A Child's Toy Teaches Us About Real Estate

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Pendulum BallsI have been reading some posts here about values of homes "underwater" in areas of the country and negative home equity. Do you know

A Child's Toy Teaches Us About Real Estate?

So much of life is about cycles. Things do go down, but they return up also. The durations of the cycles vary.

The seasonal changes we live through with weather are our most obvious example.

Take a look at the steel ball pendulum. Drop the ball on one side and it propels the ball on the other side, with it coming back and applying force all the way through the system to the other end to pop the first ball out again. A very natural thing to observe. Whether it be birth to death to birth again, or Republican to Democrat this year, believe in cycles.

Nothing stays the same at a given point in time, but don't be surprised if you wait awhile you will have one of those I've been here before moments. Don't sweat the small stuff. It is all small stuff.


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Crystal Kilpatrick
Team Leader -Crystal Kilpatrick Group - Austin, TX
CHLMS,CNE, CRS - Austin & Central Texas Home Sales

Hi Gary, Great post.  I was watching the pendulum and I think that I have been placed in a trance!

Jul 28, 2009 06:39 AM #6
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Gary

You sure have it right, we are in a cycle and the cycle is coming to an end.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 28, 2009 06:55 AM #7
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

Grasshopper... you are so wise to connect the powers of the universe to our simple lives.  I would say more, but Im hypnotized from watching that frikken ball for 1/2 hour... non-stop.

Jul 28, 2009 07:31 AM #8
Kate Wheeler
Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor - Murphy, NC
CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale

I'm really impressed!  The moving graphic is great...and your point is one to remember. 

Jul 28, 2009 07:59 AM #9
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Gary, The pendulum perfectly complimented your story! More people should stop and take notice that cycles are an inevitable part of life. Thanks again for a great post!

Jul 28, 2009 09:16 AM #10
Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold…..

Love the flash.  Been watching it for hours.  Well, maybe a minute.  It is nice having been around awhile as I have seen everything go in circles several times.  That is a great thing about how our country was built.  When the ball goes to far in one direction, it tends to come back at some point in time....perhaps too far in another direction....and over again. 

Jul 28, 2009 09:16 AM #11
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes


Another terrific example of your journalistic excellence both in writing and illustration.  Yep those cycles are just are inevitable things we have to deal with.

Jul 28, 2009 09:42 AM #12
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Thanks for the reminder about it all being "small stuff."  LOVE the mesmerizing graphic!

Jul 28, 2009 10:32 AM #13
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Gary, it just a lot longer for Real Estate to cycle and it made people thing that would never happen.

Jul 28, 2009 10:41 AM #14
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Gary,

Oh you are right again..don't sweat the small stuff! It is all small stuff! What a great graphic..Shirley is right it is mesmerizing!!

Jul 28, 2009 01:36 PM #15
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Gary:  Newton and his laws of physics.  A body at rest stays at rest until acted upon by an outside force.  For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  And... the rest of those laws, too.  But... how does all of this help us figure out the real reason Sarah Palin quit ?   LOL.  Oh yes... I forgot.  Don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff.  I keep forgetting.

Jul 28, 2009 05:44 PM #16
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Gary, Very good analogy. You are so right about everything being cyclical...

Helping you live your American Dream...

Jul 28, 2009 09:23 PM #17
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

I just hope this cycle doesn't last that long and we can go on to the next one.  Have a great day my friend

Jul 29, 2009 12:29 AM #18
Anne Marie Malf
Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals - Yardley, PA
Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA

Hi Gary, now that I'm done staring at the pendulum - wow, that is so cool - I can comment.  You make such a great point that you can't get so caught up in the cycles - they come and they go - things are constantly changing and I believe it truly comes down to having the right attitude and knowing we choose how to react and accept things.  In the big scheme of life - it is all about the small stuff - that is what matters to me most! ~Anne Marie

Jul 29, 2009 01:33 AM #19
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Gary - Great reminder to all and I love the swinging chrome balls, my father had one of these when I was younger and I loved it!


Jul 29, 2009 04:23 PM #20
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


Your picture was truly mezmoring.....and it is sooo true...we shouldn't sweat the small stuff...

Jul 29, 2009 04:34 PM #21
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA

Now that is a mesmerizing typo...LOL

Jul 29, 2009 04:35 PM #22
Donna J. Stephens
BHHS Ambassador Real Estate - Omaha, NE

Sometimes we feel like the three in the middle getting clobbered. Not moving an inch, just getting clobbered.

Lucky for us we have the option to move. We can move out of the way. Step aside and shake it off.

"Don't sweat the small stuff" is good. Funny how we gotta keep reminding ourselves and each other. 

We humans really like fret about stuff.

Jul 29, 2009 10:22 PM #23
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

I love your animated graphic (how didja do THAT?!) I often hope that this is the picture of how the marbles in my head are synchronized... alas, they often act out like a pinball machine instead... on the first day of biology class in 10th grade, Sister Mary Whatsername illustrated pendulum balls like this. That turned out to be the most fascinating class of the whole rest of the year for me! Yes, it all went downhill after that, especially when she brought in the dissected cat...yeow!

Jul 30, 2009 08:00 AM #24
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Gary - The cycles are just the rainy days we were always told we shoul;d all be saving for.

Aug 05, 2009 03:50 AM #25
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