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Let's Use The Power of AR To Get This Economy Going! Give Us YOUR Ideas About What We Can Do!

I believe that it is time for all of us to begin fighting back! Yes, we must fight for our jobs, our careers, our industry. We can no longer just sit and wait for better days. I would like to challenge everyone who reads this post to give us ONE idea that we all can use to spread the word to the general public that is really not as bad as it looks, help us get our economy back on track.

Can you think of something positive to do? to say? to write? and to publish?Can we all start printing newsletters with ONLY POSITIVE NEWS? I challenge EVERYONE to speak only good news about our real estate market for one week. ONE WEEK ONLY! I think that we could not only influence our audience, weather it be our family, friends, colleagues, and obviously home buyers and home sellers, but more important than that, we will start believing it ourselves! There are good news out there! Get out there on the streets, and chat about the good stuff with everybody who listens! Nobody in the press points this out, but here is a short list of what is GOOD RIGHT NOW:

See some examples right here, take some ideas from there, find out more about them and give that information to others. Let's launch a strong COUNTER ATTACK! We must spread positive news, like if our Professional lives depended on it, because it does! This information is not only for Realtors, but everybody who's business is hurting, the contagious fear fueled by news of a recession prevents people who can spend some money from doing anything. If they stop going out for dinner, the restaurant lays of a worker who now has no job and might loose his house and that will be one more listing that the bank will have to deal with. That ONE house will be added to the inventory of homes for sale in your city. Multiply this dozens of times in your county and 100's in your state and you can see how it affects everybody.

How Much has this Market changed You? What Are You Doing Different? I challenge you to put on your thinking hat and tell us; What are you doing to help yourself? ourselves? our economy? Is there anything YOU, as an individual would like us to do? C'mon, you can think of at least one! We would love to hear it! 

Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" Alameda & Contra Costa Counties in CA. Proudly representing the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area Towns of: San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Oakland, Castro Valley and Hayward. Visit us on line at (510) 326-4263 Call us, we'll come and TANGO with you. Accepting Referrals 24/7


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Comment balloon 41 commentsAntonio & Alexia Cardenas • February 26 2009 07:00PM


I've taken it upon myself to begin planning a 'Home Buyer's Seminar' in our city in April.  Sitting and waiting for the phone to ring hasn't worked so well for the last six months and I doubt it will work for the next six either.  It is up to us as real estate agents to get the ball rolling!!

Posted by Danielle Daniels (Real Estate Showcase) about 11 years ago

Tell the world that this is the best buyer's market they will see in their lifetime.  I just bought an amplifier at a music store.  I told the clerk I was a realtor. "IS the housing market ever going to get better?", he asked.  "It IS better", I said. "this is the best it will be in your lifetime for you as a buyer.  Low interest rates, lots of choices and the banks are practically giving their homes away.  All you need is...." He took my card and 2 more for his friends.

Get them buying houses and it gets the ball rolling.

Posted by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)) about 11 years ago

The other thing is to go out and spend money on things that will improve your finances.  Like a Costco card (to save money on food), energy efficient referigerator (save on electricity), and new insulation.  Spending money is what will allow other businesses to thrive.  The trick is to not do it on a credit card, and to not do it wastefully.  Spend on things that will improve your financial picture in the long run.

I don't know if it's ok to mention another blog, but read this:

Posted by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)) about 11 years ago

Get the government out of real estate and shut down the media until the market changes. Both are making it worse than it is and it is coming down the track like a freight train.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) about 11 years ago

Danielle, Great idea, getting to the people who might want to buy can only happen if you get our of your comfort zone, exposed yourself! Any ideas work, look at what we are doing to get to buyers.

Sally, That is what I am talking about! Speak Positive Real Estate Daily! Everybody needs a roof over their heads, some of them just don't know what's out there for them. Check what we are doing and thank you for the link to the other post, it is in the same subject.

Charles, You are right, media and government are NOT helping as they should. Thank you guys for your visit.




Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 11 years ago

I just got a new neighbor, a nice young couple.  They already got their 8k rebate and there's a flooring company van in their driveway.  The govt was smart to structure things this way.  First time home buyers will definitely use the money on home improvements which will boost the economy.

