
Dyncorp Human Trafficking
Colonel Michael Aquino Daycare
Pentagon Child Porn Servers
New Mexico Child Camp Cover-up
Ronald Bernard Banker Interview
G4S Security Human Trafficking
Drasius Kedys Pedo Ring
Claudio Spiniak Ring
North Fox Island Child Killer
Madeleine McCann Disappearance
Johnny Gosch Kidnapping
Brooke Shields Child Actor
Operation Midland / Operation Fairbank / Dolphin Square Ring
Jersey Island Child Killings
Sachsensumpf Affair
Elm Guest House Ring
Rotherham Ring Police Cover-up
McMartin Preschool Cover-up
Presidio Military Daycare
Sunspot Observatory FBI Op
Israeli Resort in Colombia Tied To Sex Trafficking
Roman Polanski Scandal
Jared Fogle “Subway” Ring
Savile Scandal
Oprah’s School For Girls Abuse
JonBenet Photographer Child Abuse Arrest
Tuam Church Mass Grave
Lanarkshire Orphanage Mass Grave
Dozier School for Boys Mass Grave
Portugal Casa Pia Pedo Ring
Brazil John of God Ring
Tucson/Cemex Suspected Trafficking Camp
Bibbiano Foster Care Ring
Norway Pedo Ring & CPS scandal
Mexico Cartel Organ Trafficking
Dr. Robert Browne School Abuse
Paul Bernardo Masonic Rapist
Scott Gozenton Satanic Rape
Melbourne Archdiocese Ritual Abuse
New South Wales Ritual Abuse
Superior Universal Alignment Cult
Martensville Satanic Scandal
Cynthia Owen Ritual Murder
Emilia-Romagna Prostitution Ring
Peter Ellis Sex Abuse
Oude Pekela Abuse
Van Rooyen Child Trafficking
Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal
Michelle Remembers Book
Kidwelly Sex Cult
Little Rascals Daycare Ring
Lev Tahor Cult
Marcial Maciel Church Ring
Patrice Alègre/Dominic Baudis Ring
Joris Demmink affair

Research may Cause Post Traumatic Stress

If you search any of these terms, the results will not be pretty. However it is important that the world learns that there are, in fact, organized groups of adult predators seeking to abduct, assault, and oftentimes murder children.

Seek help if you experience the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Interest Rates Reaching Record Low Levels: What This Means to Real Estate

record low mortgage rates per coronavirus

The Federal Reserve have just dropped rates to zero and launches a huge 700 billion dollar quantitative easing program. This, combined with other economy-affecting factors, brought the mortgage rates down to their lowest levels in approximately 50 years. This is in direct response to the Coronavirus.This is to help fight off any impact of the Coronavirus to real estate sales and home values, the Federal Reserve has pulled out all stops to make getting a mortgage very appetizing.

The impact of Coronavirus on Real Estate

This beats the low interest rates during the housing crisis between 2008-2012. Many homebuyers and homeowners are taking advantage of this money-saving opportunity.

What This Means to Home Buyers

Mortgage applications increased by 10%-15% in the mortgage industry. The low interest rates are allowing some home buyers to be eligible and be able to be approved for mortgages. This is especially true for first-time homebuyers.

This also means that buyers may be able to afford a more expensive house. They will be able to save thousands of dollars over the life of a 30-year mortgage. This has certainly given a boost to buyers who were on the fence about purchasing a home.

It is also helping move-up buyers make the decision to sell their current homes and purchase larger or more expensive homes. A mini housing boom is anticipated and expected to take place for the rest of the year.

What This Means to Home Owners

Current home owners should consider refinancing. Mortgage professionals are saying that if you have an interest rate of 4% or higher, you should talk to your lender about refinancing. This may save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Coronavirus and mortgage rates

It’s also a great time to take money out of your home for a home improvement project or to pay off other debt. Getting a home equity loan is cheap money right now. If you are thinking of selling your home, now is a good time. There are many buyers on the market right now and the inventory is still low.

Don’t Wait Too Long to Take Advantage of Low Interest Rates

While the interest rates are historically low right now, things could change later in the spring, summer or fall markets. The lack of inventory is keeping the demand for houses up. The low interest rates are stimulating more demand which will bring about a rise in house prices.

