Homeside Financial - February 2020


Like the Olympics and presidential elections, leap years only occur once every four years, which is why many people look forward to Feb. 29. But there’s a lot that you might not know about this quirk on the calendar. Why To keep the calendar in sync with Earth’s orbit around the sun, an extra day is added to it every four years. Earth takes exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to orbit the sun. Those extra hours add up over time, so another calendar day becomes necessary. But a leap year doesn’t occur every four years. Adding that extra day still doesn’t quite keep Earth on track, so the calendar skips leap years that occur during century years not divisible by 400. For example, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 won’t be. Who The odds of being born on Feb. 29 are 1 in 1,461. That means that of the roughly seven billion people in the world, only about five million of them are “leaplings.”The number of leaplings currently living in the U.S. is roughly 187,000. Some famous leaplings include motivational speaker Tony Robbins, rapper Ja Rule, and singer Mark Foster of Foster the People. However, the most famous leapling is probably Superman. When you invent a super-being, you might as well give him a super-birthday. Where Anthony, Texas/New Mexico (a single town that straddles the two states’ borders), claims the title “Leap Year Capital of the World.”The city throws one massive birthday party for all leaplings but invites everyone to join the celebration. Two leapling neighbors from Anthony began the tradition in 1988, and it’s blossomed into a festival with thousands of participants every four years. It includes banquets, hot air balloons, a carnival, concerts, parades, and more. When you have four years to plan in between each shindig, there’s time to go big. Celebrate this leap year by doing something unusual or new. It’s a special day that doesn’t occur often, so make the most of it by doing something you’ll talk about for another four years.

“I have worked for the state of North Carolina for over 22 years. My career has given me the stability to raise a family and enjoy some of the good things in life. But as a divorced mother of two, owning a house was one thing I always wished for. I sacrificed for six years renting and waiting for the perfect time and perfect people to help me find a house of my own. “On Nov. 11, 2019, I found those perfect people at Homeside. Jamie Harrington saw the potential and sheer drive I had in making this goal a

reality. She saw me as a person who deserved a chance. On Nov. 21, 2019, I had a contract on a house I was absolutely in love with. Jamie and her team were full speed ahead getting the necessary inspections, appraisals, and paperwork completed, signed, and ready for closing. “I closed on my home on Jan. 7, 2020. I was a homeowner ... finally. Some people might think of buying a home as a thing we all do, but it’s not always easy. Homeside and Jamie made it easy. They gave me a chance, a home, and my dream. I will never forget the kindness they showed me. Jamie, Michelle, Erin, and Angela, I sincerely thank you.”

–Tabatha B.



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