Let's just call it an occupational hazard...

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Results Realty

No, we don't need to call OSHA...  But there IS a danger we real estate agents face almost every day... a hidden danger that can wreak havoc in our regular lives. 

Exterior View, 590 Baltimore Ave in Lilburn, GAI held an open house at one of my listings today, 590 Baltimore Ave in Lilburn, GA.  And while rushing out of the house for the 7 minute drive, I forgot to grab some reference paperwork.  As soon as I arrived and began unpacking by laptop and setting up my office for the afternoon, I realized that I hadn't grabbed the needed papers.  I called the lovely and talented Mrs. GarageGuy, and asked her to bring them to me... not knowing that I was about to infect her with the condition I have fought as long as I have been an agent... 

That's right, house envy...

Of course, I told her to look around and see what she thought.  She hadn't been to this listing yet, so she was curious.  Little did I know that she was moving our furniture into the house... at least in her head.  She had laid out her office, the play room for the kids, she had mapped out the recreation area for the dog.  She had even invited me to build a [gasp] THIRD GARAGE

Great Room, 590 Baltimore Ave in Lilburn, GAI walked into the Master Bath and caught her mentally soaking in the double jetted bathtub.  She deserved to relax a bit after all of the work she did mentally changing the carpet in the Master Bedroom, and mentally arranging our furniture throughout the house. 

Haven't we ALL been there? 

Normally, it is fairly easy to fight off...  Some houses are too big, others too small.  Some have restrictive community convenants that would prevent my car habby from getting out of hand, and others are just way more expensive than I can justify.  And then there are some that are in the wrong school district, or too far from friends and family...  I couldn't pluck out ANY of those excuses.  I tried. 

Right now I am hoping that someone gets an offer in, while I can still hold her off.  I love the house, don't get me wrong, but I'm not ready to move my project... yet.

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Rainmaker
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Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

When I was a new agent I suffered from house envy. I'm over it now. However, my husband joined me full time in the business about 3 months ago and he is still much affected, LOL

Sep 06, 2009 03:04 PM #1
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
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I too have suffered this horrible reaction.  Thankfully the cure is an accepted offer from someone else :0)   Great post!

Sep 06, 2009 03:09 PM #2
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michelangelo vasco
mvp realty inc. - Manhattan, NY

I say to myself, if I buy this condo it will cost me $$ if I sell it I will make $$$

so far selling has won out every time

Sep 06, 2009 04:13 PM #3
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Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

"House Envy" - love that term.   As Realtors we see SO MANY homes.....but every once in awhile, we see one and say "ok, I could live here"..... and it is an occupational hazard.

Sep 07, 2009 02:11 AM #4
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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Vickie - Keep in mind that I deal with a specific kind of house...  But normally I can get past it. 

Susan - That is the best cure...

Michelangelo - There are some that would be...  If I buy this I can make XXX, if I sell it I can make X... 

Christine - Every once in a while.

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