"You have to be run by ideas, not heirarchy"

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Keller Williams Realty STL

"You have to be run by ideas, not heirarchy."  Steve Jobs


American DreamWhat has happened to the ideas and dreams for many Americans?  Are we as consumers scared away from our ideas of the perfect life and the American Dream of homeownership by banks and the media?

How do we get our mojo back as consumers in St. Louis MO, Gateway to the West?  What can I as a realtor do that would help my clients feel comfortable about making the decision to buy now when the interest rates are low and home prices are so affordable?

"It's still too risky" and "home prices may still be decreasing", "I might not have a job for much longer"  Are these types of fears limiting our progress in obtaining our dreams and goals?  Are we creating insurmountable obstacles that exist solely in our imagination?

Letting fears limit our progress is an extremely dangerous mode to get into and to get out of it we may all want to revisit our ideas of our perfect life and purpose in life.  We need to be run by ideas, not heirarchy and then maybe we can break the current atmosphere of fear and lack.

In a recent article in Real Estate Economy and Watch, "Despite a decline in negative econmic headlines - in contrast to their ubiquity during the debt ceiling debate in August..."  - and consumers  "...coupled with general pessimism regarding their own personal finances and the economy, bodes poorly for the recovery of the housing market,” Doug Duncan, vice president and chief economist of Fannie Maie stated.

The twinsAbout a week ago my neice's 5 year old twin daughters, their 7 year old brother and I went to a Halloween Pumpkin Patch.  It had mazes and zip wires and slides for the younger crowd.  The twins are so interesting to watch.  One of them has an outward persona that is bold and persistent; the other seems shy and fearful.  It has been my observation over the years that what you think you see is definitely not what you get with these girls.  The bold and persistent twin was the last one in the maze and was immediately back out saying "I need a flashlight".  The other two were already at the top of the haystack.  At the zip wire, little miss shy and fearful was on that zip wire before I could turn around and was heading for the "bigger kid" zip as soon as she got off.  The bold one had to be coaxed every time.  Interestingly she is the only one who got hurt.

We have to be run by ideas, not fear and heirarchy.

If you would like to see some homes in St. Louis MO, the Gateway to the West, this weekend, please contact Barb Heise at 314-677-6046.  Search for Homes in St. Louis

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David Farrell
David V. Farrell Co. - Garden City, NY
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I love your story.  I have twin daughters that are now just about to become teenagers.  However, through their childhood we noticed 2 or 3 times when their personalities seemed to switch from one to the other.  It's impossible to explain, unless you witness it in person.  However, it's like they become the person the see every day because that person seems to be a reflection of themselves.  I don't know how else to explain it.  My daughters are fraternal, but many people think they are identical.  We used to have a blast when they were little going through photo albums (as they were the two most photographed kids you'll ever meet - my son now gets forgotten - the 3rd kids always get stiffed).  Well, almost exactly 80% of the time, when looking at pictures of the two of them, they would guess themselves as the wrong person, and insist they were right.  It was both bizarre and hysterical and the only way I could explain it is that they would look at their sister and just figured that was how they looked themselves.  Otherwise, I can't explain them being fraternal and consistently, for years, getting it wrong.  It's only since they were 9 or 10 that they started to get it right.

Twin girls are a blast and they'll always keep you laughing. I can see it from the photo. They look much different than my daughter did at that age.

Nov 04, 2011 08:05 AM #1
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David Farrell
David V. Farrell Co. - Garden City, NY
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Sorry - don't think I overlooked the main point of the article.  However Steve Jobs was creepy and lived in a minuscule house, by several accounts. And, it's hard to get people to jump in head first these days.  I like to explain to people that I bought gold 10 years ago when everyone thought I was a fool.  It turned out pretty well.  Now, when people today buy real estate, they are sometimes thought of as fools, because everyone expects further drops.  However, the best time to buy any asset is when every thinks its a bad idea - it means you have no competition.  However, when you hear people talking about it at coffee parties and bragging about their latest investment, you know the market has almost run its course.  Right now - there is blood on the streets - and it is probably either 'the' time to buy, or very close.  They don't have a chance of making a good investment if they don't make an invesmtent and to me, the downside right now is much more limited than the upside.

Nov 04, 2011 08:13 AM #2
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Barbara Heise
Keller Williams Realty STL - Saint Louis, MO
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David,

Thanks so much for the comments.  I've got to tell you that we are enjoying the holy heck out of these 3 kids. The twins do play off each other and then all of a sudden they will say "brother, take care of this".  It's a total hoot.  I wonder if you are right about the way they react to each other because watching them in action and then seeing their reactions is mind boggling.

Nov 04, 2011 09:30 AM #3
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Barbara Heise
Keller Williams Realty STL - Saint Louis, MO
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By the way, I have been reading a lot about Steve Jobs and actually this morning watched the PBS special on him.  He was not perfect by any means.  However, I am so fascinated by him and how he changed even how we read books. 

Nov 04, 2011 09:56 AM #4
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Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

Wow, that last part about your family (the twins) that made me think. I always try to figure everything out and this one has got me stumped. Good post.

Nov 06, 2011 02:28 AM #5
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Barbara Heise
Keller Williams Realty STL - Saint Louis, MO
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The old I get, Terri, the less I know.  Right now in my life I am actually likening my own actions to those of the twin who seems bold and then isn't!  Interesting.

Nov 06, 2011 02:43 AM #6
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