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2010-12-21 19:23:25

The End of 2010

What can I say about 2010 coming to an end,  that hasn’t already been said? It seems to me that we Americans both in the Real Estate industry and outside the Real Estate industry seemed to suffer a psychological downer this year.

Even here at Allison James Estates and Homes®, we have to tell ourselves daily that we are very fortunate and lucky to have a company that is defying all odds and growing rapidly in this environment of economic distress, and a Real Estate market that is beyond anything I have witnessed in 40 years in the business.

What happened this year is everyone finally became tired. We’re tired of being broker, tired of a government that is completely out of touch with 80% of the American public, tired of all the bad news - we as Americans are just plain tired.

I believe we Americans as a whole are ready to put the last four years, and particularly 2010 behind us. We are starting to feel a little bit of hope for ourselves, our country and our families. It feels like we as a nation are returning to a value of conservatism, and what I mean by that is that we are saving more than we have in years, we are worshiping in our churches more than we have in years, we are reaching out to family and friends more than we have in years. In general I think we have decided that we like a conservative America.

And I’m not writing this as a far right Tea Party conservative. I have, as most of you have, voted for both Republican and Democratic Presidents. What I’m talking about here, is a way of life. I have a brother who is old-school union and wouldn’t vote for a Republican if a gun was held to his head, but he believes in the right to bear arms, the right of free speech, the freedom of religion, a free press, less taxes and less government intrusion in his life.

That is the conservatism I’m talking about here - a way of life, that made this country proud and successful.

As we entered another decade in the 2000’s, we are now entering a new decade with a glimmer of hope that this country will once again see better days. We hope that once again our families and neighbors will prosper, and most of all for our Realtor® and Brokers friends out there, that we will see a steadying of our industry. The rocky and turbulent waters that we in this industry have sailed through for the past four years are calming. The seas are quieting and the sun is starting to break through.

I know that my glass is always ¾ full, but I truly do believe that we will see a better Real Estate industry in 2011 and that all my friends who are in this industry will see their incomes increase in 2011. Everyone who has ridden out the storm for the last four years in our industry deserves no less.

So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We wish you all a much more prosperous New Year in 2011.


James A. Crumbaugh III is CEO of Allison James Estates and Homes a National Internet Based Real Estate Brokerage.

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