Friday, February 10, 2017

How to Remove Snow From Your Property and Avoid a Ticket From the City.



ATTENTION NYC RESIDENTS — I PRESENT THIS IN BIG PRINT BECAUSE IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO NEW YORK CITY HOMEOWNERS AND THOSE CONSIDERING PURCHASING A HOME.

If you are one of the lucky individuals who owns a house, building, or any other property throughout the five boroughs, you should be aware of the strict requirements when it comes to NYC's snow shoveling laws:

  • While the snow is still falling, complaints about snowy or icy sidewalks that people file against your property to the city will not be accepted.
  • After the snow stops falling, if you are a property owner, you must clear snow and ice on your sidewalk to create a path for pedestrians. 
  • You must also remove snow and ice from sidewalks next to bus stops and hydrants. This is a rule that many home owners are not aware of when they purchase that wonderful commercial or residential property with a bus stop in front of it because of commuting ease to and from work.
  • If snowfall ends between 7 AM and 5 PM, sidewalks must be cleared within 4 hours.
  • If snowfall ends between 5 PM and 9 PM, sidewalks must be cleared within 14 hours.
  • If snowfall ends between 9 PM and 7 AM, sidewalks must be cleared by 11 AM.
  • You may receive a summons for failing to clear the sidewalks within these time frames.
  • To make it easier for the fire department to put out a fire on your block, shovel around every fire hydrant for easier access. This is not a rule, but it is kind.
  • You can make a complaint about snow or ice on sidewalks in front of private property after property owners have had an appropriate amount of time to clear their sidewalks. 
  • If you neglect to follow the rules, the city can issue you a summons and potentially a fine. In the past, these fines have been anywhere from $100 to $150 for the first offense and incrementally more for the second and third. 
  • While the city and the city Sanitation Department encourages you to shovel your sidewalks and other easements, it does not want you to dump shovel-loads of snow onto the roads. As you may have guessed it, there is a fine for that too. The offense's official title is "Interfering with Sanitation Department Work," and will cost offenders $100 and $300, as explained at the bottom of page 26 in the agency's Summary of Sanitation Rules and Regulations Guide.
  • Because I believe in being kind, I suggest you ring a bell or knock on a door. You may not be aware of a person's situation that could stop them from shoveling the snow. I shovel for my neighbors. He is a retired war vet and she is a retired hairstylist, both in their mid 80's. Filing a complaint against them would be wrong and unethical so please exercise some friendly communication with your neighbors before resorting to filing a complaint. 
  • You can also make a complaint at any time about snow or ice on sidewalks in front of public property, such as bus stop shelters, park paths, or schools. These are not the responsibility of home owners so hopefully the city practices what it preaches and clears the snow as fast as they expect homeowners to clear theirs. 

This information was retrieved from The Official Website of the City of New York http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2489/snow-or-ice-on-sidewalks-report.

George L. Rosario
NYC's Hometown Realtor
Real Estate Salesperson
Coldwell Banker Kueber
67-13 Myrtle Avenue
Glendale NY 11385
DESK: 347-671-SOLD
CELL : 917-945-4211
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www.GeorgeRosario.com

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Groundhog Says, "Forget The Prediction, You Should STILL List Your Home BEFORE Spring."



Only in America would we base our home selling plans around what a chubby rodent says! LOL. Since so many people follow that little dude's prediction as if it's prophecy, I've decided to have a little fun with it. Will spring come earlier or later this year? Are we going to be wearing light jackets or heavy coats in New York come March? Well, it all depends on which groundhog you listened to on Groundhog Day. Yep, there is more than one and following some of the posts on Groundhog Day, I think we ended up with 4 to 3 for an early spring. How believable is that? Well, here we are just a week later and New York City is expecting a huge nor'easter, with predictions upwards of 12 inches. I guess 4 of the groundhogs were wrong. Thanks a lot guys!

Regardless of which one of those little dudes you believed, this little dude (George L. Rosario) predicts that you may have to list NOW if you want to beat the busy spring listing rush and beat out your competition. Many sellers wait until the spring to list their home because it looks prettier, the weather is nicer, and there is an increase of buyers looking. What they don't understand is that there are numerous advantages to listing your home right before the spring rush.

Here are some of the best reasons to sell your home now.

