Ever notice how positive people make you feel good? Well, the same effect can happen when you are around people who are negative. It can be infectious.
I had a conversation with a friend the other day who asked me for some advice. I didn't tell her what she wanted to hear, but I was honest in a positive way in an effort to support and inspire her. Her response was "You always have a way of making me feel like no matter what happens - everything is going to be ok."
In alot of what I'm reading lately about Dallas, they say we are moving into a housing recession. Some say "the financial press" is to blame, and I must say I partly agree, but I also hold each individual accountable for the perception they impose on others they interact with daily. It seems to me that not enough people are paying attention to the positives. They are "believing the hype" so to speak, without looking at the positives and sharing only the bad news. You'd be surprised at the power of words and how the effort to maintain a positive attitude can greatly influence those who look to professionals for advice. It also, in return, can have a tremendous effect on your business.
Stay informed, keep your customers current but always deliver the message with as much positive energy as you can. If the worst comes, you will have to deal with it then, but if it doesn't, think of all the time wasted worrying about something that not only didn't happen, but was completely out of your control.
"Fear can keep customers sitting on the bench just when they could score the housing deal of the century."
Here are a few positives for you to share:
NAR expects the national median price of homes to drop to $218,200 in 2007, but in Dallas, the median home price is going up.
Dallas is beating national numbers in jobs, culture, and inflation in terms of housing appreciation.
A median-priced home at $156,000 is two-thirds the price of the national median. In my book that makes Dallas a bargain worth promoting!
Forbes magazine recently ranked Dallas-Fort Worth among the "Best Cities to Live" as #1 in cost of living; #5 for job growth, and #9 both in the best cities for singles and in the culture categories.
Let's be responsible and do our part to spread the good word about this amazing city and help keep it thriving!