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Mr. Belonger Goes To Washington!

Whatever your cause, you get my respect if you step into the political arena to take real action, you get my respect!  And today, blog buddy Jeff Belonger earned mine.

Jeff spoke at a rally to support legislation that, if passed and signed by President Bush, would save the down payment assistance programs.  And he speaks well.  Very well, in fact. 

He shared his experiences with these programs in his own mortgage business, with facts and figures to demonstrate that these programs did not cause of the mortgage crisis. 

I think Jeff can teach all of us about the old "doing well and doing good" work ethic.  

After the rally, we drove to Old Town in my unstaged car and had lunch with Brian Block, who missed the rally.  He opted instead for the McCain/Palin rally.  I was really disappointed in him!

And Brian and Jeff both got to experience my unstaged car first hand.  I think they're still laughing!

 

Update:  Hey All!  Yes, Jeff does clean up real good.  Unlike my car.  Here is Brian Block experienceing the back seat!

Comment balloon 38 commentsPatricia Kennedy • September 10 2008 07:04PM

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Jeff looks like he belongs!  I think he needs a bigger podium, though, and maybe a more official looking seal.

BTW, I think we should do up T-shirts for Brian and friends that say "Free Levi" (let the poor kid go back to huntin' in the great white north - with the "in-laws to be", of course) I bet he wishes he had stayed home that particular night!

Posted by Ken Montville, The MD Suburbs of DC (RE/MAX United Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Thank you Jeff, for stepping up! Saving the down payment assistance program is very important to our market here in Florida.

Patricia- you are such a gal to drive him around! I can't wait til I get to drive in your car, will you take me to the McCain/Palin rally?:)

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago

Great job! We need more people like you!

Posted by Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) over 11 years ago

I agree with Katerina, Thank you Jeff!!  I have heard that there was a chance for the program to be re-looked at.  That would be a tough one though to miss a McCain/Palin rally so I can't totally blame Brian. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Yeah, why was that podium so small?  And I saw Jeff's slot was only 10 minutes.  How did he talk for "only" 10 minutes?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 11 years ago

Ken, Jeff was very Senatorial looking.  If we can find him a pretty wife, it could work!  He's a really good speaker!  And poor Levi!  He knocked up the wring teenager!

Katerina, I think of Brian as the son I forgot to have, and I must admit that today I was afraid I raised him wrong!  But that's what children do sometimes!  They rebel!  And you love them anyway!  And for you, this Obama Girl would go to a McCain/Palin rally!  

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Dinah, I agree with you!  He really stepped up!

Marchel, what?  What?  No, you go to hear Jeff!  He's more eloquent than either presidential candidate, except maybe Ron Paul!

Donna, Jeff's a big guy!  It's not easy to find the right podium for him!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Patricia - He looks, dare I say... distinguished;-)  Kudos for standing up for something he believes in.  Hopefully, his speech was taped so we can dissect every word share his insight and passion for that program and this business.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 11 years ago

Kick Kick Kick.  That is me kicking myself.  My family decided to inform me the night before the rally that their flight back to Denver was out of Dulles at 2PM not 8 PM.  Arrggggh.  So no matter how I tried to spin it there was no way to get downtown for the rally.  I talked to Jeff on the phone today and took my lumps :-(

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Jason, he did look very distinguished!  And we'll have to check u-tube.   I think it was taped.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

It's wonderful that he went down there to give his insights and time for something he believes in.  I'm waiting for the video though, because that picture of him at the podium looks like he's in your backyard, lol!;-)

Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 11 years ago

Cindy,  your excuse is so much not lame like Brian going to a McCain Palin ralley instead of Jeff's.  You may get another chance in a week or so.

And Matt, he's in the nation's back yard!  It was held in a park adjascent to the Capitol.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Patricia, I was going to head down to DC today and I had one of those days where if it could go wrong, it did, then it was fixed.  I am going to come down next week, hopefully Jeff and you will be down next week.  Good pictures!!

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) over 11 years ago

Patricia - Hats off to Jeff for standing up for something he believes in! And he doesn't look nervous at all.

Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Pat - you're right. We have to admire those who advocate for their beliefs. I remember your unstaged car and that was a great experience! Come see us in Florida.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 11 years ago

Patricia, When did you change your picture? 

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 11 years ago

Hi Patricia;

Great post and this would be great news for the real estate market.