1. Inventory is Low. You Have Less Sellers to Compete With.
What makes a home worth more? Less competition makes a home sell for more. That's not anything new. The supply and demand balance in business, regardless of the product you are selling usually tells you what that item's worth will be. The more you have of something, the less it is worth. The less you have of it, the more it is worth. Let's look at it from a none real estate angle.

Hi, my name is George and I have a bottle of water to sell you. It is a fresh, crisp, clean, 8 ounce bottle of water. We are in NYC and there is a grocery store (bodega), supermarket or restaurant on every single block. I want $10 for it. How many of these 8 ounce bottles of water would you like right now? You are probably thinking I'm crazy because you know you can get the same bottle of water for under $2 in just about any of these places. Why would you pay $10 for it.

Now let's look at that same bottle of water in a different setting. You went for a nice long car ride in the desert. It's a hot day. You didn't bring water. Your car broke down. You have no cell phone service (probably with one of those discount companies). You haven't seen another car or soul for hours or miles. You decide to walk to find either a mechanic or a phone somewhere. After walking for a couple of hours, you realize you are lost. Your throat is dry. Your clothes are sweat soaked. You feel dizzy. You need a phone. You need a compass. You need water! I come along and say, "Hi, my name is George and I have a bottle of water to sell you. It is a fresh, crisp, clean, 8 ounce bottle of water. I want $50 for it." You don't have $50 but have $40 in your pocket. I settle for the $40, you purchase the water and you now have a renewed level of hope (and a friend to help you find your way out of the desert).

The same exact bottle of water was now worth much more to you. The same is happening with homes. People will pay more when there are still a lot of qualified buyers on the market and less homes for them to make offers on. This is why homes are selling for historically high prices in New York and this is why you need to capitalize on this wave before the level of inventory grows. List your home before the Spring and Summer inventory hits the market and you will put yourself in the power seat.

Of course lots or little inventory is meaningless without the demand for it so;

2. Demand is Still Very Strong & Buyer Confidence is Back
If there was no demand for inventory, we would not see homes selling as quickly as they are selling. The latest foot traffic numbers from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) show that the number of buyers out looking for their dream homes in December reached the highest mark since February 2016. This has not slowed down. On the contrary, my office has seen a 38% increase in qualified buyers searching for homes from December 2016 to January 2017 and February has been even busier. Mortgage professionals are calling us for their clients asking us if we have any homes to show their clients. People want to buy.

Needless to say, buyers are eager to buy and they have less opportunities to bargain at this time. The choices buyers have will obviously increase hen the additional Spring inventory hits the market. Why would you wait until your "bottle of water" is worth less than it is right now?

3. Low Inventory Means More Attention to YOUR Deal
Do you want the loan officer, attorney, buyer and title company to devote more time and attention to your deal? Well, if you wait until there is more inventory and more sales to supervise, these professionals will obviously have more people to tend to and less free time to tend to you and your needs. Your home will sell quicker, you will get from listing to contract to closing quicker, and the added attention from all professionals involved should lead to a less stressful, much smoother transaction on your end. The experience will be so much better. If you know someone who has gone for a loan in the past year, or the past few months, you know that banks are asking for a lot more paperwork before handing over a pre-approval. Your buyers will have a better chance at getting through the loan process quickly and without hold-ups when lenders have less loans to close.

4. Getting to Where YOU Want to Go Is Easier Now
A big fear many sellers have is, where am I going to go if inventory is so low and homes are so difficult to find right now. Well, the good news is that if you want to purchase a larger more expensive home or if you want to downsize from what you own right now, having a bigger down payment makes you a much more competitive buyer than those that have less liquid money to work with. Therefore, selling your home when you can close a lot quicker and for more money puts you in a great position to comete with other buyers when the extra inventory hits the market. You list your home now and close when more inventory is hitting the market and you will surely be able to make better offers on the new home you want to move into than the person who is offering a 10% down payment. You can set yourself up as the stronger buyer just as more homes come onto the market.

5. Go Into the Next Chapter of Your Life In a Better Position
What is your why? Why are you selling or considering selling your home? Stick to that reason and even if you hit a bump on the road, stick to the plan. Whatever your "why" is, you will be able to reach your goal with less bumps if you put yourself in a better position to do so. Getting into it before the competition slows you down will give you the right momentum and put you in the right place to beat the odds. All of us have different reasons for selling, but all of us should sell when we put ourselves in a better place in life.

