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Beauty And Order In a Chaotic Real Estate Market

Cirrus in bloom

Here's a little beauty and order in the midst of the turmoil presented by the present real estate market, flooded as it is with bank-owned properties, short sales, and the horde of rude exasperating listing agents (not you--you know the kind I'm talking about.) A Phoenix Rainer was telling me horror stories this evening about such agents.

Jesus of Nazareth said "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.  They toil not, neither do they spin.  And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."  This cirrus holds its own with any lily I've ever seen.

It's good for me to reflect on the beauty and order of the natural world.  Sort of takes the edge off of dealing with short sales and REOs.  Reflection improves my outlook on life and puts things into perspective for me.

We closed a difficult purchase loan today for a Tucson Rainer REALTOR, Kevin Wood.  He's tops in my book.

Kev, this post's for you.  Thanks for all you did to make things work and bring the transaction to the closing table.  You sure earned your commission on this one, and then some!


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, AZ Mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
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Comment balloon 27 commentsMike Jones • May 29 2009 12:22AM


What a remarkable photo. Thanks for sharing, both news of your successful close AND the fact that you did it with a fellow 'Rainer. I buess I would have to call that another Active Rain Success Story.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Amazing -both the photo - the flower -and the scripture :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

I find traveling to a coastal area or meadow or mountain/lake area helps to peel off the stress and make me feel serene and connected again.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 11 years ago


There's something about the outdoors!


Thanks for taking time to comment; come back soon.


Stop on over to Kevin Wood's blog; this certainly was an Active Rain success story.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Beautiful photo, the flower and the hard working little critter. 

Yes, nature and God's Word helps put things in perspective.  :)

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 11 years ago

It's good for me to reflect on the beauty and order of the natural world. 

That's something that's good for ALL of us!

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORSĀ®) over 11 years ago

Mike you are right about something with the outdoors. Nicely written post and great flower shot... 

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Good post. I like the beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 11 years ago

Take that time to enjoy the beauty and the love around us will certainly keep us all going. Im glad the closing worked out.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago


How fitting a photo for a real estate blog! A worker bee, who's world is so dependent on him! Real estate is so dependent on the simple worker that gets up each morning and goes to work.

Kevin that's quite an endorsement!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago


Thanks for noticing the worker bee!  You're the first to mention him, and he's the reason I chose that particular photo.


Good morning!  Thanks for coming by and commenting.


I appreciate that!  See you on your blog.


Thanks, my friend!


It's good to see you; it's been awhile.  Look for me on your blog.


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope all is well for you today.  Success with your client!!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike, I sooooooo agree! Reflecting on nature puts everything back in order and gives us a much needed perpective!  I see what you mean about our parallel universes.  Very beautiful photo to go along with an awesome post!  Thanks, Mike!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 11 years ago

What a nice start to my day my friend.  Thank you for the time to sit and reflect.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Love lilies...we have rings of daylilies throughout our yard....the bee...not soo much...allergic to stings. Great tribute to your Realtor pal and I am sure he appreciates your relationship...enjoy the weekend !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 11 years ago


This post is so right on it 'hurts'...!!! LOL! Make no mistake about it...There is an order in the universe...we just need to tap into HIM...!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike: That is a honeybee in your photo! Nice shot.


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 11 years ago

Mike, you always weave such beautiful imagery, photographic and linguistic, into your posts. Always good to look for the silver lining. Just closed a condo sale for a buyer who stepped in where another buyer could not qualify. End results, happy buyer, happy seller, happy ending. Makes for a good aloha Friday here on Kauai...

Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) over 11 years ago


Your photo is amazing!!What a great shot!! Thanks for the warm message and sharing with us.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 11 years ago

Uncle Mike,

You are so very kind. Thank you

Posted by Kevin Wood,, Tucson, AZ Realtor (Keller Williams Southern Arizona) over 11 years ago

Steve - Simply elegant, and the little visitor to the petals only adds to the delight.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike!
I am known in our family as a real aficionado of nature.  A few years ago I pointed out some extraordinary "foliage"...and it has never been forgotten. On each vacation trip, someone remembers to point out the foliage. Oh well, it IS pretty!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 11 years ago

It's nice to complete a difficult transaction. Thanks for the photo I bet this is the best time in the desert.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago


I can't say one month is better than another in the desert here in Tucson.  Every month has something unique.  May is the month the saguaros bloom.  I'm partial to the spectacular lightning shows we have in August during the height of the summer monsoon.  But it sure is nice to complete difficult transactions any month of the year!  LOL


When my oldest son was little, he called it foilage.  We never corrected him.


Thanks!  It's good to see you.  (I'm not Steve, but you knew that.  LOL)


I sure enjoyed lunch today!


You're very welcome!


I appreciate your encouragement.  You've got a way with words yourself.  Congrats on the sale!!


Yes it is!  Thanks for stopping by.


Amen to that!  Thanks for your email.

Sally & David,

My son shares that allergy, and carries a hypodermic with him all the time.  Thanks for commenting!


I've been away for awhile, and missed commenting on your blog.  You'll see me soon over there.


Congrats on making it through your difficult transaction.  Thanks for stopping by.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Love the photo Mike! I'm less than interested in the RE market as it is. Enough said. I mulled over the ATL gathering, but the timing just isn't right for me. My first reaction was to go; after thinking about it, and aware that I will probably kick myself, I have to listen to my gut feeling and take care of my present priorities first. Don't give up on me yet!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago


It'll all work out in good time.  Have a great weekend!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike - I have a difficult one going right now, and I cannot believe how each day we are supposed to close something new comes up.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 11 years ago


The banks are terribly short-handed, and IMHO, they have laid off the most experienced processors and underwriters in an effort to contain costs.  On this particular transaction, the underwriter who started the file was fired and two business days before closing, a new U/W started from scratch and conditioned us for stuff the first one had not.  It will close for you, though.  Hang tough.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

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