Posted by _ _ about 11 years ago

Instead of saying "it's a great time to buy" we should blog about and talk about specific situations that are opportunities for those looking at real estate as a long term investment.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 11 years ago

Jason, YES, that $8,000 is a great incentive! People do not know that they can file their 2008 taxes and get a refund in 2009 if they bought a house recently! What a deal!

Sharon, I agree, the details is what people are interested in, the details is what make a difference, tell me what's in it FOR ME! is what works. Specific ideas is what people want to know


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 11 years ago

Become a Democrat and hope for an earmark for your area.

People will begin buying again when they feel safer in their investment not losing money.  All the areas are different so the local market has to be looked at for the strong points and weak points. There is little cofidence in that things will turn around quickly. The only thing going up at this point are taxes and the National budget.

They could be inversely related so a turnaround my have to wait till your market bottoms.  The faster the better.

Posted by Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs ( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.) about 11 years ago

yes, Jason, it does look that people are actually paying attention as to how this works, our jobs will be easier if we help spread the word. Thank you for your visit.


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 11 years ago

We can start by posting links to every positive news bit we can find, in order to make an attempt to run damage control of the constant negativity the media bombards us with...Twitter is a good start! On our blogs, on AR blogs...anywhere...

Posted by Dana Moos, Selling the Hospitality Lifestyle (The Swan Agency Sotheby's International Realty ) about 11 years ago

Here's my good news... I got a one-time showing on a withdrawn listing, and the buyer bought it non-contingnet, full price, and the appraisal came in HIGH.  Settlement in less than a month.  Real Estate Success Stories Live On!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 11 years ago

"We can no longer just sit and wait".... Hopefully none of us have been sitting it out...challenging times mean dig deeper, work more creatively, never never dispair and get to work. This is nothing like the 1980's and 16% mortgages that were adjusting upward.  Rates are great and prices are attractive and real estate is the best hedge against inflation and will not disappear when the CEO of that stock option disappears with the funds leaving you holding worthless certificates or shares.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago

It is so iritating when all you here is the negative. Positive attracts positive! Just sold a house today and have two sets of buyers in town this weekend! I couldn't be happier!


Posted by Lisa Southern, Lisa Southern Real Estate (Lisa Southern Real Estate) about 11 years ago

I think we should be very positive and report every thing positive that we hear or that happens. We must think, live and just BE positive!!!!

Posted by Sandy Childs, Realtor - Spartanburg, SC (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

I think the best way is to present the good, the bad and the ugly and show people where the opportunities are.  People are smart and can decide whether it's a good time for them to buy or not.

If you just go around telling people how wonderful things are and how the media is lying or only presenting the bad stuff, I don't think people will take you seriously.  That's the problem with the NAR. 

Just show them the reality of what's going on.

I don't agree with spending for the sake of spending, like going out to eat in order to allow a restaurant worker to have a job.  Maybe there are too many restaurants.  Our economy works on the concept of creative destruction.  Resources need to be allowed to flow to the most needed areas.  There are times when we all need to reign in our spending and save so that we'll have the resources to jump start the recovery.  For every boom there is a bust.  That is just the mathematical reality of the business cycle.  The excesses and bad investments during the boom need to be cleansed from the system before a new growth period can get going.

Posted by Tim Maitski, Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal (Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage) about 11 years ago


I think if everone turned their tv off the economy would get better. All we here is how bad off the real estate is!! Here in Jonesboro, Arkansas it is really not that bad.


Posted by Tinker Hulsey, Century 21 Wright-Pace Real Estate (Century 21 Wright-Pace Real Estate) about 11 years ago

fear, it is all about fear. buyers are scared and all of the great reasons to buy mean nothing to them. the yare sitting on the sidelines waiting for permission whether we like it or not.

Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) about 11 years ago

It is important to stay positive in amidst all the negativity that gets thrown around in the media these days.  I agree that if we all make an effort to stay upbeat and not beat down like minded people to gather round and so the story goes.  Terrific post and happy blogging to you!

Posted by Jason Neumann, Realtor - (Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd.) about 11 years ago

It is still a great time to take spectacular care of people... one client at a time!  Homeowners are saving hundreds of dollars a month by refinancing.  Buyers are getting great deals on homes.  Our job is to take care of people who qualify to own a home.  The rest is out of our control.  The fact is, there are a lot of people out there to serve!

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) about 11 years ago

Dana, you are right, getting this message out of AR also helps, this is not just us Realtors, is everybody!