I hope this information has helped you make the right decision. If you have decided to sell, contact me and let's move forward with the next chapter in your life.

George L. Rosario 

Real Estate Salesperson
NYC's Hometown Realtor
Coldwell Banker Kueber
Phone: 347-671-7653
Mobile: 917-945-4211
Address: 67-13 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale NY 11385
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Friday, August 12, 2016

13 Ways FSBOs Can Protect Themselves, Their Loved Ones & Their Porperty

Dear FSBO (For Sale By Owner) Seller,

When people decide to sell their own home, they often believe the biggest threat is the theft of belongings, and they rarely consider their own personal safety in the planning process. The sad truth is that even real estate professionals have been attacked while showing homes, as Housing Watch (Curry, 2010), the Washington Post (Phillip, 2014), CNN (Ford, 2014), ABC News (Little, 2011) and others have reported in recent years.

Cutler Realty agent Andrew Vonstein, 51 was found dead in a vacant home which he’d shown the day before (Curry, 2010). Essence Realty agent Vivian Martin, 67 was found murdered at a home she’d been showing (Curry, 2010). The home was also set on fire by the perpetrators. Real Estate agent Beverly Carter, 49 was found buried in a shallow grave after showing homes in Little Rock Arkansas (Phillip, 2014). Ashley Okland, 27 was killed while showing a home in Iowa (Ford, 2014), Sarah Anne Walker, 40 was stabbed 27 times in Texas (Little, 2011).

Of course if you want to consider other dangers, identity theft, rape, armed robbery, assault and others do exist. Identity theft is one very common danger, especially for FSBO (for sale by owner) sellers who print their name, phone number, address and e-mail addresses on fliers that they distributed around town. The owner, by selling his/her property by himself may even be exposing the rest of the family to danger at the hands of strangers.




The National Association of Realtors issues safety guidelines for its members, but even if you're selling your home without an agent, taking these precautions is a good idea. Here are 13 ways to protect yourself and your property (Curry, 2010).

1. Schedule Appointments
Don't allow people to just ring your bell at any hour for a showing. Instead, have them phone ahead to make an appointment. Take their name and phone number and call them back to schedule, so that you're sure you are reaching them at a legitimate number.

2. Give contact lists to others
Make sure that a friend or relative at a different location has a copy of the appointment list so that they know who you have showings with and when. Check in with each other immediately after each showing.

3. Show when the sun is up
Show the house in daytime whenever possible. If you must show it after dark, turn on all lights beforehand, and keep the shades, curtains or blinds open at all times.

4. Pair up
Make sure someone else is present with you for all open houses or showings and that at least one of you (subtly) keeps an eye on the prospective buyer at all times.

5. Bring up the rear
Let the prospect walk in front of you. Don't lead them, but rather, direct them from a position slightly behind them. You can gesture for them to go ahead of you and say, for example, "The master suite is in the back of the house."

6. Don't get parked in
During showings, park your car in front of the property rather than in the driveway or in the garage, so that you avoid having your car blocked in. This will make it easier for you to escape in your vehicle, if need be.

7. Plan ahead with escape routes
Stand near an exit whenever possible. Make sure all deadbolt locks are unlocked for easy access to the outside.

8. Carry an alarm device or cell phone
If you have a home security system with a remote key fob, keep that in your hand in case you need to press the panic button to alert the monitoring service. You can do the same with the panic button for a car alarm, as the noise it sets off outside can alert people to what's going on (especially if you warn neighbors in advance of your signal). If nothing else, keep a cell phone with you.

9. Take notice of vehicles
While prospective buyers are taking a tour, take a moment to walk outside to document their license plate, or give this task to a neighbor to note the year, make, model and color of each vehicle that drops people off at your home.

10. Keep valuables out of sight
Remove small jewelry and money from plain view and out of the front of drawers, especially if you're not going to tour with each prospective buyer. Store away laptops and, if possible, put high-end stereos, flat panel TVs, etc., in storage until you sell.

11. Trim hedges
Keep shrubbery clipped down around waist level to ensure that you give your front door or your back yard maximum visibility to neighbors or others from the street.