If this happens, it may take some buyers out of the market for buying homes. If the looming COVID-19 virus spreads, it may affect the job market by people losing their jobs or companies shutting down. This may also take buyers off of the market to purchase homes.

Advice to Home Buyers and Home Owners

If you are thinking of purchasing a home, refinancing your mortgage, taking out a home equity loan, up-sizing to a larger home or downsizing to a smaller home in the next 12-24 months, real estate brokers and mortgage professionals are advising that you do it as soon as possible. Here is one real estate broker explaining what he sees as the impact of Coronavirus on the real estate market. It is unknown how long these interest rates will stay this low. The stock market and economy are extremely volatile right now.

Talk to your real estate or mortgage professional about what is the best course of action for you right now. Owning a home is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. Make smart choices today, and you’ll save a lot of money in the long run.

The Impact of Coronavirus on Real Estate

The impact of Coronavirus on Real Estate

Hello, my name is Grant Clayton, owner of 1 Percent Lists, a real estate brokerage just outside New Orleans. New Orleans is now a big “hot spot” for the spread of Covid-19 with our cases seeming to explode with every news cycle.

In these times we have to rethink every interaction with everyone we meet. All of those interactions that were commonplace, especially where I live in the south just outside New Orleans, are now to be avoided at all costs. 

The impact of Coronavirus on Real Estate

Uniquely New Orleans 

Down here we don’t just say hi, we hug and kiss each other like we are family even when we aren’t. Our great American melting pot is full of germs and there’s no easier place to spread those germs than New Orleans.  Some claim a connection as far back as Mardi Gras

Economy Closing

As the Covid-19 virus, also known as The Coronavirus, rages across the country and the world many businesses and workers are going to be drastically impacted. All non-essential businesses have been ordered to close their doors to avoid spreading the virus to their clients and this is especially true for restaurants, bars, and other businesses that require social interaction. 

I could bore you with statistics about the virus, but seemingly everyone is writing about that. The other side of the story that is just starting to get coverage is how businesses owners and their employees are going to cope with this catastrophe. 

What Can Local Business Owners Do?

Realistically, the answer to that question will vary wildly depending on what business they are in and what shutting down truly means for them. When businesses shut down people lock their doors and stay home. That is what they are expected to do in this situation, stay home.

Restaurants are trying to adapt by delivering food, doing pick up orders, or using delivery services to keep some business going but many of their employees will struggle. There are a host of other small businesses that are going to be in dire straits, please support them if you can. 

Coronavirus and mortgage rates

Impacts on Real Estate

For real estate agents and companies our business is selling homes. Our business could not be any more intimate and personal. The impact on how we do things can be tremendous. We go into people’s homes everyday, many of them total strangers, to advise them on how to move. So how do we do business in an era where people are literally being told not to leave their homes? 

In the real estate industry, many agents are attempting to adapt by doing “virtual showings” of their listings but at the end of the day that only goes so far. 

  • How many of you would be willing to buy a house that you haven’t even been in? 
  • How many sellers are excited about inviting strangers into their homes?

 If a house goes under contract, we still have to do inspections, appraisals, and closings. It is impossible to do any of these things without someone else invading your personal space. 

After you consider all these things then you have to actually hire total strangers to move you, or do it yourself. Who wants to do that right now?

Support for REALTORS?

Many people will order from a small mom and pop pizza joint while they are quarantined to help support their local businesses. But realistically who is going to buy or sell a house to support their local Realtor?

The Economy 

It is inevitable that sour times are coming in our economy, especially the real estate industry. Much like restaurants and their serving staff, many real estate agents aren’t the best planners. Many live month to month getting random seemingly large checks from selling a property followed by two or three months of not selling anything and earning no income at all. 

When you couple these facts with no health care benefits or safety net due to being independent contractors you quickly realize many agents will be in dire financial trouble. 

How Long Will It Last?

The question is how long will this last? Will people truly stay home for a month and rip the band-aid of this off so to speak so the virus can die down in a month or are we going to continue to spread it throughout the community despite all warnings from virtually every governmental and medical body throughout the world and drag this out to a point where every company struggles to survive.

The only question that matters now is how long this will last. With every day that passes another real estate agent and company feels more strain until they can no longer bear it. I would argue in the real estate world that Realtors will feel this pain more than almost any other industry at a level not seen since the financial crisis of 2008 and possibly worse. 

