The “R” Word

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

If that still holds true, then why are so many people scared straight of the “R” word? I mean, it’s just an economic term, dude. No need to reach for the chewable tablets of Pepto-Bismol every time I mention it.

Repeat after me: “Recession, recession, recession”. Say it again now: “Recession, recession, recession”. Don’t hide from it. Embrace it. Use it as a term of endearment. If your mom tells you que “eso no se dice”, demand her to stop at mid-sentence. Tell her not to lie to you anymore. It’s bad enough that everyone else did. And we believed them.

You know what else? The same people that lied to us before continue to lie to us today. Do they expect us to believe them this time around?

Mortgage bailout? Another classic example of a Washington dog-n-pony show fueled by photo-ops meant to soothe the souls of the average American’s fears. Are we that naive to fall for the cosmetic PR when our country’s long-term needs are being compromised to cover up for Wall Street’s greed?

Must they continue to drag out this recession? Must they continue to destroy the credibility of the almighty dollar? This economic downturn is inevitable. Intervening, no matter how well-intentioned, only leads to increased injustice.

More than 95% of homeowners in the U.S. of A. are making payments on time. That’s 9.5 out of 10. I am one of them. What is my incentive for behaving honestly? Why should a responsible homeowner have to compete against a short seller receiving bailout benefits?

Why is the good guy being penalized, mom? Sh*t! First Santa Claus. Now this? Next you’re gonna tell me that there was a lunar eclipse last night. Es lo unico que falta.

It’s time to stop complaining about the recession, boys and girls. The “R” word is necessary. Well, maybe not absolutely necessary, but it’s not such a bad thing. It was only a matter of time before your neighbor, the substitute teacher at Lincoln Marti “que se saco el bombo y llego hace dos años”, got burned flipping 27 properties in a little bit over a year.

I’m not sad to see her go. It’s just Recession doing his thing. Sink or swim. Time to separate the men from the boys, the real from the fake.

In economics, recession is defined as a decline in a country’s gross domestic product (GDP), or negative real economic growth, for two or more successive quarters of a year. At street level, recession is simply a positive way to weed out the inefficiencies caused by the excesses of a bull market. It’s a way to get Realtors to insert the purchase price where the purchase price goes, instead of having an initial deposit that’s equal to the purchase price and a purchase price that’s equal to the initial deposit on a contract. It’s a way to get a buyer’s agent to follow up on his/her buyer’s contingencies without having to harass him/her via cell phone, office phone, email, text message, telegram, etc. It’s a way to get people to respect your time and show up to an appointment at the time that was agreed upon. It’s a way to generate business when everyone else is complaining about market conditions and you’re busy busting your arse.

Which leads me to you. Yes you. I don’t want to hear your sob story. Stop waiting for the very people who created this debacle to come save you. Stop being so miserable and pessimistic about everything. You hate that dead-end job? Quit! Go do something that you love and work hard at it. Maybe then you can make money while doing something you enjoy. What a concept.

Stop fighting this recession and ride the wave. At the very least, you’re guaranteed to become a much better surfer.

Adrian Salgado is a Realtor Associate with RED I Realty in Miami, FL and can be reached at 305.491.7179 or


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4 responses to “The “R” Word

  1. Jenny

    I think people should look at it in a positive way… It might actually help out the “middle” class in Miami…

    Thanks again…

  2. Adrian Salgado

    Thanks, Efra.

    Thanks, Jenny.

  3. Lala

    It’s about time that the truth is spoken. No one seems to have the face to say it. You must be a child of a baby boomer.

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