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April 4th, 2008 9:42 AM by David W. Welch
Recession is all over the place in the news. You read it in the paper, see it on TV, and hear it on the radio. Has anyone gone to Disney World lately? I took my family to Disney yesterday, and it was packed. It was not a little crowded, but jam packed. I heard people complaining that they had trouble getting a hotel room. There were, of course, a lot of international guests and some spring breakers. There were also a lot of families, local and from around the country. Everybody wears their home town or their college shirts and hats when they come to Orlando. I like to see that kind of pride. I often wear my UCF gear when I travel. There were people from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, Washington, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and all over the country from the colleges and universities I saw represented.
I know things are not as good as they have been, and the real estate market is still tough. I also know that things are not nearly as bad as the media portray them to be. Bad news sells papers, and good news sells houses. Personally, I see real estate sales people as the optimists who keep going in spite of what the papers say. As a REALTOR, I must always recommend what is best for my customers, and I think this will go down as one of the greatest buying opportunities ever. We need to be selling people on the American dream of home ownership. If someone complains about the economy, send them to Disney World. They will come back and buy two houses.