Archive for April, 2012

Continuing Topics

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Fees, income, and expenses, are continuing topics for running Counties, Cities or your own business.  Increases are proposed for day-use at regional parks, bus fares, airport parking and building permits.  In our Private Money Lending business, we are continually looking at ways to increase loan volume so we are adjusting our fee structure (downward), just as I am sure a lot of businesses are doing right now.

We are also pleased to report that we recently sold one of our REO properties.  Yes, it was with seller-carry financing, but it is sold and the borrower is making payments.

The various political campaigns for 2012 are heating up the race for cash.  Each election seems to raise an incredible amount of money; this year is expected to be in the Billions of dollars.  I am sure that various advertising venues and the postal service will see an increase in revenues.  However, it is nice to see that gas prices are a little lower, at least this week.

A FREE event in Petaluma on Saturday, April 28th is the Butter & Egg Days Parade, call 707-762-93489; or pay $10/adult and take in the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival on either Saturday or Sunday, call 707-875-3866

Is a Trillion the New Million?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I always thought that a Million dollars was a lot of money; I still think it is.  Then, came a Billion dollars—which is being paid by Facebook for a less-than-2 year old San Francisco company.  So, with our National Debt being over a Trillion dollars, is a Trillion the new Million?  The next value is “quadrillion”; I wonder how long it will take to hear that word.  It appears common to read that professional athletes are signing 3 to 5 year contracts for over $100 Million dollars.  Reality is that only a handful of players earn over $100 Million—the “WOW” Factor gets us when we read it.  Are we becoming blase in saying “a million”?  A recent article states Microsoft trades at a valuation of around $260 Billion; Apple’s value briefly crossed the $600 Billion mark.  Having a company be valued at a Trillion Dollars is not far behind.

Speaking of dollars, don’t forget to file your tax return by April 16th. 

Two FREE events this weekend: Tomatomania at Cornerstone, Sonoma takes place April 14th & 15th, where there will be over 200 varieties of classic & unique tomato seedlings; call 707-933-3010.  Day on the Green at the Village, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, is happening April 14th, call 707-328-8094.