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For those of you who are fans of the classic movie "Gone With The Wind", Scarlett O'Hara has a famous quote where she says , " I'll think about that tomorrow".   I have always loved this saying for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes when I just don't have an answer right then or there or I am simply overwhelmed, this is my fall back line. 

Now of course I can't use this line as an excuse to escape difficult challenges, but it can help me have the time to regroup, think and to make a plan.  It is never a good idea to answer questions that you aren't sure about with an answer that may be lacking in accurate information.   Also I find that a stressful situation is often a good time to take some time to assess how you will handle it.  

For those of us in real estate, every day and each transaction is different and many times met with challenges and questions.  An off the cuff response might not always be the best route to take.  Needing to do some research and getting back to people is best when you don't have all of the facts.  

So when you hear me say, "I'll think about that tomorrow" doesn't mean I am brushing you off, it simply means I am working on a solution or gathering information.  Presenting good information is so important in our business.  

Miss O'Hara might have been avoiding difficult situations however, as your agent you can know that I am working on getting my clients the best information and the best solution to their questions and roadblocks in a real estate transaction.  Give me a call today and I will let you know if I need to get back with you and I will!  

Chevaux Group is dedicated in providing to our clients the best real estate service around.  Give us a call today!  We look forward to assisting you!



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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC - New Fairfield, CT
Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Licensed in CT & NY

There is nothing worse than giving an answer as an absolute fact when you aren't sure or haven't done the proper research. It's best to think about it or find out for certain. 

Dec 14, 2012 12:33 PM #31
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% o... - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

Providing the right answers can often mean thinking about it and not spouting off.  I've thought of many things to say.

Dec 14, 2012 12:50 PM #32
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Good advice, rather than spouting off at the cuff with an answer you might regret later.

Dec 14, 2012 05:31 PM #33
Bob Ratliff
RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - Austin, TX
"Sold with Bob"
Paula, great analogy of "I'll think about that tomorrow" saying the right verbiage and being honest is the key to a great real estate agent and sometimes we just don't have n answer at that very moment. By the way, I love you slogan. "Have you fully lived today?"
Dec 15, 2012 03:43 AM #34
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Melbourne, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

If you don't have all your ducks in a row you could be setting yourself (and clients) up for failure and even worse!

Dec 15, 2012 06:36 AM #35
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Indeed two great qualities, I'll give you that one Paula.

Dec 15, 2012 06:43 AM #36
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Your Northern Virginia Realtor

Paula- This is great advice, I'd much rather track down the right answer than spout something off. Same for anyone giving me an answer to something. Now, I'll have to go watch the movie again...never caught that!

Dec 15, 2012 07:30 AM #37
Suzi Sandore
RealtyONEGroup - San Diego, CA
North County San Diego Homes

Paula, that is one of my favorite movies and I like how you've given new meaning to that line. I will always admit to a client when I don't know or I'm not sure of the answer and tell them that I will do the research and get back to them. People appreciate the honesty.   

Dec 15, 2012 08:53 AM #38
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663

Thanks Paula, its been over thirty years since I read that book, did not remember that line.  It is a good thought to postpone a decision until more info can be gathered or until the stress level is lowered.

Dec 15, 2012 12:10 PM #39
Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Many times we need "until tomorrow" to consult with others, or contact the appropriate professional for relevant information. Clients are generally thankful for the information, direction, or resource.

Dec 15, 2012 12:26 PM #40
Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections - Edison, NJ
Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More!

I guess it's better than Snoopy's saying "Why do something today when you can put it off until tomorrow".

Dec 15, 2012 12:52 PM #41
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Great post Paula - my favorite line in the movie continues to be "I don't know nothing 'bout birthing no babies, Miz Scarlett!" and I was thrilled to be able to use in in EMT class a few months ago.

Dec 15, 2012 03:36 PM #42
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton

Dear Paula,

Something that is difficult to think through after a long day with many unrelated problems becomes a breeze the following morning after some sleep. You may think, your brain it resting, but it may be busy working through your conundrum. When tomorrow arrives, you have already done the heavy lifting and only need to work out the details.

Dec 15, 2012 04:21 PM #43
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

I'll just think about that tomorrow is much better than saying "Frankly my Dear I don't give a Damn"  

That is a great movie - never get tired of seeing it.  The clothes are the best ever, especially the red dress Scarlett wore to Ashley's Birthday party.

Dec 15, 2012 10:34 PM #44
Karen Crowson
Alain Pinel Realtors, Pleasanton, CA - Livermore, CA
Livermore Wine Country Homes
Anyone who thinks they know everything is kidding themself.
Dec 15, 2012 11:06 PM #45
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Kimo's Lifestyle Solutions

Interesting perspective and comments, yet I would be reluctant to reply to a challenging question with your favorite response. Whenever anybody has a challenging question, I always want to know why that question is important to them, so that I answer all of their issues and concerns concisely and comprehensively. Regardless, if it works for you, great.

Dec 16, 2012 01:50 AM #46
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Paula, this is indeed a great line. Things tend to change and very often "tomorrow" gives us totally different perspectives.
Dec 16, 2012 07:20 AM #47
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Do nothing, and especially say nothing, in haste. BTW - I'm commenting from Jonesboro GA today, home of the "real" Tara (the real house the fictional Tara was patterned after acording to local lore).

Dec 16, 2012 08:54 AM #48
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

I encourage you to check with your State Association and inquire if they offer a hot-line you can call into to get answers to questions insuring you are always in compliance with the State's license law.

Dec 16, 2012 09:58 PM #49
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Paula, we agree, and it is just like the old "I will sleep on it".

Dec 17, 2012 03:13 AM #50
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