Don't hate the real estate optimist

Focus on what you can control ... like attitude

"Pollyanna!" "Inman should fire you!" "You give the business a bad name!" What have I done to merit these comments? I’ve had the audacity to say that the real estate market might actually be better in 2009 than many people anticipate.

In 2008, I’ve seen many good friends lose their jobs, their offices, and/or their companies. Everyone has scaled back. Companies are scrambling to weather the storm. Many agents are being forced out of the business or into second jobs to make ends meet. Our clients are scared to buy or unable to sell. The stock market is in a shambles. There’s no reason for optimism — right?