Real estate and politics have a lot in common. They're big, complicated people businesses driven by sales and marketing.
But there are other similarities that help explain the past 10 years in real estate and suggest a model for change in the coming year.
The U.S. Congress usually has low public approval ratings. They are pitifully low at the moment. According to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, only 15 percent of Americans approved of the body's job performance.