The real estate market according to a talking head media guy smiley may be fine and dandy, applicable in the city where the broadcast originates from, but is it accurate for the rest of hinterland, jungle tuned in ?
How a broadcast ten second sound bite about the real estate industry as a whole can apply like a round peg in a round hole perfect fit to a small rural market vs an urban property landscape is mind boggling.
In a class where everyone forgot to study, attended the same rock concert the night before, bell curves to make your 70 score the high and everyone else to fall in like ducks does not reflect the individual real estate markets very well.
Maine is up, did not have the spikes causing nose bleeds and then deep depression the other way. We are dialed in for steady growth with real estate the best hedge against inflation. Our real estate bubble did not grow so large, so fast that it burst. And the markets where the real estate balloon did explode, collapse just made the rural areas of the country shine that much brighter. Why? Cost of living. In Maine, we take money out of the equation and live pretty frugally, financial cards to the chest.
We get excited about a mountain view from Baxter State Park, kayaking a Maine lake, attending a church bean supper and rooting for your home town little league team that made it to the state finals. Its not simple people...its simple living. Watching, listening to wildlife from Maine moose, deer, black bear, bald eagles, loons, lake fish trout jumping. The Aroostook County real estate market up to June 1st 2010 compared to the same period in 2009 is up almost 33%. People are discovering there is another way to live, raise a family. A place to invest and get more. To enjoy their three day weekends and vacations at and Maine seems the logical spot.
We don't need shiny new foreign 4 tired vehicles to impress from behind the wheel or parked in our yards. Family barbecues, community local events where you volunteer and put your shoulder in to the experience with your neighbors is key, common, how we roll. The cost of insurance is low because Maine's crime is the country's fourth lowest. We don't worry about personal safety, carry a taser, damage or steal other people property. Or you wait until your father gets home lecture from mom if you forgot. A trip to the woodshed hangs over your head and disappointed your parents, family, the folks in the local village of Maine you happen to hail from.
For fun we bike, hike, swim, snowsled, ski, use the natural resources right in our backyard.
It's like the lifestyle is a Disney Land without all the people. More natural four season beauty, not much man made in Maine. All about the outdoors, scenery, recreation.
Bluer skies, brighter stars.
You can breath, dream here in Maine.
So when you blog about your local real estate market, do you try to paint a picture of gloom doom everywhere because it is that way in just your area? Don't do that anymore. Stop it. And use your local indoor real estate school voice. Not the loud outdoor recess voice when you blog about real estate beyond your borders you don't list, market, sell property in.
Let folks know when you refer to the real estate market, you mean
yourreal estate market. Not the one for Washington DC, Butte Montana, Houlton Maine. Every real estate market is different just like the people in it.
Be a spokesman for the one you work in, but ease up on trying to paint the picture it is all bad, gloom and doom in my corner of Maine that is not hurting, suffering, up against it. A place where the home on the left is not a foreclosure, the one on the left 20 minutes away from reposession. No mortgage and owned outright is how most Mainers live. We hate debt, don't like owing money, taking a chance with money.