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January 1st, 2010 8:00 AM by David W. Welch
The world is ending in two years, right? The ancient Mayans said so, some old Chinese book of numbers runs out in 2012 and Hollywood is pumping out disaster movies that concur. If things are so bad, why do I have three closings lined up for this first month of the new decade? Why did a family just travel down from New York to look at purchasing two second homes? Why have three first time home buyers contacted me in the last week that are ready to buy? I think people are getting tired of the negative point of view. If Yogi Berra was an economist he would probably tell you that 90% of economics is half mental. With that in mind, I believe people are starting to look for good news about the economy. This will lead to improving consumer confidence and increased demand. Supply is a number, but demand is a state of mind.
By the way, I give Washington little to no credit for this collective turnaround in the psyche of the public. Quite frankly, the Bible even says that bad times only last for so long.
The bad times (recession) was pretty bad this time around, but things are getting better. Just look around, retail sales are showing improvement and employment numbers are on a 17 week upward trend. Of course, there are still plenty of people complaining, and there are plenty of people still feeling the negative effects of the downturn. I did not wake up 20 pounds lighter this morning or a million dollars richer. Improvement is a process whether it involves working on personal goals or turning around the local, national or world economies. It is easy to be a pessimist just like it is easy to be to be lazy. Being an optimist is hard work, but the result is worth the effort. Make a resolution to be optimistic this year.
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