1 in 20 or 5%? It Makes a Difference

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

I start each morning by checking my email messages and a few posts on Active Rain while I am waiting for the coffee to drip. This morning I read an blog by Dean Jackson which gives four great topics to blog about from www.realestateblogideas.com.  Dean noted that  1 person in 20 plans to buy a new house next year.

I confess that my day brightened when I read that 1 person out of every 20 plans to buy a new house. I imagined myself walking through a mall this afternoon surrounded by potential buyers - Every 20th person I saw was going to be a candidate to buy a house. I was definately ready to start my day with such a motivating image.

Intrigued by the website, I clicked through to it and saw that the title of article he had referenced from MSNBC actually was ONLY 5% PLAN TO BUY A HOME NEXT YEAR. The first paragraph reads as follows:

NEW YORK - Just one in twenty Americans say they plan to buy a home within the next year, and they're most likely to be 34 years old or younger and living in the South or West, according to a survey released Wednesday.

WOW - that's depressing. Only 5% plan on buying a home next year. How do you find that needle in a haystack? 

Oh, wait. I passed 5th grade math, and am in fact smarter than a 3rd grader. 1 in 20 is the same as 5%, but somehow, 1 in 20 sounds better for some reason.

As always, and particularly in Washington, DC, presentation is everything. Spin over substance. But when you are self employed like we are, it is so important to keep up beat - to live on the peaks rather than mope in the valleys. So, I may in fact go to a mall this afternoon and look at all those 1 in 20 people walking around that will buy a house from me in 2010. That is the thought that I am going to hold on to, rather than the 95% of the population that won't!

If you are that one of the twenty looking for a new home, be sure to call Lise Howe at 240-401-5577 or check out her websites, www.dchomenews.comwww.homesinchevychasebethesda.com, and the newest addition, www.kenwood-forest.com to find that dream house!  Lise will make sure that your purchase or sale is the easiest you have ever experienced! Put Lise and her team to work for you!


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Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
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What a great blog about perspective. I'm heading to the mall to find my one out of twenty!! ha!

Nov 12, 2009 04:46 AM #1
Lewis Beynon
Century 21 Triangle Group - Raleigh, NC
Triangle Real Estate 411

I couldn't do the math so I had to call my daughter to verify.  Good job Lise!!!!

Nov 12, 2009 04:49 AM #2
Betty Knowles
Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com - Springfield, MO
TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate

Lise, its the old glass half empty or half full trick. A positive attitude goes a long way in this business.

Nov 12, 2009 04:58 AM #3
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hi Lise,

Thank you for sharing an informative and helpful article. If I contact 100 people among them I will find five buyers.

John Pusa

Nov 12, 2009 05:01 AM #4
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Its funny how the way the numbers are presented shapes how we feel.

Nov 12, 2009 07:00 AM #5
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Isn't that interesting? A glass half-empty or half-full? Right? it's all perspective and the market is still the same, but the South and West doesn't help you much :(

Nov 13, 2009 03:40 AM #6
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