So far I have had a pretty positive day here on Active Rain... having written both a new blog post that attracted all sorts of positive comments, and then making some of my own comments on some really great Active Rainer's blog posts. It's too bad I have to end it with somewhat of a rant.
I thought we as agents, and as media, had gotten over this "craze" of making blanket negative statements about the housing market in general, but I guess I spoke too soon.
Earlier tonight I read a post that listed a series of "great real estate articles" for one and all to read. I will not be specific about who the author was, because my rant here is going to be pretty "ranty."
I'm not so sure I would call something a "great list" when it begins with a highly negative linked-to article about how home values dropped all the way down to 2002 levels.
As a blanket statement... this is JUST NOT TRUE. And, I don't care who says it is... or who the article refers to as the source of this overly negative news.
Here in the Fort Worth market area values have done nothing of the sort. They have not plummeted.
I know there are many other areas in the country where what the article, and in turn, what the writer's blog post said may be true... but still. To make a blanket statement like that can be so hurtful to so many buyers and sellers in other areas where values are either stable, or actually increasing... which IS the case in Fort Worth.
I thought we had gotten over the need to wallpaper the walls with total doom and gloom.
I suggest that those "media types..." and some of us as Realtors... either hold off making untrue blanket statements, or suggest that they put in a disclaimer that states very plainly that although the "dropping of home values" may be true in some areas, there are many other areas where values are actually climbing. And climbing so well that they are actually experiencing a shortage of properties to sell... because the homes are selling so quickly after being listed... and in many cases... are selling with multiple offers being made.
The national media, and even the National Association of Realtors may not know enough about what is going on... but those of us in the trenches who deal with it every day... should.