Every so often a market takes a dive, but they usually turn around. After a while it it starts to look like it’s hit bottom and a recover is just around the corner. The people with their livelyhoods tied to the market hold out hope of a turn around. Then oil starts washing up on the beach.
The phone call was short and to the point: A buyer who had agreed to spend $500,000 (U.S.) on a beachfront home with a stunning view of the Gulf of Mexico was backing out.
The cancelled sale was a blow to real estate agent Linda Henderson, but it wasn’t a surprise. Globs of thick, pungent oil are washing up on the shores of Alabama’s Dauphin Island, and the smell on some days is enough to drive the island’s predominantly senior population back into their homes.
It’s also enough to drive real estate agents to despair. “I can tell you that things have pretty much dropped to dead,” she says. “We were on track for our best year since Katrina. This is devastating – you can say that the spill killed the real estate recovery.”
Full article in the Globe and Mail.