May 2017

Natalie Swanson
Real Estate Team

On a Personal Note

Happy Mother’s Day
Any woman can become a mother but what does it mean to be Mom?
Who are these wonder women and what do they do?

I believe a loving Mom is her child’s mother, often her husband’s wife, a best friend, and a sister, among many other things.  She works as the PTO president, social worker, executive assistant, store clerk, band director, school counselor, and business owner. She spends countless hours both at work and home. 
We owe a debt of gratitude for all the wonderful Moms making a difference in our lives. Their hard work and dedication leaves us a beautiful legacy. Moms show their love in so many ways. They care for others, teach, spend time with, have understanding, always share, give up, wipe tears, washes dishes, changes diapers, cleans dirty feet, cooks dinner, prays for, watches over, makes lunches, drives on field trips, gives advice, corrects, sings to, sets an example, wraps presents, bakes birthday cakes, cleans, plans, sacrifices, and need we say more?
If you are a Mom, God bless you today and may this Mother’s Day be especially wonderful. If you are celebrating your Mom this month, don’t let a moment go by without letting her know how much you appreciate all that she has done for you and your family.
Another Mother's Day is here,
Bringing joy and pleasures new,
On this special day, Mother dear,
I want to remember you
I cannot give you costly gifts,
And I've told you this before,
No matter what I give to you,
You give back much, much more

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Mother's Day Story

From a Mother’s Point of View

Dan came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty juice boxes and food wrappers strewn around garden.

The front door was open and there was no sign of the dog. Inside, Dan found a lamp knocked over, the rug piled against a wall, the TV blaring a cartoon, and the family room strewn with toys and clothing. In the kitchen dishes filled the sink. Cereal and juice were spilled on the floor.

Dan ran upstairs looking for his wife, worried that something had happened to her.

He stepped over piles of toys and a heap of toilet paper in the hallway and rushed to the bedroom. He found his wife curled up in her pajamas, reading a book. She looked up, smiled, and asked how his day went.

Dan cried out in disbelief, 'What happened here today?'

His wife smiled serenely and answered, 'You know every day when you come home from work, and you ask me sarcastically what in the world I do all day?'

'Yes,' was Dan’s startled reply.

His wife answered, 'Well, today, I didn't do it.'

May Quiz Question

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We're Obsessed with MidCentury Modern

According to an article by Laura Fenton in Curbed Magazine online, the midcentury modern "look" is everywhere. "If you dine in a contemporary restaurant, there's a chance you'll be seated in a chair that was designed in the 1950s."

The term "midcentury modern" stems from author Cara Greenberg, who says she simply made up the phrase for the title of her 1984 book, Midcentury Modern: Furniture of the 1950s.

The book sold more than 100,000 copies, and once people heard the term "midcentury modern," it made simple sense to them. Midcentury literally means the middle of the century, or the 1950s, so there was no explanation required. Furniture of that era had an iconic style, slightly Scandinavian, with slanted angles rather than straight up and down lines. Consumers today are attracted to those clean, organic lines, as opposed to the overstuffed look of furniture from the 1990s.

Fenton points out that midcentury design is by no means the only furniture style to have come back into vogue after its day. In the late 1960s, Art Deco became popular, and the term "art deco" was coined only after a later generation took an interest in the period.

While most of us can tell the difference between art deco and midcentury modern when we see it, few us could properly describe the difference. It's that recognition and sense of “belonging” that attracts us to style and design, and drives us to live among the furnishings of a particular period.

Perhaps someday, "latecentury square" will describe the furnishings of the 1990s, and our Pottery Barn furniture will have become a collector's item.

Mid-Year Money Checkup

At the start of the year, many of us are more financially conscious than we are towards the middle. That's why financial advisors recommend a mid-year "consciousness-raising" financial checkup in these 5 areas:

1. Spending. Are you overspending on luxury items, such as subscriptions and dining out?
2. Savings. Are you putting a consistent amount away each month, and are you reaching your stretch goal?
3. Maintenance. Are you spending enough on maintenance that you avoid large costs from possible break-downs in cars, appliances, healthcare, etc.?
4. Earning. Are you earning enough to support your lifestyle? Do you need to take a side job to earn extra income?
5. Investing. Are you investing regularly for college, retirement, buying a home, etc.?
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What's the best way to pay my mortgage off earlier?

Paying your mortgage off faster makes you more secure, and saves you tens of thousands of dollars (possibly hundreds of thousands) in interest. If you could knock 5 or more years off your mortgage, that’s 5 years sooner you can retire, or 5 years’ worth of payments you can use to enjoy your retirement. Here are five common approaches to accelerating your mortgage. The one you choose depends on your financial situation.
  • Divide a single payment by 12. Add that amount to each monthly payment to make one extra payment a year.
  • Make an extra house payment quarterly to pay off a mortgage as much as 10 years earlier.
  • Pay half of your payment every two weeks, also known as bi-weekly payments.
  • Round up your payments so you’re paying at least a few extra dollars a month.
  • Increase your payment when you get a raise, bonus, or other windfall.
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