Margareth, that is the kind of information that the people don't see, that is we all need to know

Andrew, the CEO's are not having fun and their future does not seem clear, if you buy a piece of property around now, you will make money on it down the road, this market will change, there is no more space to built around here.

Lisa, Go them them! two buyers intow and in town, great expectations for this weekend for you!

Sandy, that was exactly the point. We all have some good news, spreading them around we will see how contagious it gets.

Tim, I am not advocating to go tell people that the media is lying. They are not! they simply are giving more time to the bad stuff. I do not assume that the average buyer is not smart to know the difference between a good marke and a bad market either. All I am calling for is to share the good stuff that is out there happening right now that does not get enough exposure.

Tinker, yes, there are pockets of real estate that have not been touched by the recession, people need to know that.

Yes, Michael, they are on the fence, but I believe that if we show them the good stuff they'll come down and buy. If they weren't there, we wouldn't be talking about it here.

Jason, thank you, I appreciate your visit.

JB, you are right on! there are people who cannot be helped, they overdid it! and will probably go down with their ill advised investment properties.



Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 11 years ago


You are absolutely right. We have to emphasize and repeat all the good stuff that is happening....that buyers are excited to be looking...that there are wonderful deals....

Today ---- and most any day --- we have to be evangelists. We are not just helping people buy or sell their homes. We are also taking on consultative roles to help guide them on matters pertaining to real estate.

For example, I am helping people apply to have their taxes reassessed. They may not be ready to sell, but when they are, I hope that the rapport i've established (and will nurture) will put my services front and center.



Posted by Anonymous about 11 years ago

Antonio and Alexia

This may be a good time to remind people of the power of positive thinking. And if you haven't read the book or seen the video of "The Secret" this is the time to seek that inspiration and to apply it to our daily professional and personal lives.

More power to you.


Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) about 11 years ago

Pacita, You are right about the positive energy we can generate, people need to know that this is already on its way back. Yes, I have the Secret on my desk, and every now and then I play it to learn one more thing that can help me stay positive and energized. Thanks for you visit. You will love the Tango next week!


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 11 years ago


The ForeClosure prevention steps being implemented by Uncle Sam will stop the supply problem, and the downward pressure on prices will end.

In the next 3 monthjs, credit will become more widely available, House values are about to start going up, and so are interest rates. 

A great many buyers have been frozen, wanting to buy, but afraid that if they did, the house would be worth less in a year. 

THIS PART OF THE MARKET IS NOW OVER.  Pent up demand will fuel a nice spide as soon as prices start rising and people rush to grab a house at a price that you will never see again in your life.


Posted by Lonn Dugan about 11 years ago

This is a great Idea.  However, we better be careful!  The media is creating a problem by only covering the bad news.  We can create a problem for us by talking about how great everything is when the public knows it's not great!

What I'm talking about is the security of their JOBS!  We can be in the BEST BUYERS MARKET in decades however, if a person fears losing their income then it's NOT A GOOD TIME TO BUY for that individual.  To them we sound like a bunch of self-serving, know-nothing sales people.

Tim, the "secret Agent Guy" from Atlanta wrote a very important comment (see above). People are scared but many of them are not stupid.  We need to think beyond just combating the negative media.  Instead we need to push a plan for changing the economy.

Staunch conservatives want to let the free market do its job and have government get out of the way.  While staunch liberals want the government to take control and get us out of this mess.

HOW ABOUT A COMPROMISE?  Real estate agents are supposed to be master negotiators.  How about letting our representatives in government know that we want a compromise.

What I'm talking about is a simple 3-step plan that incorporates the best of the conservatives and liberals plans.  It worked to get us out of the great depression so why not use it now??!!

Step 1 - Create incentives for buyers - we have that now but they are still worries about their jobs so it's not working as well as we would like.  Enter step 2...

Step 2 - Create government backed jobs - The President has proposed doing just that.  By rebuilding our bridges and roads the government creates blue collar jobs.  Rebuilding our schools and building new ones creates both blue collar and white collar jobs because today's schools have a lot of technology in them.  Updating many old gevernment buildings does the same.  The only problem with this is the government needs to stop talking about doing it and actually start writing contracts.  Bust still... WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?  Enter Step 3...

