“Shut Up and Sell Mortgages”
Before I get to this week’s mortgage tip, I would like to thank all the people who responded so positively to my recent email and blog post criticizing Donald Trump. I would also like to respond to the few people who objected to my message.
I have been told by some real estate agents that they will never refer anyone to me again for a mortgage. This threat might mean something if it were not for the fact that literally none of these people have ever referred anyone to me. It’s almost as if their threats are fake news.
I have been told that I am a fool for not recognizing that I am alienating 50% of my potential market. My response is that I am well aware of the money I might lose by unequivocally stating that I believe anyone who votes for Trump is very misguided. I believe this is known as “putting your money where your mouth is”. It doesn’t pay as well as censoring yourself in the name of profit, but I can tell you with 100% accuracy and honesty, it is infinitely more satisfying to stand by your principles than it is to have some more money.
I have been told that even though our president exemplifies and encourages racism, dishonesty, greed, misogyny, and hatred, people vote for him because he is a man of values. To these Trump loyalists, most of whom claim to be Christian, I ask where exactly in the bible does it state that racism, dishonesty, greed, misogyny, and hatred are the values that Jesus taught? Please provide chapter and verse.
We are at a critical juncture in our country. In the coming election, we are being asked to decide if we want to go down the path of corruption in the name of profit and hatred, or if we categorically reject that.
I love this country. I am also a white, educated, financially well-off, straight male, who has been afforded every opportunity for success. No one has ever discriminated against me in any way that was of consequence. I am one of the lucky ones, and because of that, I have a moral obligation to speak for those of us who are less fortunate. If I remained silent, I would surely need a moral compass recalibration.
I love the fact that I live in the same country as people who speak a different language, have a different skin color, have different sexual preferences, or differ from me in countless other ways. I also love the fact that so many people are willing to risk their lives to live here illegally. I welcome them all and hope they can have even a fraction of the opportunity I have been afforded.
As difficult as this may be to believe, I also love the fact that not everyone agrees with me politically. When I was a child, I was forced – and I mean forced – to discuss politics and religion and all the subjects we now shy away from in the name of getting along with each other. Our attitude of self-censure has led to the current state of affairs, and I reject it. We MUST discuss politics, racism, hatred, corporate greed, police brutality, and all the other things that divide our great country at the moment.
My only hope is that a few people reading this will think a bit more about their political stance or willingness to speak out in defense of the people who cannot speak for themselves. I would suggest that everyone reading this, whether in agreement or disagreement, read the Declaration of Independence. We all know the Preamble, but after that, there is a list of the complaints our forefathers had with the King of England. When reading through this list, think of Trump rather than King George III. It is frighteningly apropos.
And now for this week’s mortgage tip. Interest rates are still at historical lows. If you have been holding off on purchasing a house or refinancing an existing mortgage because interest rates were not low enough, your wait has come to an end. Contact us today to see how easy it is to buy a house or save some money on your existing mortgage.