How Should Nonmilitary Celebrate Veterans Days?

We say thank you.  Not just today, but every day.

All gave some, Some gave all.

While there is no way that any thank you can be deep enough, I give back in the only way I know how.  All active, retired and Veteran military receive 25% of my commission at close of escrow as a thank you for your service.  I am deeply grateful for your sacrifice.  Other Veterans Day offers and discounts can be found here

Historical trivia:  World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles.  World War I officially ended at at 11:00 am on November 11, 1918. 11/11 at 11:00. This is why President Wilson wanted a 2 minute observance at 11 am and Veterans Day is on November 11th.

  • 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
  • 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
  • 1.8 million veterans are women.
  • 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans.
  • 5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
  • 2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945).
  • 2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2008, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • 5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.
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Why is REALTOR® in all capital letters?

My husband asks me about this because he doesn’t like the flow of having a capital word “yelling” at someone in the middle of a document. Don’t worry, in real life I’m not the yelling type. I’m more of a slow simmer, take deep breaths and logic it through type of person. It’s the gift of coming from a big family…either learn the art of patience, communication and logic or get upset a lot. Life is seriously too short for that.

The short answer to the question is REALTOR® is a registered trademark so yes, I have to put it in all caps. Technically speaking, it is pronounced as it is written and not the “Realator” that we often hear. A lot of agents get upset about pronunciation, but honestly, I don’t care how you pronounce it. It’s more important to understand there are subtle differences between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®.

REALTOR®

Both real estate agents and REALTORS® must be licensed by the state(s) they work in to sell real estate. The basic difference is that a REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and by being a member, we must follow a specific Code of Ethics.

But what does this mean to you?

The Code of Ethics contains 17 Articles and Standards of Practice. As a REALTOR®, I and my fellow REALTORS®, agree to abide by higher standards and rules. These standards are more restrictive and limits how we conduct ourselves…in a good way. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that all REALTORS® are morally or ethically superior to real estate agents, but it is an attempt by the industry to regulate conduct to the benefit of those who hire us.

Now, don’t be confused and think that Real Estate Agents are running about willy-nilly without oversite. Real Estate Agents and REALTORS® must be placed under a Real Estate Broker. The Broker allows the agent to act on behalf of the Brokerage. Meanwhile, the Broker oversees all of the work we do, verifies contracts are written correctly and helps resolve disputes, should they arise. When you sign a listing, you are actually hiring the brokerage who is allowing that specific agent to work on your behalf.

The main difference, besides who carries the liability, is education. Brokers are required to do more education than agents and have been in the business longer. The standards of how long vary by state. As an example, I am a Broker in Washington state but have not chosen to go through the classes and testing to become a Broker in Arizona, even though I have the years of experience to qualify as a Broker. Mostly, because I love what I do and don’t want to be stuck in an office looking over contracts. I much prefer working with you, my buyers and sellers.

In larger organizations there is a Principal Broker, who oversees Brokers, who oversee the agents. Clear as mud, right? If you have further questions or want clarification on anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

About the Author

Before getting into a business relationship with someone, people learn as much as they can about that person. They research to see if they have similar goals, are reliable, have the financial means they need to follow through on their obligations and most important, can they be trusted.

Buying a home is a relationship that goes beyond merely “business”. This person is not only helping you negotiate what will probably be your most expensive purchase but help you find the place where you will make friends, raise your family or spend your retirement.  Hiring a real estate agent shouldn’t be a quick, easy decision or one made off the cuff.

So, before getting too involved in my blog, you should know more about who is writing this. First off, here’s my professional bio.

Raised in a real estate family Dana always had a passion for real estate.  In 2005 she made the jump from Human Resources Director to REALTOR®.  With her experience in contract negotiations and attention to detail, Dana gained a reputation for protecting her clients’ interests. Honesty, strong negotiations and clear and consistent communication join uncompromising integrity as the hallmarks of Dana’s service.

Dana is licensed in two states but keeps her focus on Arizona where she lives with her husband in the Phoenix valley.  Dana is known not only for her professionalism and high ethical standards but for being honest, friendly and hard-working.  She does absolutely everything in her power to ensure her clients satisfaction.  Dana’s father and brothers all served in the US military, giving her a unique understanding and empathy for those who have served.  Dana is a Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS designation) and proud member of the Heroes Home Advantage, a real estate rebate program for those that protect, serve and care for our country and community: military, law enforcement, firefighters, health care, emergency personnel and teachers.

In her personal time, Dana is committed to giving back and serving not only her community but also nationally and internationally. Locally she volunteers with children and seniors. Nationally Dana volunteers and raises funds to rescue victims of human trafficking. 

If that answers your questions, great. If you want to know more, read on…

I enjoy people and love learning about their life, passions, beliefs, and values even when they are diverse from mine.  I’m perpetually curious and enjoy watching historical documentaries, reading books and visiting museums.

You should be aware, it’s not unusual for me to try a new look from time to time, so don’t get too pent up on what my picture looks like. I may be blonde, brown, red or black, straight or curly, glasses or contacts etc. It really depends on my mood and what my Stylist will let me do. Currently she is opposed to letting me go black again. Darn it!

Dana Bentley Black Real Estate Gilbert Arizona in Cambodia                 Business Photo - Suit                     Dana Bentley Black Real Estate Gilbert Arizona in Cambodia (2)

All of that being said, I do care about people and believe deeply that we should not leave this world without having made positive differences during our time here. While I actively support various charities with my time and finances, I have a passion for the work in Cambodia through Water of Life Asia and the people they help. I try to visit them every 1 to 1.5 years, bringing a small group with me. Occasionally I have an opportunity to speak about their work.

Why am I writing this blog?   When I decided to relocate to the Valley of the Sun, we had a very hard time finding a real estate agent who could assist us.  Having grown up in a real estate family and being an agent for several years, I knew what to look for.  The problem is, I couldn’t find it.  I interviewed countless agents, hired and subsequently fired around half a dozen agents before I found one that I trusted enough to help us find the place we were going to begin our life in Arizona.

On top of that, I had a ton of questions about various areas, businesses, new construction, shopping districts etc.  I ended up doing a lot of research online, on yelp, at http://www.spotcrime.com etc.  Of course, I now have clients with similar questions so I decided to start this blog to help them find the right community to raise their family.

To sum it up: Your home is where your life happens.  Choosing where you live isn’t just a matter of a nice house, but what is around it.  Helping you find that place for you and your family, is why I started this blog.

Who am I?  A person that loves what I do and believes in working hard, playing hard, laughing often, loving deeply and doing the right thing.