We are just about thru 2008 and I'm excited about 2009. Being in this business for over 35 years and always looking for ways to be better at what I do, I have come to this conclusion. The only thing that is certain is that nothing is ever certain. I have been told for years that listings is the place to be in this business for several reasons, mainly you control your own destiny. This year that just did not hold true. Unless you were in the bank forclosure market having listings for the most part was a expense, not a sure way to be successful. Here's my point . Instead of looking at the Real Estate market and the economy as being in the tank , I am looking at it as a NEW ECONOMY. WE have to look at and do things differently then ever before. Being in the business a long time only gives me the edge in that I have proved that I can do this . I will adjust to the changes!!! I will be a better Realtor and Person for it . I basically went back to school this year. My education was expensive . I pray that I learned what I need to know for the future.I am excited about 2009.