12. Don't be too public
Limit the amount of personal information that you share. Consider advertising without using your home phone number or address on fliers. Have potential buyers e-mail you to obtain additional information. Use free accounts, such as those available from gmail.com, whenever possible.

13. Be mindful of groups
During an open house, be alert to visitors' comings and goings, especially near the end of showing hours. Police have reported groups of criminals that target open houses, showing up in groups near the end of the showing.

This goes beyond the Realtor vs FSBO debate. Let's all stay safe out there. If you ever decide to list your home with a Realtor, Sales Professional in your area and want to know who to work with, visit my page at www.GeorgeRosario.com or contact me at my office @ 347-671-SOLD. To sell your Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, New York City, Long Island, Bronx or Staten Island home, I have a team of real professionals prepared to deliver the highest level of service the industry has ever produced.


George L. Rosario
Real Estate Salesperson
Coldwell Banker Kueber
BigGRealty@gmail.com
www.GeorgeRosario.com
DESK : 347-671-SOLD

Works Cited

Curry, S. R. (2010, September 23). Two Ohio Real Estate Agents Slain on the Job. Retrieved February 9th, 2015, from AOL Real Estate: http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2010/09/23/two-ohio-real-estate-agents-murdered-on-the-job/

Ford, D. (2014, October 1). Risky business: Real estate agent's killing hits home for Realtors. Retrieved February 9, 2015, from Cnn Online: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/01/us/real-estate-risks/


Little, L. (2011, April 11). 6 Crimes Committed Against Real Estate Agents and How to Stay Safe. Retrieved February 9, 2015, from ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/dangers-real-estate-criminals-witnesses-safety-expert-keeping/story?id=13375723

Phillip, A. (2014, October 1). Arkansas real estate agent’s murder highlights perils of the job. Retrieved February 9th, 2015, from The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/10/01/arkansas-real-estate-agents-murder-highlights-perils-of-the-job/   



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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How to Spot the Next Hot Neighborhood on NBC Open House with George L. Rosario






I was recently featured on a segment on the nationally televised TV Show NBC Open House and now you can actually find me easily on Google when you do a search of my full name, George L. Rosario. I was given the opportunity to speak about an area of Queens that I know very well. You see, not only is my office in this neighborhood, but I live in Glendale and my parents live in Ridgewood. This is a great place to live. My team is the go to team in the entire 11385 zip code.

On April 4th, 2014 the Daily News put out a story about Ridgewood Queens saying it was the emerging "next big thing" with creatives priced out of Brooklyn (http://nydn.us/1onfc91). Interesting enough, I've been a part of the Ridgewood/Glendale phenomenon since 1999 when my parents left Williamsburg Brooklyn and came over to Ridgewood Queens in pursuit of a less expensive home. While those homes have since doubled in price, there is still a great opportunity for everyone from a single guy or girl, to a couple just starting out and looking for a home of their own, to the family that is looking for a place to establish more permanent roots. The neighborhood offers a great mixture of residential and commercial homes to satisfy the buying needs of just about any buyer or investor.

Being a father, I always look for a neighborhood that has a lot to offer for the kids. The Ridgewood/Glendale area of Queens has a lot to offer my huge family. I'm a father of 7 and already a grandfather of 3, and I can honestly say that I don't have to leave the Ridgewood/Glendale area to keep the kids entertained. From community based baseball, basketball and soccer leagues, to a great mix of Martial Arts schools and centers, the many great local playgrounds, and of course the Ridgewood YMCA, my children's exercise needs are easily met right here in the neighborhood we call home. Birthday party's are never difficult to plan out, even when we are hit with rain or snow because we have two of my favorite places to visit, the indoor playground at Kids Fun House on Fresh Pond Road and kiddie friendly Funtopia on Metropolitan Ave. If it is culture that the parents want to share with their children, Ridgewood is home to the oldest stone house in all of New York City, the Vander Ende-OnderdonkHouse located at the corner of Onderdonk Ave and Flushing Ave. They open to the public on Saturday afternoons and host many family oriented events throughout the year. Want to fill up your days with fun for all ages? Explore the plethora of programs the Ridgewood Public Library has to offer.

