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The Lessons I'm Leaving Behind

by Mark Rieger, Duke Warner Realty

I know some of you are going to ask yourselves, "what does a blog about the lessons I leave behind have to do with real estate"? And I'd have to say, it has everything to do with life, and what really matters most to us as individuals. Real Estate is like everything else in life, it has it's place, it's need, and for me, it's my business choice and career. However, in life's big scheme, it truly means nothing when our time on earth is about through. This blog contains a link to a man named Randy Pausch's last lecture. Randy was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who found out last winter that he had only months to live due to pancreatic cancer. 

I'm actually going to give you two different links to watch at your leisure. The first one is an abbreviated version which was given on the Oprah show.  It lasts only 10-12 minutes but very worth while watching. I'm also going to attach a link to Randy's actual last lecture at the university. Parade Magazine wrote a nice article about Randy and the lessons he wants to leave for us all, and also is responsible for the link to this final lecture. The lecture lasts shortly over one hour but has so many good messages to hear, making it worth while to watch when you have the opportunity to sit down for a longer spell. It is a message definitely worth sharing with family and friends. If anyone is concerned, it is not a religious message in nature. It is more about fulfilling life long dreams, having fun, taking risks, and asking for what you want in life. The most important thing I personally got from watching his discussions was that if you live your life right, with good morals, etc, the Karma will come to you. Life will be good, but you must live your life right.

Please take the time to watch these exerts of a man who knows what it's truly like to be facing his last days. It will be well worth your time. Enjoy watching, and all my best.

Building "Green" in Central Oregon

by Mark Rieger, Duke Warner Realty

Buying or Building "Green" is a lot more than having a home with a few "environmentally-friendly features". I learned this recently when we had a guest speaker visit our office from a company known as Earth Advantage. During our time together we learned about the basics of energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, and other green products and materials such as insulation, windows and doors, air tightness, ventilation & heat recovery systems, and so much more. By taking the time to learn the basic principles of building science and how those principals can be used to build a home that is healthy, comfortable and thrifty, everyone, including the environment wins.

Another good source of information is the Building Green Council of Central Oregon which is a part of the Central Oregon Builders Association. If you are interested in learning more about "Green Building", check these websites out. You'll be glad you did!

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