You Think You Have It Bad...
I work in the mortgage industry in one of the hottest and toughest market in America: Seattle. Sure, San Francisco is more expensive and New York has the condos that must be made of pure gold; in Seattle the housing inventory is at one of the lowest levels that I’ve seen in years. One estimate puts incoming “new” people into the area at 1,100 residents per week, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a lot of buyers looking for the same home. One of my Realtor friends commented that a home had been on the market for 12 days, couldn’t figure it out; sellers were on vacation – no one to sign the offers. Why did they go on vacation? Because they were sure no one would be showing up with offers at the crazy price they put it on the market.
For me, this means a lot of buyers making a lot of offers on a home that, in many cases, they are out bid or too late (Hey, it was on the market for 3 hours!) to get an offer in. It got me to thinking, what are some other tough jobs.
Brick Workers in Central Asia
High-Voltage Power Lines in China
And let’s not forget poo removal in Africa, figured you probably don’t need that picture.
There is another group that has a job that is sometimes dangerous and even life threatening, such as a teacher, police officer, or a fire fighter.
Wonder how long until school teachers are wearing Kevlar vests?
How does all of this come to a point? Straight up, there is always someone who is in a tougher spot. So…
Hold the door open, smile and say “Thanks;” offer to help; use words like “Please,” “Can I help you with that?” Give someone a quick boost in their day, buy their coffee. If it’s a barista you’re looking to perk up, a couple of movie tickets will help. Call someone you have not talked to in a long time. Let the lady with 3 small kids go in front of you in the grocery line. Buy flowers for your loved one; yeah, the cheap ones at the grocery store will work fine. Get up in the morning and start the shower for your loved one.
None of those work? Put your Seattle home on the market, thousands of desperate people are counting on you. Now you’re smiling.
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