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Texas real estate agent on Capitol riot: 'I'm glad I was there' – NBC News
Jenna Ryan says it all began with an invitation from a “very cute guy” on Facebook: Would she join him on a private plane to the Jan. 6 Trump rally in Washington, D.C.?
The decision was easy. Ryan, a Dallas-area real estate agent, is single, loves President Donald Trump and believes the discredited claim that the election was riddled with fraud.
But the trip didn’t have a happy ending.
Within 48 hours of her return to Texas, social media posts made by Ryan, who livestreamed herself entering the U.S. Capitol with a mob of Trump supporters, were being shared with the FBI, and she would soon become the target of a federal investigation.
She didn’t get the guy, either. He hit it off with a different woman, she says.
“He was adorable,” Ryan said in an interview. “And there was another adorable girl there, too, and they ended up getting together, darn it.”
Ryan, 50, was arrested Friday on charges of disorderly conduct and knowingly entering a restricted area.
But in the freewheeling and at times combative interview, she expressed no regrets about participating in the Capitol incursion and said she believes she committed no crimes.
“I have no guilt in my heart,” said Ryan, who is also a life coach and radio host. “My intention was not to have a riot. I did not want to have a riot. I was documenting what was going on in the environment I was in.”
“I’m glad I was there,” she said later in the interview. “Because I witnessed history. And I’ll never get the chance to do that again. … No one will probably ever be able to go near [the Capitol] again.”
Ryan also downplayed the inflammatory language she used in her social media posts on the day of the Capitol breach. In a video shot before she headed to the building, Ryan said, “We’re going to go down and storm the Capitol.”
In the interview, she said she wasn’t suggesting an act of aggression.
“If you look up the term ‘storm,’ you can storm in the kitchen. You can storm in and say, ‘No more,'” she said. “I’m not storming in to kill people. What I meant, life or death, is if someone kills me, I will stand for my truth, even if someone kills me.”
The ill-fated trip to Washington came together at the last minute.
Ryan said the handsome stranger reached out to her on Facebook two days before the rally.
She had always wanted to attend a Make America Great Again event, and the idea of taking a private jet to get to one suited her just fine. But first, she made sure her best friend, Brian, who was also her “bodyguard,” would be able to join.
“I always see all these MAGA rallies, so I said, ‘Heck yeah, let’s go,'” she said. “I mean, who wouldn’t go and get on a private jet?”
The trip to Washington was great, she said. The handful of people on the flight were drinking and getting to know one another. Ryan took a moment to snap a photo inside the cabin and post it on her Facebook page.
“We were going in solidarity with President Trump,” she said. “President Trump requested that we be in D.C. on the 6th. So this was our way of going and stopping the steal.”
After spending the night in a Washington hotel, they awoke about 6 a.m., put on their “Trump stuff” and headed out to mingle with other “like-minded Patriots.”
The group ended up being too far back in the crowd to hear the speeches by Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others. But Ryan had a more pressing problem.
“There were no port-a-potties,” she said. “We could not get to a port-a-potty.
“That was, like, my biggest concern, actually,” she added. “Where’s the port-a-potty? Because I like to always know I have a bathroom nearby.”
They eventually returned to their hotel to warm up. They were horrified by what they saw on TV as Vice President Mike Pence presided over a joint session of Congress to affirm the November election results.
“We watched as Pence accepted the fraudulent election — what we believe to be fraudulent,” she said.
“We were devastated,” she said. “It was like my dad — somebody I love, somebody I respect — just betrayed someone else I love and I respect, including the country. … I couldn’t believe it.”
Ryan said that she didn’t want to leave the hotel again — “I think we walked 20,000 steps that day” — but that she decided to go along with her friends to the Capitol.
“I didn’t want to be at the hotel by myself,” she said.
At some point before she stepped out of the hotel, she posted a video to her Facebook page showing her speaking to the camera in front of a bathroom mirror. The video has been deleted.
“We’re gonna go down and storm the capitol,” she said, according to federal prosecutors. “They’re down there right now and that’s why we came and so that’s what we are going to do. So wish me luck.”
Ryan said they pushed their way to the Capitol steps. In one of the many clips she shot in the crowd and posted online, Ryan called out Mitch “turtleface” McConnell, complained that she had to go to the bathroom and then said: “We are armed and dangerous. This is just the beginning.”
