Buy Alexandria Real Estate: Fear is Your Friend, Panic is Your Enemy

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Fear is Your Friend, Panic is Your Enemy

With the stock market plunging 8% again today and making Monday's enormous bear rally appear as but a blip on the downward spiral, I thought it would be appropriate to repost this article that I wrote back in March 2008.  It is even more applicable today.

Bad economic news has dominated the news during the past few weeks.  One bright note that's been lost in the shuffle and pushed aside has been the $7,500 First Time Home Buyer's Tax Credit that became law through the HR3221 Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  This is a big benefit for 1st time homebuyers.  Feel free to contact me for more details.

Here's the original blog post:


One of my martial arts instructors sent me the following quote a while back: 

    "Fear is your friend, panic is your enemy.  Fear will help you get to your goal faster.  Panic will either shut you down or send you down an inappropriate course of action for the situation.  Unfortunately 'fear' has a bad rap.  It has been confused with panic in many self-defense programs, and the resulting goal is to train for 'no fear', this is a mistake! Fear is a motivational message.  Even under frightening conditions, a person with enough experience and the proper training can act and accomplish complex processes."

There's a lot of fear out there right now among homebuyers, homesellers, and people sitting on the fence deciding what to do in the current real estate market.  Mortgage meltdown, liquidity crisis, Bear Stearns collapse, emergency interest rate drops, foreclosures, short sales, media reports -- all these things weigh on the psyche of those pondering the real estate market.

Dont' Panic about the real estate marketDon't let your fear turn into panic!  Fear is healthy.  It forces you to get educated.  Fear motivates you to find knowledgeable advisors, trusted friends, and to avoid scary situations like walking down a dark alley alone.  Fear puts you on guard and may entice you to learn a new skill.  Fear prevents you from doing stupid things.



Danger lurking in the shadowsWe do live in a sometimes scary world.  My wife motivated, encouraged, begged and pleaded with me to learn martial arts to increase our combined confidence when walking down the streets.  Over two years of study has made me aware of my environment, confident that I can protect both of us should any compromising situation arise.  We are both more secure because I have diligently studied martial arts (in my case Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu).


Fear prevents panic.  Fear prevents irrational thought and actions.  As the quote cautions, don't confuse fear with panic.


Realize that it is not necessary to go it alone when navigating the sometimes scary and confusing complex world of real estate.  Real estate contracts are legal documents with 20 or more pages of small and detailed legal wording.  Buying or selling a home requires knowledge of a whole new vocabulary of jargon -- from appraisals and ARMs to warranties, zoning ordinances, and everything in between. 

You work a full-time job.  You don't need the added job of struggling on your own to buy or sell a home. 

My full-time career is helping people buy and sell real estate in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Don't let fear turn into panic.  I'll help protect you when it comes to your biggest investment.  If you want, I'll even show you how to throw a mean right hook.


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Comment balloon 5 commentsBrian Block • October 15 2008 03:14PM


Hi Brian.  Not wax on, wax off?:)

One of your instructors?  Those Brazilian Jujitsu guys are bad @^*#%$.  Lots of them in MMA.

Thanks for writing,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) almost 10 years ago

I had to do a little research to find this Oscar Wilde quote that I had some memory of but not total recall

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror"

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 10 years ago

I had one buyer decide to run this week.  At the same time I was processing the release on that contract someone else's buyer ran on their offer which opened up the door for another one of my buyers.  I have a feeling that from now until the end of the year there are going to be a lot of buyers second guessing their decisions.  Fear it can stop you in your tracks.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for reposting this, I must have missed it the first go around.  EXCELLENT MESSAGE HERE!

Posted by Mike Klijanowicz, Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors (Cummings & Co. Realtors) almost 10 years ago


That is so true. If thru fear you continue to reach for what you do want, it is empowering....if you reach for what you don't can be paralyzing.

I choose to walk, skip and run.

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) almost 10 years ago