Going to take my mortgage money and run!

I’m not running in the literal, virtual sense in that I’m leaving one actual place and going to another . . . only as far as finance is concerned, I’m running away as fast as I can go.

Well, I did just find an old friend in Belize . . . I may start there as a jumping off place and head further south. I have my eye on São Paulo, although my kiddos are entranced with Australia –

I made a lot of money in mortgage banking (hella money, my kids say), but I hated it every minute I was doing it, and the better the money got, the worse the job got. From where I sit now the people still in the mortgage business must be saints to live with it (And they are probably making HELLA money)

But it’s not for me. Not anymore.

I’ve decided to concentrate on writing – I have a book coming out in May, “The Secret Art of Rockstar Buzz” which I’m pretty pumped about.

The official site is http://artofrockstarbuzz.com. And, in leaving the mortgage business, I have absolutely no use for my website, Georgia Mortgage Money.Com, so I’ve decided to sell it.

Stats, rankings, etc., will be available to anyone with a real interest in the purchase. I’m considering financing it, should a “lone” officer want to buy it, rather than a company, but no promises . . . I want to get completely out of the biz, but that site has been up for 11 years, and in the good years, I made an average of $200K a year with it . . . Mostly loans, but some ads . . . not many, I assure you.

I didn’t have time to bother with them. If you’re interested in the website, email me: traci@tracigregory.com, and, if I can talk you into reading my RockStar Buzz blog, great! or following RockStar Buzz on Twitter I’ll be proud to have you.

Rock on,


Originally posted at  MortgageRedeaux.blogspot.com/2010/03/going-to-take-my-money-and-run.html

Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women – or Mistresses of the Universe

Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigning, 2007
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So Queen Elizabeth is less influential than Michelle Obama, who is less important than Hillary Clinton . . .

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for the fourth time, is the world’s most powerful woman.

  • #2? Sheila Blair, Chairwoman, FDIC
  • #35 Nancy Pelosi
  • #36 Hillary Clinton
  • #40 Michelle Obama
  • #41 Oprah – Notice, we don’t need her last name to know who she is . . .

According to Forbes, they factor economic impact, media reach, sundry career accomplishments.

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And now, back to my Mistress of the Universe theme . . .

James S. Turley, CEO of Ernst & Young, is at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where the main subject matter is how to reform the world’s financial system.

Mr. Turley’s advice is to add diversity to decision making, and pointedly, diversity of the female persuasion.

In an article he wrote for the Wall Street Journal, he points out that


It is not just about adding a woman here or there. It is about building the critical mass that gives people the power to speak up, and to have their views heard. It’s not that women make better decisions, have a greater sense of risk, or can sniff out fraud better than men. But they tend to approach decisions differently than men, with different frames of reference. Not having enough women in positions of power and decision-making capacities has deprived major firms—and the global economy of the diversity in thinking and resulting positive outcomes, which were desperately needed then, and now.

He reminds us that

  • Companies who have put women in top positions report significant gains. A recent report from research group Catalyst found that, on average, Fortune 500 companies with more women on their boards outperformed those with fewer women directors on a broad range of financial indicators.
  • A McKinsey study showed that companies with three or more women in senior management scored higher than companies with no women at the top on a range of measures for organizational excellence.
  • A 2002 report from the Conference Board of Canada, a research group, found that boards with three or more women were more likely than all-male boards to be thinking about risks and ensuring that conflict-of-interest guidelines and a code of conduct for their organization were in place.rq

the article, reprinted from the WSJ

What drives this country to maintain its glass ceiling, when such evidence exists that women in business would benefit both the companies they work for and ultimately the country in which we live?

If you’re interested in further reading, here’s a link to Ernest&Young’s “Groundbreakers, Using the strength of women to rebuild the world economy.”

And if you think it’s a stretch, you should consider what we ask of women already. . .

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report in August, 2007, that there are approximately 13.6 million21.2 million children (approximately 26% of children under 21 in the U.S. today).single parents in the United States today, and they’re raising.

Jennifer Wolf of About.Com assimilated the following data from the US Census Department. Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2005. By Timothy S. Grall. Census, 2007. 17 Mar. 2008

  • 84% of custodial parents are mothers, and
  • 16% of custodial parents are fathers

Of those Moms,

  • 44% are divorced or separated
  • 33% have never been married
  • 22% are married (and mostly these are remarried)
  • 1% were widowed

* 79% are gainfully employed

  • 27.7% live in poverty . . . in case the math doesn’t come easy, that is 5,955,500 children living in poverty in the richest country on earth.

Only 31% of ALL single parents receive public assistance and 6% receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

Our greatest resource is our children, and women are expected to do whatever it takes to care for them and nurture them, in any and all circumstances, without a lot of help . . . And while we freely give them that responsibility and expect the best, we don’t ask women to manage adults? We don’t let them help improve the economy, when they obviously know how to live on less?

Organization skills? Codes of conduct? These single women with children don’t have to work to learn those things. They live them as a matter of course. And we could be using those skills to help us recover? Not take over from men, not take away.

Just help us recover.

I’ve been a single Mom for 16 years. I’ve worked all that time, gone to most every school function, have become known on a first name basis to most of my children’s teachers over the years, and all the counselors and principals at the high school my children attended.

I’ve worked longer hours than any man I know in my business, and stayed up more nights with sick kids.

And, I”ve been treated as “just a woman” at a lot of places I’ve worked. (When I was younger, I was treated as just a sex object, but that’s a completely different rant.)

You know, as Americans we won’t approach being an enlightened group of people until women are actually at the top, and the fact that our President is Black isn’t even remarked upon.


Was the problem on Wall Street elevated testosterone? and not subprime mortgages?

You really must read this article . . .

Mistresses of the Universe

Nicholas D. Kristof, writing in the New York Times tells us that
“At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, some of the most interesting discussions revolved around whether we would be in the same mess today if Lehman Brothers had been Lehman Sisters. The consensus (and this is among the dead white men who parade annually at Davos) is that the optimal bank would have been Lehman Brothers and Sisters.” (Italics mine)

“Wall Street is one of the most male-dominated bastions in the business world; senior staff meetings resemble a urologist’s waiting room. Aside from issues of fairness, there’s evidence that the result is second-rate decision-making.”

And, the same conclusions are being reached around the world: The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences — Endogenous steroids and financial risk taking on a London trading floor; Stanford University, and The Journal of Economic Theory.

So that’s the job I’m applying for . . . Mistress of the Universe

Read his full article here . . . The New York Times.

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