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Michael Marquette’s “View from the Bridge”: Pack It In or Tough It Out?

by Marquette Turner

in Features, Special Reports, View From The Bridge

In the current environment every day is different from the one before. In some cases every hour can bring something new and keeping up with what is happening is challenging to say the least. In saying that I’m finding that many people in the real estate industry are finding it all too hard and are packing up shop or retiring. This presents wonderful opportunities for those willing to innovate and tough it out.

No matter what profession you are working in or the state of your finances, everyone is making changes to their lifestyle and being forced to make decisions that they may have avoided or put off entirely. The opportunity in this is wonderful as it is horrible to continue doing the same thing that you aren’t enjoying in the hope of achieving a different result. Put simply a change can be as good as a holiday.

I moved house in the last week and in doing so realized just how cleansing an experience it is. It’s never fun packing, lifting and finally unpacking boxes but it is a wonderful opportunity to clean out the clutter of the past. In the same way the current economic environment is presenting opportunities for everyone to discover what is really important to them and get rid of things that don’t matter or change situations that aren’t making them happy.


There will always be opportunities for those willing to look for them, work hard and chase what others let pass by them. Sometimes we have to grow tougher and stronger by facing up to unpleasant, unforeseen events and that can be hard. So many people are hurting right now and many have lost almost all of their wealth and are struggling. Very few people are flourishing but I know of some that are and I am very proud of them.

In my view from the bridge article today I wanted to be realistic in exploring how people are feeling. I also wanted to express my deep feeling that as long as you have hope and feel love you are in with a fighting chance no matter what is happening in your life right now. I love the John Lennon song “Beautiful Boy”, where one of the lines goes “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. There is no better way of expressing our lives than that.

In real estate terms people are getting used to the current situation, buyers are settling and are becoming more and more willing to make offers and vendors are understanding that prices have dropped from their 2004 highs. With this attitude shift the market will improve and the economy will improve with it. This will take time and many are predicting much worse to come. Despite that where there is hope there is life and a real chance of improving your own situation.

Michael Marquette

Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

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Lachlan April 17, 2009 at 6:53 am

Great article MM. Keep up the good work.

Lachlan April 17, 2009 at 6:53 am

Great article MM. Keep up the good work.

Lachlan April 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Great article MM. Keep up the good work.

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