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IRS Reminder

The IRS sends out a Newswire Newsletter regularly with very helpful tips. #IR-2023-43 is reminder to retirees who turned 72 during 2022 that April 1, 2023 is the last day to receive their first Required Minimum Distribution. In later years you must receive the money by Dec. 31. There is information about IRS Publication 590-8, […]

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Oscar Winners at the 91st Annual Academy Awards - Press Room held at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, USA on February 24, 2019.


My family is avid movie goers. And our interests are varied. But I have found that I do not agree in recent years with the Movie of the Year selections by the movie industry. Nomadland, Parasite, Shape of Water, Moonlight and Birdman will never make my top 1000 movies. And this year they selected Everything, Everywhere, […]

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The year is over; all the brackets are done. The big question is, "How did you do?" In a contest of 68 people I finished 58th. Last year I picked Virginia, one year too early. This year I picked Gonzaga. I thought that I was going to do well, but I lost to people who pick by the team's mascots. Thinking back, after all these years, I cannot remember ever winning one of the bracket contests. But I still believe that I will win next year. The final games were excellent. Many of them came down to one last shot, one last foul, one last miss. A radio host last week was lamenting how bad NCAA basketball has become; impossible to watch. Well, the last games put that to rest. You could make a good case for so many teams to win: Auburn, Texas Tech, Belmont, Wofford, and other teams who have never won, a category that includes Virginia. Virginia’s coach, Tony Bennett, is outstanding and they deserved to win. He is 49 and looks 25. I followed his dad when he won titles at University of Wisconsin at Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin. Makes me feel old, because when I played against Green Bay, they were a two year extension school of the UW. While at UWGB, Tony set a record for 3 point shooting, 49.7% and won the Naismith Award for Best Player under 6 foot. He played a few years in the NBA and then around the world. He followed his dad as coach at Washington State and then he went on to Virginia. This could be the first of many championships as he coaches tough defense. His defense is called, pack the line and it was designed by his father. You force the ball into the middle of the floor which helps close passing lanes and there is more weak side help. One expert said that it is like a boa constrictor choking out an opponent. In a few years we will be hoping that someone beats UVA because they will be winning many times. Bennett has already won the Hank Iba coaching award (three times), the only other person who has done that was John Wooden. Can you imagine what these two years of winning will do to UVA recruiting? Great story about Tony’s life in Wikipedia. Worth a read. See you next year for another MM.

March Madness

The first weekend is over and all 80 million brackets have been busted. Fairleigh Dickinson’s win over Purdue busted most of them. Mine was busted by the first game, Maryland versus West Virginia. Then, all my chances of winning were removed when my winning pick, hometown Marquette, who won the Big East this year lost […]

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Wayne Bell

Wayne Bell was the Real Estate Commissioner for California. When he was the jefe, he commissioned with competence and wrote many outstanding articles. He is still writing. An outstanding recent effort is entitled, “Short-Term Rentals”. The informative subtitle is, “Do Persons Acting as Agents in the Short-Term Rental Business in California Need a Real Estate License?” […]

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Meeting People

Meeting nice people is the name of the game in real estate. I stumbled onto a method in the past few years. I walk in my local area and see nice people and dogs all the time. In the past I would ask the nice people if I could say hello. In almost all cases […]

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Doug McCauley


This bulletin is very valuable due to its pertinent topics. This issue covers the new State Laws for 2023 and there are many, a list of DRE publications for your education, handling of unclaimed property, and a comprehensive discussion by Commissioner Doug McCauley concerning licensing exams. I learned a lot (they are psychometrically designed).  Also, […]

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Born 2010 to Present: Generation Alpha Born 1997 to 2010:     Generation Z Born 1981 to 1997:       Millennials Born 1965 to 1980:       Generation X Born 1946 to 1964:       Baby Boomers Born 1928 to 1945:       Silent Generation Pre-1928                      Greatest Generation The TV advertisers are always looking for the Millennials and pay more money for programs they […]

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