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There's a lot of false rhetoric out there by the overly optimistic who base their optimism on personal desperation rather than reality. It's true that some areas of the country are doing much better than other areas, but on an over-all national basis the Real Estate market is still in a deep slump. Looks to this scribe that it will remain that way for some time yet to come.
The ones to listen to about the economy are the professionals who make their living studying the Real Estate market and who can back up their predictions with facts and figures.
All across America Realtors are taking second jobs waiting on tables, selling cars or finding any work possible to put food on the table. Volumes are leaving the Real Estate profession entirely, which is good news for those who have chosen to stick it out. On the other hand commissions have declined, while home prices have fallen. That news is not so good.
On a personal level we've noticed a huge decline in PromoPlates sales to Realtors over the past couple of years. Our PromoPlates are less than $40 ea., but sadly many Realtors don't have an extra 40 bucks right now to invest in them. Sales are going to industries and countries less affected by the downturn.
The National Association of Realtors says "the greater obstacles to housing market recovery are job creation and availability of credit."
My friends.....let's by all means keep our optimism high, but please don't be fooled into believing recovery is just around the corner. This is a long term battle that affects all of us. Before 2011 is out thousands more agents will be leaving the industry.
In my humble opinion it may ell be 2014 before we see a return to true Real Estate market stability. The rise in home prices and sales will be a long slow ride.
If you're one of the few who are doing well......give meaningful "thanks" tomorrow. Many of your fellow Realtors may be eating their shoes for Thanksgiving dinner. (No disrespect intended.)
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.