The Misunderstood Breed and its Cost to the Owners

Pitbulls are the most misunderstood breed among the canine family. They gained their vicious and notorious reputation because of the widely reported pitbull attacks and the inhumane exploitation by heartless, self-serving, repulsive and condenmable individuals who use them as fighting dogs.

Even the ASPCA states that along with putative over reporting, false reporting is a major contributor to public perceptions about the breed. Adding to this miconception is NFL’s Michael Vick’s brushed with the law for animal cruelty. Media loves celebrity stories. They sensationalize and spice them with flavorful condiments to induce media hype to the detriment not only of the dogs’ reputation but also of their loving owners.

As a common belief, pitbulls are bred to become vicious. The killer instinct is in their nature.

This ostracized image of pitbulls causes their owners jacked-up liability insurance.

My first-time buyers were shocked by the amount they were quoted for the home owners’ insurance prior to the closing of their home. On top of that, not all carriers would insure their property because of the pitbull. What a dismal result of brazen irresponsibility.

But don’t we agree that all dogs are the products of their owners. Their behavior is nurtured by its environment. By nature, they are protective of their owners. However, it takes strong provocation to release them into an attack mode.

I may not be a pitbull owner but I have the chance to meet some of them. I believe that their upbringing and behavior start at home. It is nothing less than nurturing your own child. Hostile environment begets hostile behavior. Friendly and loving home produces warm and affectionate LOYAL FRIEND. I hope that owners of this breed will prove the general public’s conception wrong. All dogs can become notorious as you let them be. Unfortunately, responsible owners suffer the consequences of the actions they did not make, as in the case of my buyers.

Certainly, the celebrity status of Vick did not help in expelling the viciousness attached to the pitbulls. Enough of this celebrated case.

As an antithesis to the pitbulls’ egregious and misconceived reputation, let these facts be known to all:

“Weela”- saved 31 people, 29 dogs, 3 horses and even one cat.

“Popsicle”,-a five-month-old puppy originally found nearly dead in a freezer, grew to become one of the nation’s most important police dogs.

“Norton” was placed in the Purina Animal Hall of Fame after he rescued his owner from a severe reaction to a spider bite.

“Titan” rescued his owner’s wife, who would have died from an aneurysm.

“D-Boy” took three bullets to save his family from an intruder with a gun. (source:



The dog has been esteemed and loved by all the people on earth and he has deserved this affection for he renders services that have made him man’s best friend.

Alfred Barbou





Dangerous Spices and Salt on the Rack

K2, Spice, and Bath Salts are Illegal and Banned from Sale in Connecticut


k2.bmpThe Department of Consumer Protection, on March 26th, 2012, banned the sale of “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana products in Connecticut. The regulation passed by the DCP designated these products as  Schedule 1 controlled substances.


Schedule 1 includes drugs with high potential for abuse such as heroin, methamphetamine and LSD, and carries the toughest penalties for violation of laws concerning possession and use.


According to DCP,  the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) temporarily banned so-called “bath salts” last year. The product had been sold under different labels online and in shops across the U.S., and was being abused. Nationwide, the product was linked to thousands of ER visits and calls to Poison Control centers. Users complained of severe chest pains, extreme paranoia and hallucinations.


lclbathsaltslead_t600.jpgK2, an incense, is another substance which is substituted for marijuana. It is reported that when smoked or ingested, the incense produced a high similar to marijuana. Because of its effects and availability prior to the regulation, the substance had been abused primarily by the teens.  “However, use of this “fake marijuana” was potentially much more harmful than at first believed, often resulting in tremors, seizures, and coma/unconsciousness among its users.” 


“Sprayed with various chemicals before packaging, the products contained unidentified toxic substances that were believed to contribute to adverse health effects. A K2 or Spice product can be anywhere from four times to over 100 times more potent than regular marijuana (THC).”


“K2 and Spice have been sold under a variety of names, including Smoke, Sence, Skunk, Yucatan, Spice gold, Fire, and Genie.”

DCP warned the parents that although illegal, these products might still be sold secretly in Connecticut and neighboring states. spice_gold_3g.jpg


DCP released the following to help the parents in what to look and watch out for to protect their children: When smoked, K2/Spice has a pungent odor similar to marijuana, so you will likely smell it on a user’s clothes or belongings. Parents may notice dried herbal residue in children’s rooms, as well as the foil packets in trash.


What is Meant to be is Not Pure Destiny

“If it is meant to be, it is meant to be” is a phrase, although overly-used, has been one of my favorite lines to appease buyer’s missed opportunity. However, the truth is, there are things, happenings and events in our life that are meant to be. These are not reliant or dependent on the universal force to make a significant leap.

In home buying process, the buyer has full control of the following:

  • Offer: If your offer is low ball that even the most skilled pitcher can’t catch it, chances are, it will land flat on the ground
  • Financing: If you buy a brand new car when your debt-to-income ratio is marginal before closing, you may as well bang your head on the wall for not using your common sense. In this case, I hope that your loan officer did not remiss in his job in reminding you of the do’s and don’ts in mortgage application. Otherwise, you have someone else to put the blame on.

  • Dilly-Dallying: Speculative and procastinating buyer tends to lose on the home of his dream. Indecisiveness can cause a pinching opportunity loss. And when the chance flees, the buyer wallows.
  • MisEducated Buyer: Granted that the buyer is a chronic low baller, our job is to educate him that market is local. The market trend varies by town and its neighborhood. You may have noticed that the absorption rate for one town is shorter than the towns adjacent to it. Putting this one town as the central subject, some neighborhood’s turnover can be faster than a neighborhood 1/4 mile or a 10 blocks away. As his buyer representative, we need to emphasize that albeit the still looming”buyer’s market”, if the property is priced very aggressively, a multiple bid situation is likely to happen. 

Realtor’s job is to guide and assist the buyer every step of the way. The first step is to find out how much he is  qualified for. After gettlng the amount he can qualify for a mortgage, we can then explain to our buyer the first criterion in the home buying process: PRICE


Most buyers do not have an idea where to start and how much of a house they can afford until they consult a loan officer. Some look quizzical why they are qualified for only under $150K when they earn over $60K annually. The REASONDebt-to-Income Ratio. Buyers lose their Purchasing Power  because of too many loans and high credit card balances.

On the other hand, even if the buyer is qualified for more than the house he is to willing pay, have him stay within his comfort level. 


Once the Price Criterion has been set, ANALYZING  the buyer’s needs and wants should be incorporated into the search. While opinions on the type of home may change during the home buying process, these checklist will help him narrow down the search closest to his “RIGHT” Home.

  • What architectural style(s) of homes do you prefer?
  • Do you want a one-story or two-story house?
  • How old a home would you consider?
  • How much repair or renovation would you be willing to do?
  • Do you have special facilities or needs that your home must meet?
  • Do you require a fenced yard or other amenities for your pets?

After applying the first two critical thinking skills, Decision Making comes into the picture once the buyer finds the HOME which suits, not all, most of his needs because there is no such thing as “perfect home.” This is the time when you, as the Realtor, guide and assist, in the best light possible, the buyer to make it happen. If it does not happen because of the Buyer’s OFFER and or INDECISIVENESS,  at the end of the day, you can tell yourself “I did my best” and your Buyer choses to pass on what should have been meant to be.