Step 3 - This is the part where the current government is saying, we'll just borrow the money from future generations and pile up crazy debt!!  Isn't that what got us IN TO THIS MESS???  Heres the key last piece to this awful puzzle that NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT!!  Instead of the government continuing to TAKE money from the people why not give the people of America the right to GIVE money to the government???  Why would anyone GIVE money to the government???  How about making it an INVESTMENT???  You know, give them a RETURN on their money!!  In the 30's and 40's they were called "War Bonds" today they could be called "Recovery Bonds!"  With my stock portfolio dessimated by the economy I would gladly move a large portion of that money from the uncertain stock market to government backed "Recovery Bonds" even if they only promised 4% return.  I could get the tax break for my losses and get that money in a vehicle that would MAKE some money for me.  I'm not the only one who would jump on this opportunity.

So, that's my proposal for how to get out of this mess.  Sorry this comment is so long but it's not as simple as putting lipstick on this pig economy.  We have to have a plan.  So, I'm encouraging everyone who agrees with this to write to their government representatives and demad that the government create some investment opportunities for those of us who would invest in this recovery!!!  It won't take away oss of the debt but it would certainly reduce the total amount and give people something to be encouraged about!

I know people don't like links in comments but I'm blogging about this on my website and my AR.  If you want to know more contact me at or on AR at Mark and Lisa's Blog (I'm a newbe to AR so I don't know how to link there)  I will be updating my blog on my website to make it easy for people to click through to their representatives and ask for them to create "Recovery Bonds."  It'll be a day or so before I get that done.  In the meantime I would like to hear what others think about this idea. 

Posted by Mark & Lisa Ramsey (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

WOW!  Though I love the concept, the "positive only" outlook is just as harmful as the negative.  Put yourself in a position where you don't know the industry (i.e. doctor, lawyer, etc.).  Would you want the same "positive only" outlook given to you regardless of the reality (i.e. sick, sued, etc.)?

You need trust and transparency which many promise, few deliver.  Trust is being honest about everything.  It means, when you check the facts, everything lines up.  That's how you build a healthy relationship.  Good decisions happen, because of balanced upfront education - not positive or negative spin for ratings.

Optimism + Realism = Confidence with a good attitude.

Optimism - Realism = Uncertainty with a good attitude.

Which one are you?

Which one best represents your clients and industry?

We can fix this, but we have to educate people truthfully, show the facts, and trust they will make the best decision for their life.

Thank you Tim Maitski "Secret Agent Guy" ( and Mark and Lisa Ramsey (Keller Williams Realty).  Good words to make sure we don't over correct.

Posted by tbd tbd about 11 years ago

There clearly are several bright spots, as you have illuminated, but there are broader headwinds that Americans are dealing with.

I think what Americans want right now is a level of trust.  They are fed up with Wall St. and banks and politicians.  Until there is trust, there can't be a housing or economic recovery.

I don't think that talking only positive news is the best way to build trust.

Just my two cents. :)

Posted by Mark MacKenzie about 11 years ago

We have a government that is totally out of control and is scaring the American people.  They are continually throwing out ideas that are adding to the panic.  Optimism will come from the stock market, not the government or any programs or pork.  Call you your congressman and senator and tell them to stop the crap and focus on our country and not on their contingency.  It is time to clean house in 2010....and God willing put term limits in to get these bozos out of there.

Posted by TIM MONCRIEF, Over 2,000 homes sold….. (Tim Monciref) about 11 years ago

Hi Antonio,

Love your energy and enthusiasm. I've read through most of your comments and I agree with most.

I like the aspect of looking at home ownership a long-term and not just about flipping. You know, putting down roots for the kids. Plant a tree in the yard and watch it grow so-to-speak.

It's also a great time for boomers to think head a buy their (future) retirement home now as a rental. Buying at today's prices and interest rates can save thousands in the future. Did this one myself.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 11 years ago

Lonn, Yes, there are positive things coming down the pipe for our industry, we must highlight that, nobody else will.

Mark & Lisa, I am not advocating telling people that everything is great. We all know is not, all I am advocating is to have a more balanced use of the information available, click on the links on the post and you will get to see, where this information come from. Your ideas are valid, You could have put a title to it and make your post, links included. Thank you for your visit.

