Can You Avoid The Train Wreck Coming Around The Corner?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Train Around BendSo many people in real estate, their lives, or their relationships have this philosophy whether designed or not thought through, of flying by the seat of their pants. How about you?

Can You Avoid The Train Wreck Coming Around The Corner?

I'm talking disaster planning. Not for hurricanes or computer meltdowns per se but more for the simple things in real estate or in life. Things that if you only could use some common sense and ask yourself, what if this were to happen, what would I do? Thinking at least one step ahead. For example in real estate, working with a buyer, what if a loan falls through, is their another lender, another program? If everything falls through it is a train wreck and no one wins. What about children that show early signs of hanging out with the wrong friends? It could lead to drugs or trouble with the law. Nip it in the bud. What about relationship or communication issues or hard feelings with another? Why let things fester? Clear the air. Be direct. March right over to your office worker and say, "We need to talk." Openess and well thought preventative measures can head off many train wrecks that will happen in your life if you don't get off the tracks and get out of the way. Afterall, you hear the whistle, you feel the ground vibrating, you can smell the smoke. What are you waiting for? A special announcement with your name on it?


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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Gary-I like the pic and love this paragraph- Afterall, you hear the whistle, you feel the ground vibrating, you can smell the smoke. What are you waiting for? A special announcement with your name on it? <SMILE>

I figure you were a boy scout and eagle scout so you are always prepared. But every once in a while life throws you an unexpected curve ball which can be bad but also some that can be VERY good indeed. <SMILE>

May 28, 2009 11:30 AM #10
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


How true! I'm a big proponent of honesty and telling it like it is...the best way out is through....that way there are no bad feelings left lingering.'s always good to have a plan B..and maybe a C


May 28, 2009 12:13 PM #11
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Hi Gary, nice picture by the way. I am on to plan B today, my clients ... make too much money because of a bonus for the mortgage program they were approved for. I switched gears and am putting them on to plan B. No wasting time. Called our own Jeff Belonger, and am having my clients call him in the AM.

May 28, 2009 12:41 PM #12
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I do my best to plan for what may come, but there are always the things you can never really plan for. However, a good back up for the things you can plan ahead on is always a great idea.

May 28, 2009 12:55 PM #13
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

I'm a planner. So naturally, I plan for train wrecks coming my way. I used to worry them but now, when I plan for them, I dont think too much until I have to execute them.

May 28, 2009 02:03 PM #14
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Gary...That is one thing I try to instill in the heads of my agents...take the lead and fix problems right away.  Don't wait for them to go away.

May 28, 2009 02:08 PM #15
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

As always- Very good advice - but I gotta tell ya - I LOVE this photo!


May 28, 2009 02:22 PM #16
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Gary, thank you for this advice, You're absolutely right! Still, I did not see the train coming that took out my transmission this week...


May 28, 2009 02:27 PM #17
Nannette Hilliard
Century 21 Zwygart Green County Real Estate - Monroe, WI

Gary....not anything about your blog. do you think of all these blogs. I disappear for a few days as I run out of ideas.   I am so creative, but not!

May 28, 2009 02:53 PM #18
Peggy Christopher
Four Seasons Realty Inc. - Osage Beach, MO

Gary, I wish I had an office right next to yours!  Peggy, always looking ahead, Christopher

May 28, 2009 03:02 PM #19
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Gary, this is such a great post.  I feel as though you wrote it just for me!  I wish I had read it years ago; it may have saved me from a personal ordeal I have been going through the past few years with a loved one.  You see the signs and just hope everything will turn out ok but it doesn't; it only gets worse. 

May 28, 2009 03:35 PM #20
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Gary, Back up plans are wonderful in life.  I TRY to look down the road and there are always alternatives if our original plans fall through.  Well, ALMOST always :)

May 28, 2009 03:55 PM #21
Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Gary!
It is so easy to stick your head in the sand and just try to avoid the train...the problem is, you just don't see it coming until it is on top of you!  We always advise our agents, when you are dreading that phone call, make it the first thing you do.  You won't function well as long as it is hanging over your head.  This applies to most things in our lives.

May 28, 2009 03:56 PM #22
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes


Paula is so right...don't put off those calls, make them early on.   The result is less train wrecks!

May 28, 2009 04:22 PM #23
Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

As always, great advice and reminder. I'm making a few tough phone calls today, but "nipping it in the bud" is really the best thing to do. Here goes!!

May 29, 2009 01:44 AM #24
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Gary,

Not me..I'm not waiting for the train wreck! Nip it in the bud..Plan B..all great advice and works everytime!

May 29, 2009 09:50 AM #25
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Very nice, Gary! We need to be ALL ABOARD on a well-trained profession. BTW, I love, love narrow guage trains... do you know where this one is? (Roaring Camp & Big Trees??)

May 29, 2009 01:06 PM #26
John Mayer
Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Beach Area Expert

Gary - No train wrecks here, just perseverance. I always tell it like it is.

May 29, 2009 02:27 PM #27
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Lovely photo.  And a nice message too.  It's always good to "keep your options" open in business, and communication open in all cases.

May 29, 2009 02:36 PM #28
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

There are just some people that never see the train coming round the bend. Flying by the seat of your pants does cause a lot of stress whether you acknowledge it or not.  I've seen it in friends, coworkers etc.  I actually used to wish I could do it better, but over the years I've changed my mind.  They are constantly in a state of chaos and really don't know which way to go next, they do it just more smooooothly than others.

May 29, 2009 02:53 PM #29
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