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The best of times or the worst of times?

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beach Villa Realty,LLC

As April comes to a close, I thought I'd pause and reflect on what a month it's been.

On the 16h of April the Honolulu Star reported that Hawaii's foreclosure activity increased by 503% in March compared to a year ago.

I read a developer was offering an interest rate of a 3.75% fixed rate 30 year mortgage on their homes in their development, the lowest rate they'd had since 1971. ( I was a junior in High School)

There are all the possibilities for a flu pandemic.

Chrysler seems certain to be filing for Bankruptcy.

The belief that the country is heading in the right direction is the highest it's been in years.

Those are a few of the headlines for the month and there are so many more that are dramatic and consequential. So many personal stories being written in each of those words that I find it to be overwhelming. To quote Dickens,
 
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us..."

I like that quote because I think it is so very appropriate. Whether you decide for yourself that these next few months are going to be good for you or bad for you, you are probably right. Given the choices, I've decided that they are going to be good for me!

There are tremendous opportunities in every corner of the world right now and I hope I am able to encourage all of you to believe in them and to allow yourselves the strength  and good fortune to find them. I do think it's a good time for some positive daily affirmations and to identify what it is exactly that you want in life and to tell yourself everyday that you have it.

I will return to more traditional topics next month, but for now I leave you with this,

                     "A man is literally what he thinks."

                                   James Allen

Aloha!

Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert

The last quote is so true. Right now is a great time! Look for the good!

Apr 30, 2009 10:34 AM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Well said, Michael.  It is indeed a very good time and a very bad time - depending who you are and where you are in the world...

Apr 30, 2009 10:41 AM
Ross Westerman
Kingwood, TX

It is always good to wake up in your own bed, see the sun come up and know you are going to deal with at least one smiling face even if it is yours.  Life is good.

Apr 30, 2009 10:50 AM
Michael Hege
Beach Villa Realty,LLC - Kapolei, HI
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Mahalo! I'm glad it was well received. Any body else have some good positive quotes?

Michael

Apr 30, 2009 11:12 AM