The hungry army of 1.2 million ramen eating realtors should march on the NAR offices in Chicago and demand an end to Lawrence Yun's happy talk and spin, the NAR's non-stop "we've hit bottom" and "prices aren't falling" spew of lies and deception.
Because this line of BS is actually hurting the 6%'ers, a HELL OF A LOT more than helping. Besides destroying their dwindling base of dues-payers' credibility (what very little of that there's left), the monkeys at the NAR are also confusing would-be sellers into not pricing their debt-traps at saleable prices, and transactions (that aren't REO's) dry up.
No transactions = no commissions = no NAR dues = more ramen
As we've said for years, the NAR should be out there saying "prices are plummeting and will fall even more. If you're a seller, lower your price, lower it big-time, and get out. If you're a buyer, get even more aggressive with your low-ball offers"
Instead, the NAR happy-talk is just freezing the market, as sellers point to the NAR spin as a reason to NOT lower prices, and buyers don't buy, because prices are still way to high.
Meanwhile, the realtors don't eat. And they're getting pissed.
Here's the latest, thanks to the NJ Real Estate Report, who's still kicking HP's ass in that REIC contest btw...
Real estate agents debate local statistics
The latest positive numbers for home sales and prices have divided real estate agents, ordinarily a group uniformly upbeat about the housing market.
Some doubt the numbers, even though they're from their own association, and say it's making it tougher to get home sellers to reduce their prices to more realistic levels.
In particular, Dawe said the figures from the National Association of Realtors, and other information gathered from state and local Realtor groups, seemed to disagree with what the Multiple Listing Service showed.
"As we talk to our sellers about the declining market we are actually facing and the fact that they have to be aggressive in pricing their homes if they expect to find a buyer, the statistics in your article are baffling and impact our credibility with customers," Dawe said.
To Eileen Raynes, an agent with Rosenthal Realty in Margate, the higher sales and price figures were a very welcome break from media coverage she described as "standing on a corner screaming 'Get your dead fish.'"
Bruce E. Breunig Jr., broker at Century 21 Alliance in Margate, admitted that "we Realtors remain part of the problem. We blame the media for fueling the downturn and try to counterbalance it with our own positive spin."