Wednesday, October 31, 2007

How I Survived Cancer.... By Las Vegas Realtor Steve Harless

How I Survived Cancer....
After a what seemed to be a routine tonsilitis operation, I could not understand why the Doctor had called me back to his office so soon. Little did I know that I was in for the surprise of my life. Yet, today, I can still hear the words echoing out of the doctor's mouth. "Steve, You have cancer of the throat, and 8 jellybean sized cancerous tumors in your lymph nodes in your neck" cut and dry. Just Like THAT he uttered these words:
You have a year left to live.
That is when the tears started to flow and the reality set in that I have CANCER!
That being said, My Cancer drama started Feb 26, 2007. At the time, I recall how calm I was. That of course would soon change as a mirage of scenerios went through my mind. Then I went about asking the doctor, "So, How do I beat this thing?"
This smug Doctor, with no compassion and concern in his voice at all for my personal welfare, (at the time I had no insurance) said: Well, you will need a radical neck dissection, that could put you out of commission for about 3-4 months, and then he uttered the most shocking news besides the possibility that I would die,,,, You may never be able to talk again.
GEEZE, I started to panic...How will I survive? How will I be able to make a living?....Sales is all I have ever known....What will my wife do? my family!!! I almost fainted from this overwhelming sensation of fear. Then I remembered my Tony Robbins training about FEAR- (False - Evidence - Acquiring - Reality) and survival mode was kicking in. It was at that point I made up my mind. God willing, I WAS GOING TO SURVIVE. Not only did I make up my mind that I was going to survive, I re-focused my mind that I was going to rededicate my life, and perform life at the highest level possible.
Shortly after the bad news, I got a second opinion, I was referred to another doctor, Dr. Anita Pomeranz at the Nevada Cancer Institute. This angel on earth not only helped save my life, she helped give me the courage to fight like hell. Doctor Pomeranz then broke the news to me that I could not eat for 6 months or longer. I had to get a JPEG tube inserted in my stomache and had to go on a liquid diet. so much for steak and beer! (*On a positive note: I ended up losing 70 lbs. However I don't recommend the cancer diet for ANYONE!)
April 23, 2007 ,,,,I went on a program of Chemotherapy and had Radiation treatments for 7 weeks. It was grueling and I was constantly tired and worn out. The constant spitting up of blood, was absolutely the lowest point of my life. But, I prayed everyday, and as I begged God everyday to heal me, the lord delivered instant peace and comfort to me. With in days of starting treatment the bleeding in my throat stopped. I was still tired and exhausted (I would sleep 18 hours a day) My broker, Michele Sullivan was there for me. She helped with my closings and made sure I got paid and supported me morally. Then I started to realize about how lucky I was to have the people that were around me....slowly, and methodically, I constantly would think positive thoughts about how fortunate I was about everything in my life...good and bad. (when your sick, things like this happen) slowly but surely, I got better. I struggled. I was constantly vommiting everday from the treatment, I embraced this,,,,because I was still alive to vomit. my body would shake with weakness. GOOD! THAT MEANS I AM STILL HERE! It was this day August 23, 2007 that I realized that you have to embrace the Good, and the bad in life to live. What a life lesson!!!! It was at this moment I learned to make everything passionate no matter how trivial and small. even small things like being able to open a door, or walking outside, or being able to dress myself.
So, to make a long story short, My Cancer drama just ended October 22, 2007! I just got my tube removed from my stomach and The doctor told me I escaped from a tangerine size tumor in my neck (the worst he had ever seen) all my lymph nodes were clear! It was a MIRACLE!!!
The moral of the story and my personal message to the active rain community is this: No matter how good or bad things are going, count your blessings daily, hug your family, realize how lucky you are to live, AND LIVE PASSIONATELY EVERYDAY!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Las Vegas Condos Foreclosures

Recently, there has been a large number of foreclosures for sale in Las Vegas. If you are interested in purchasing a forclosure for investment, or to live in, feel free to send your requests to Las Vegas Realtor [Steve Harless] or call direct at 702-217-1680.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Southern Calif. home sales plunge 30 pct in Sept

Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:33pm EDT
More Business & Investing News... By Jim Christie

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sales of houses and condominiums in the most populous Southern California counties fell 29.9 percent from the previous month and 48.5 percent from a year earlier, DataQuick Information Systems said on Tuesday.

The report covers the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura and showed a total of 12,455 new and existing homes and condos sold in September, the lowest since the company began recording the data in 1988.

3 Largest Banks Team on Rescue Fund

Monday October 15, 8:11 pm ET
By Joe Bel Bruno, AP Business Writer
Nation's Three Largest Banks Team to Create a Rescue Fund of Sorts

NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's three largest banks said Monday they are teaming up to create a rescue fund of sorts -- potentially as large as $100 billion -- to help bail out troubled global credit markets.

Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., and JPMorgan Chase & Co., at the prodding of the Treasury Department, will buy distressed debt from markets roiled during the summer's financial crisis. The joint effort is the result of more than a month of talks mediated by the government.

The plan is designed to inject more confidence into the market and increase investor appetite for the short-term debt known as commercial paper. The market for commercial paper, which is crucial for companies to fund short-term borrowing needs and which has historically been considered very safe, locked up this summer.

That followed a crisis in the mortgage industry, as people defaulted on their home loans at a skyrocketing rate. It caused a widespread aversion to risk and led the Federal Reserve to pump money into the financial system, though the latest plan relies more heavily on the banks themselves.

It was not known how much money would be put into the fund, but there have been reports it could be between $80 billion to $100 billion. Each bank will put up an unspecified amount of its own capital into the fund.

"The problem is festering and I think they are trying to get ahead of it," said Professor Scott Stewart of the Boston University School of Management. "This is exactly what they should be doing -- accepting responsibility instead of asking the government to bail them out."

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who met personally with chief executives from all three banks, said he's pleased with the plan and "that it will have real benefits to the marketplace."

The government's role in coming up with a private-sector solution to the nation's credit problems is similar to the bailout of hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management in 1998. The Fed approached Wall Street's biggest banks to rescue LTCM before its wrong-way financial bets set off a financial shockwave.

This time around, the banks hope to not only prevent credit problems from spreading, but also to bail themselves out. Many banks operate structured investment vehicles, known as SIVs, that collectively are said to have as much as $400 billion worth of assets. Those assets could plunge in value and set off a worldwide fire sale unless the credit markets are stabilized.

The SIVs used short-term commercial paper, sold at low interest rates, to buy longer-term mortgage-backed securities and other instruments with higher rates of return. With the seizure in the credit markets, many SIVs had trouble selling new commercial paper to replace upcoming obligations on older paper.

The new bailout fund -- called the Master Liquidity Enhancement Conduit or M-LEC -- would launch in the next 90 days and be used to buy distressed securities from SIVs. That would in turn give them the capital to pay off their commercial paper obligations, and ultimately extricate themselves from what otherwise might have been substantial losses.

By buying SIVs' distressed investments, the new fund would inject enough liquidity into the market to make investors more confident in buying commercial paper. The funds' backers said they will shy away from risky instruments and buy only highly rated asset-backed debt -- a market that is already beginning to show signs of life.

JPMorgan Chase and BofA do not operate SIVs, but will put money into the fund because they'll earn fees for helping arrange transactions. However, Citigroup has about $100 billion tied into SIV investments, and took the lead during discussions with the government.

Citigroup Chief Financial Officer Gary Crittenden said Monday the plan "could provide reassurance to the market and make the funding of very high-quality assets a little easier."

AP Business Writer Madlen Read contributed to this story from New York.