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cocker spanielI have been a real estate broker for 30 years and a pet owner for alot longer.  It occurred to me the other day that there are similarities between the two.  Such as:

EDUCATION  Before you go out and get a pet, you read books about the different kinds, their personalities and needs.  For example you shoudn't  get an energetic outdoor dog if you live in an apartment.  If you want a cuddly lap animal you don't go out and get a Lama.  The same goes for real estate.  Before you go out to buy or sell your home you do some research on the Internet and you talk to your broker .Your broker will educate you as to how the buying or selling process works.  Don't be afraid to ask questions; that's what we're here for.

PATIENCE   After you get your new pet you will need a lot of patience to see it through the puppy stage, the chewing stage and the potty training stage. There is nothing as cute as a puppy but believe me you're going to need a lot of patience to get through those first 6 to 9 months.  In real estate you will need to be patient while trying to find your dream house.  It takes time!  In selling your home again it takes time!  Sometimes as long as 6 months depending on the economy and the home market. Remember that your broker is working for you.  If you don't understand why its taking so long, just ask.   Perhaps  your home needs exterior paint, barkdust or interior staging to help it sell. Maybe the price is to high.  Your broker will counsel you on all these points.

Beautiful HouseDISCIPLINE   Now that you have your little furry friend you will need to make sure that he is well-mannered . No one likes a barking, chasing, out-of-control animal.  Maybe you'll take him to obedience school or have him trained by a professional.  The basic commands should be taught for his and your safety.  You need discipline to feed, care, bathe and walk your pet.  In buying or selling a home, you need discipline as well.   It takes a lot of effort to keep the house up while it's on the market.  When you are buying a home, it takes time and persistence to find that right one.  It takes diligence to go through the paperwork, the mortgage papers, and the escrow.  But in the end it's all worth it.

TOLERANCE    In owning a pet tolerance is a must.  When you come home and your favorite chair is shredded or chewed you are going to need tolerance & more.  Your pet doesn't understand what he did was wrong.  He was just bored.  And when you step in a mess on the carpet try to remember patience and tolerance. Homeowners be tolerant of the home buyers going through your home with wet feet.  Dont be offended if you hear a negative comment or two.  And home buyers be tolerant of the time it takes to close the transaction.  The mortgage paperwork, the inspections and escrow usually go smoothly but once in awhile they don't.  Don't worry your broker is right there to help you get through it.

LOVE Give your pet lots of love.  He loves you unconditionally and sees you as perfect.  He'll be by your side until his life is over.  Once you get that home, make it yours.  Love and take care of it.  It is a huge investment!  It will make you money in the future.  Say thank you to your broker who worked hard for you.

Ann-Marie Clements
Candidate for an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership - Saint John, NB
Ed.D. candidate, Innovative Proactive Principa

First, I really miss the Portland, Oregon area, since I attended Portland State University in the late 80's & early 90's...  I agree with your reasoning here on pets & how you handle real estate...  I have 3 cats; Kirby, Sappy & Sweetie and I do approach my real estate similar to how I currently approach my real estate.  I analysis everything and never take my clients for granted...  Nice post!!   ;>))

Sep 30, 2009 12:13 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

An interesting view on our furry friends and real estate.  If I was my cat I'd just be waiting for the clients to come to me and when they did they would of course cater to my every need.

Sep 30, 2009 12:43 PM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Bev, Thanks for the post and good analogy. 

Your linked words are not functional, you may want to repair that.

Oct 15, 2009 01:30 AM