Well, it’s been quite a year here in the Oroville Real Estate market. We have seen the foreclosure frenzy create some low prices that have not been seen in years and we have felt the devastating effects of homes gutted by the unhappy owners forced to leave or left vacant for too long to become the victims of looting. We have seen multiple offers and learned some terms like the dreaded “short sale” and R.E.O. As a Realtor, this year has been exceptional in a couple of ways. First, I am surprised and happy to report that there IS money out there and there are people who are not afraid to spend it on property. That is important from a consumer confidence perspective. Real Estate has always proven to be a good investment. When you look at it like a comodity such as pork bellies, it makes sense that Real Estate would be a good bet. After all, it’s the only thing we cannot readily make more of…… except in Hawaii and that takes a while. The second important thing this market has taught me is that simply being in business is not good enough! Real Estate professionals in this type of market need to be tougher, smarter and more flexible than ever. I am so happy that I have hooked my wagon to the Realty World train and to RW Best Realty in Oroville in particular. Their commitment to technology and agent success has been an invaluable asset in these tenuous times. With so much less business available and just about the same amount of people competing, every advantage helps.