Dp2, thanks for the link, it was a LOL.
Mitchell, the media did not create the job losses, foreclosures, RE sales price decline or bank failures to sell newspapers. With all due respect complaining about how reporting these things makes it hard to sell RE is a little strange. People are losing their jobs and homes! They come to Trulia for advice and help.
In a number of answers I've given I have stated that there are good agents and I based that on seeing many agents here not sugar-coat things and give honest answers to questions without self-promoting or complaining. IMHO they understand that doing so will build a base of trust for Trulia and themselves. When the Market stabilizes they will be the ones who profit as those they helped return to Trulia ready to buy.
I've heard RE pros blame the uninformed buyer (then tell buyers to trust them, it's a good time to invest) blame the Goverment, blame the banks, blame the mortgage brokers (who blame the RE agents) and now the media.
It's called good PR, help those who come here with questions/problems, be honest, promote Trulia as the place to get real answers and stop adding to the already growing perception of RE pros being more interested in selling than honesty. In times like these people begin to mistrust, you must counter that with proving you can be trusted. If any pro thinks they will get by in this economy because they are so much more clever than the public then enjoy being a pro now because you will lose in the long run.
Blame whoever you want for the tough times but if you do not begin to build a reputation as the site (Trulia) that has RE pros who will bend over backwards to be helpful and honest without trying to self-promote and turn every question into a sale then Trulia will fail and so will you. Just my opinion!!!
Now I will return to answering questions about school menus and lost class rings.. Dunes