"THE EMPTIEST OF PLACES"...IS THIS WHERE YOU FIND YOURSELF??
I was prompted today, to write this after reading "Inspirations by April" here on AR. Her post "The Message--A full Life In The Emptiest Of Places", set me on my way to write this post as I deal with a very dificult time in my real estate career
There are 2000 agents hurting right now here in this bucolic, blessed part of the country because of the major change that has come to our real estate marketplace. Zillow has disconnected our listings database and we are literally out of business.
No one can figure out what to do to be able to survive in this profession. Young agents with families; older agents who still have to work, all are in need of support right now and I have to do what I know how to do: inform the population as to what is happening and what we can do to change this rocky path we are on.
After sending out a call to action, I got this response from one young man with 3 little ones, and it hit me how much this problem has affected everyone in real estate here! This was just one of many heart-rending messages I received from my fellow agents:
"This is the first time fear has been driving through an agent trying to continue a career for his family. As a young man (38 yr old) with ten years experience doing really well, this is the first time I fear big changes are coming. Big changes of uncertainty is not an easy pill to swallow. To top off the threat of our existence, we are also in a downward market. Scary times almost.!"
I am working day and night to make everyone aware of what they must do--enough of the complaining and griping about what has happened and why...We need to get the word out to all that a change has come and it is time to roll up our sleeves and put our thinking caps on--together there is strength in numbers. Management of all 6 firms here are frantically working toward fixing it...But it is a monumental problem!
If we use our highest and best intentions, we will survive and thrive! Because I believe in a higher power and a destiny derived from our individual strength, I also believe in the God-given clues around us every day; the clues to be able to do that which is required to be an independent, healthy, successful and happy person.
It is no accident that I am blessed with the last name I have--It's my biggest clue as to what I can do with my life.
People have always relied on me; I have wondered sometimes why I am asked to help in ways others are not. It seemed like a burden at times. But now I see the purpose of my life and I use the clues around me, including my last name, to guide me to where I need to be and what I need to do!
I am "Hath-a-way" and I need to share this with others...practical, self-aware and determined ways to handle our situation, no matter where in life we find ourselves! Look and you will see the clues; they are everywhere if you just stop complaining, blaming and talking about your issues. Don't gossip--look! You will find an instance, a happening right in front of you that gives you what you need to know to go forward in a better way.
Pay attention to the animal world--the birds, soaring, and flying high; the squirrels carefully packing away their seeds and nuts, saving for the future.
There is always a way: "You'll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again."--What a beautiful and powerful place to be!