KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Real Estate

In my short time as a real estate agent, I have learned that without exception, you should not "lie down and take it" so to speak. Do the work, earn the knowledge, investigate, ask and ask again, make phone calls until they answer, and gain expertise to your fullest ability from the most people that you can in a super short period of time. In the words of Britney Spears, "You Better Work #!@*$," and for those of you that know me, you're probably laughing out loud that I just quoted her (but totally expected it). Why do I say this? Because people will do what they can get away with. From the time we are babies, we cry to see how often we can get the response that we want, and we utilize the actions of others to benefit from those cries. If babies get no response, they eventually stop crying--at least much less. As adults, we are no exception;if we can use our knowledge,or the lack of someones else's, to slide under the radar just until we are through the critical zone (in this case it's the signing of the contract...offer and deliverance), then we are good. The more we get away with, the more we may use this sly approach to our benefit. One persons lack of persistence and lack of determination to succeed in following through with requests, is another person's achieved goal--achieved without battle or dispute. If you believe you are right, you must fight for what you believe or you are allowing the opposition to win without fail. Every person is different as each situation is, but I am here to tell you, that I am not the girl to take things as they come. If I am to be amazing at my job, I cannot be that girl. I must find solutions, loopholes, and middle grounds. I must put my client's benefits before my own seeing that they are getting a fair deal, that honest requests are followed through, that I am honest with them, that I diligently work to assist in making transactions as smooth and effortless as possible for them, that I provide the skill/care/diligence of my expertise that are provided by myself and my associated company/broker, and that I give them respectful confidentiality of items/comments/personals as I would expect from another. I try to put myself in my client's shoes, and treat the home as if I were buying or selling it; I can then see more clearly how to move forward and what battles to choose (if any). With real estate is law, with law is a lot of legal paperwork that must be read and re-read to decipher, and when in doubt, call upon a real estate attorney to be clear. Many will have different interpretations about what is conveyed. When there is a dispute, you must "stick to your guns." For example, there has been a dispute about what was asked to be repaired from Buyer to Seller after the home inspection report (all within the allotted time), and Seller has decided not to follow through with some of the repairs which just so happen to be the most important to my client and the most costly for the Seller. The best solution I could come up with, was to find out if these items will still operate efficiently and effectively, operate safely, operate for the expected amount of time, and operate up to code. Contacting the city's building and permitting departments will give me the answers to the questions I have, and then I can move forward with the demands or not. Point is, I could not rely on the Seller's agent, the handyman, the Seller, or the suggestions of others to steer me in the right direction for giving my Buyer the best service. I had to dig deeper, make calls to licensed professionals in the different fields, educate myself through online searches, and speak to those who enforce the codes to have a valid argument for our requests. Don't let someone outsmart you, out talk you, or persuade you to believe what they want without giving due diligence to the matter from resources that matter. Keep on keeping on...Namaste