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Pancakes For Paws a Great Success

Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Pancake for Paws Greeter

"Paws" Greeting Guests As They Arrived

Inside FATZ at Pancakes for Paws

Some of the Guests Enjoying Breakfast at Pancakes for Paws

Bill Bapst With Diners at the Pancakes for Paws Breakfast

Bill Bapst With Diners at the Pancakes for Paws Breakfast

Pancakes for Paws Hostess with the Mostest - Waynette

What Pancake Breakfast Could be Complete without a truly gracious hostess? Waynette Greets Guest in style

The Bent Tree Foundation’s “Pancakes for Paws” was a huge success Saturday morning. Money was raised for the new facility to house stray animals found in the Bent Tree community and everyone had a great breakfast. I’m not sure, but I think Waynette, may have missed his, er uh, her calling.

See ya ’round the mountains,

Don

Pancakes for Paws

Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Bent Tree Foundation Fundraiser

Pancakes for Paws

Come Join the Community for Breakfast this Morning!. From 7:30 to 10:30 The Bent Tree Foundation is Sponsoring a Pancakes for Paws Breakfast at the FATZ Cafe in Jasper

Proceeds from the Breakfast will go to complete the Stray Animal Facility for the Bent Tree Community. The Bent Tree Foundation is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing educational and quality-of-life funding to benefit the students and residents of our local community.

Come on out and have some ‘cakes. They will be good and you will be supporting a great cause.

See ya ’round the mountains,
Don

Small Businesses Expecting a Better Year

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Atlanta Journal & Constitution is reporting today that Atlanta Small Business Owners are optimistic about the next 6 months. That is great news for our area as positive business growth in Atlanta will affect our local area. More jobs and more disposable income in the northern suburbs of Atlanta will translate into more traffic into our North Georgia communities affecting service and retail businesses now . Eventually, it will result in a strengthening of the vacation and 2nd home market, which drove a lot of growth here in the two decades prior to 2006. Here is a link to the article on the AJC Website: Atlanta Small Business Owners Optimistic

See ya ’round the mountains,
Don

The Perfect Mortgage Loan ?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

In the press today, we frequently see reports of how hard it is to get a mortgage for a home loan and a great deal of the “blame” for the lack of a better housing recovery is laid at at the feet of the mortgage industry. When I tell folks that in the last 6 years I have not lost a single sale because a qualified buyer couldn’t get a loan they look at me like I have a 3rd eye or my nose just grew 3 inches. Now I am not saying there haven’t been challenges and I am not saying that I haven’t been so mad I could bite nails when a closing was delayed because the mortgage company asked for “new” documentation at the last minute; but, they did all close – eventually.

Below is a link to a great article published by Forbes. (The article was sent to me by my good friend John Palmer at Liberty Home Mortgage. Thanks John.) The premise of the article- and it makes great sense in retrospect – is that mortgage originators are no longer looking for the perfect mortgage or the perfect mortgage customer. The mortgage originator is looking for the perfect mortgage FILE. It makes great sense and it might save all of us a lot of grief if we took this little article to heart.

Take a few minutes and read it through and pass it on to anyone that might be considering buying a home. It is a quick read & a good one.

The Perfect Loan File

See you ’round the Mountains,

Don