For the less parent-like, more dating type of shopper, we have so many restaurants, bars and cafes along Myrtle Avenue that you may have a hard time picking out your favorite. I will mention three places that are especially fun for me. I am a big eater, and I love the selection at the new Ridgewood Ale House that opened up on Myrtle Avenue between Weirfield and Centre Streets. If you want some good old Queens style diner food, go over to Tasty's or New York Grill. Don't go there on a Sunday. You will NOT find an open seat. We have plenty of ethnic eateries as well, like Mexican at Fajita Sunrise on Myrtle Ave, Sushi at Sakura IV on Myrtle Ave, to Antica Trattoria on Fresh Pond Road, German at the historic Zums Stammtisch on Myrtle Ave, the Nepalese Indian Restaurant on Seneca Ave, Latin-American food at Chiflez, Caribe Star or La Flor Del Paraiso, plenty of Pizzerias and Chinese takeouts to choose from, and more delis with their own spin on the good old sandwich than you can imagine (I recommend Stop One on 66th and Myrtle Ave). We are a neighborhood full of watering holes and sports bars, for the sports fanatics who need to have a drink and eat some good food at the end of the work day or week, stop by any of the many sports bars in the area. My favorite because of the burgers and the hot wings has to be The Avenue on Myrtle Avenue. If you are feeling adventurous, go for the hot wings or their special burger with ghost sauce.

After enjoying all the great restaurants in the area, one might find it necessary to work out some of the guilt at a local gym. We have them all, from New York Sports Club at Atlas, to Planet Fitness by the Myrtle-Wyckoff train station, to Retro Fitness on Otto Road, to Lucille Roberts for the ladies on Myrtle Ave, to the no frills for the gym rat Richie's Gym on Myrtle Ave (my favorite). If you are not the gym type, go for a run around the Ridgewood Reservoir at Highland Park.

For those that love to shop, if you cannot find what you are looking for in the endless rows of small mom and pop shops along Myrtle Ave or Fresh Pond Road (we are a small business type of neighborhood), then you can always head over to the Shops At Atlas Park. Yes, we have our own shopping mall and it has grown into a great place to shop or hang out in over the past few years. My office hosts a community day event there every year, just as the school year is getting started, where we distribute 500 backpacks full of school supplies to help the children get the year started off right. It also helps ease the parents' burden of purchasing many of the items on the growing list of school supplies they need to provide the children with each year.

The neighborhood is full of cultural diversity. I'm not talking about food although as I already mentioned, we are well equipped to meet any of your appetite's demands. I'm talking about culture, arts, entertainment, etc. The diverse houses of worship for people of all faiths, the many forms of entertainment, and the ease of travel by car and by public transportation are all elements that make a neighborhood great for everyone.

On the real estate side, we are still much more affordable than many other Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods, are just minutes from Manhattan by train or car, and we offer everything from coops and 


condos, to single family, multi family and work-live spaces. We have town homes, ranches, new construction and pre-war buildings. The Ridgewood/Glendale area truly has it all.







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Real Estate Salesperson
Coldwell Banker Kueber
Rosario Shalomayev Team
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Friday, March 18, 2016

Man In Black - George L. Rosario, Realtor





This is the level of energy I start my day off with. I love being the first one to walk into the office so that I put myself in the right frame of mind and start the business day off with a BIG smile on my face.

I was listening to something about visualization and goal setting, and the strongest message that stayed with me was that we should always make it a conscious decision to be happy. So I constantly look for events, videos, books, seminars, people, objects, etc. that make me happy and that usually sets me up for a great day.

This morning as I stepped out of my home, I had yet to plant one foot off my property and a neighbor commented on my outfit. I am dressed all in black. So of course (you've heard this one before) he asked something like, "Where's the funeral?" Of course some would have taken offense to that or might have at least become a bit uncomfortable with the comment, but not me.

As soon as my neighbor made the comment, I was transported through time back to when I was a kid and my father went through a "cowboy stage", listening to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and other old timers. I used to love listening to my father singing along to these songs with his super thick Puerto Rican accent. Actually, since my father was always bigger than Superman and better than gold in my eyes, I remember wondering why Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson couldn't sing as good as my Dad. No, he is not super talented, but to my brothers and I, Dad was always a superstar.


Anyways, this morning's comment has put me in such a great mood. I will surely thank my neighbor with an after dinner cup of coffee today. He made my day!

