Charlotte's Jane Barrett has done good work, saved money, and never sold a subprime loan in her three decades as a Realtor. Now, she says, she's trying to keep a positive attitude.
How's she doing?
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I've been a moderately successful Realtor for 32 years. I never sold a subprime loan and none of my clients are in foreclosure. Our broker in charge says no "woe is me" at the office. Well ...
In 2007, I earned $150,000, saved the appropriate amount, spent the rest. In 2008, I earned $80,000, saved the appropriate amount, spent the rest. In 2009 so far, I've earned nothing, saved nothing, spent the rest. The money I saved for 30 years has been reduced by half. I am happy to be alive, I am happy my family is healthy. I don't know how I'm going to pay my mortgage, but I will try to have a positive attitude.
What, are you kidding me? I read a story about a retention bonus for a Wachovia - no, Wells Fargo employee of $8 million dollars. It gave me a pain in my chest. How is it possible that I did good work and lost my income and my savings. He crashed a whole bank and gets $8 million. Hello, no one is worth that kind of money. NO ONE.
Let's see, how bad is it? I'm 60 years old, cannot ever retire now. I have a positive attitude. I'm positive that I'm screwed.