Don't Fight Absolute Truths In Life Or Real Estate

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IkeTwo 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 !!!


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Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

ABSOLUTE doesn't wait for you to think about it !!!  Thank you for your observations, including the final one ... sometimes there just isn't enough time to "consider ...." inaction puts you at risk of loosing ... the deal, the opportunity ... your life.  Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

Aug 18, 2010 01:39 PM #1
Kelly Milligan
First Title Real Estate, LLC - Slidell, LA

Well said!!  Hurricanes, as do life situations, do not care what your plans are or if you are prepared....they are coming and ain't nothing you can do 'bout it!

Aug 18, 2010 01:43 PM #2
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi Gary, how true! We sometimes forget that some things are absolute, and there are those that are not. We need to let life take its course, plan for the unexpected, or perhaps not expect anything, just let things happen and move on.

I really like this post. Really gives me food for thought.

Aug 18, 2010 01:49 PM #3
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

That is absolutely true... and so it is that we have a limited time to enjoy life... and that is absolute...

Aug 18, 2010 02:00 PM #4
Paige Walker
Paige Walker - Pineville, LA
Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA

What a great post Gary! I love your analogy...Thanks for sharing!

Aug 18, 2010 02:12 PM #5
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

Gary - good way to see the truth.  I like the "absolute" quote!

Aug 18, 2010 02:14 PM #6
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Gary, great post.  The seller doesn't have to sell the property to anyone even though it was listed...however, if a full price offer comes in clean, he/she does owe the listing brokerage the full commission, if he/she decides not to sell at least in Minnesota. 

There are quite a few absolutes left out there, and I am a firm believer.  Thanks.   

Aug 18, 2010 02:37 PM #7
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX



I belive there are a few ABSOLUTES!

Every thing but integrity is negotiable!

You must know what you're doing or hire someone that does!

It can't be done only means the speaker can't do it!

Right and wrong are always black and white!

For the record I arrived in SW Texas hoping to buy on or near Galveston 4 days ahead of Ike!


Aug 18, 2010 02:40 PM #8
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -

This is really the craziest business I have ever been a part of. Some days are just like quicksand other days the best ever.

Aug 18, 2010 03:31 PM #9
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Jack: Inaction is sometimes our worst enemy rather than we thinking it is the proper choice.

Kelly: Right you are about the absolutes. Batten down the hatches with hurricanes.

Andrea: Letting life flow is a very good thought for the way life really works.

Joan: Our lives are like hourglasses with the sand running out of them.

Paige: Glad you liked the analogy.

Christine: Absolute truths are REAL.

Don: Yes with a full price offer, the agent has done there job, and the procuring cause, the agent at that point is due the commission.

William: Right and wrong, and integrity sir, I so agree are black and white.

Lizette: Quicksand is a very appropriate term. Sometimes you are just stuck and things don't move as fast as you would like them.

Aug 18, 2010 03:53 PM #10
Anne Clark
Metro Referrals - Gainesville, VA

There are absolute truths in our lives we must all deal with.  Avoidance isn't the answer.  Somehow you find a way to cope.

Aug 18, 2010 04:00 PM #11
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Gary, this is a great analogy.  The hurricane landed for me today because I turned down working with a buyer because she was telling me how I was to proceed.  When I told her no that's not how it's going to be done and explained why, she said she questioned my ethics, as if that would get me to jump through the hoops.  Your post is timely, thanks,

Aug 18, 2010 08:56 PM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

We all have hurricanes that pass by, but they pass by and that is key. Just as in life you try your best to pre-pare when you do see them coming but still you have to adapt and when the storm is over, pick yourself up, clean up and keep moving forward :)

Aug 19, 2010 12:19 AM #13
Kristin Johnston - REALTORĀ®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

You are right on again in this post...great reminder...don't take anything for granted, no guarantees, etc

Aug 19, 2010 01:48 AM #14
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Gary - When I hear a client say, "Everything is negotiable," I often respond, "To a point, but there is a place where the rubber hitting the road reaches reality."  By the way I didn't have my glasses on when I first read your subject line.  I thought it read, "Don't Fight Obese Truths In Life Or Real Estate."  I think it was a message for me to stay on my diet:-)

Aug 19, 2010 06:26 AM #15
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Well said Gary. So many things in life are not negotiable nor absolute for that matter. Whether in life or in real estate it is one day and one transaction at a time. :0)

Aug 19, 2010 08:27 AM #16
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

....and another "Absolute" is that you always write terrific posts, Gary.  There is some comfort in some "absolutes". 

Aug 19, 2010 04:07 PM #17
c m
Colorado Springs, CO

I used to live near Galveston, but was afraid to work on the Island, because I heard that they closed the causeway when hurricanes came, and if you weren't off the Island, well...too bad. After a year, I realized there was fair warning, and I got a job on the Island...  I worked there for a year, and then moved on, because I knew that hurricane season was an absolute in Galveston, and it was not a negotiable weather system that I was willing to deal with. 

Aug 19, 2010 05:49 PM #18
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904

Gary- I love how you see things and how well you help to see them as well.

Aug 20, 2010 03:09 AM #19
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