When I meet people for the first time, they usually ask THE question when I mention that I'm in real estate. The question: "How's THAT going?" or "Isn't that a tough business?" or "Isn't it hard to sell homes right now?" or somthing else to the effect. Frankly, the real estate market is not as bad as the press makes it out to be. We've seen an up-tick in the amount of house showings, as well as houses that go pending. I got quite a bit of interest for one particular house with the on-line marketing model that I use. In fact, that house sold in 2 weeks. Of course, it was priced right, staged nicely, and showed well.
The market isn't really that bad right now. It certainly isn't as robust as previous years, but houses still sell. People still buy. Real estate transactions still take place. Business goes on.