American Duty

We as Americans will decide how bad this pain will be. 

One extremely safe prediction is that in every single industry across the spectrum a very large number of those workers, contractors, Realtors, and even the companies themselves will not be here in 3 months without a lot of governmental intervention. Realistically the government can prop people and companies up for a short period of time but at some point even the strength of the entire federal government is not enough.

Support ALL of Your Local Businesses

Time will tell, please stay safe and support your local small businesses and communities and let’s get past this as quickly as possible. Keep your distance, don’t let this spread anymore than this has to. 

Our older population and those with medical issues need you to do this; it is literally a matter of life and death.  The CDC has provided some very helpful guidance.  

 Small businesses and self employed people around you need you to do your part to end this quickly because it is a matter of financial life and death for them. 

Sportfishing off the coast of Cabo San Lucas offers up Massive “Super Cow” Tuna for Determined Anglers

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If you have ever been fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, then you know Yellowfin Tuna fishing is one of the most exciting activities for avid anglers. Imagine being on a boat and fighting a giant fish for over four hours just for it to get off the hook. This is the scenario Steve Hammerschmidt faced as he reeled in the dark with all he had. He would get the fish within about 15 feet of the boat just to feel the snap as the tension released on his line.

Hammerschmidt of Huntington Beach was on a charter fishing boat named Castigo with Captain Sean Sadler. The owner of the boat Larry Jacinto and fishing mate Adam Cargill were also on board. The group got a tip from another boat, the Red Rooster III. They traveled to the reported spot about 30 miles north from Cabo San Lucas (learn more about Cabo San Lucas) to land the approximately 380 pound super cow tuna that got away. After licking their wounds, the group of men would get some rest and head back out the following morning when the sun broke the horizon.

Cargill added another fishing fly to the line and tried again. This time, they would get a hit practically as soon as the line went under the water. Again, the fish would get away. Finally, Cargill added a sardine to the hook and gave the pole to Hammerschmidt to let him try again and the line took off almost as soon as he had it in his hands. The third time would be the charm for Steve as he fought the behemoth for two and a half arduous hours. Finally, the 365-pound fish was in the boat, and the crew was ecstatic.

The massive Yellowfin Tuna would end up being the largest the team had ever caught. It measured 84 inches long and was a whopping 59 inches around. This huge fish is known as a super cow. Tunas are called “cows” when they weigh over 200 pounds. Any reaching 300 pounds are called “super cows”. The largest one ever caught was a humongous 427-pound monster caught on the south side of Cabo San Lucas in 2012.

The Gulf of Mexico is prime fishing real estate with a variety of species to catch, but anglers love the fight the Yellowfin gives. It takes hours to reel in one of these massive football-shaped fish. To catch these monstrous tuna, anglers have to take a charter fishing boat or large vessel out onto deep waters. The deeper the better, and the water has to be between 74 and 82 degrees to find them, most of the time. Tuna like to swim with dolphin and huge schools of fish, so spotting them can be difficult. Finding these fish takes the skill and expertise of a captain and crew who have a network of contacts and the right equipment to get to the prime fishing areas. Hammerschmidt and the crew would take lots of pictures and end up enjoying their fill of fresh ahi with enough to go around after their excursion.

Tiny Houses Make Big Waves in 2020

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Tiny Houses

Have you thought about packing everything up and moving into a tiny place? Are you wondering what people see in tiny homes? Perhaps you are curious about the lifestyle, but unsure of what it means to live tiny. We talk about the development of these small homes and the benefits they offer below.

What are Tiny Houses?

The tiny house movement is a real thing. People are choosing to give up earthly possessions, or store them, to move into a smaller area. To get a Tiny classification, a home must be under 400 square feet. Why would people choose this lifestyle? Well, for starters, this way of living is a social change, not just switching addresses.

Some of these little homes are on wheels or made from shipping containers. Many people compare them to mobile homes because they are easy to tow behind a truck or move from one space to another. People use these spaces for many reasons including as an office space, room for the kids to have more space to play, and even as a place for guests to stay when they visit.

Why is the Tiny House Craze so Popular?

Moving into a tiny home means giving up the stress of clutter, wide spaces to clean, and living on a larger piece of land. People enjoy the feeling of being in control of their lifestyle. Tiny house owners often meet other people who live the same way and have begun forming social groups. There are even conventions where Tiny House owners gather to spend time learning about new technologies and ways to improve smaller spaces.

