2010 Short Sales And The Human Condition

As we are wrapping up 2010, a review of the year finds me shaking my head.

Let me show you what was before my eyes this year...

  • I see the successful short sales and the families that managed to stay intact through the war with the bank. They are damaged, but survived;
  • I see the failed short sales due to impossible banks, impossible liens and impossible conditions, and the people who face the consequences with grit and determination;
  • I see the investors: the veterans who are cleaning their wounds, preparing for the next round of battle, and the newbies, dealing with missing financial limbs, vowing never to return to the field;
  • I see the jobless families forced into bankruptcy as they seek protection from the barrage of collectors and lenders who don't listen and don't care;
  • I see the splitting families and abandoned children, parents making decisions based on self, fear, and finances, not love or loyalty or hope;
  • I see the homes, once tenderly and pridefully maintained, now overgrown, with empty rooms, peeling paint, broken windows and stained carpeting;
  • I see the new owners, excited about the deal they just obtained, with a hint of worry behind their eyes, as they wonder if they did the right thing buying a house now, under these circumstances, with this economy...and what happened to the people who lived there before them...could they be next?

The real estate vision for 2011? I don't have a crystal ball.

I do know I will be here providing hope for those going through it, and it will get better eventually.

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Comment by Dawn Maloney on December 2, 2010 at 1:54pm
Thanks Mike! Good to be here!
It is a big responsibility, and we do deeply care about each client's best interest.
Comment by Mike Linkenauger on December 2, 2010 at 1:18pm
Awesome post Dawn! We are a light of hope in a distressed families life. It is such a HUGE responsibility that we have to be compassionate and caring and also confident in our skill level. Glad to see you on here Dawn!! We don't have you on here enough lately!

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