What We Can Learn From Humphrey Bogart

I was watching my favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon the other night and what struck me is how analogous his characters like Sam Spade, The Big Sleep’s Philip Marlowe, Key Largo’s Frank McLoud even The African Queen’s Charlie Allnut are to the very struggle that we are in today.  Like the American homeowner, Bogie’s person is confident yet challenged.  He gets knocked down, usually more than once, but always gets back up, ready to go at it again.  At times his confidence is shaken; he has doubts about his eventual outcome but when the chips are down, there’s no one you’d rather have in your corner.

I bring up Bogie because, like his characters, America’s faith in the American Dream of home ownership and real estate in general, once confident, is now shaken.  Dragged down by debt, declining values and future prospects that are as clouded as a Foggy San Francisco night.  Yet, when the chips are down, where would you rather trust your personal wealth to?  The stock market?  Sub 1% savings rates?  Maybe overseas like China or Europe?  Real estate remains the salt of the earth, heck it is earth!  It’s a roof over our head; it’s a home where our family builds its most enduring memories, a sanctuary; a rest place.  There’s nothing like it; no other investment can offer that which real estate does.  So while we may doubt the future’s prospects from time to time, real estate has always and will always come back in this country.  So when you find yourself in doubt, lift your glass to your home, think of Bogie and repeat after me: “Here’s looking at you kid”.

About Tim Freund

Tim Freund has been a licensed real estate agent/broker since 1990. He spent 14 years as a new home sales rep, ran his own boutique resale brokerage for 5 years and is currently an Estates Director for Dilbeck Estates/Christie's International Estates in Westlake Village, Ca. Tim is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), an Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), a Corporate Mobilty Specialist (CMS) and a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Tim has successfully negotiated a loan modification for a client and is a professional short sale negotiator. Tim has been married 28 years, has 2 children, is a native Californian and has been a resident of the Conejo Valley since 1991.
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