Is everything you try being blocked by someone?

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

It seemed like there was a preponderance of blogs last week concerning things not working out, roadblocks everywhere to that successful purchase offer, or close of escrow, or loan funding.

It does happen to everyone occasionally, just like someone put up a roadblock for this tree:

Something blocking your way? Go around it!     Something blocking your way? Go around it!

Something blocking your way? Go around it!

If necessary, reach out to someone, perhaps even those who are blocking you.

Reach out!

If that doesn't work, go ahead and strangle them:

Strangle them!

If you choose to strangle them, do it nicely.


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Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

If you choose to strangle them.  Do it privately and be sure to have a good attorney.

Jun 08, 2009 02:16 PM #1
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Russel, interesting post to follow the one about "Let there be peace, beginning with me" I think that was the name, right? LOL.

Russ is right, make sure you have a good attorney. And private is the key!

Love those pictures by the way.

Jun 08, 2009 02:18 PM #2
Eric Reid
Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners - Lawrenceville, GA


Jun 08, 2009 02:21 PM #3
Sandra White
John L Scott Real Estate - Port Townsend, WA
Experienced Residential Resale Broker

That was great!  I am one of those conservatives hoping I am having a nightmare and I will wake up  soon.  I am going to go  back and read some of your helpful hints for AR blogging.  Thanks.

Jun 08, 2009 02:23 PM #4
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

It does seem like there are a lot of roadblocks lately...banks not responding to short sales...2 closing that were supposed to happen last month are still delayed (until July!) because of's exhausting! That is such an interesting tree!

Jun 08, 2009 02:26 PM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

If I strangle them I'm going to have a good alibi.  But Russel I gotta tell ya, if that tree can do it, well then so can I ... go around obstacles that is.

Jun 08, 2009 02:30 PM #6
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Russel

Originally be from New Jersey I think it just may ne legal there. Just kidding.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 08, 2009 02:37 PM #7
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Russel - Just one question:  How does one strangle nicely?

I love those photos.  That tree has had to work hard for its existence!

Jun 08, 2009 02:55 PM #8
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Russ - Probably good advice. LOL

Hey, Andrea - As a Marketing & Business Consultant, I try to meet the needs of all my Clients................

Hey, Eric - There is so much inspiration that Mother and Father Nature can provide.

Hey, Sandra - I don't think it's a nightmare. Not yet, anyways. LOL

Hey, Mara - Thanks for confirming that for us. LOL

Hey, Tammy - The tree is a ficus, and while they generally are fast-growing, I suspect this one is at least thirty years old judging from its size, the size of nearby trees, and that root system that has traveled everywhere looking for nutrients.

Hey, Lou - New Jersey and Chicago, eh? LOL

Hey, Susan - One could use, say, a diamond-studded belt rather than a piece of piano wire. Just a thought. LOL

Jun 08, 2009 03:24 PM #9
Richard T. Dolbeare
KW Island Living - Lihue, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Russell-Now that's interesting as I was under the impression that tree roots would break through anything.  You have enlightened me.

Jun 08, 2009 03:32 PM #10
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Richard - Many tree roots will, especially if they are underground roots. Surface roots aren't quite as picky, but if they run into something that they can't go around, they will go under and buckle whatever they went under.

This is a Ficus tree, and they have a significant root system. Many people get them from the grocery store when they are 18 inches tall and then plant them right next to the front entrance once they are too big for the house. Front entrances usually have some corner planters associated with them, and these surface roots will get into that corner, not have anywhere to go, and dig under the house, buckling the foundation.

It's very important that one know what kind of tree, and how big it, its branches, and its root system will grow before planting it next to the house.

Jun 08, 2009 04:18 PM #11
Matt Listro
National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro - Vernon, CT
Your Credit Repair Expert

Hi Russel: I looked it up in Wikki - there is no nice way to strangle someone.


Jun 08, 2009 04:22 PM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

If you have the will...there is a way...and understanding how the process changes will make the way far's part of the daily education you choose to get...or get left behind in the soup  line of former realtors, lenders....bla, bla,bla,,,Hi to Zo from Cosmo and Magic !

Jun 08, 2009 11:29 PM #13
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Russel--Age has taught me tolerance the old 'live and let live.'  However some of the others haven't learned that.  If the negative comments are on TV or internet, I turn it off.  If the negativity is in print, I don't read.  If I feel negative I try to avoid people.  I don't feel the rest of the world needs to be brought down.  These are just my thoughts for the day. Bye.

Jun 09, 2009 04:56 AM #14
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Russell-if I strangle anybody will you be my alibi. LOL

Jun 09, 2009 05:43 AM #15
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Great photo analogy to go along with the story...  How does someone go about strangling nicely???

Jun 09, 2009 09:42 AM #16
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Matt - I'll have to contribute to Wikipedia, I suppose.

Hey, Sally and David - When you're talking about where there's a will, there's a way, are you talking about strangling them nicely? LOL

Hey, Mary - I remember when I was growing up my wise old grandmother subscribed to a tabloid newspaper called GRIT. It had nothing but good, wholesome, positive stories. Sadly, I guess it went out of business.

Hey, Sharon - I try to help everyone, so, yes, I'll be your alibi. LOL

Hey, Diane - I had suggested using a diamond-studded belt rather than piano wire, but Matt tells me even that wouldn't be acceptable since it's not in Wikipedia. Maybe I could just have Zoey the Cool Cat lay across their throat.

Jun 09, 2009 11:53 AM #17
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Russell,  Just joined your group and really liked this post.  Seeing how focused ( on finding a way ) those tree roots are sure is a lesson for us all !

Jun 10, 2009 05:15 AM #18
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse
Will the defense "Russel told me to do it" stand up in a court of law?
Jun 11, 2009 02:09 PM #19
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