PAULA'S SOUTHAMPTON BLOG: DO WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN REAL ESTATE IN THE FUTURE???

DO WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN REAL ESTATE IN THE FUTURE???

DO WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN REAL ESTATE IN THE FUTURE???

I believe we do--on some level. If we open our minds and "free-associate" our thinking so that we narrow down the probabilities and possibilities we will very often find the seeds that bring the new reality into focus.

That's what I find happens when I blog--The future will pop out of a post that I wrote years before and it makes me feel like a bit of a fortune teller!!

Read on and see what I mean from this post written in May of 2013--I got over 17,500 hits since I wrote it:

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A MAJOR MARKET SHIFT IS HAPPENING; LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITIES...

I actually wrote this post in late March--Since then some major shifts have already begun and I feel like getting this out there again since it did not get seen by many members (or the public for that matter!) in the first go around.  

Please read this and comment so that we all get a feeling of what is happening nation-wide.

It is more important than ever to make sure we get the jump on these trends that may alter our profession forever!

 

Since September 2008 all real estate agents have been struggling with the worst fiscal crisis in history and the longest housing ONLINE BUSINESS STRATEGIES INCLUDES LOCAL INFORMATIONrecession as well...

I began to see a change beginning in the middle of last year--June 2012 was a record month in home sales in the Hamptons and we watched (and worked) as a return to normal began, with inventories falling and buyers, long at bay as to what to do about buying, began their rush to get the best buy before prices began to escalate.

2013 will be a record year in house sales--at least that is what all projections indicate. I believe that is possible but. Even though I still remain conservative in my approach, I have made some significant changes in my sales strategies and the way I market my listings.

MY PLAN OF ATTACK...

  • I have made a real effort to be different in my "Pitch" package to potential sellers. I am taking the position that we are quickly moving into a sellers market and I have made a commitment to focus on the listing side of my business.
  • I have formulated a new CMA that covers a more personal approach to the Pitch. Instead of a run-on data focused report I use the property itself and build the report around it, giving as many details of the property in comparison to the other properties and explaining why each attribute is important. EXAMPLE: "Wrap around porch is a sought after detail in all new construction and increases the value of the property by approximately 15% to 20%."
  • I get most of my listings from direct calls FROM sellers--they find my blog and they love it!
  • Since I get so many listings this way, I am looking for ways to maximize my efforts--One way is to do more interesting local postings.
  • Market reports on my blog are more effective for my business than anything else I do. Here is one EXAMPLE  NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION, STILL THE "BULWARK" OF THE HAMPTONS MARKET 
  • I take the single topic approach about the market so that I get the point across and I don't dilute the topic. I find this makes for a more interesting blog post than the columns and pie charts.
  • Another way to get the message out there to the public is to inform them about an area like they have never been informed before. EXAMPLE BEST HOUSES FOR SALE, BEST PLACES TO GO IN SOUTHAMPTON VILLAGE, NY
  • My print ad business is where I am getting some activity so I am increasing my budget for magazine ads. Since this is a resort community, there is a lot of down time when the public is apt to pick up glossy magazines to pour over as they sit in the sun or relax with their weekend breakfast.

THE BIGGEST "GRIEF" IN MY MARKETING EFFORTS....

My personal marketing efforts are constantly thwarted by the new agent who hits the floor running! Right out of the financial markets, these Newbies join the real estate business like they have been in it for 20 years---like they know better than any other well established agent out there! They somehow manage to get the sellers attention better than any of the "Old Guard" ever did! They even pretend to be long Hamptons residents when they just moved in last week! They have BIG $$ signs in their eyes!

These Newbies accomplish this "invasion" by PAYING UP on Trulia and Zillow for a space in an area and then they GIVE AWAY their listings, and sometimes mine!

All this is done without a thought as to what they are doing: They are undermining the entire brokerage business and they are GIVING AWAY priceless listing information so these giant sites can build their data bases!! Those sites now own the content and the listings.