Advantages of Living in a Tiny House

There are many reasons why people would give up a 2,000 square-foot home to live in a house that is 20 percent of the size or smaller. Cutting energy costs is a huge perk of living in a tiny home. People like knowing they have a small space to heat and cool. Obviously, cleaning is faster when there is less square footage.

A tiny home offers people the chance to own a house for the first time. Even experienced homeowners enjoy saving money and knowing they can finance the house and pay it off much faster than a traditional house and lot. Tiny houses can cost as little as a few thousand dollars or as much as tens of thousands depending on the technologies the owner wants. Owners can recoup the cost in as little as two years. The furnishings and fixtures also figure into the cost of these homes.

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Another benefit of these homes is people can afford a more rewarding lifestyle. For example, a tiny house on wheels lets people travel the country. Living in a traditional house does not afford this opportunity. When tiny home owners travel, they often meet other tiny owners and gather to visit popular destinations together. A group of people may talk on social media and choose a spot to meet where they can talk in person and enjoy the company of other like-minded individuals.

Things to Consider Before Making Your Purchase

While there are tons of reasons to go tiny, some disadvantages still exist. Tall people, or those who like to have room to move around, may not be as comfortable in tiny surroundings. Traveling all the time may not be as rewarding as having a stable place to call home for some owners.

Before making the decision to go tiny, it is a good idea to talk to people who already live in tiny houses. You can discuss the benefits. Plus, you get answers from someone who understands the good and bad things about living in a tiny house. You will also want to know whether you should go with a mobile version or a standalone property. Both versions offer benefits, but some people want the lifestyle and the small home.

Living in a Tiny House doesn’t mean you cannot live in luxury.

Getting rid of many earthly possessions to “Go Tiny” can be uplifting. Some people refer to it as lifting a burden. There are many fewer things to move when you go on vacation or clean the house. Plus, tiny homes are much more inexpensive to maintain. Some people say they can cut utility costs to below a hundred dollars a month with a tiny house. Another perk is helping the environment.

People living in tiny houses have a much smaller footprint, use less energy, and often have less waste. These houses are available all over the world with Japan, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, France, and the United States offering a variety of options including two-story tiny homes. You can even find these places on docks near the water. The tiny movement is here to stay, offering square footage at premium prices.

Beverly Hills REALTOR Charged with Theft

REALTOR Goes to Jail for leveraging his real estate license to get into homes and steal from high profile victims

Authorities in Los Angeles, California have arrested a Beverly Hills Realtor and an accomplice for participation in an alleged burglary scheme. Realtor Jason Emil Yaselli, age 32, is accused of conspiring with Benjamin Eitan Ackerman, also 32, to rob luxury homes throughout Los Angeles and profit from selling the stolen goods.

Persistence to Jail the Agent

The Los Angeles Police Department initially began investigating the high profile burglaries in September of 2018 and arrested Benjamin Ackerman at that time. However, the district attorney decided not to move forward with the case.

Nevertheless, the investigation continued, ultimately implicating Beverly Hills Realtor Jason Yaselli as well alleged accomplice Ackerman in the theft plot.

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According to authorities, the pair would stake out homes by pretending that an impeccably dressed Ackerman was an interested homebuyer, or in some cases, that he was also a real estate agent.

Ackerman and Yaselli are accused of robbing the homes of several high profile victims including singers Usher, Jason Derulo, and Adam Lambert, as well as numerous others.

Police allege the theft ring was active from December 2016 through August 2018. More than two thousand stolen items were found in both the home and storage unit of Benjamin Ackerman.

Once items were stolen, they were sold with a significant portion of the proceeds designated to pay down Yaselli’s credit card debt. Authorities say the men were depositing as much as $20,000 monthly from the thefts.

What Agents Spend Money On

The men are accused of stealing designer clothes, headphones, expensive jewelry, liquor, and art valued at more than half a million dollars from 14 homes.

The security cameras at the targeted homes were often damaged or tampered with, a fact that first made investigators suspect more than one suspect was involved.

Yaselli and Ackerman face several charges for numerous offenses including: 14 residential burglary counts

  • 32 money laundering counts
  • 2 identity theft counts
  • 2 conspiracy counts.

Make Bond?

