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Don’t Call it a Comeback: Job Growth Weakest in a Year; Unemployment Rate Up June 1, 2012

I read a lot every morning (thank you, twitter) about housing, economics and legislation surrounding housing. It feeds my little soul. Sound weird to you? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. But we each have that thing that challenges us every morning to make the world better than we left it and my belief of education of consumers, elected officials and REALTORS on housing related issues fuels me.

So, this morning, I saw this headline come through from DS News (Job Growth Weakest in a Year; Unemployment Rate Up) and immediately the lyrics from LL Cool J‘s Mama Said Knock You Out popped into my head: Don’t Call it a Comeback.

We added 69,000 jobs in May… far below our goal of 150,000 and our unemployment is at 8.2%. In California, those numbers aren’t much prettier – as of March, we’ve gotten our unemployment down to 11.2% from it’s 2010 high of 12.4% and our jobs aren’t being added as quickly and plentifully as we’d like. What I also harp on is underemployment. There are so many Californians that are working fewer hours with less benefits than a couple of years ago.

I know jobs exist in our Country and you might be feeling it differently where you live. In Austin, where I was two weeks ago, the paper the day I flew out was toting a 6.5% unemployment rate. I thought to myself “show offs”… I was envious of my home state’s good fortune in this economy.

2012 is the year to make your voice heard and I don’t care what side of the aisle you’re on (I’m fiscally conservative and socially open-minded), you need to vote in YOUR best interest, in our Country’s best interest.


What Should You Know That You Don’t? June 25, 2011

Who first said that you don’t know what you don’t know? Whoever it was, they were right! I’ve run into a few people over the last week in major positions at major companies (all real estate related) that didn’t know what was going on legislatively. Listening to some dodge bullets and be vague, some just flat-out admit that they don’t know what I’m talking about and some skirting the issue by changing the subject, was quite interesting. You can’t seek out the information you don’t know you need, right? So, how can I get upset with these power-people for not knowing what they should know (or at least, I feel they should know)? I can’t, really.

See, I’m abnormally in love with real estate legislation. If it weren’t such a public love, I’d be 2 steps away from cat-lady crazy. It’s exciting to me to get involved with what could change our industry (both for the worse and the better). I love when good bills go through and work pretty defiantly to stop bad bills. I even write to my mom’s representative in Texas and state my position as an out-of-stater but former resident… yes, I know… cat-lady crazy!

My biggest concern is that when money gets tight, the government can start getting pretty tricky and I don’t want them taking away anything that my clients deserve. I like to think of myself as a Legislative Liaison for anyone that wants my information. When I get calls asking my advice or what’s going on, I get so pumped! Why? Because knowledge is spreading. So, if you know that I’m talking about you in this post, utilize me. I’ll help you help those around you, whether it’s other agents, your clients or your representatives.

Also, I just read this NY Times article that was pretty interesting about the Tiger 21 group.

And, I try to watch the Think Big Work Small guys every day. They’re super entertaining, albeit a bit edgy. They’re mostly geared for Lenders but are trying to make themselves more REALTOR friendly. Side note, they’ll be at CVAR for a video marketing workshop on July 11th. I’d love to see you there!

Should you have any questions about anything you’ve read here or if you’re interested in any city in Southern California (particularly the San Gabriel Valley or Inland Empire), please feel free to call your favorite REALTOR Smile

And, I can always send you a FREE Market Analysis on your home, just ask.