George L. Rosario
Real Estate Salesperson

Coldwell Banker Kueber
Rosario Shalomayev Team

DESK: 347-671-SOLD
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www.GeorgeRosario.com


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

George Working in Greenwich Village, NYC #glrosario






YES, my office is in Queens. But did you know that the area of Queens I'm in is just minutes away from Manhattan. I went into Manhattan today to work with a seller who is preparing to list his Greenwich Village townhouse with us, and it literally took me just a few minutes on the M Train to get there. This is the beauty of living in New York. I didn't have to drive into the city and look for parking. I simply jumped on ONE train, answered emails and spoke to my clients on the way there, and arrived at the listing in under 40 minutes. How amazing is that?

Did you know?

Greenwich Village, also dubbed "the Village" by us locals, is located on the West Side of Lower Manhattan, New York City. For a long time, whenever people thought of Greenwich Village, they immediately thought of the artist scene, a Bohemian haven that gave rise to the 60's Beat and counterculture movements. Artists flocked to Greenwich Village because of it's affordability, but like many neighborhoods in New York City, it was not immune to gentrification and heavy commercialization, and soon because one of the ten most expensive neighborhoods in the entire United States, according to Forbes*.  Residential property sale prices in the Village typically exceeded $2,000 per square foot in 2015.

The four ZIP Codes that constitute the Village are 10011, 10012, 10013, and 10014. The neighborhood spreads from the North River part of the Hudson River to the West, the major street of Broadway to the East, 14th Street to the North and Houston Street to the South. By the way, for anyone who is not a New Yorker, Houston Street in New York is NOT pronounced the same way as Houston Texas. It is pronounced "house-ton" in our parts. Just felt I'd give you a heads up in case you decide to visit us. While visiting us, you might want to stop by NYU which is in the heart of Greenwich Village, and of course go people watching in Washington Square Park. You can also walk over to the neighboring areas of East Village, NoHo, SoHo and Chelsea (awesome neighborhoods as well).


This neighborhood is just one example of the greatness of our city, and the many cool things there are to do while in the city. Greenwich Village is not the type of neighborhood you can take in on a single day. It is a place that is so vibrant with life, history, change, arts, music, food, culture and growth that you need a lifetime of visits to begin to scratch its surface. A lifetime of visits to the Village is what many of us New Yorkers call life. It is what we do here. We travel by train, bus, car or bike to our neighboring 'hoods and take in all the different sites New York City has to offer.

If you ever decide to call Greenwich Village your home, you will have some very cool neighbors. Known to own in the area are such celebrities and VIP's as:

Come discover the Village. You may never want to leave.

George L. Rosario
Real Estate Salesperson
Coldwell Banker Kueber
Rosario Shalomayev Team

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*Erin Carlyle (October 8, 2014). "New York Dominates 2014 List of America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes." Forbes. Retrieved March 16, 2016.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I Work Hard and Often Because I AM A Father!




I just ran into an old acquaintance this morning who invited me to go play handball. He didn't invite me to play handball at a convenient time. He wanted me to go play handball right there and then, at 9:13 am, on a Thursday morning. I thought he was kidding, after all I'm in my suit right now. I laughed and said I was headed to my office. He then asked me if I want to go to a party on Monday. I said I can't because I have a community meeting that is work related. He took it upon himself to lecture me. His philosophy is that I shouldn't work so hard and so often because I am a father. He thinks I work so much that I don't get to spend time with my kids.

Interesting enough, this guy who is lecturing me about my parenting skills and time management just invited me to do two things that have nothing to do with his children. His children's mother, his ex-girlfriend dropped the kids off at school this morning. He brags about this. She is on Welfare. He brags about this. He brags about fact that she lives in the projects and only pays $475 a month in rent. He brags about the fact that she receives section 8 and that the government pays the rent.

