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Published on February 1, 2009 / Last updated on February 1, 2009

Happy February!

This doesn’t have anything to do with real estate directly, but it’s interesting because we have a JC Penney store at the Columbia Center mall.  And, it also shows you why I insist upon reading The Comsumerist daily.  On Thursday, The Consumerist shared this rumor about JCP closing some of its stores. But in today’s New York Times, we got confirmation, in a big way. I don’t think our JCP will be one of the stores affected.  Lately, it’s been tough for retailers in general.  However, I spoke with a friend who runs another store in the mall, and her store was outperforming others in the Northwest region. So, maybe our J.C.Penney will be safe?

Were you wondering what’s wrong with America these days?  Yes, I know it’s a time of hope, etc.  However, the country is mired in debt, hurtling downward into a deflationary spiral.  And it’s probably because, when called on the carpet, the government responds, “Well we CAN’T be expected to actually be held responsible for something we said we’d do but it doesn’t look like we will do after all…” I’m talking about the Department of Justice’s response to the lawsuit filed by the state of Washington against the Department of Energy.  I mentioned the lawsuit before in this post in November.

And of all the news released recently (we actually learned about it week before last, but I guess I didn’t remember it last Sunday), this brought the most rejoicing in my household (and other households across the state, I’m sure).  The WASL shall be no more after this year. Thank Heaven.

This last week saw a lot of great articles out in the Herald, and I’m going to touch on them later this week.  Last week I was crazy busy and never seemed to have a chance to blog about them.

Have a good week!  Go Cardinals!

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My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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