How many of my 2010 predictions came true?

It’s review time for 2010…

Well, the predictions forecasted by me last year were:

  • Interest rates would rise in the second quarter as the government was going to exit the purchasing of Mortgage Backed Securities .  Wow, was I wrong here, interest rates sunk to the lowest level in history.
  • House values will stay stable in most price points below $400,000 and will drop in mid price points – $400,000 – $800,000.  Fewer buyers will take advantage of market conditions and consumer confidence will keep them where they are today.  Well, I was pretty damn close – prices increased slightly in the lower price ranges but definitely dropped in the mid price ranges and consumer confidence remains in the tank.
  • Unemployment will rise through the first half of the year then level off late third quarter – we can’t get any worse than we are nationally.   Locally, we are in good shape with unemployment and we should hover around where we are today.  The prediction was true on both fronts and unemployment is contributing to low consumer confidence.  As the saying goes, when your neighbor loses their job it’s a recession, when you lose your job, it’s a depression – many Americans are still feeling the effects of unemployment nationally.
  • Foreclosure inventory will increase nationally – ours will see a slight increase but won’t have a significant impact like it has in recent years.  Any foreclosure inventory locally will get absorbed quickly as we have such pent up demand.  Again, pretty much true, our foreclosure numbers increased slightly but boy, nationally, they went through the roof!
  • Short sale inventory will be bigger than foreclosure inventory nationwide – including our area.  It is important to understand how they work, get a designation to take advantage of this opportunity and to understand how to get them through.  As predicted, short sale inventory increased both nationally and locally.  And, it is true, if you have a designation, you understand the process better and can help more distressed home owners as a result.
  • More real estate offices will close, merge and we will see additional acquisitions – boutique real estate offices will become a thing of the past as agents and clients demand more technology and services that smaller firms cannot afford.  This most definitely occurred and will continue through 2011 – especially in the large regional independents and the franchises agencies with fewer than 15 agents.
  • Social media marketing will be even more in the forefront moving into the future – get on board or get left behind.  The consumer embraces this medium – so should you!  Many agents have gone way overboard and although they are embracing social media, they are not utilizing it correctly and as a result are turning off consumers.
  • Videos will be more prevalent in agent’s marketing of homes and themselves.  Get proficient in the use of flips, camcorders, and digital cameras that have recording features.  More agents are becoming aware of video and we are seeing more of it in the market but more need to utilize the medium as the consumer is drawn to videos.
  • More agents will go green as this will become an even bigger “buzz” word going forward.  Get ahead of the curve and get a green designation today!  Yes, agents did go green but the residential market is still lagging behind the commercial arena in scope and magnitude of going green.
  • More agents will exit the business as the business becomes more specialized.  This has happened which is a good thing for both the profession and more importantly, the consumer.  Today, more than ever, it is important to work with a Realtor who is full time and has the capacity to convey market conditions, trends and is familiar with the contract and process.

Well, in retrospect, the vision was pretty decent for what was going to happen in 2010. The one item that was unfortunate is that people weren’t able to take advantage of the low rates or were not in a position to take advantage of the low rates due to value issues.  However, many were which is great for them.  Be on the lookout for my predictions for 2011!  Get it?  Got it?  Good!

Now, go sell something!





Are you ready for 2010?

Well here we are, the first week of not only the New Year but the New Decade as well and if you haven’t already done so, now would be a great time to think about how you are going to be successful in 2000teens.  Obviously, in order to attain success, you must have a plan and decide for yourself the Status Quo is Unacceptable and get started on one today. 

One of the most important things to realize to set your plan of action in place and more importantly – in writing – for 2010 is to start!  It is essential to realize when you begin to think about your plan – make sure it is your plan and not someone else’s.  The goals are yours, timeframes to accomplish them are ones that you set, and if you do this you are more likely to accomplish them.  Your goals must be SMARTY goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, have a Timeframe for accomplishment and they must be Yours.  In addition, as you work through completing your task, it is good to share your ideas with others help them and to get the creative juices flowing for yourself.  In our experience, the more open you are to sharing, the more successful you will be. 

Once you have an idea, write it down so you remember thought because every thought is important, you will need to set your priorities and put the plan to achieve your goals and attain your objectives in real estate in motion.  Areas to think about may be increasing your database, finding new customers, getting educated, becoming an expert on pricing/trends/the market, etc.  Keep your mind open and determine where your focus will be this year.  Will it be first time buyers?  Move up buyers?  Short sales?  Foreclosures?  New home sales?  Property management?  Are there any other areas of interest or specialties where you can excel and make money this year in our industry?

Also, as you move through this exercise, here are some tips to keep in mind as we move forward.  Be decisive – be focused – put your thoughts in writing – develop a plan of action – share with others.  At some point soon, select an accountability partner to review your plan and theirs regularly.  It has been noted through research a group ASTD had accomplished, when you commit and plan to accomplish something in writing, you are 50% more likely to achieve it – if you commit to someone else 65% – if you have an accountability appointment with that person 95% and with a group 99%.  Think about it!

As you go through the year – stay engaged and become the go-to source for real estate for your sphere.  There will no doubt be adversity and as the times and the market change, be willing to make the adjustments necessary in your plan to insure your success.  Forge ahead – take action, massive action to achieve the success you desire and we will do it all over again next year!  Now, let get started.  Get it?  Got it?  Good!