How to Protect Yourself from the Equifax Hacking

Half of the country is freaking out. That's about how many people are potentially affected by the unprecedented Equifax hack. If you're the average person who's afraid of having your data stolen - and by data, we mean your name, Social Security number, birth date, addresses, credit card numbers, and driver's license number that were reportedly involved in this breach - you may have already taken some steps to limit the damage. But what if you're in the process of buying a home or are getting ready to do so? How does this hack affect you, and what can you do to make sure you are protected?

Hurricanes, Homes and Heros

We were all glued to the television this past week as the destruction of hurricanes Harvey and Irma swept through the South.  It is likely personal for many of us.  We have family in Puerto Rico who gathered together to ride out the storm.  Fortunately, they are fine but we were extremely concerned. .  

The other thing that we saw on the television were heroes.  Americans of all races, creeds helping save lives without bias.  This is what is great about America.  It is my wish that we can build from this destruction on the goodness that was displayed.  So many organizations have stepped up to help: The National Association of Realtors, Rotary International and our local hero Direct Relief International.  Bless them all. 

Bob Hope's Spaceship House

Bob Hope’s house sold for $13 million. Having gone through a couple of price cuts over the last three years, the most recent cut lowered the ask to $25 million. But with no comps available, how does one actually price a concrete spaceship? Seems that when $25 million was thrown at the wall, $13 million stuck.

The Palm Springs spaceship/volcano house, designed for Bob and Dolores Hope by John Lautner in 1973, needed a buyer with deep pockets who would appreciate its futuristic leanings, have appreciation for architects who think outside the box, and young enough at heart to enjoy a bit of whimsy.

At 23,000 square feet under a dramatic high undulating roof, the unique house has open spaces in the walls and ceiling, allowing daylight or stars to shine through, casting shapely shadows into the interior. These curved openings also allow for stunning views across the landscape and mountains, while appearing to be nestled comfortably into its well-designed desert landscaping and outdoor living areas. The house also has a spa with greenhouse wall, six bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a pond, putting greens and a tennis court.


Holiday Focus

We are surrounded by a network of people that help in ways seen and unseen.  The police and fire departments provide us with protection.  The Department of Public Health that has been actively preparing to protect our community from various communicable diseases and other health risks. We are supported in many ways by our friends, spiritual communities, and strangers just being good neighbors.