Ackerman was released on a one million dollar bond. He made a statement via his attorney proclaiming his innocence and claiming the prosecution released the names of high profile victims to generate publicity.

Yaselli’s bond was set at $1.73 million.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a statement encouraging consumers to take the time to verify the identity of individuals to avoid being targeted by scammers.

NAR indicated that conducting an internet search or directly calling the real estate firm are two easy ways to confirm real estate credentials.

Gulf of Mexico Recovery Efforts Lead to Boom in Recreational Offshore Fishing

Seeing the Beauty of The Gulf

The Gulf of Mexico beaches are unique because of their color and sand. The gulf shores are usually never crowded, even during the summer. Taking great pictures during the day of water, family, and capturing pelicans up-close settling in on the pier is fun. Around the Louisiana gulf shores, one of the popular things people do is to catch fish. A large part is because of recent conservation efforts. From inshore to deep sea fishing, the options for seeing their beauty and to fish in this area is popular for all ages.

The Gulf of Mexico is a very popular tourist spot to most people year-round; to catch fish, but the best offshore fishing is seasonal. The Gulf is home to over twenty marine mammal species including the West Indian manatee, minke whales, humpback whales, and bottlenose dolphins. In the Gulf, fishing is an important business. Two of the most popular species that people look for are yellowfin tuna and giant Marlin. The Gulf has different water temperatures in different locations, but their lowest is during the month of January and at their highest from June through August.

For tourists who may have never had the experience of deep-sea fishing, you can always book private charters. They are affordable for a day for first-timers and families. Professional guides will educate everyone on the boat and will even help you hook species of fish like the yellowfin tuna.

People who love the outdoors will like charter fishing.  A good charter captain can customize your trip based on your specific wants and interests.  Additionally, look out for restaurants who, for a small price, will gladly cook up your catch into a wonderful evening meal just the way you request it. 

Enjoy A Relaxing Moment On A Sunset Cruise

A “Sunset Cruise” is a great way to spend a relaxing time after a long day of fishing.  A sunset cruise is typically an open-ocean catamaran that takes people out on short excursions for an evening of fun on the water.  These mini-cruises provide everyone drinks, snacks, and hors d’oeuvres. Since it is an open cabin, you will have room to stretch and relax. These cruises normally travel about one-and-a-half to two hours while giving everyone beautiful views of the Gulf shoreline full of white-sand that can be seen for miles.

Catch Fish In The Gulf Coast Is Popular All-Year

To catch fish for a hobby, a sport, or for a thrill, goes on twelve months along the Gulf Coast. Although not all saltwater fish hang around every month of the year, the difference in water temperature goes up and down each season which produces certain times of the year motivating fish to migrate. The weather influences the feeding of fish. When it comes time for you to fish on the Gulf during a certain month, they have charts to let you know when you have a great chance to catch your favorite fish. 

Discount Real Estate Broker Expands

Sell Your Home Cheap with 1 percent lists

The success of the discount real estate brokerage model has a Louisiana brokerage expanding to service all of Louisiana.

 

A Louisiana Discount Real Estate Broker, 1 Percent Lists is expanding their unique value proposition for selling homes with a discounted real estate commission, across Louisiana.

1 Percent Lists was formed in 2016 with one agent/owner and has grown to five different real estate markets across Louisiana and 17 REALTORS.  Their success and growth can be attributed to their unique value proposition for selling a home for market rate while saving the home seller thousands of dollars in commissions.

The expansion of the real estate brokerage is into the Baton Rouge LA real estate market, Lafayette real estate market and the Southernmost tip of Louisiana affectionately referred to as the Bayou area. This is in addition to the existing markets of Greater New Orleans and the New Orleans Northshore.

The full service, discount real estate brokerage has seen massive growth with 17 million in sales in 2017, 37 million in sales in 2087 and forecast to exceed 80 million for 2019.  With hundreds of homes sold, each offering a standard commission to the Buyers Agent, but only 1 percent to the listing broker, they have saved their clients over two million dollars ($2,000,000) in real estate commissions.

Grant Clayton, The Founder of 1 Percent Lists had this to say:

 

We set out to disrupt the real estate industry. The standard 6% commission model had not adjusted for modern technology and the internet.  Today, we can be much more efficient selling a home than in the past, so there was no real reason to still charge six percent.  We leverage modern digital marketing techniques and don’t waste time with the outdated processes still in use by many real estate agents today. 

