Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving - 10 Reasons to be Thankful

This has been a difficult year for many of us.  What started out as a real estate bubble bursting 2 1/2 years ago has morphed into the worst recession we've had in a long time.  Just about everyone I know has been affected by it.  (except my friend Matt, who's a pharmacist.)  And if you watch the evening news every night, you're probably feeling like the end of the world is not too far off...

This weekend is a time for reflection - a chance to think about the good things in life.  I thought I'd put a quick list together for anyone out there struggling to come up with ideas.

Thanksgiving, 2008.  You should be thankful that:

1. You've been able to keep your house, so far.  (unless you haven't...)

2. You haven't needed to, or wanted to, move this year.  (unless you have.)

3. You were able to sell your home at all, even for pennies on the dollar.  (unless you weren't.)

4. You still have your health.  (unless...)

5. If you're in the real estate industry (or mortgage industry, or auto industry, or sales in general), you were able to liquidate your savings this year before the stock market crashed.

6. You left the real estate or mortgage industry when you did.  There's a lot more competition today for those jobs which actually pay you money to do work.

7. You've amassed a small fortune in karma by advising clients to wait until the market stabilizes before trying to sell their 3-bedroom and buy a 4-bedroom.  (unfortunately the mortgage company doesn't accept karma.)

8. You're not the CEO of GMC, Ford, or Chrysler.

9. If you're not very good with numbers, these smaller prices are making the math so much easier.

10. Nobody else wants to exchange Christmas gifts this year either.  After all, isn't Christmas really just for the kids?

OK - that's my (mostly) tongue-in-cheek list.  What else can you add to it?

Your counting his blessings Realtor,

Chris Butterworth