Kevin, I am not advocating being dishonest with anyone, just show the positive facts available to counter the negative that prevails. If I don't think this is the best time to buy real estate none of my clients will. That Is My Job, to point out that amongst all the bad news, real estate is offering great opportunities right now. Is it good for everybody? of course not. Does it help a lot of people. sure it does. That is honesty.

Mark. thank you for your 2 cents, and your visit, I appreciate it.

Tim, Not a bad idea at all> Term Limits, we should look into that.

Lynda, Energy and enthusiasm and pointing out the positives of this situation is what is all about, if we don't do it, who else will?


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 11 years ago


I can shop and spend money. I'm good at it and it helps the economy. Did you know that there really are woman like me who believe shopping is a sport? :)

I realize you're looking for bigger and better solutions...But Dude...It's Friday night, it's been a long week  and that's all I got for ya :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 11 years ago

I love everything that you said as far your short list of what is GOOD RIGHT NOW expect Ben Bernanke prediction that this recession will be over in 2009. What makes him so sure that in 2009 it will be all over. My problem with this statement is people keep making predictions and they are not true. Honestly speaking if we stop making predictions,this housing market probably would've recovered by now. We have been making so many predictions for so long nobody knows what to even believe anymore.

But one thing I would add people need to go out and shop-dont spend too much but buy something and like you said eat a restaurants so that waiter/waitress wont lose his job and possibly his house. Anything will help boost this ailing economy. And gas price once $40 a gallon is under $1.90 which is not bad. Congratulations on your featured post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) about 11 years ago

LTW We here on AR know about your sport. (Your husband is now blogging about it!) I know it is Friday, you are entitled to close the mind books ;-) Thanks for stopping by

Lanre, that guy Ben Bernanke knows a few more things about the economy than most of us, because when he speaks people either loose money or make money. Thanks again for your comments


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 11 years ago

Many good responses and thoughts here.  To me it almost seems as a "blitz" by the goverment and media to insure we -- the populace -- understand that they are the only ones who can save, protect and provide for us and to impose their ideas on how to "fix things".

I feel the current course the country is on is detrimental and I pray I'm wrong.  I am neither Democratic or Republican but vote independently.

I honestly think if they (media & government folks) STOPPED using the words CRISIS, etc a common/normal so many years cycle might take place and adjust itself.

As far as today's budget proposal goes regarding taxes on real estate, etc-- I don't see how that can help the currently (mainly stagnant) real estate situation which has such an impact on the country's economy.

The good news I see is that real estate folks currently in a stagnant market can use this time to hone their skills with training and upgrading websites, etc.

"There's always a reason for why??"

I love the pics of you and Alesia dancing!  It looks soooo smooth and beautiful for you both.


Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) about 11 years ago

I Love It! Thanks for the Positive Outlook!

There is more to be Thankful and Grateful for, all of the things you mentioned are in place. Things in my opinion are picking up, at least in my area!

I am prospecting, fsbos, expired, sending post cards and making calls! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again!!

Posted by Connie Case, Realtor, Knoxville Tn. (Platinum Realty Group) about 11 years ago

Sue, Thank you for your comments, the way to help our real estate is to highlight the good news about interest rates, low prices, first time buyers incentives etc. etc. About the pictures, we are amateur competitors but we also use our dancing to generate business. look at what we are doing to get to buyers.

Connie, I am glad to hear that things are looking up for you in your area, You see? things are not as bad as they seem!


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 11 years ago

Well, I will piggy-back on what TLW wrote.  My daughter and I went to our mall yesterday and it was PACKED with people!  This is not a very busy mall and I truly have never seen it full of people.  Perhaps everyone is tired of worrying and want to go out and do a little shopping!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago

People are out there! shopping like if it was Christmas! Here in the San Francisco bay area, today, sunday March 1st, is a wet, windy, cold place, we went to IKEA, to look at kichen cabinets for one of our rentals and could not belive the crowds of people shopping! I must tell you I was happy to see all those people actually out there spending money! Good times are coming back! Are YOU ready!


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 11 years ago

I just finished watching President Obama on Jay Leno. It is so refreshing to have a President that is not afraid of the country and its citizens and actually doesn't mind getting out there, working with them, talking with them, understanding them. We can learn a lot from him about hope and faith in the future.

San Diego County median home price rose in February 2009 for the first time since April 2008, and sales have been up for eight consecutive months. Things are looking up.

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