AN OPPORTUNITY, NOT A PROBLEM...

I look at this "invasion" as an opportunity to "up the ante" in my own efforts--I never ignore these agents; I do make mental notes of what they do. Here are the three things I always keep in the front of my mind as I go to work with a client:

EXAMPLE: I never leave a pitch package in the hands of the homeowner. I want them to "need" me again--I always get another call from them. A pitch package like this one has brought me tons of new listings: MY PITCH PACKAGE: This One Was A Home Run For Me!!!

EXAMPLE: I make sure my approach is always on the local side of the business. My focus is always to give the buyer and the seller (I work with both) the awareness that I am not just another "hot shot" agent who comes, hits the big time and then disappears. 

EXAMPLE: Buyers and sellers who want to use my services do so because they know I know what is great and good about the Hamptons ; and not just from a night club or party point of view. They read my informative local posts and that is why they choose me. EXAMPLE TELL ME A STORY....A Story About Real Estate and Local Information..

HOW WILL THIS BUSINESS LOOK if the day comes when all agents who amount to a hill of beans are found by what they say and how they inform the public about what they know and do?

It becomes a whole new way of doing business and in that case you have to put up or shut up. To my way of thinking, that is a very refreshing way for real estate to evolve and for it to overcome the attempts on the part of the syndicated sites to unseat RE agents at every turn.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL MARKETING"All Real Estate Is Local" is a good motto to have in today's market place! Transparency is also a trending way of doing things and what could be more transparent than a profession that blogs about itself???

SO BRING IT ON.....

...and let all who can sell real estate and talk with knowledge about a location at the same time come to the front of the line and be the area specialists that are needed so desperately in this business---it may even up-level our reputations in the process!

WOULD THAT NOT BE A GREAT THING???

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Since I wrote this blog post we have seen record housing sales--records that we could not comprehend back in 2013 but the data was already showing us what was going to happen.

2013, 2014 and 2015 were record makers in sales but nothing prepared us for the giant leap forward in 2016!!! Housing sales doubled, tripled and quadrupled here in the Hamptons during the 4 quarters of 2016. Normally we see a slow down in real estate sales during the holidays because people travel so much then.

But to everybody's astonishment , November and December had 400 houses in contract and many slid to closing into the 1st quarter of 2017. In the Southampton office alone we had $96mil in closings in January, 2017 and even more in February of 2017!!! These are records that I think will be difficult to exceed in the near future....

So, I would say we already know what is going to happen in real estate in the future--it just takes a little open minded blogging to stir the juices and create what we already know!!

 

 

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                                     **ALL INFORMATION AND CONTENT IN THIS BLOG IS ORIGINAL TO PAULA I. HATHAWAY.  The views expressed herein are my personal views and do not reflect the views of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

 

Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995;  Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York

Diamond , Gold and Chairman's Circle Awards; Top Producer since 2005

 

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Comments

Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA, This is one post that is clearly worthy of being a "FEATURED POST" today. Thanks for the clear vision.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One Group) 8 months ago

Since I was first licensed 35 years ago, I have seen many cycles and changes in the real estate marketplace.  One thing I have learned is those that survive, are able to improvise, adapt and overcome!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

Mryl: I hear you! That is one of the many wonderful things I like about my choice of profession. I am certain that things will go on as we have in the past---but I do wonder the effects of what is going on with the national websites that have insinuated themselves into our midst....To me it is all about local, now more than ever!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Sandy and Norm: Thank you so much! I consider that one of the highest compliments I can possibly get, coming from you! We will see how it unfolds but I do know one thing: Our ability to view today with a lense on tomorrow can put us way ahead of any of the negative events that may come our way. I try to be open to all of it because I do know how negative events can take you down if unprepared. Thanks again!

