I was doing some end of the year type organizing, preparing a mailing that I always send after Christmas to every client I had a closing with in that calendar year. Thanking them again for entrusting their buying/selling process to me, wishing them well and giving them another copy of their HUD-1 closing statement in case they misplaced theirs in the move, and as a reminder that their closing could have some tax implications. It's also a way of showing them that I've got their back, even after the closing is a distant memory.
I started looking at the files, cross checking my sale spreadsheet and though.. that wasn't so bad. So out of curiosity I clicked on the 2006 sales spreadsheet. I was surprised (probably shouldn't have been) to note that I only had ONE LESS sale in 2007 than 2006 and that my sales volume was only off $210,250.
Now had I been listening to all of the 'journalists' who were sharing their misinterpretation of the numbers to create nation wide gloom and doom, I could have probably believed it was a horrible year, and then as an outgrowth of my belief that it was a horrible year, I could have created a horrible year.
Say, another reason to not listen to/ believe the hype. I think I'll do that again in 2008. I think I'm even going to go way out on a limb and declare that in MY MARKET, things are REALLY CRANKING. Seller's 'get it' and are doing the PROPER PREPARATION, PRICING for TODAY'S MARKET and are MOTIVATED to take advantage of the great values they are going to find when they buy their move-up house.
I'm thinking that in MY MARKET, people are moving INTO GRAND RAPIDS, because they've seen what a beautiful town it is, and they know that they will really enjoy living here.
Wow, what a pleasant feel that gives me. And look, I think I can see the line forming off in the distance. They must have realized that MY MARKET is where they want to live.