This past year, we have seen some improvements in the economy and we’ve seen some improvements in the real estate market. As we begin Fall, I keep telling sellers to be prepared for a slowdown. All the data indicates that the economy and housing market will be flat or there may be a slight decline for the remainder of the year. The fact that this is an election year doesn’t help the situation. Typically, in an election year, people stand pat and don’t make too many moves. From Wall Street to small business, people get conservative and apprehensive until they know who their elected officials are going to be. This waiting game…waiting for the economy to rebound, waiting for better opportunities, waiting for a job opportunity and waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel can make many people feel anxious, particularly Realtors and home sellers. The purpose of today’s column is not merely to point out the obvious, but to leave you with some encouraging thoughts as we round out the year. We all need to stay positive and remember how blessed we are and the good things we have in our life.
I hear people all the time say, “Well, I got to go to work tomorrow.” No, our attitude should be, “I get to go to work tomorrow.” There are a ton of people out there that wish they had the opportunity to go to work. “Well, I can’t sell this house.” Thank God you have a house and a house to sell. “All I do is take care of these kids and shuttle them around town.” No, you have the blessing of taking care of those children. Ask any parent whose kids are grown and out of the house and they’ll all tell you how much they miss those days when the kids were just youngsters. Enjoy the journey because these moments will be gone soon and very soon. “Well, the economy is bad and we’ll never get out of debt.” Wrong; it won’t be like this forever. We need to remember that our circumstances are only temporary and we can and will persevere. I ask people all the time how they are doing. I often hear this, “Well, we’re just hanging in there. We’re staying joyful and hopeful.” I want to say, “Really!” “Someone ought to notify your face that you are joyful and hopeful.” People have forgotten to smile or lost their smile. Even if it’s not the best of times or you’re not feeling like it, we need to stand up tall, put our shoulders back, put a smile on our face, and declare it’s going to a great day. A positive attitude is contagious; it draws people to you, opens up doors, and opens our mind to possibilities. When all else fails, remember the greatest thing you can ever do is extend your hand and lift up someone else’s when they’re in need. That one kind act may make all the difference in your week, month, or year. We were not made to merely survive; we were made to thrive.
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