There it was yesterday, for all to see. The headline on MarketWatch read something like "Home Sales Fall 27.2% in July."
It was there... wallpapered all over the screen. Sensational headlines. Of course, just about every other news or economics website on the internet had something similar.
It wasn't a surprise. We all knew it was coming. But still, there it was. Ouch !
What makes us just crave all this negative news ? What is there about someone yelling "the sky is falling" that just brings click after click, taking us to these websites when we see a link to it ?
And then this morning. It happened again. "New Home Sales Off Twelve Percent in July." More bad news.
The papers, the CNN's, the Fox News's, the MSNBC's... starting with "Morning Joe" on MSNBC early this morning. "Morning Joe" runs from 6:00am until 9:00am Monday thru Friday.
And of course, they, like everyone else, ran with this story.
Sure, it is negative, and the media these days... leading up to the November elections... just seems to thrive on negativity like this. So, there it was. The "Today Show" ran with it. "Good Morning America" ran with it... as did just about everybody else.
What also mystifies me is the fact that all of these "news outlets" run these stories, and act like this is "new news." Now, they know just as well and you and I do, that with all of the "sales"... by which we mean "closings" that drenched the lenders and title companies at the end of June... pretty much emptied, or ran down just about everyone's "pipeline"... so it shoud now have been a surprise to anyone.
What it is ? Is there some national paranoiad monster that needs to be fed all this negativity. I know some of us out here in Realtor-Land bemoan all of this... every time it happens... and wonder when it will all stop, and question when the news outlets will start featuring something positive.
But, if we think about it for even a minute, we know it will never happen. Why do we seem to get so much enjoyment from scaring ourselves ? Will it ever stop? Prolly not.
If we want to watch something positive... I guess that's why we have the bubbly Miss Racheal Ray !