In my world, the biggest news story of 2009 had zero to do with Michael Jackson, Jon and/or Kate, or even the literally and figuratively overexposed Tiger Woods.
Instead, the biggest story of the year -- maybe even the decade -- in my real-estate-fixated consciousness was The Big Rethink: Americans' wholesale reconsideration of whether homeownership still belongs in "The American Dream."
You see, in my business I rethink, therefore I am. My company, my Web site, this column, my book series, my "brand" -- all are called REThink Real Estate. Since 2006, I have literally traveled coast to coast and back again (and again) hollering "REThink real estate!" from the rooftops and satellite media tours.