Spouses Selling Houses
Two of our fantastic clients shared with us the secret of their successful marriage and it all came down to the definition, “A perfect marriage is when two imperfect people refuse to give up on each other.” Isn’t that wonderful? Let’s face it. We all have our warts and quirks and less than perfect days that would challenge anyone’s patience, but it is nice knowing you have somebody that won’t give up on you. Unfortunately, can that be said about all relationships, especially our relationships with the youth of today? It’s important that we make certain kids know that despite their imperfections, nobody is going to give up on them.
Growing up today is tougher than ever as the calamities of the world are broadcasted 24/7. War, terrorism, economic chaos, environmental destruction and climate change are constantly in the background. Closer to home, kids are confronted more than ever with drugs and alcohol, poverty, divorce, bullying, and a Pandora’s Box of overwhelming content on the web and social media. The youth of today experience more fear and anxiety than previous generations and it’s up to us to make certain they know that despite these burdens, there are people to talk to and there is a solution for every problem.
Alarming statistics of youth suicide show exactly how hard it is on our young. The Sky Center, an organization here in Santa Fe which helps to reduce the risk of youth suicide, reports that in 2013 suicide was the second leading cause of death in New Mexico for youth between the ages of 10-24 and data from 1999-2013 shows that youth suicide in New Mexico is about twice the national rate. Here in Santa Fe, 11.04 percent of high school teens reported that they attempted suicide in the prior 12months. Clearly, this is an issue that needs our attention.
Real-estate brokers are not only about selling homes but about building strong communities, and youth suicide has a devastating affect on the lives of surviving family members, friends, and the culture within our schools. To help raise the awareness of this vitally important issue, the Santa FeAssociation of Realtors will be hosting the Nate Blaser Golf Benefit. Jill Benjamin Blankenship, a broker at Sotheby’s International Realty, lost her son Nate to suicide and is the driving force behind this benefit. We want everyone to know that the Sky Center is here to help our kids and reduce the risk of youth suicide in our community. All proceeds go directly to the Sky Center of New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project allowing them to provide more of their valuable services to the families of Northern New Mexico. Anybody with concerns about a youth at risk should contact them at 505-473-6191 or you can find them on the web at www.nmsip.org.
We urge everyone to participate, whether you want to come out and golf, donate your time, or help outwith a donation. The event is this Friday, June 10, at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe. The golf event starts at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a reception and silent auction scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. Please come out and enjoy a beautiful day at Marty Sanchez and help us raise some money for this greatly needed program. For more information you can contact the Santa Fe Association of Realtors at 505-982-8385 or email PACO@SFAR.COM.
Roger and Melissa are Realtors at KW. Call them at 505-699-3112, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow them on Twitter @CarsonandCarson and at www.facebook.com/carsonandcarson. santaferealestate