Does real estate need a physical therapist to recover?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

With the federal bailout of the financial institutions looking like only hours away
, we need to look at the physical damage that these crashes have caused on the market and the country as a whole. Throwing money at the problem may not be the best answer, but I'm guessing that is all we are going to get.

If you have ever been in a serious car accident then you know that you usually have to go through physical therapy to get back to 100%. It is never as simple as getting home calling the insurance company asking for a large check and then when you get it, you are all better. (Unless there is fraud involved.)

The key to getting things back to normal is time, money, and physical therapy. The time comes when you are going to go through physical therapy and the money is there to cover the time lost at work during therapy.

So, how does this apply to the financial markets today? Let's look at this as a car accident and the financial houses are the ones injured. We can throw money at the problem, but that won't fix the real problem that happened during the accident. These financial houses need physical therapy, and in time the market will fix itself. Do they need the money? Yes, I'm not denying that, but they need more than that in order to succeed.

A few years ago the federal government threw money at the railroads in order to keep them going, but that didn't help them fix their situation. Today they are right back on the verge of bankruptcy. Then a couple years ago they did it again with the airlines and now the airlines are cutting jobs and charging for extra luggage and saying that within 2 years they could be out of business if things don't change.

You see, all we did is throw money at the problem instead of help them with physical therapy to get to the root of the problem. So let's get together and get these institutions some physical therapy and help the country get back to 100% sooner rather than later.


Todd Clark - broker
Kastings & Associates
Phone: (503)524-9494
Fax: (503)622-8739

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Todd Clark (broker w/ Ken's Home Team)
Keller Williams Realty
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Cheryl Powell
ABR,SFR,Broker-Concord & Charlotte NC Area Realtor
RE/MAX Executive Realty - The Powell Team

Hi Todd... we may need a psychologist as well!  I enjoyed your post.

September 27, 2008 01:38 PM
Karen Anne Stone
Fort Worth Real Estate
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

Todd & Cheryl:  ( raising my hand and waving... ) I have a Psych degree, Cheryl.  It's a good thing, cuz I often drive myself crazy.  LOL.

September 27, 2008 04:10 PM
Judy Tuscano
NH Real Estate Professional
Prudential Verani Realty

Todd - I look at your post this way - the money to pay the DR (high priced CEO's) who did a really bad job so we should consider a different approach to this problem and pay a Physical Therapist (bookkeeper with integrity to pinch every penny). Painful for all but in the end we will be in much better shape. No way should this money be entrusted to those who put us here in the first place or we are doomed.

September 27, 2008 07:24 PM
Elizabeth Nieves
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group

GREAT ANALOGY! I think that we will just have to wait and see what kind of therapy comes behind this bailout. GBU!

September 27, 2008 08:45 PM
Ronnie Margolis
Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloha Beat
Hawaii Life Real Estate Services, LLC

Good insight. Appreciate your perspective and the reality that we need to get at the cause of the behavior that started this whole mess.

September 27, 2008 11:26 PM

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