It must be difficult to focus

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With all the distractions and interruptions, I have trouble staying on message sometimes. How about you? There are times I want to dig deeper into the supernova that is The Donald and then realize the election is more than a year off and what I read now may be obsolete by Halloween; so why bother? The news can be grim and can be challenging to absorb. I know several people who have sworn off the “evening news” (from TV) and I guess they read online or get a newspaper of maybe they just don’t follow everything that closely. It can be a daunting task to keep up. The demands that everyone else kowtow to “my beliefs” and the certainty that if you don’t you are near worthless – a great example of how news has been stolen by super sized egos and narcissistic hairpieces.

Religion is a subject that has the world in an uproar as genocide and ethnic cleansing are taking place on several continents. Your brand of XYZ religion is WRONG and I am going to punish you for choosing the wrong belief system! Ireland’s troubles, Middle Eastern conflicts, Chinese denial of Tibetan culture… where does it start and when will it end? Locally or regionally we have folks demonstrating outside Planned Parenthood clinics and protesting at some funerals because they believe what is going on is wrong. Just how did they become so certain that they had an exclusive right to the truth? And to decent behavior and to loving our fellow-man…

Real estate is tame in comparison to the big bad world. There are difficult transactions and there are difficult people, but it never gets far beyond a rude comment or some apparent ignorance of what someone else is trying to accomplish. One of the common complaints of any customer service industry is the lack of good service. Those of us that provide good service commonly complain (silently) about some of our customers that have absolutely no regard for anything or anyone that is not working toward their best interests. If it does not benefit them, they seem to think it is not worth considering. Call it a me me me style of living and doing business, or call it normal behavior, but it is difficult to stay focused sometimes.

A good indicator is if the first thing you hear from someone is a declaration that they are waiting on you for something. No “howdy how are ya” or anything to get the conversation started. It’s just “what have you done for me lately” kind of talk. And that conversation is mostly one-dimensional. And one-sided. I compare it to the spouse that asks their mate if they did something they said they were going to do. I informed my mate this morning that I was making ox tail soup this evening. At noon I got a call asking if I was making dinner. And once home the first question was “whats for dinner” not how was your day or did you hear the new Taylor song? Actually its often worse than that example when providing a service.

Guessing it can be hard to stay on point when you have bickering and fighting going on around you, plus people demanding that you pay attention to them, whether they need attention or not; or would appreciate it. Medical emergency? Call 911. Emotional emergency? Call that rock of a person that will listen and has patience and will not judge you. Or call your therapist.

What is new in real estate in Santa Fe, NM? With frequent posts on this blog, any new post is not generally going to have any big news. More an update and fine tuning the last message than anything actually new to any of my readers. (I do not refer to you as my followers because, well, you know…) What might be new is that we are smack in the middle of the peak season for real estate showings and sales. If you have a listing that is not being shown, something is wrong. Find out fast or it will soon be winter and it will require heating that vacant property to prevent frozen water lines. If your listing has lots of showings but no offers, that’s a different problem. Although the solution could be similar… It’s a better problem as it’s obviously a popular property, but something is keeping potential buyers from making an offer to buy. Find out what that is and correct it.

If you are shopping for a piece of land to build on, there are many high quality lots to consider on all sides of the City and deep into the County back roads. Just figure out what you want most and you will find it. And price is highly negotiable as residential lot sales have still not picked up any momentum since the real estate bubble burst. Wanna buy a house? For the most part there should be enough to choose from, depending on your wish list and your need list. Be realistic because homes are still not free and the person on the other side of the transaction has their own agenda (see above).

The plus One Million segment has an absorption rate of over two years. That may seem long, but only a couple or six years ago it was more like 4 plus years. Then 3 and now 2 plus. Progress is wonderful and recovery is too. If there are about 100 sales a year above One Million in price and about 250 homes for sale in the same range, you would think each and every buyer would be able to find the home they want. But sometimes they cannot settle on one and they may think of building. (See residential lot info above and in posted statistics).

At the other end of the price scale, building is rarely an option. Buyers have what they have to choose from in the existing inventory of homes (almost all of which are resales). The warmest segment continues to be the lower prices with the vast majority of home sales here at or below $500,000. We all want to take part in a big sale, but sometimes reliable success is if you are involved in many medium or smaller sales. We are all doing what we can. And as per usual, we all have a choice. Your choices determine your habits and your habits determine your future.

How is your attention span? Is it long enough to insulate you from all the distractions that are out there? Can you find the time to focus on the One Thing that will make a difference for you? Do you set aside time for meditation or prayer, for quiet and solitude, for reflection and also time for learning? Yes, take time for yourself and you will be a better mate and a better friend. You will be a more supportive partner and will also have a more mature outlook on these difficult times. Hand held devices… charge your own batteries!!

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The writer is a 68 year-old young man engaged as an active REALTOR (associate broker) with Keller Williams, in real estate sales and management in the Santa Fe NM market area. My career has been in and around the real estate industry for more than 35 years, ranging from mortgage lending (interim, commercial, residential); residential property management and leasing; shopping center development and leasing; real estate sales; sales training; title insurance as an executive and an escrow officer; various management positions; consulting and other related activities. That plus a bunch of banking experience including our family-owned Bank of Santa Fe in the 1980s. Where has the time gone?
My background means you have my working knowledge of the entire transaction process at your disposal. That comes with honesty and no bullshit.