With all of the distressing news we really need to be the bright lights in the marketplace. This has been discussed before. It is merely a reminder, as more agents (and their sellers) endure higher levels of frustration than we have seen in awhile.
We need to be alert for local information that is encouraging. The national figures don't always apply. (Localism!)
Here are a few samples of articles I noticed recently that might provide ideas to guide you in your search:
"Seattle is nation's No. 6 destination for moves Puget Sound Business Journal- January, 2009 Despite a flagging economy, Seattle is the sixth most popular destination for movers, according to a recent study....."
America's Most Wired Cities By Elizabeth Woyke, Forbes.com (Jan 22, 2009)
"Seattle takes the lead in our annual list of the most broadband-connected U.S. cities.
Move over, Atlanta. Seattle, home base of Microsoft and Amazon, is now the country's most wired city.
While these marquee names have long lent the Emerald City techy cachet, it was Seattle's increased use of broadband that powered it up Forbes' annual list of the 30 most broadband-connected cities in the U.S. High marks in two other wired city categories -- broadband access and Wi-Fi hot spots -- helped Seattle clinch the top spot."
The best places to start a small business
Leaders are concentrated in the South and West
bizjournals - February 2, 2009 by G. Scott Thomas
Seattle is number 3!
Seattle was just named one of the top three cities to start a small business.
Seattle ranks 3rd, behind #1 Raleigh and 2 Charlotte.
"Seattle enjoys a strong concentration of small businesses, 29.44 for every 1,000 residents. That's 20 percent better than the average for America's 100 largest markets (24.57 per 1,000), a nice cushion against tough times ahead."
This information is uplifting and positive, without negating the market turbulence.
Be sure to provide the source and give full attribution. Don't use the entire article. Rewrite the information in your own words. Just quote a small portion of it, indicate the date and source it. Then provide a little bit of information to personalize it, like: We all know Seattle is wired, but did you know that Seattle was just named...
Be the bright light...Illuminate!