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Dean's Tour de France Update

by Dean Kessler

The Tour de France, the world's most prestigious and challenging bicycle race, rolled out of Rotterdam on July 3rd heading south into France. This year the 198 riders are circumnavigating France in a clock-wise direction. And for me, each day evolves around the live video feeds coming from France. Television coverage generally starts at 4:30 am, and I'm there in front of the TV in my PJ's with my french maps spread out in front of me, eating a bowl of oatmeal watching these premier athletes suffer. And I'll try to watch the day's race again when it's rerun in the afternoon or evening. For 21 days these guys cycle 4-5 hours averaging 120 miles per day. Drenching rains, searing heat, relentless wind in your face flats, leg-breaking mountains, the Tour goes on.

I love when the TV cameras focus in on the cyclists faces as they dance on their bike pedals flying up steep mountain roads cresting Alpine mountain passes. I focus in on their facial intensity as they command their body and spirit thru excruciating throes of fatigue and pain. It reminds me of the power I have within me of mental focus. Do I know my goals and have I mapped a road of achievement. And will these roads sometimes be steep with an oaccasional Alpine pass to conquer. If there isn't an occasional Alpine pass, maybe the goals aren't lofty enough!  

Just a couple more days of the Tour left to watch. And on July 26th, I get to sleep in late.

Hot Properties This Week

by Dean Kessler

2301 Fairfield Street, Eureka- A lovely Victorian needing a new owner who appreciates the character of wide moldings, the spaciousness of large rooms with tall ceilings, the light from large windows and the charm of gingerbread trim work. All the hard remodeling work has been done and now it’s time for a fresh decorating approach. The home sits on the north side of an over sized lot providing a large south facing yard for gardens or play area. There’s even a large deck to extend your living area. There is a large detached shop which had been an unpermitted MIL unit and would make an awesome artist studio. Current Price $245,000

BACK ON THE MARKET - 3089 18th Street, Eureka - Cute ranch home offers great location, privacy and mature landscaping. Step into gated courtyard, enjoy the sunny spots. Rear yard has patio area with sliding doors from dining room & master bedroom. Lush shrubs and majestic maples add to the serenity. Inside find vaulted ceilings, wood stove, skylights, tile entry & open kitchen with island. Current Price $250,000

For more information on these two great properties email kristi@thekesslerteam.com or call 707-601-5704.

EUREKA, CA – JULY 6, 2010 – Local real estate agent, DEAN KESSLER of THE KESSLER REAL ESTATE TEAM, is a Certified Distressed Property Expert, and is now offering free educational information for homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgages. 

Accessible through www.EurekaForeclosureHelp.com, these educational materials clearly explain what a homeowner’s options are when faced with an unaffordable mortgage, as well as the benefits of each option. 

One option highlighted in the website is the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program, or HAFA, which offers eligible homeowners $3,000 to pursue a short sale or deed-in-lieu, two alternatives to foreclosure. 

“We often find that homeowners in a difficult financial situation will hesitate to directly contact a professional for help,” KESSLER said. “My website offers a way to learn about what options are available so anyone can empower themselves with the necessary knowledge and then contact me to help pursue their best options.” 

The latest numbers on mortgage delinquency show that approximately one in every seven mortgages is in some stage of delinquency. While they might not be immediately foreclosed upon, these homeowners become more at risk of foreclosure the longer they wait to do something about their missed mortgage payments. 

“Many of these distressed homeowners bought their homes in a financially responsible manner,” KESSLER said. “Unfortunately, these people have had their finances turned upside-down over the past few years. Now, they must make their mortgage payments with constricting incomes.”

The CDPE designation KESSLER has acquired provides real estate professionals with specific understanding of the complex issues confronting the real estate industry. Through comprehensive training and experience, CDPEs are able to provide solutions for homeowners facing financial hardship in today’s market. 

For more information about the CDPE Designation, visit www.cdpe.com.

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