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 twicethe­selling­power@gmail.com, or fol­low them on Twit­ter @Car­so­nandCar­son and at www.face­book.com/car­so­nandcar­son. santafe­r­ealestate

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