Beating Back Bad Economic News

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Home Stager with Staging Diva / Six Elements Inc.

economic opportunityOne trait that separates the successful from the unsuccessful is the ability to look at change with an eye to opportunity, and Americans in general are good at this.

At the end of 2008, an international survey by the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research studied the impact of the global financial crisis on 17 different countries.

The study revealed that Americans, despite the overwhelming tide of negative indicators, are among the most positive in the world when asked about their economic prospects, ranking well above Canada even though the Canadian economy is stronger right now.

The most pessimistic nations were Britain, France and Iceland.

Analysts generally agree that this U.S. optimism and can-do attitude (which leads to a willingness to invest and spend in hard times) will help turn the U.S. economy around, which will, in turn, affect economies throughout the rest of the world.

According to CIBC World Markets economist Meny Grauman, while the U.S. economy has never been in such rough shape in modern times, there has also never been such an unprecedented response from the U.S. government to deal with the crisis.

special report on home staging in depressed economyAccording to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), there were 4.9 million homes sold in the U.S. in 2008, and the projection for 2009 sees that number growing by 6.6% to 5.2 million.Considering the numbers of real estate agents are declining, that means more homes sold per agent this year!

Calvin Lindberg, president Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says, "The increase in the Home Buyers’ Plan and the First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit to cover closing costs are both important for first-time home buyers, and they are an important factor in an active housing market."

You'll find additional information to shine a light on the brighter side of what's happening in real estate and home staging today in a new free special report: "Ask Staging Diva: Can I grow a home staging business in a depressed economy?"

I spent a ton of time researching and writing this report because I'm tired of watching all the doom and gloom in the media suck the energy out of entrepreneurs.

There are real opportunities today, you just need to look at the bigger picture. I hope you'll download this free report and send me your feedback.

How are you keeping your spirits up? What new things are you doing to take advantage of what's happening in real estate today?

Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc.

Entrepreneur and Home Staging expert Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®, knows how to make money as a home stager and has taught over 1000 others to do the same. Discover her secrets to business success in the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.

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Antonio & Alexia Cardenas
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Thank you Debra, this is what we need nowadays, positive attitude is contagious and the energy put into dealing with bad news is equall to the one putting into dealing with good news, the difference is that those of us who manage to survive now will be stronger and ahead of the pack when things turn around, because they will.

Antonio

March 05, 2009 09:36 PM
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I used to live in Switzerland and worked in an international environment and you are so right about American optimism.  I was so thankful to move back to the US in fact and be surrounded by the can-do attitude again.  Not that Americans are perfect but they are certainly forward thinkers, and generally happy people.  GO USA!

Great blog!

Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties

 

March 06, 2009 03:58 AM
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Jill Monczunski / Staging To Sell LLC / Ludington MI

Hey (again) Debra -

Great feature!  As the etermal optimist, and because I so totally believe in the rewards a seller can reap as a result of having their home professionally staged to sell, I keep plugging away with my business and trying to talk to as many agents and homeowners as I can.  My biggest frustration is the so-called home stagers out there who have no training, real experience, or education in doing a service for sellers.  Professional home stagers are taking on the responsibility of marketing a sellers largest investment (their home!), and it troubles me that a seller is misled to believe that just because someone says they are a stager, they are.  This is not a past-time or hobby for me.  I would hope that sellers would do a little checking before they hire a home stager.

Staging To Sell LLC / Jill Monczunski - President/Designer / Serving Central and Northern MI / stagingtosellllc@gmail.com

March 06, 2009 02:57 PM
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Hi Debra,

 

 I agree, the news is so depressing and it can actually lead a stager to loose focus. For myself, I think positively and even if business is slow work on marketing and other areas to generate business. A positive attitude is what i live by.

 

 

Lisa Collymore

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Thanks everyone for your additional comments.

Ali, I love your Warren Buffet quote~ "be greedy when others are fearful, and fearful when others are greedy..."

Jill, I agree that there are both good home stagers and bad out there. I wrote an article to help home sellers and real estate agents judge who they are dealing with. Anyone who needs help knowing whether you've found the "right" stager for your job in this completely unregulated industry, check out this article, Hiring a Home Stager.

Lisa, Cindy, Antonio, Barbara, et al...

I'm really glad you found reading some more positive news about the economy refreshing. My special report on how the current economy and slow housing market effect home staging and real estate selling is still available and over 750 people have downloaded it so far. You can get your FREE copy of this report here.

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