Some Positive News for the Real Estate Industry

Real Estate Agent with Classic Properties


Even the most positive news articles, such as the article recently published touting that sales of new homes rose in April are laced with some interjection of negativity, or as some of you may feel is a fairer assessment: reality, but each of these articles do have some things to be positive about and encourage us to have hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the housing industry and that we are going through a normal correction and the nature of real estate is cyclical.

Published on Realty Times Today (5/29/08), Real Estate Outlook: Forecasts From The Top Bank Execs. offers some upbeat perspectives from the banking industry.  An exerpt I found particularly interesting is:

"Despite all the dire headlines about the drop in real estate prices, 56 percent of the 292 metropolitan areas surveyed nationwide showed net price appreciation for the past year."

During my search for some positive affrimation, I discovered, which focuses on some upbeat news for our industry.  Again, there is usually some data in each article that is not positive, but also some indicators of good news, which is certainly welcome after the media hail storm that has been oppressing our market so.  Here you can find recent articles such as:

* Fewer Homes on the Market In Detroit

* Home Sales, Prices Seen Rising in Late '08

* Bernake says market is healing

* Real Estate Outlook: Encouraging News


Have you discovered some positive news for your market conditions?  Keep frequent with your local real estate reports and what your local media claims is going on with your market!  If you see a positive article, make sure to write a blog about it.  If you have a positive article about your market that you've discovered recently, please post a link in this thread!  I feel that the media has contributed GREATLY to the apprehension of buyers and the decrease in prices with their negative spin.  It is time for us to spread the good word!


Postive news for the Gainesville, FL Real Estate industry:

Gainesville on list of 7 most recession proof places to retire

Gainesville currently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Florida




Angela Elliott is a licensed Florida REALTOR® with Century 21 Classic Properties in Gainesville, FL. Please visit my profile for more about me and browse my Gainesville, FL real estate website for additional Alachua County information and listings. Your phone calls are always welcome at (352) 256-7038 as are your e-mails to  A portion of all my closed sales will be donated to the Alachua Co. Humane Society (View my mission statement).

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Angela Elliott is a licensed Florida REALTOR® with Classic Properties Realty Services in Gainesville, FL. Please visit my profile for more about me and browse my Gainesville, FL real estate website for additional Alachua County information and listings. Your phone calls are always welcome at (352) 256-7038 as are your e-mails to  A portion of all my closed transactions will be donated to Second Chance Rescue and Rehoming:


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Marc DeSantis
Countrywide Home Loans - Happy Valley, OR

Thanks for the post.  Every little bit of positive news helps.

May 29, 2008 11:22 AM #1
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Great Positive post Angela - we agree with you - all of us need to Blog the positive happenings ( and we have ) for our areas so far in a market that's not supposed to be good ( according to media) but buyers are still out & buying :)



May 29, 2008 02:09 PM #2
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

Yup..things are picking up here too......I think there is more good news to come....

May 29, 2008 02:11 PM #3
Kevin McGourty
Realty ONE Group - Phoenix, AZ

You definitely are doing a nice job of highlighting some positive news out there. Good job.

May 29, 2008 06:18 PM #4
Judy Tuscano
Prudential Verani Realty - Nottingham, NH
NH Real Estate Professional

Angela - You are right - positive breeds positive and negative breeds negative so let's just keep the positive going.

May 29, 2008 08:54 PM #5
Chip Jefferson
Advanced Building LLC - Lexington, SC

The true way to change your ways is to only accept the positive. Remember there is a silver lining in EVERY cloud.

May 29, 2008 10:34 PM #6
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

 WE are positively busier than ever...and it is GOOD, productive busy....not chasing buyers...buyers chasing us who aren't putting buying on hold. Sellers are now more focused and for the most part understand that real estate is not a "get rich over night" scheme and accept CMA's done from real market numbers.  This is the best of times in southeastern Wisconsin and we hope that it spreads everywhere !

May 29, 2008 11:15 PM #7
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Great way to start a day


May 30, 2008 01:43 AM #8
Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes

I'm happy to hear someone who is positive about our industry for a change.  How refreshing!  I have weathered a few of these market conditions in the past 30 years, and we always bounce back!  It's time....I think we are going to see a great second half of 2008.

May 30, 2008 02:04 AM #9
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor


I always like to hear good news about our industry. Thanks for that link as well!

Also, congratulations on the Activerain feature!

May 30, 2008 02:25 AM #10
Richard Schardt
Keller Williams Realty - Kernersville, NC
Triad NC Real Estate

Hi Angela,
Great Post! You did a great job bringing recent positive news to light! Is there any chance you have influence with the tired old new networks? just wishful thinking...

May 30, 2008 02:33 AM #11
Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA

Angela, We have seen an increase in homes pending for sure. I have written posts about multiple offers and currently am working to get my buyers get the home of their dream (we have placed a bid on a home with 6 other home buyers). So there is positive news in the world of real estate.

May 30, 2008 03:46 AM #12
Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

Angela - Nicely written, thank you for sharing. Things here in Northern Nevada are slowly doing the same. It is all about perception and I for one am glad people are trying to put a positive spin on things. Have a great weekend.


May 30, 2008 06:05 AM #13
Scott Wooters

Great info ..... its great when you can site resources to support facts when advising buyers that there is no time like the present.

May 30, 2008 06:18 AM #14
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Very interesting. It is good to see some postive sign in the marketplace.  It is important to present a balanced picture as to what is happening in a given market.

May 30, 2008 03:12 PM #15
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Thanks for sharing the positive information. At least it is a baby step in the right direction!

May 30, 2008 03:15 PM #16
Brett Noel
Keller Williams - Paso Robles, CA

I like positive, I need to see more and more of it :)

May 30, 2008 07:15 PM #17
Amy McAllister
Amy McAllister Realty LLC - Hood River, OR
REALTOR Hood River, Oregon

It's nice to focus on the positive when we hear so much negative in the media. Thanks for the info.

May 31, 2008 05:17 AM #18
Angela St. John
Classic Properties - Gainesville, FL
REALTOR Classic , Properties ~ Gainesville, FL Re

WOW - thanks for all the positive feedback on this thread, guys!  I had no idea I would get so many responses.  Usually I get a handful of comments per blog, so this has made me feel great! 

How on EARTH did I get featured!?!  This is too cool!

May 31, 2008 10:28 AM #19
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