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Monday Morning Coffee with Alejandro Gutierrez

Sedona AZ (November 13, 2017)Join real estate insider Alejandro Gutierrez, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, as he shares his Monday Morning Coffee with you from Sedona, Arizona:

Consumer confidence remains high, supported by solid job growth, rising wealth and still-low interest rates.

Job growth was disrupted by hurricanes in September, but the unemployment rate dropped to 4.2%, and we expect solid job growth to resume.

Many past economic expansions ended when rapidly rising inflation prompted the Federal Reserve to raise rates sharply and cool the economy.

We don’t think that’s likely to happen soon, although inflation may rise as energy and food prices rebound.

As long as inflation is near 2%, interest rates should remain low and the Fed can stay patient, keeping the economy on track to expand modestly.

“Hardship is just a lesson. You must strengthen your soul.” ~ Sophanna

When Sophanna performs his music on stage, people naturally gather around.

Perched on a customised wheel-cart that serves as an extension of his body, he sings only from his heart. Through his music, we see a young man with wisdom well beyond his years, and a tenderness that comes from the courage to share one’s vulnerabilities.

Tragedy happened at an early age for Sophanna. His parents were killed when he was six, and just four years after, he lost the ability to use his legs through a rare spinal disease.

Despite these multiple adversities, he chose to rise above them, to push forward in what he now describes as this “crazy but beautiful life” he lives, drawing strength from the love and memory of his father who was a well respected farmer in his home community.

Sophanna’s childhood ambition has always been that of becoming a singer and composer.

When he received his first guitar in 2011, he taught himself music through YouTube videos, and has since written over 30 original songs, some of which have been aired on television.

“Hardship is just a lesson,” he sings in one of his songs. “You must strengthen your soul.”

For someone with whom much has been taken away from, Sophanna is anything but guarded and selfish. Instead, he gives freely from his heart with a smile that’s thoroughly infectious.

It is no wonder that Sophanna is the life of the community he is in. In his words, “We live from the heart, and I want to show the world how to make a beautiful life.”

I see that in him. I see beauty in his person, and his music. And I see beauty on the faces of his students with whom he spends his free time, teaching guitar at no charge.

Sophanna’s life is a celebration of the human spirit.

His story challenges the way society tends to draw the lines between disability and ability.

With over 45,800 followers on his Facebook page, Sophanna’s ability as a self-taught musician to draw people from around the world through his life and music is truly admirable.

He is also a talented chef. When I visited Sophanna at the music school he stays in, I was treated to a sumptuous meal prepared by the man himself. Since his roommates don’t cook, he heartily assumed the role of resident chef, feeding friends and visitors who come.

There’s so much to learn from Sophanna’s outlook on life.

Above all, it is his tenacity and heart of gold in sharing all he has with his community that earns the respect of those who meet him.

You can watch Sophanna live every Friday evening at the ‘Made in Cambodia’ market in Siem Reap.

It has been a pleasure sharing Monday Morning Coffee with you. Selling a home is always difficult because it’s like leaving a part of you behind and buyers don’t always appreciate aspects of it in the same way you do. Buying the right home is also difficult because if the Realtor did not really understand your needs, or was in a hurry for his commission, you may end up in the wrong house.

So, if you are looking for a Realtor that can empathize with you and help you navigate through the entire process, without rushing you to decisions, then you should consider calling Alejandro Gutierrez at 928-821-8552. He has lived in Sedona since 2007 buying, remodeling, and selling many properties as well as representing many clients under the prestigious Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty brokerage, 20 Roadrunner Drive, Sedona, Arizona 86336.

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