Feels like just yesterday when I started my 2009 Real Estate blog. Paragraphs full of optimism, realism and even some cynicism. I wrote about banks taking advantage of people, people taking advantage of banks and the system that rewarded the wicked and punished the pure. In 2012, the relevance of a short sale realtor was gone. Like buggy whips and the Rubik’s cubes, short sales were yesterday’s news.
It’s not that I stopped selling; the last few years were my best years ever. I just stopped writing. Being an optimist is not very distinctive when everyone is happy. As a big believer of the power of positive thinking and being completely opposed to stinking thinking, I lost my relevance to write. As I woke up this cold February morning, I realized that pessimism can flourish in all environments. Perhaps I was naïve to think that though the Autos are posting record profits and you can get a gallon gas under $2, people still are having a rough time. So now I invite you to my long awaited born-again blog. A blog dedicated to people, communities and real estate.
Best place to start is “why should I care?” On a daily basis we all get bombarded with requests for assistance. I say this, as I prepare my Krab mix for a sushi fundraiser supporting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society tonight. As some of you may be aware, MS is an illness that has greatly affected my family. With 150 of my clients and friends attending tonight’s fundraiser, we should raise thousands of dollars to combat a terrible illness. So what does this have to do with real estate? Happy you asked :-):
Historically, the first neighborhoods ever created were tribes in caves. A group of individuals who realized that there prosperity would be enhanced by the mutual cooperation. Not sure who the realtor was, but that was the birth of subdivisions which are also called communities. Back to “what does this mean to me”! The top two questions that any relocating buyer asks are: where are best schools and what are the best communities. Ah’ community and the best communities are the ones that help each other. They sell cider and donuts on the corner to raise money for their schools. They volunteer as crosswalk guards and organize runs for charities. They have blood drives and books sale. So why would MS help your local cause? Simple, “I O U”, Bernie Sanders has it right, if you’re donating to my cause; I am indebted to your cause. Though I’m not running for president of the United States, every person who dines on my delightful sushi and donates has full right to come to my well to ask for water for their cause.
So why should we care? The more caring you do, the more causes are supported, the more your community will shine which all equals to increasing the value of your community. Again, it’s not all about the money, but we should learn from our fowl feathered friends: what’s good for the goose is often good for the gander.