In court papers, prosecutors said a Facebook Live video taken by Ryan — which was captured before it was deleted and reposted to YouTube — shows her entering the Capitol through the Rotunda entrance.
“We’re going to f—ing go in here. Life or death,” she says at the start of the video, according to prosecutors. “It doesn’t matter. Here we go.”
When she reached the top of the stairs, Ryan turned on her rear-facing camera and said: “Y’all know who to hire for your realtor. Jenna Ryan for your realtor,” according to prosecutors.
At one point, Ryan posed for a photograph in front of a broken window and posted it on Twitter. “Window at The capital,” she wrote, according to federal prosecutors. “And if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’re going to come after their studios next …”
In the interview with NBC News, Ryan acknowledged that she entered the building after photos showing her inside surfaced, but she said she remained inside for only two minutes and left because she felt uncomfortable.
When further pressed about the violent language she used in her videos, Ryan lashed out.
“If you want to skewer me in the media and make me out to be a violent person because it fits your storyline, then, you know, that is something that you’re going to have to live with in your life,” she said. “Because I know my heart was to go there and let my voice be heard, no matter what. And I stood on the steps of the Capitol, and I did what I came to do. And I did pray.”
Five people died as a result of the riot, including a police officer and a woman who was shot by police.
Ryan said she felt terrible for the loss of life but insisted that she believes she broke no laws.
“I, personally, feel innocent in everything that I have done,” she said. “I feel like I was perfectly within my rights. I feel like the police officers were ushering people into the Capitol. There were thousands of people there. I have no guilt in my heart.”
Ryan borrowed one of Trump’s signature phrases to describe how she now feels being a target of the FBI.
“The FBI’s coming out and raiding my house for a misdemeanor,” she said. “Taking my MAGA hat. OK? They took my MAGA hat.”
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Ryan also said she has “given up on America” and won’t vote again because she believes the election system is corrupt.
She said she remains convinced that the results were fraudulent even though elections officials in all 50 states certified them and dozens of judges, including Republicans and some appointed by Trump, dismissed the claims.
“That didn’t faze me,” she said. She added, “No one heard the evidence.”
She now fears that all Trump supporters are going to be branded as terrorists and silenced under President Joe Biden.
And she made a plea for Trump to pardon her and the other nonviolent protesters. But if he doesn’t, Ryan said, she wouldn’t hold it against him.
“I’m going to support him no matter what he does,” she said.
‘Where is Snoopy?’: Dartmouth Realtor suspended, fined for taking tenant's dog – TheChronicleHerald.ca
A Dartmouth Realtor is in the doghouse with her regulatory body for taking a hound named Snoopy from a tenant in a home she was trying to sell.
The Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission suspended Sarah Sullivan of Century 21 Trident Realty Ltd. effective Jan. 16 until Feb. 15 for violating the province’s real estate laws. Sullivan has also been ordered to pay $2,500 in fines.
“The violations resulted from an investigation of a complaint from a member of the public. The complainant, who owned a dog, was a tenant of a property that was listed for sale. Ms. Sullivan viewed the property with a potential buyer,” said the decision from the commission.
“At a later date, Ms. Sullivan approached the complainant, and asked if they were interested in selling the dog, which they advised they were not. Ms. Sullivan offered to take the dog while they moved out of the property.”
Threatened to use inside info
Sullivan took the dog and failed to return it, said the decision.
“In response to efforts by the complainant to have the dog returned, Ms. Sullivan inappropriately used or (threatened) to use information she acquired only as a result of her access to the property as a real estate licensee. When the matter was investigated, she provided false/misleading information to the investigator on several occasions.”
This isn’t the first time she has been in trouble with the regulatory body.
“Ms. Sullivan had previously been disciplined in 2014 for providing false information to the commission during the course of an investigation.”
Sullivan’s actions hurt the profession as a whole, said the decision about taking the dog.
“This conduct is dishonourable, unprofessional, harmful to the best interests of the public and to the reputation of the industry at large. The public must have confidence that when they provide access to their property to members of the profession, that their privacy will be respected and information shall be gathered, used and shared, only for reasons related to the trading in real estate. Further, it is a violation to provide false/misleading information to the commission.”
Sullivan, a mother of four, declined to comment when reached Monday by telephone.
“I am unfortunately not able to discuss or disclose my side of the story,” she said.