He on the other hand still lives with his father because he was evicted out of his apartment two years ago. How do I know this? He calls me every time he is facing yet another eviction and asks if I can help him find a cheap apartment. This guy is a lifer. That's what I call the people who consciously make a decision not to grow, not to do the right thing, but rather let everyone else take care of his responsibilities while he blames the whole world for his problems. He was evicted because his landlord is evil. He is on Welfare because he can't get a job because no one wants to give him a job. He doesn't have a job because white people hate minorities. His girl left him because she is a "gold digger." Everything is everyone else's problem. His retirement plan is to be on Welfare until he qualifies for Social Security, and then live the rest of his life on Social Security. He brags about the fact that he has all day long to do whatever he wants because the government is giving him a check to do that. What's sad is that he is a genius at fixing cars. He gets extra money whenever any of his friends need something minor done on their car and they want to save money by not going to a licensed mechanic. He brags about getting drinking money because Peter, Paul or John just gave him $50 to do X, Y, Z on their car. Does he give any of this to his children's mother? NO! He brags about not paying a lot of child support because the only money the government knows he has is his Welfare check. Every time Welfare threatens to take his benefits away, he gets a little job at a supermarket or fast food restaurant, stays for a few weeks and then does something to intentionally get fired. He brags about that as well. He is a lifer. He also brags about the fact that he sees his kids one weekend a month and that because he doesn't have a job, he gets to spend the whole time with them. Interesting enough, his idea of spending time with his kids is to play video games with them all day or take them to the park and let them play all day while he plays handball or basketball with his friends. His idea of spending time with his children is to take them to his friends' place so they can play with his friends' kids while he watches whatever game is on TV. He says his kids are going to be smart about their time like him. He truly believes this is the best way to live, and not only is he a lifer, but he is training his children to be lifers.

Before I get bashed by the super supporters of the Welfare program, please understand that I am not saying anything is wrong with being a Welfare recipient. It is a great program with great intentions. It is supposed to help those that cannot help themselves so that we don't have Americans suffering hunger in the streets. BUT, I do not support the abusers of the system who keep driving MY taxes up so that they can continue having all the free time in the world so that they can spend their days hanging out with their friends or watching TV. I love hanging out with my friends, but not on other people's hard earned dollars. Welfare is supposed to be a temporary program, no? I do not support the perfectly capable people who decide that their mission in life will be to figure out how to have the system pay for their inaction.

Guys my philosophy is that I work hard and this often because I AM a father. I am not letting anyone else take care of my children. I work hard so that my children eat food that I purchase. I work hard so that my children go back to school in September with a summer writing log where they describe a road trip, a trip to Greece, Puerto Rico, or some other amazing trip or experience. I work hard so that my kids can live in a nice place where I don't fear what will happen to them when they walk to the deli on the corner. I work hard so that my clients can continue trusting me and referring their friends and family to me so that I can continue having work so that I can continue feeding my family and giving them everything they deserve. I work hard so that I can take my children out on Saturday night and not worry about the money we spend on food, entertainment, etc. I work hard so that my children can play sports, have nice birthday parties, and enjoy their childhood. I work hard so that I can reinvest my money in assets that add to the money I use to do nice things for my family. I work hard so that when career day comes up in school, my children are proud to have Papi, the Realtor come out and speak in front of their peers. I work hard so that my children can be super proud to be Rosarios. I work hard so that my children learn to work hard. I work hard so that if my children ask me for something, I don't have to say "I can't get that for you" but rather, "let's figure out how to get it." I work hard so I can party hard, with my family, closest friends and colleagues, and those that are as goal driven as I am. I work hard because I AM A FATHER.

Now this guy is on Welfare, and his retirement plan is to go from Welfare to Social Security. He has no drive. Could I have gone home and changed out of my suit into shorts and a t-shirt and gone out to play handball with him? YES! I could have called my clients and shifted things around so that I could free up some time to go play handball with him. I didn't do this because I see his "LIFER" philosophy as a trap and a dangerous poison. I have no time for people who are proud about being non-productive members of society's problem. If he were truly trying to become a better person, I would have probably made the time to hang out with him. But I learned a long time ago that a person who is intentionally living a mediocre life will do everything possible to drag you down into their mediocre reality. I CANNOT do this because I AM A FATHER.

By the way, since this guy's whole goal in life is to have himself and his children on Welfare, I am technically working hard and often to pay for MY children as well as for HIS children. I guess I work hard and often so that everyone eats. I am PROUD of my growing business. I am proud of how I spend my time. Why? Because I am the type of "lifer" this guy will never get to be.

Go out there and become positive lifers. If you need help along the way, reach out to me and I will do everything in my power to help you. I will make time for you.


George L. Rosario
Real Estate Salesperson
Coldwell Banker Kueber
Rosario Shalomayev Team
www.GeorgeRosario.com

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