I cant even begin to explain how difficult its been since 2006 to make a living as a Realtor. We have zero safety nets as independent contractors and zero benefits available to us (N0 unemployment, NO SSDI, NO short term dis.,NO Severance package for layoff, NO food stamps, NO nothing but trying to tread water and survive).
I hear about the Fed. workers taking a "hit" right now by loosing one day per week, I hear about folks just getting laid off this year and collecting unemployment until they can work again, etc.etc.etc... and I do feel bad because a lot of these Fed. workers are my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. who i love very much BUT I cant help but thinking in my mind... "where the Heck has everyone been for the last 7 years of HELL Ive been having to live through with ZERO safety net
doing everything from clean outs to painting to picking up cans when i see them
Thing have finally started slowly improving on the real estate front about a year ago in Ma. and more recently on other parts of the country BUT in the last few months something very noticeable has been happening which will translate to everyone else within a year or so (Real Estate is the driving force for just about EVERYTHING having to do with the economy in this country). Here is some info from Fannie Mae and Realtor Ass. with some of the latest reports as well as the changed projections for next year from approx 10% sales increase (which is GREAT) to 40% sales increases (which is MIND BLOWING)!
We are at the brink of a time when there is a shortage of inventory (mainly because the foreclosed homes are finally receding), increasing home sales & prices plus historic low interest rates (which are not expected to dramatically change much over the next year)... this is setting up the perfect storm for the next 12 months of real estate to lift us ALL up and bring us ALL better fortune in the coming months! I hope these gives some optimistic "hope" to everyone http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-new ... hgt274dLl6http://www.inman.com/news/2013/03/28/fa ... urn-intact