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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:45 pm

I enjoyed the Lodi Association of Realtors annual luncheon at the River Mill in French Camp last week — lots of fun moments.

I ran into Ivan and Kerry Suess, Melanie Penino, Hazel Kerner, Marlene Gutierrez, Dana Swanson and — gosh, who am I leaving out?

California Association of Realtors president Don Faught urged his audience to speak out in favor of the mortgage interest deduction, which might be hanging in the balance at the fiscal cliff negotiations. That’s not a shocking political position for Faught and his fellow real estate professionals to take, but anyone with a mortgage should be advised that this hidden tax hike might not fall on just the wealthy.

I missed his exact age, but young Davis Mahoney sang a chillingly beautiful version of the Star Spangled Banner.

The crowd got a good laugh during the invocation, thanks to Pastor Tim Stevenson of Horizon Community Church.

He offered a prayer for all real estate agents trying to eek out a living in this tough market. Pastor Tim admitted he didn’t write the poem himself. He got it where so much good information comes from today — the Internet. I don’t want to rip off the entire poem so I’ll include this link to the entire creation written by LaPorte, Indiana real estate agent Theresa Prim.

The prayer is an appeal to the Almighty to grant patience with all the oddities that can goof up a home sale. My favorite lament was this: Lord, give me the wisdom to know which car is good enough for clients, yet not so good that clients will think I make too much money.

Not many agents have to worry about that this year.

But since most homeowners count the house as their biggest investment, let’s hope 2013 is different.

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