Anthony

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 11 years ago

Pat, it was great to get together with you and Jeff this afternoon for lunch and that's a great photo of the very distinguished looking Mr. Belonger.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 11 years ago

Great post Pat - we need more people like Jeff to stand up and get things done!  Hopefully, it will do something for the market.

Posted by Mary Warren over 11 years ago

Patricia,

Jeff reminds me of the separated at birth twin of Governor Ed Rendell!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

P.S. Brian made the right choice...the higher ground!

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Jeff looks great and I hope we see positive things as a result of his efforts.  I can see why Brian did what he did, but to miss a fellow Rainer?  An unstaged car just makes you more of a real person! 

Posted by Natalie Langford, Winchester, VA Real Estate (Realty Negotiations) over 11 years ago

So how big was the crowd?

Posted by Tim Maitski, Editor of MaitskiREport.com (HomeAtlanta.com) over 11 years ago

Wow... Jeff sure looks good in that suit!  I would have liked to listen to him talk over the other political ones.....and least this one would have had substance :) ;)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago

Pat you were supposed to stage that thing yesterday morning - glad to see a report - Jeff and I had a long conversation about his speaking - so glad he did well

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

It is always cool when non-politicos get involved in politics.

Steve

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Good for Jeff. He knows his stuff. I would like to learn more. I thought down payment assistance was called parents lol.

Pat, Is there some club that when you reach 300,000 points on activerain your face gets cut in half?

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) over 11 years ago

I think Ken has 'podium envy'

;-)

WTG Jeff!!

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) over 11 years ago

Pat.... it was great to see you and Brian the traiter yesterday. lol  Seriously, it was good to see the both of you.  I didn't get home until about 3 am this morning, so it was a very long day. Thanks for coming out, the support, and for putting this together.  Talk to you soon ...

Jeff Belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 11 years ago

First I would like to thank you for supporting the program and for taking time to participate in the rally.  I personaly have watched the video on www.dpagroundswells.org and felt that you did a fine job.  Having an active lender up there speaking, carried a lot of because your speaking about real life experiences.  We need more people like you,  that are active in the real estate market, to stand up and support what is right.  Helping people get to off of the rental plantations is essential to the housing market.  Please support HR 6694 to save DPA.  Everyone's support is needed now.

Jeff Reagan

Northeast Account Manger for Nehemiah

jreagan@getdownpayment.com

Posted by Jeff Reagan Account Manager with Nehemiah over 11 years ago

First I would like to thank you for supporting the program and for taking time to participate in the rally.  I personaly have watched the video on www.dpagroundswells.org and felt that you did a fine job.  Having an active lender up there speaking, carried a lot of because your speaking about real life experiences.  We need more people like you,  that are active in the real estate market, to stand up and support what is right.  Helping people get to off of the rental plantations is essential to the housing market.  Please support HR 6694 to save DPA.  Everyone's support is needed now.

Jeff Reagan

Northeast Account Manger for Nehemiah

jreagan@getdownpayment.com

Posted by Jeff Reagan Account Manager with Nehemiah over 11 years ago

Pat, thanks for adding that picture of me to the bottom of the post!  That backseat really is something!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 11 years ago

Patricia- Woohoo! I am on my way!

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago

Pat - You're like me again - you use your car as a giant purse! Thanks Jeff! Brian sure looks like he is having fun - is it the effect of being with you or was it Sarah Palin that got him all excited?   

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 11 years ago

Pat... thanks for adding the picture... what a hoot.... 

@ Carol....    it was Sarh Palin, hence why he skipped my speaking at the rally.

Jeff Belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 11 years ago

It was one of those days that I was tied up and things don't go as planned. Time Management and Scheduling is something that I am still working on. Hopefully I will be there next time.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) about 11 years ago

Patricia - looks like it was a fun as well as productive get together.  Good for you, thank you all for speaking up for the rest of us!

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) about 11 years ago

I followed the link included in the "Mortgage Week In Review" by Tom Buris to this post. Your right Jeff does clean up well... Looks very professional in these pictures. Anyway, thank you Janet for sharing this post and thank you Jeff for advocating for all of us in this industry!

 

Posted by Christopher Ohlsen (Credit Werx, LLC.) about 11 years ago

Pat--Nice post about Jeff! He really stepped up. Nice of you to attend...Fun meeting AR people isn't it?

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 11 years ago

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