We have met the enemy and they are us! As you listen and watch the news, all anyone talks about is how afraid they are of what is happening to our economy and how this will affect them. Certainly valid concerns, but the more we all start to pull back, play it safe, make sure that we don't make any bad steps or take any big chances, the worse we make the overall situation collectively.
I just heard that the savings rate in the US just went from negative 3% about 6 months ago to plus 8% today. talk about circling the wagons. Everyone and everything is crippled by fear. What's the answer, LEADERSHIP! We have no leadership from our government and you have to start wondering if there is any leadership in the private sector when you watch the leaders of the big 3 auto companies fly into DC to ask for 25B on their private jets and then cannot even tell you how they are going to spend this money. Amazing!
I do know that if we wait for others to lead us that don't want to lead or are incapable of leadership things will only get worse. Its time for all of us to be leaders in our own right. Take action, don't let things happen to you, make good things happen for you. Get up and go at your world with vigor and a positive attitude. Tune out the negatively and know that while you can't control a lot of things, there is a lot you can do to help yourself and those important to you.
In our business of real estate, the ground zero of the negativity, there are many signs of life. Unit sales are up in many areas even though prices are still trending down, a vast majority of these homes are being purchased by owner occupants. Most important is taking a leadership position with your agents as the office manager and with your clients as a sales professional. You need to help and guide people and most of all you need courage to move forward and not look back. With such a barrage of bad news, is it any wonder that people are fearful. it is our job to guide people towards their goals. Those companies, agents and managers that step up to the task and keep working, will be in the best position to benefit when things get better, and they will get better. People need homes for shelter and to raise their families.