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December 24th, 2009 9:07 AM by David W. Welch
I am going to keep this short, because I still have shopping to do. Unlike a lot of people who get frustrated by last minute shopping, I get motivated. Maybe that is why I have been blessed to be successful in an industry where so many people have difficulty. In real estate, your back is always against the wall. You develop systems and strategies that generally produce a certain level of results, but in the end the market has the last word. In a year in which prices dropped, foreclosures dominated and short sales expanded many of the strategies and systems of the past have been tested. In the end the basics always have a degree of success, but we still rely on lending to be available and title agents to have the staff to get their valuable work done. While those two industries have had their share of cutbacks, restructuring and new regulatory requirements the partners I have worked with for years have remained steady.
I would like to send out holiday wishes to the Coleman's and Anita over at First Service Title in Winter Park for their steady support in the transition year. They have not only been ready to close when I needed them, but have expanded their services to include a new short sale department. I feel confident that we will finally start making a dent in this area of our market place. This year has been dominated by the buyers, specifically the first time home buyers. This year I have leaned heavily on Jeffrey Sachs at FBC Mortgage to help with several of my buyers. We have gotten through tighter credit and HVCC, and pushed through the delays early in the year back to closing on time. Merry Christmas Jeffrey and everybody at FBC Mortgage. They are also our new partners at Remax 200 Realty. I would also like to wish a very happy holidays to the folks at HGTV's House Hunters and Lisa and Doug. Thank you for the chance to be on television this year.
Of course, Merry Christmas to all my family, friends and customers that supported me, listened to me talk about the market and trusted me to help with their sale or purchase this year. 2009 was a great improvement over 2008, and I am looking for 2010 to be even better. Well, the mall opens in 20 minutes, and I have shopping to do. Merry Christmas, and may the spirit of the season be with you all the time. By the way, it is not only Jesus' birthday, it's also my wife Carol's birthday. So, Happy Birthday sweetie.
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