 

Many real estate agents want to join the brokerage because they feel they provide true value to the home seller, by saving them thousands of dollars in real estate commission.  With the influx of new REALTORS across Louisiana offering discount real estate brokerage services, 1 Percent Lists is expected to see massive growth over the next 24 months.

Technology has been key to making the Discount Real Estate Brokerage Model a success.  1 Percent lists have recently rolled out a new public facing website, giving homebuyers the ability to search the majority of the homes in Louisiana, while being educated on how real estate commissions work.

About 1 Percent Lists:

1 Percent Lists is a Discount Real Estate Broker in Louisiana.  All real estate agents and brokers are licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission.

Click to learn more about 1 Percent Lists

 

Main Office:

123 TerraBella Boulevard Suite 2C,

Covington, LA 70433

Office Phone:

(985) 807-0001

Mandeville Office:

145 Fontainebleau Dr

Mandeville, LA 70471

(504)875-6599

 

 

Press Release Published on NAS Press:  http://www.naswpressonline.org/real-estate/discount-real-estate-broker-expands/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing a Digital Marketing Agency

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CHOOSING A DIGITAL MARKETING AGENCY
How to choose a Digital Marketing Company for your business.

 

Unless you have been in a cave for the last 10 years, you understand that you cannot market any business today without leveraging the Internet.  There is a multitude of options when it comes to internet marketing including:

  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Paid Google Ads – PPC
  • Facebook Advertising
  • Social Remarketing
  • Google Remarketing
  • and a thousand variations of each of the above.

Most business owners understand that if they want their advertising spend to not go to waste, they need to hire a professional digital marketing firm.  Since the government shutdown is over, we expect real estate to be ferocious in 2019

Check Your Websites SEO

Unfortunately, one of the biggest scams on the internet is people claiming to “get you on the first page of Google” for $99 per month.

Digital Marketing is the use of the web to get your business in front of a targeted group of people.

Choosing The Right Digital Marketing Company

Choosing a reputable internet marketing agency can be a trying process.  It’s easy to get taken advantage of. Many unsuspecting business owners get burned when they move forward with one of those bad actors who claim to get you on the first page of Google for $99 per month.

What makes things even worse is that since organic ranking of a website takes time, sometimes upwards of over 12 months, a lot of time and money can be wasted before you recognize that you have been duped.

All search engine optimization strategies should be custom designed for your industry and business goals.  There is never a “one size fits all” SEO strategy

Digital Marketing can be extremely complicated.  If you speak with the most reputable SEO agencies, you will find out that they spend an enormous amount of resources on SEO tools and staying up to date.  It has been said that Google updates its algorithm 200 times per year.  To stay abreast of the changes in ranking factors requires someone who is dedicated to their craft.

Asking the right questions can assist you in making sure that you are dealing with a reputable SEO firm.

  • Ask how long they have been in business
  • See if they are listed with the Better Business Bureau
  • Does their website rank organically on Google?
  • Get a list of their current clients and find out their rankings

Since fraudulent online reviews is a common Black Hat SEO tactic, we recommend being cautious when leaning on reviews to prove an online marketing agencies validity.

Google Penalizes Bad Actors

Not only will a fraudulent SEO agency waste your valuable time and money, but they can cause irreparable damage to your brand and business.  If the SEO guru you have hired is using unscrupulous SEO tactics – known as Black Hat SEO – you may find that Google penalizes your website by pushing it further down in the rankings.  In the worst of cases, they may even “deindex” your website, which means that you are not able to be found at all.

Black Hat SEO Tactics

Black hat SEO tactics are maneuvers that are implemented that fall outside of the stated Google guidelines.  This may include:

  • Keyword Stuffing
  • Automatic Link Generation
  • Links from Private Blog Networks or PBNs
  • Spinning Copy as Opposed to Original Copy
  • Hacking Other Sites to Inject Links
  • Mass 301 Redirects

 

The Tools of an SEO Agency

Find out what digital marketing tools the prospective agency uses.  Some of the most common SEO tools are:

SEMrush

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the Digital Marketing Agency that you choose is an ultra-important decision for the success of your business.  Unfortunately, since most business owners are novices (at best) when it comes to the world of search engine optimization, it can be easy to be taken advantage of.  Be careful and do your own due diligence.

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