Tuesday’s Thoughts - "Normal Led to This"

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Tuesday’s Thoughts - "Normal Led to This" (A Recession and Now, a Pandemic)

 

How many times did we hear during The Great Recession, “I can’t WAIT for our market to return to normal?” At least once a week, right? I mean, it was a disaster for any and everyone in the real estate business. Our world was upside down!

The world is upside down

 

I somehow managed - with two in college at the same time to motivate me - to build my business to a level I never thought possible. Why? I began doing something abnormal for me - short sales. They were exhausting, time-consuming, some were heart-wrenching and others, just plain maddening! I carried 30 listings during any given month. Oh, how I yearned for normalcy!

 

Mid-2012 brought about a noticeable change in the real estate market. Inventory was being absorbed and sellers were finally happy! Buyers were even happy - we were in more of a neutral market than most had ever seen.

 

Fast-forward to 2020 and our crazy, busy, booming market turned to one with a painfully low inventory. An active listing rarely lasts 3 days. That has continued into 2021 and almost every buyer I have, finds themselves in a bidding war. It’s INSANE! While I don’t want another 2008, I’d be thrilled with a 2012 market - as normal as my market has been since 2004!

 

Another ‘normal’ to ponder…

How many times this year have you heard people say they want to do away with mask-wearing and social distancing and return to fine dining, social events, hugging - in a single word, normal?  I know I’ve said that! 

 

Have you thought that ‘normal’ is what led to this? Normal got us here. Normal failed us. How do we use this failure and the knowledge we have gained to avoid ever returning to the situation we are in? How do we ‘build something better?’ 

 

Does normal always morph into something disastrous? Do we take normal for granted? 

 

What is normal in today's world?

 

Rocky Dickerson will relate to this…

I remember my favorite psychology professor said, “If someone tells you they are normal, RUN!” It’s like someone telling you, “I’m a good person.” A good person never has to say that.

 

Perhaps we should use another word. Normal just doesn’t seem to be doing it for us!

 

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I remember thinking about that when we all were wishing to return to normal in the beginning of the pandemic, Vickie Teel. I wasn't so sure I really wanted normal again and now, thinking more about it - that's what got us here. So, at the very least it has to be a 'new normal' but, we have to remove that term from our wish list! LOL

Jan 20, 2021 08:32 PM #63
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Very well said! And we should just be really adaptive in order to survive!

Jan 21, 2021 05:19 AM #64
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I like the 'good person' reference. How true!

Jan 21, 2021 08:17 AM #65
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Debe Maxwell, CRS we woke up Tuesday, I had the Zoom meeting inked in the calendar. Since mom had an uncomfortable evening on Monday, we took her to the doctor's for an exam and X-rays Tuesday morning. We got home at around 10:30 and I planned to attend the meeting. Until, we got a call, the radiologist said she had a hip fracture. Argh - poor mom, she had surgery late Tuesday nigjt. She now has 3 pins her hip and is doing well.  Just had to share as we thought Tuesday was going to be a "normal" day. Lol. 

Jan 21, 2021 08:41 AM #66
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Dear Debe,

Great observations. I am afraid we will have another abnormal year this year. I would love to get together with friends or go out to eat, but no go this year likely. On the upside, many of our ancestors had to go through deprivations much worse and much longer, when they became involved in world wars. Not being able to go out to eat or wearing a mask when you shop seem like small sacrifices compared to losing your home because it was bombed to smithereens. No place and no money to eat out at all. Going into the country by the train that still runs to get grass that you can make into soup is not where we are yet. We are a little spoiled even in our hardships.

Jan 21, 2021 11:03 AM #67
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..."You can trust me." comes to mind when you spoke of someone saying they are normal Debe. I've known my whole life that normal is not me and learned to embrace it fully! Abnormal is just around the corner again...

Jan 21, 2021 11:29 AM #68
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It will damp and cold. Next week I will be a couch potato. Getting yard work done. All the best.

Jan 21, 2021 12:12 PM #69
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Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! just talked with her and she seems in good spirits. She is getting a lot of attention. ;) 

Jan 21, 2021 01:55 PM #70
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OH my gosh, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD! I was hoping she hadn't broken anything. UGH! I can't believe she's already had her surgery and is back in good spirits. I'm so happy to hear that encouraging news. Know I will keep her in my thoughts & prayers. 

Jan 21, 2021 03:00 PM #71
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Survival is adaptation, Joe Jackson and you are SO right!

Jan 21, 2021 03:01 PM #72
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Oh, isn't it, Lyn Sims?! We've all heard that before and KNOW it not to be true! LOL

Jan 21, 2021 03:01 PM #73
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Oh, Dörte Engel, I'm longing for those things too. I absolutely love being around people! It's so crazy that we can't but, I do understand the why behind it...for now. 

And, I couldn't agree more - we are spoiled and pampered and our hardships pale in comparison to others.

Jan 21, 2021 03:04 PM #74
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LOL Same here, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! And, I have come to be of the mindset that abnormal is ALWAYS around the corner. When you shift your mind, the 'abnormals' don't take you too much by surprise!!

Jan 21, 2021 03:06 PM #75
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Damp and cold here next week too. Enjoy your couch time, Sam Shueh!

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First of all, love your cute pictures. Thank you for the spot-on post. This past year has affected everyone very differently.

Jan 21, 2021 03:19 PM #77
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I agree, Paula McDonald, Ph.D.  What we need to remember is just that too - we don't know how others have been impacted. Keeping that in mind is the most compassionate approach, I believe.

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Hi Debe- I've never been sure what normal is...my normal may not be what anyone else would consider normal. If normal means never changing and keeping the status quo, then I'm not sure normal is such a good thing. 

Jan 23, 2021 03:04 PM #79
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LOL We have had so many chuckles about that very thing, Kathy Streib! People would be shocked if they knew how our 'normal day' begins and ends at our home! 

And, I couldn't ever count the number of transactions I negotiated from the corner of a hospital room! No one had a CLUE that I wasn't sitting in my office - or what was going on in the room I was in!!

And, you're right - normal isn't always a good thing...and is what got us here too!

Jan 23, 2021 05:58 PM #80
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It has been an abnormal year and I think 2021 will continue to be more of the same... 

Jan 25, 2021 01:47 PM #81
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Excellent post!  Our new normal may include masks, unfortunately, for a very long time.  It will be interesting to see what "normal" looks like!  Yes 2021 will be a very interesting year.  Thank you for all you do for us in AR!  See you in a couple hours :)

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