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Nathan
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1/13/17, 4:42 AM
Russel Ray
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Default Re: House Key News is live!
Lots of news.

First, my mother-in-law died July 3, 2016. I knew she was wealthy but I had no idea she was rich. So my husband and I inherited quite a bit, and we're finding out that she was even richer than what we thought. We keep finding money in this bank, that bank, this stock account, that stock account, this retirement plan, that retirement plan, this insurance company, that insurance company. Just amazing.

Second, my oldest cousin died July 10, 2016. I had lost contact with him (and all my Mormon and Catholic relatives) after I moved to San Diego in April 1993. Although he was 7 years my junior, we grew up together in Texas. His death was one of those gene-pool-cleaning accidents and gives serious credence to that old saying about how to use cinder blocks: "If you can see through it, it's wrong." He needed to work on his tractor so he put it up on cinder blocks. The tractor's weight split and crushed the cinder blocks, ultimately crushing to death my cousin. Almost three months later his two sisters contacted me. They had been searching for me for those three months because I was listed as his only heir in his will. Since I had changed my name in 2003, dropping my last name and taking my middle name as my last name, it took them a little while to find me. I inherited a multiple-location working farm and ranch. I spent almost three months in Texas August-October last year checking things out and hiring a General Manager to oversee things since the cash flow encouraged me to keep it. I also set up his ex-wife with a monthly income to take the place of previous alimony payments, and his two teenage sons with trust accounts. He had ignored the three of them because of an acrimonious divorce a couple of years ago. He also had ignored his two sisters, which no one could explain to me. I gave the two of them a nice check which they both appreciated.

I'm living in Mexico, Tijuana to be specific. I still have my place in La Mesa and my properties in Texas. I'm just not living in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. Health care is pretty darn good down here, and much less expensive than in the U.S. My Obamacare insurance looks like it is going out the window so it's probably a good thing that I'm in Mexico where health care and medicine are much less expensive. I had thought about Canada but it's just too cold up there.

I have sold House Key News. I reached 500 members six months earlier than my projection. I went looking for help to develop new infrastructure and instead found a buyer. He came over, looked over everything, looked at my cash flow spreadsheets, looked at my membership roster, wrote me a check, and hauled everything off. It's totally in his hands now. I have nothing in my possession concerning House Key News. With everything else going on in my life, I was happy to let him have House Key News, and he took it at my price, no questions asked. As an aside, if you think that you might ever want to sell your business, keep the most detailed and accurate records you can to prove the viability of your company, spreadsheets documenting daily expenses and income, business plans, proforma projections, graphs, tax returns, etc., and you won't have any problem selling it.

Best wishes to most everybody for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity in 2017 and beyond. Or as Trump might say, "Best wishes to everyone, including my enemies..........."


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Good for you Russel. Feel free to make a post here as well.

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I'm being told that commitments made may not have been followed through on now that I posted this and got a few messages.

Anyone care to comment? Users? Russel?

$160,000 in membership dues with no follow through would be pretty serious.

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Just got the entire InterNACHI thread on this. Not looking good!

I sent a message off to Russel. No response yet!

https://www.nachi.org/forum/f7/house-key-news-live-112758/

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Nathan wrote:Just got the entire InterNACHI thread on this. Not looking good!

I sent a message off to Russel. No response yet!

https://www.nachi.org/forum/f7/house-key-news-live-112758/


Can't see it if you're not a nachi member

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Nathan wrote:Just got the entire InterNACHI thread on this. Not looking good!

I sent a message off to Russel. No response yet!

https://www.nachi.org/forum/f7/house-key-news-live-112758/


Hey, I thought I was promoted to General - still a Godzilla

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The more this plays out the worse it looks. Word to the wise for Inspectors:

1. Don't sign up with a "new" vendor. Let someone else be the guinea pig.
2. Before you sign up, get a free trial and log in to peruse the systems. If all they have is a signup form and a place to put in a credit card number, move on.
3. Call first! Size matters, and if a "company" doesn't have a staff ready to serve you, they probably can't serve you.

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