There Are No Emergencies in Real Estate.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

This post was inspired by Patricia Kennedy's Hey! Nobody Died on the Operating Table!

 

As a former Registered Nurse, I really do understand what an emergency is. In the beginning of my real estate career, I received a '911'  on my pager. Immediately I returned the call. It was an agent wanting to show one of my listings. When? The following Thursday.

"Why would anyone  use a '911' for an appointment?"  Her response.. "I wanted to make sure you got the message."  That was the last time I used my pager. I stated then and still today...

 There are no emergencies in real estate!

 

 There are no emergencies..HomeRome 410-530-2400

However, we have seen hysteria over so many situations including but not limited to....termites,  elevated radon levels, a failed septic system, FRT plywood, a Federal Pacific Electric panel, a missed appointment, a late appointment, a house left unlocked, lost keys,  lights left on, an unflushed toilet, a missed phone message, a lost key, a security system set off, as well as simple misunderstandings. 

We have seen breakdowns over delayed closings, failure to get a mortgage, dry settlements, discrepancies on the HUD 1 and I could go on with many other examples...but I think you get the picture.

Are they true emergencies? Are they life and death situations?  Of course not!

  But they can seem that way to a buyer or seller under tremendous pressure. If you are going to be successful handling these situations you need to understand the dynamics.  

I am convinced that much of this "hysteria" is caused by the stress of moving  and the high stress of selling a house!

How we, as professionals, handle this stress has to do with our own level of tolerance. If we are not bringing our 'A'  game to each and every situation... this stress/hysteria/emergency can escalate, damage relationships, delay, interfere, and jeopardize transactions. 

In this business I Don't Do Upset! because..

There Are No Emergencies in Real Estate!

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Rainmaker
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True. This is the first lesson my office manager gave us in training when I started in real estate. None of my transactions have been life or death, but they have certainly been stressful at times.

Jul 18, 2011 05:39 AM #14
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Colleen, You had a good office manager to share that with you in the beginning.

Jul 18, 2011 11:37 AM #15
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Margaret - I love your message and you're so right about there always being a way to work things out. I find the same to be true throughout all aspects of life - work,family, marriage and especially with children that when we remain calm it sets the tone for getting to a resolution. Thanks for sharing the positive message! ~Anne Marie

Jul 18, 2011 11:38 AM #16
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Anne Marie, So glad you like and understand the message...it is how we get through life.

Jul 18, 2011 12:25 PM #17
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It is important that in these "emergency" situations that WE remain in control of our emotions.  How we react is going to affect how the buyer and seller reacts. Thanks for the reminder. There are no emergencies in real estate! So we can all calm down!

Jul 18, 2011 04:25 PM #18
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Joni, You certainly have it figured out!

Jul 18, 2011 04:33 PM #19
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Tim Bradley
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I might make an exception for leaky gas pipes! But yeah, nobody ever died from a real estate deal. At least, none of mine!

Jul 18, 2011 04:35 PM #20
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Margaret

Well there are certainly lots of folks who behave as if there are plenty of emergencies in real estate. A big part of it is in how you handle the situation.

Jeff

Jul 18, 2011 04:39 PM #21
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You are so right, Margaret!  I guess that's where our problem solving skills come in handy!  Thanks for the reminder! 

Jul 18, 2011 05:02 PM #22
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DeeDee, I just got off the phone with a screaming "emergency". Stress levels high..feelings were hurt. Tension was at its highest.

Deep breath...next.

Margaret

Jul 19, 2011 05:21 AM #23
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Petra Norris
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Margaret - No there is no "real emergency in real estate" and I would say that I can tolerate quite a bit.  However, I am stuck on a situation that I'm experiencing and have written a blog post about titled "I need your help - your opinion..." would love for your to express your opinion. 

Thanks :)

Jul 19, 2011 05:21 AM #24
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Tim, The leaky gas pipes is an emergency that we can deal with.

Jeff, Handling the "emergencies" is where our experience comes in.

Petra, I will go take a look and give you a call.

Jul 19, 2011 05:24 AM #25
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Gloria and Jason Belmonte
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well said Margaret!

Jul 19, 2011 01:58 PM #26
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Gloria and Jason, Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 19, 2011 10:59 PM #27
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Doug Bullwinkel
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Failure to plan is planning to fail.  The only emergencies that are in Real Estate are those that are created by those that are not proactive.  Yes there are issues that pop up such as appraisal issues, termite work and unexpected required repairs, but those don't have to turn into emergencies if they are handled properly.

Jul 20, 2011 08:28 PM #28
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Doug, We as professionals handle the situations so they don't turn into emergencies. Thnaks for stopping by.

 

Jul 21, 2011 03:57 AM #29
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Hi Margaret!  Great post!  I agree with you on the extreme comments, and calls we may receive as REALTORS.  Slow it down and take a breath....it can work out if one takes the time to look at the options.

Jul 25, 2011 10:51 AM #30
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Olga, Sometimes we do need to slow it down and take a few deep breaths. Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 25, 2011 12:19 PM #31
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Elyse Berman, PA, CRS
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland You are so right.  I say the same thing - there are no emergencies in real estate.  In court reporting, there were - we had deadlines for transcripts, sometimes overnight, and something was weighing in the balance.  I often see people get upset over things that are likely due to the stress of moving.  

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

Dec 31, 2014 09:25 AM #32
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Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor In nursing there were emergencies, in court reporting also. There is stress in real estate!

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