 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Paula- I am so glad this was featured because it was well written and thought out.  Successful agents or anyone in business need to be able to think outside the box, look at where the tide is headed and they have to be willing to adapt!  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 8 months ago

Hi Paula

Glad to see this was selected to be featured. I find posts talking about trends, and particularly with an emphasis on where things are headed, are always interesting and keep us on our toes. This appeal of this business is that it IS always changing - the market, the players, and the online world. We have to be mindful but also always prepared to adapt.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 8 months ago

Kathy: Thank you so much--I am so happy it got featured and the fact that many of the things mentioned have come to pass is like the cherry on top! So glad you liked it!!

 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Jeff: Thank you so much--I am very flattered that you found it interesting and informative! Activerain is such a wonderful place to share what we know, isn't it? Let's hope the sales trend continues and I don't see any reason for it not to!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

I really like your Pitch Package and the emphasis on the property - home sellers love to feel that their house is special.  

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) 8 months ago

Margaret: Thank you so much...It is a good way too, to work from that aspect because it gives you a way of connecting with the property that you may not be able to without looking at it from the very personal point of view. More than a few owners have said they almost wished they hadn't listed it because they really love the property so much.  It is a way to connect with the owner as well---they love it when you "get" their proeprty!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Thank you for your post.
I will be a smart aleck....What will the market do?....it'll go up and go down.

Posted by April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers) 8 months ago

April: Hahaha...that's a good one....I actually was referring to the effects of Zillow and the likes of it, a la Streeteasy etc. These companies have caused an upheaval here in the Hamptons unlike anything else we have ever seen. I know other markets are as affected as we are. Nothing can stop the snowball effect that is taking place and if we are all in place as we are now in another 4 years, I will be astounded!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

I too liked the pitch package. It's always interesting to look at what others are doing and pick up some ideas to improve on what I'm already using. Thanks for the post and the link. 

Posted by Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA, Providing the integrity and service you deserve. (Future Home Realty) 8 months ago

Sam: Thanks! I have used the same format for several years now and have updated it to a degree but I always come back to the standard parts that really work well--the homeowner loves the "Action Plan" and they use it like a check list to track my work. It makes it really easy for them...You may have noticed that I got the idea from a fellow member here on AR. She shared the outline and I adjust the information accoding to my listing that I am pitching.

By the way---I have seen many professionals in this business and others who now use the concept of "Story Telling" to get a position or a to pitch a listing---everybody loves a story--the more in depth you go the more the owner is influenced by it. 

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA, Thanks for the well written educational post

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 8 months ago

There will always be newbies but technology will never replace the fundamentals and the fundamentals are developed in the fiery furnace of the kiln where the gold is stripped of its dross and becomes more valuable. We went through the worst market in history and came out the other side that's something to be proud of and there so many lessons learned there nobody can top the value we bring to the market but it is incumbent upon us to convey that value daily we can never rest on our laurels

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro, Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) 8 months ago

Dear Paula,

Very observant back then. Keep it up!

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 8 months ago

Congratulations on the featured post. I love the idea of a pitch package

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 8 months ago

Good morning Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA, ,

Congratulations on this well deserved featured post! Your pitch package is a great idea. Emphasis on the seller's home is always the route to go. It is incumbent on us to make sure we keep our eyes on the market and anticipate changes and be ready to adapt..the only constant in our business is change.

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 8 months ago

It is always easy to say "I should have seen it" after the market shifts. It is so hard to see before it happens, even though there are many indications and predicitions. Or, maybe we believe it, but done want the good times to end.

Posted by Donna Quinlan, Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan (Keller Williams Realty) 8 months ago

John: MY pleasure! 

Thomas: I agree! It is something that never ceases to amaze me---what we went through seemed to be unsurvivable while it was happening. But we kept our heads and now we seem to be well on the other side, just better prepared if something similar happens....

Dorte: Thank you so much...glad you read it!

Gita: Thanks so much! That package never grows old for my pitch...I update it all the time, each time I do a new one!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Dorie: You are so right---change is our one certainty! Thanks for reading it and thanks for your support!

