Saturday morning is my time to catch up on my reading that I have missed over the past week on AR. There are some great motivating Bogs that keep me going in the slow times. I wanted to stress to all that we are in charge of our own destiny and not the news media. Instead of just complaining we have at our finger tips "Our Computers" to get the message out about our own markets and what is going on in our own areas.
Many Web Sites like Craig's List, AR,Back-page,and several others allow up to post any type of comments or blogs under the classifieds sections of their sites as long of course they are not offensive. For all of the time we spend on AR reading and trying to get answerers from one another about other markets and how bad this market really is LET"S MOVE ON and do what we do best or what our clients look at us for and that is INFORMATION on our own market trends.
I went on a listing appointment just yesterday and sat with a seller of a home and did my presentation for them. The first question they had was how bad is this market ,are what we are hearing really all as bad as what we see on TV. DAMAGE CONTROL !!!!! ALERT ALERT ALERT !!! popped into my head. Of course I was ready for action and pulled out the market report from my MLS system ,which no Realtor should leave home without. I proceeded to explain that we are seeing a slow down in our area in Southern New Jersey but we are still selling homes. What we are seeing here is buyers who want to buy, but either need to sell a home first before they purchase another OR are waiting to see if interest rates are going to come down.The NORMAL market has returned and we are STABILIZING.I explained to them that our area is active with buyers looking for a home and it is taking a little longer because we as Realtors are not just rushing out with buyers to show homes we are getting people PRE-QUALIFIED first and directing them to the market they need to be looking in for a home .Not $30,000.00 over their mortgage qualified price.By doing this I told them this takes all the false hope for a seller by not having under qualified buys coming to their home. They proceeded to tell me that they are or have interviewed several other agents who did not take the extra time with them to explain the market to them and wanted to list them at least $35,000.00 under where they should be listed "DO TO THE MARKET AND HOW BAD IT IS" We are to blame as well and some are feeding off of the media to make a quick sale. Sorry that is how I feel.
My question is are we just adding to our own misery ????? I think we all need to wake up and take our profession back make a lot of noise on all the we sites because the media is not the final say and truth be told you need to talk with a Realtor and hear what we have to say !! We have a voice and we need to be heard.
There is strength in numbers !!!If our local Boards and the NAR are not going to show support than we are defeated and nothing will turn around until we start doing something about it. If we all team up no matter what part of the industry you are in do whatever it takes, to get the word out. Let's put our energy to work and see what we can do because we love what we do we are not a dying breed ??
Remove the Re/max because this is who we are !!