Brother still looking for dog
A Dartmouth man named Robert Smaggus said in an email to The Chronicle Herald that the dog in question, named Snoopy, belonged to his brother.
“I have been looking for him since June 4, 2020,” Smaggus wrote.
He said he complained about the missing dog to police, but was told it was a civil matter.
He also noted in his email that he contacted Patricia Arab, the minister responsible for Service Nova Scotia, but was told she couldn’t intervene in the case.
“Where is the accountability?” Smaggus said. “Where is Snoopy?”
St. John's Real Estate: The Housing Market That is Topping the Charts – RE/MAX News
At the start of 2020, few would have anticipated that St. John’s real estate would be one of the hottest Canadian housing markets by the end of the year. Twelve months later and the nation’s east coast is witnessing exponential growth in its housing sector. Commercial development, population growth, and a rebounding economy are contributing to the area’s booming real estate market. And this could be a main headline in Canadian real estate news for many years to come.
St. John’s is one of Atlantic Canada’s hottest cities, despite having one of the country’s coldest winters! From impressive sales activity to record-breaking valuations, St. John’s is becoming the envy of the nation for its eye-popping real estate data. But is this only temporary, or is it a long-term trend that will carry into 2021, and beyond?
For years, Atlantic Canada had been considered a buyer’s market. Housing was cheap, the economy was struggling, and the region was experiencing a population exodus. Fast forward to the present, and St. John’s and its neighbours are sitting comfortably in a seller’s market. Here is what you can expect if your home-buying sights are set upon this historic Atlantic city:
St. John’s Real Estate: The Housing Market That is Topping the Charts
According to the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of REALTORS®, residential activity in St. John’s ballooned by 62.9 per cent year-over-year in December. This outpaced the 50-per-cent growth in the rest of Newfoundland and Labrador. Single-detached home transactions soared at a record 47.2 per cent from the same time a year ago.
What about prices?
St. John’s overall benchmark price climbed by an annualized rate of 5.7 per cent in December to $268,200. But certain properties outperformed others: the benchmark price for single-family homes increased by 6.7 per cent year-over-year to $271,400, while the benchmark apartment price tumbled four per cent to $225,000.
With supply not increasing in line with demand, these prices could continue to climb heading into 2021. Active residential listings province-wide in December were down 21.1 per cent compared to December 2019, marking a five-year low inventory level for the month of December.
Months of inventory fell to 7.1 months in December, down from the 14 months of inventory recorded at the same time a year ago. The long-run average of months of inventory is 10.5 for this time of the year. This is an important metric the industry uses because it is the number of months it would take to sell current stocks at the present rate of activity.
Despite long-term bullishness, the RE/MAX outlook for St. John’s residential real estate in 2021 is a drop of as much as three per cent to approximately $285,027 across all property types.
Is the St. John’s Housing Market ‘Vulnerable’?
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) published its latest Housing Market Assessment (HMA) for the third quarter of 2020. The HMA examines the nation’s biggest real estate markets’ level of vulnerability, using four primary factors: overbuilding, overvaluation, overheating, and price acceleration.
Regina, Hamilton, Montreal, and Moncton topped the list of cities more vulnerable in the Canadian housing market. St. John’s, meanwhile, joined the list of six markets that received overall low vulnerability scores (Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, and Quebec City were the others).
“Although the unprecedented income supports from governments provided temporary relief, the COVID-19 crisis negatively affected the level of permanent disposable income available to households,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC’s chief economist, in a news release. “Along with the weakening of other drivers of the housing market, overvaluation imbalances increased further or started to emerge in several markets in the third quarter of 2020.”
Beyond Pent-Up Demand in St. John’s
The term “pent-up demand” has become a fixture in conversations about the Canadian real estate market last year, to explain the monumental surge in housing activity. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, much of the spring and summer buying and selling had been delayed by a few months. But while it is believed that the pent-up demand has been exhausted, St. John’s situation is beyond this market phenomenon.
Indeed, the east coast city’s rejuvenation is potentially part of a long-term trend of economic revitalization, population growth, and a strong housing sector. The COVID-19 public health crisis could be the contributing factor to its long-term rejuvenation.
From historically low interest rates, to a change in how we work and the adoption of digital tools by real estate agents, Canadians have more options at their disposal to navigate the housing market during these unprecedented times. This is great news for Canada’s former underdog housing markets like St. John’s.
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