Donna: Market shifts are never obvious but I think if we keep our faith in the way things unfold then we are at the very least prepared for anything--including the downturns. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Thanks for sharing your perspective on the Real Estate Market.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Jones & Co. Realty) 8 months ago

John: Sure---I love giving it! I also love to hear back from other members here because otherwise I have a tendancy to fall into a rut--I need new input in order to go forward as I am sure most people do!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Paula,

A well written article for sure! Like you, I market vacation, leisure and retirement property (lake waterfront sales). There has been a definite shift with the whole process following our recovery from the recession of 2008 - 2010. We are now seeing a "new" generation of buyers entering the market. Their perceptions, way of doing business, as well as, wants and needs, has changed from that of previous generations. Recent sales analysis in this area indicates some dramatic change is now underway. Upper price range home sales have been few and far between. The median price in this locale for lake homes has dropped from $450K to less than $300K in a matter of two years. Low price point properties, if halfway decent, are sold in just a matter of weeks on the market.

Most strikingly, the number of properties listed on the market has seen a marked decline over the past year. We suspect the following, smaller numbers of "old timers" are selling and moving back to the city. Meanwhile, a significant reduction in the numbers of what we identify as Generation X buyers....is replacing aging Baby Boomers. The effects of Dodd-Frank, as it relates to lending practices, truncated the flow of "easy money" so prevalent prior to the recession. This one aspect, has eliminated a significant amount of "traffic" for mid-pricepoint improved properties.

As a result, unimproved waterfront property has seen an uptick, particularly over the past eighteen months, as those who don't qualify for a substantial mortgage, opt instead to acquire "raw land" with the intention of doing something with it later. A vast majority of these buyers are what I would catagorize as "senior members" of Generation X.

Vacant, flat waterfront property has now become a very desirable segment of our market. Prices for raw land have never fully recovered from the pre-2008 go-go years. As you accurately pointed out, "real estate is local". Keeping up with changing trends is of paramount importance regardless of what area of our Country you perform real estate sales.   

Posted by Sharon Miller (RE/MAX Platinum) 8 months ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing this Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA, 

Posted by Mega Team Real Estate, San Francisco and Peninsula Real Estate Concierge (Realty ONE Group Alliance) 8 months ago

Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA, 
Congrats on your well-deserved Feature. Yes, you used your critical thinking skills and you undrstood. Thanks for re-posting it again! All the best - Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) 8 months ago

Hi Paula... 2017 marks 9 years on Activerain for me, and I get calls about posts that are as many years old all the time. When the plan works stick with it.

Congrats Steve

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) 8 months ago
I like how your pitch package shows the value of using an agent and all the marketing that is being done. Too often the thought process is an Agents puts a sign in the yard and collects a commission - we need to be diligent on educating sellers how hard we work to bring them the highest price the market will allow. Thank you for sharing this information!
Posted by Pam Kutsick, Pam Kutsick (Patti Hughes Team, HER Realtors) 8 months ago

Great post, and liked your pitch package, always interesting to see how others handle this.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 8 months ago

Sharon:

Thank you so much for your local information---interesting because resort areas are pretty much the same in so many ways! We have also seen a signifcant drop in available properties...inventories have never been so low but we still manage to eek out sales! A lot of houses are selling off-market and that is also affecting our business. Those happen to be in the high end of the market.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Mega Team: Well, thank you for reading it!

Lynn: Thank you Lynn--I have been bloggin for so many years nowthat some of the older posts are very applicable to todays market---Things always repeat themselves if they work!!

 

Steve: Yes they do! I can't count the times I have had similar experiences with different people over the years---same thing with information. It will apply to any profession if it is wise and good council--my posts are read by so many people from so many diverse businesses and backgrounds. It feels good to be followed by so many....congratulations on your 9 years. Keep up the good work!   

