Two years ago heading towards the Texas coast was something I called an "absolute truth" called Hurricane Ike. It made me think
Don't Fight Absolute Truths In Life Or Real Estate.
Some would have you believe we can always live in the grey areas. Moral relativism. Wishy washy stands. They never have had a hurricane bear down on them. All I can say to them, "Look at the satellite image, here it comes, ready or not, Mr. Grey area." If your gas gauge on your car reads empty, you're not going anywhere. If you stand on the roof of your house and jump off of it, you will hit the ground and it will not be a soft landing.
Whether some care to believe things about truth or not I am trying to say there are some things that are "ABSOLUTE."
In real estate you may get in discussions that everything is negotiable. Is that true?
Well, maybe to a point, but AGAIN, live in the real world with me for just a nanosecond. EVERYTHING is not relative and mushy. SOME things can be absolute banging around in the real estate industry. For example:
- Did you know a REALTOR does not have to take you as a buyer based on their running their own business and a REALTOR does not have to take your sales side listing also based on their business needs? Shocking isn't it? BUT absolutely true.
- A seller doesn't have to sell his house to you even though it is listed and on the market, if he or she refuses to do a contract or withdraws it. Even if it was advertised, shown, listed in the MLS, and had several open houses on it. Doesn't have to sell it. Another absolute.
- A bank or lender does not have to approve a short sale even though you as a buyer have done everything they asked for. Ridiculous right? But another absolute truth.
So be careful thinking the world still doesn't have a lot of black and white still in it, cause it does. And remember the visual of the hurricane bearing down on you and you live in Galveston getting ready to have your house blown away on the island. Better get across that bridge to the mainland. ABSOLUTE doesn't wait for you to think about it !!!