I hope you are enjoying the summer and finding some fun things to do as July has slipped away so quickly. The weather has been so hot in many places that wildfires are prevalent throughout the country. It might be time to think about another kind of disaster preparedness, this time for your pets. Since emergencies can come in many forms, you may be required to leave your home for a safer location. Do not leave your pets behind, be prepared. Here are some very simple steps you can follow.
You can find more on ASPCA’s website for their disaster prep checklist. www.aspca.org. Download the ASPCA's disaster prep checklist.
Almost every team member of our office has a love of animals. Check out the picture with Mckenzie, Linette’s granddaughter with our puppy, Lady now five months old.
Annual Bike Ride Salem, Oregon to Washington, D.C.
For six years our friend Tom Harris has ridden his bike from Salem, Oregon to Washington, D.C. hoping to finish around July 4th. This year he arrived on July 10th just as the fences were being taken down around the capitol building. People do many things in retirement, but few have goals like Tom’s. He and his wife, Barbara have sent pictures of Tom’s trips highlighting the people Tom meets along the way and the conversations they share. Tom says next year will be his final ride.
Did You Know? It is 2,854 miles or 4593 km from Salem to Washington, D.C. which would take about 41 hours, 51 minutes to drive. It takes Tom about three months on his bike.
Judith McGee, L.H.D., CFP®, ChFC®
Executive Vice President and Senior Lead Advisor
The latest data on housing starts and existing home sales is available this week. While the housing sector has been an area of strength throughout much of the past year, it has begun to slow over the past few months. The number of building permits and housing completions fell in May, while housing starts increased. Existing home sales also fell in May, the fourth consecutive monthly decline. Analysts suggest that activity in the housing sector is approaching pre-pandemic activity levels. A lack of available inventory and escalating prices are prominent factors in holding back sales.
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