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Pam: Thanks for noticing the way the proccess gets included in my packages--I try not to make it seem that I am making an issue of my time. But this does work without insulting anyone and I have seen people make an effort to make it easier for me to get the things done that are needed because they don't want to "waste" my time! Thanks for reading!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Nick and Trudy: Thanks for reading the post---It can be helpful to hear the things that others do just so you know that you are not alone, if nothing else. I have had so many benefits from blogging here on AR that I find if I stop blogging for any period of time I lose my focus a bit! That includes commenting too! Thanks again!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

One of the Grey Poupons of Real Estate this Paula is

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 8 months ago

Richie: I don't know if I should be happy to be a  grey poupon or not---I'm going to go with happy because I know you so well and you are always so kind to me!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Great article! Thanks for sharing and including an example of a Pitch Package. I really like that idea. 

Posted by Shawn Cunningham, Don't Gamble with Your Las Vegas Referrals! (RE/MAX Advantage) 8 months ago

Shawn: Glad you like the idea--it has worked very well for me over the years and as we proceed, I am tweaking it as I go, according to the owner how I view the property...

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

While the evolution is inevitable, there will always be a need some level of human moderation.

Posted by Matthew O'Hare (F-FPA) 8 months ago

Matthew: Moderation is good! I think most people feel that way...

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Congratulations on the feature, Paula, and on predicting the future! Thank you for sharing your pitch package. It was very well done and a great example for others.

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty & Management) 8 months ago

Nathan: Thanks so much for reading it! I don't know how much predicting I can do, intentional predicting that is. But I do think that if one is focused on the current state of affairs in the world and takes the time to write about it with an open mind it is a natural by-product!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Hi Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,  a superb post and the update does indeed purport that you have ( and had) the vision and insight that makes you a real standout. Well done!

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) 8 months ago

William: Thank you so much---it means a lot that you got what I was saying--I am not trying to brag--just trying to let everyone know that they too can be a major contributor when it comes to local markets and the activities that take place there---someone is going to report on it. It may as well be you!! You may be the predictor of change just by being there and carefully covering the happenings!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Interesting post, yet, as you stated, real estate is local and its future depends on many factors. especially the economics and demographics of the local marketing area.

That said, pockets of certain marketing areas will adapt to new types of mortgage and buyers assistance in securing real estate. The concept of equity sharing is not new, however, some mortgage companies will explore opportunities and invest in qualified buyers with their purchase of real estate. The increasing cost of real estate and especially the down payment keeps many buyers out of the real estate market. Equity sharing IMO will help by providing a tool to keep the real estate market healthy and strong.  

The increasing cost of real estate and especially the down payment keeps many buyers out of the real estate market. Equity sharing IMO will help by providing a tool to keep the real estate market healthy and strong.  With annual appreciation up to 7%, it seems prudent and beneficial for the buyer and mortgage company, don't you agree? 

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) 8 months ago

Kimo: I do agree; so lets see how that will affect the buying public in the long run. I hope it will make a difference and get those qualified buyers into the important financial position of homeownership!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Interesting post.  I've written  a few that have been prescient.  And I've missed the mark on a few as well.

Posted by Mick Michaud, Your Texas Lifestyle is Here! (Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107) 8 months ago

Mick: I have had my share of "missed" calls as well. The amazing thing to me  is that I am not usually looking to be a fortune teller--I just have a real need to want to help people understand the way real estate ebbs and flows.  However it can be quite enlightening to look back on my former posts and see the future unfold in very startling ways..usually 1-2 years afterward...

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

Great look backward at your post.  I've been wrong on a few, but i was right in 2006 when I downsized, cutting my house in half.  Now if I can just test my next theory!  Great pitch package BTW! 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 8 months ago

Jan: Thanks! I have had so many people read that link--maybe it's time to do a re-write of that post! I am certain that if you go back and read your older posts you will find a feast of future predictions that came into being...Subtle as they may be, they are really gratifying if you find them!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 8 months ago

VERY VERY empowering and inspiring post Paula. It was truly worth reading.

Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (Dickson Realty) 12 days ago

Ann: Glad you got to read it--it has been a long while since I wrote the original post and I did not think anyone else would get to see it! Thanks for commenting on it as well!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) 12 days ago

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