Real Estate is Local, but How Local?

Real Estate Agent with Prestige Properties

We have all heard or used the phrase, "Real Estate is Local".  I am in 100% agreement on that.  After reading a recent article on companies that still manufacture goods in the US and also export to other countries it got me thinking.  How local is local when you are talking about the entire world?

Easy answer, local is the USA.  What if, we as agents made a commitment to only buy USA made products whenever possible.  It may be more local than you think.  If every agent participated, think of how much that would stimulate the economy. You may be buying a product that is not necessarily made locally to you but in turn another agent might be buying a product that is. Our jobs depend on others having jobs and buying homes.  What better way to insure we keep our jobs than by helping the people in our community keep their jobs?

Don't think of it as just being patriotic, although that is a good reason to do it, but also as job security.  So what if you spend a few more dollars to get the product made in the US, by the time you deposit your next commission check you won't even remember.

Comments (4)

Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

I recommend that you restrict yourself to buying only USA products only after you determine that it is your policy to only serve RE clients whose income is in no way connected to imports. 

Good luck on that.

Jun 26, 2009 06:46 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Painting yourself into a corner. . .not a good thing.

Jun 26, 2009 11:36 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Todd, you have a great point, but it's not always that simple.  Do you buy US made that has it's parts manufactured overseas?  Do you buy foreign made, that has parts manufactured here?  Do you buy local made from a foreign owned company, etc?

Jun 27, 2009 12:01 AM
Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

I've always been patriotic, and will only buy American made cars.  I respect our country, I love its values, and want other Americans to share in America's prosperity first.  I wish congress felt the same way.

Jun 27, 2009 02:37 AM