Everyone's Choices Cost Them Something

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Everyone's Choices Cost Them Something?

It's true, there are tradeoffs to what you pick. Buy one house and you are not buying another. You are living in THAT 5 mile radius with that school district saddled with that house payment for years to come. I tell people focus FIRST on location and then the house style and floorplan and neighborhood cause WHERE you live is going to stick with you awhile.

Also think of all the life choices with job, lifestyle, relationships, interests that we make.

They ALL have a cost in tradeoffs with where we put our time and our money and the resultant happiness or turmoil and grief we get as a consequence of our choices. Life is all about making choices, perhaps trying a shoe on to see if it fits well, making mistakes of course along the way, but hopefully if we are smart, LEARNING OUR LESSONS, growing and moving forward to continued better days.

Think of choices as a key ring with many colorful and different sized and shaped keys on it. Like the buying the house and walking through that front door, MANY doors present themselves to us in life to open or steer clear away from or maybe open and stand in the entryway for awhile before either backing away and saying NO this door is not for me or saying YES, this is the dream choice or dream house I have been looking for all along and boldly moving ahead.

Don't be afraid of making choices but do learn from those past choices that did not work out and what you learned, perhaps at a dear cost of your time, happiness, money, energy, or alternative choice you DIDN'T take, and don't go down THAT wrong path again. It takes courage to step through new doors, but it is what we are called to do in this life, hoping each day to get a little bit closer to 'getting it right.'


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Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida and Washington

Hi Gary. I agree. It takes a lot to make a decision... but the higher the risk the higher reward.

Jan 15, 2011 03:16 PM #18
Ryan Case
SCA Real Estate - Anaheim, CA

I find my buyers choose location over size more often than not

Jan 15, 2011 03:35 PM #19
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

You have written some great words of wisdom!

Jan 15, 2011 03:53 PM #20
J. A. Michail
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee - Sarasota, FL
Real Property Management of Sarasota & M

There is a formal term for this in economics, "opportunity cost." Thanks for the post! --JM

Jan 15, 2011 04:41 PM #21
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

many times buyers will choose price first...size is something that will adjust to other factors. Price Price Price right now.

Jan 15, 2011 04:42 PM #22
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Opportunity costs.




Every alternative chosen forecloses some others.

Some others cause foreclosures.

Jan 15, 2011 05:42 PM #23
Brandon & Grace Yee
Chase International - South Lake Tahoe, CA
Lake Tahoe Real Estate

Hi Gary, great way of putting it.  Being in this business we have a lot of experiences to offer to our clients.  Ultimately, it's the client's decision, but it feels great that we can help them see two sides to everything that will help them feel more confident in their choices.  Thanks!!

Jan 15, 2011 08:53 PM #24
Jim Gilbert
Keller Williams Fairfax Gateway - Manassas, VA
The Gold Homes Team

The consequences of some choices are not reasonably foreseeable. This does not stop them from happening. The only person accountable for the choices is the chooser.

Jan 16, 2011 03:36 AM #25
Mary Bowen
Coldwell Banker United, Realtor - The Woodlands, TX
Real Estate At Its Finest!!!

Very good post, Gary. Have you ever dealt with the person who can't make a choice? Most frustrating. And, no I'm not referring to children.

Jan 16, 2011 04:19 AM #26
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Gary, great post and advice to our clients.  It is true of every choice that we make, not just the big decisions!

Jan 16, 2011 05:39 AM #27
Patricia Zars & Lane Rogers
Z&R Real Estate Group - powered by eXp - San Antonio, TX
Let Z&R Help You Make Your Next Move!

Great post!  I agree.

Jan 16, 2011 05:45 AM #29
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Very good advice, Gary! Sometimes you choose one house over another, and later regret it. I have one buyer who has been searching & searching for the perfect home for her 3 children and her. She must have certain things, because the children insist. A teenager even vetoed the one choice she made, after an offer had been made and accepted! Yet this woman has teenagers and you have to think in a year or two, they'll be leaving home one by one. Do their MUST HAVES really matter that much, in the long run? 

Jan 16, 2011 07:01 AM #30
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Great, great comments by all. I am learning more perspectives just by reading what you all have to say.

Jan 16, 2011 07:07 AM #31
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I would rather have buyers take their time when buying, rather than, rush into it and regret it later.

Jan 16, 2011 08:01 AM #32
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Gary:

You are so right...

Great way of looking at choices...

Jan 16, 2011 08:10 AM #33
Kathy Kenney
Keller Williams, Princeton, NJ - Robbinsville, NJ
Realtor - Princeton & Central NJ Homes for Sale

Couldn't help but think about Forrest Gump, "Life is like a box of chocolates.....".

Plenty of choices to be made over the course of a life time, and each one sends us down a path that may or may not be the right one.  Keeps things interesting! 


Jan 16, 2011 09:35 AM #34
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Gary...We live with our choices and sometimes our choices affect many others.  It is good to be wise when making them but not to be able to make them is a sad situation.  Better to make them and rectify them if they turn out to be wrong.  If they are right, be grateful.


Jan 16, 2011 10:55 AM #35
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Gary, helping the buyers figure out which area they want to live in is definitely the most important step in assuring future happiness with their next home.  Thanks Katherine, now I want chocolate! LOL

Jan 16, 2011 02:31 PM #36
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Gary -- You are so right about location, as it speaks to the larger context that we fit into as a community.  All things being equal, I will choose a community as a higher priority over a given home that I may desire more but is in a location I desire less.  Well said.

Jan 16, 2011 02:32 PM #37
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Location is a biggie for all buyers and putting it down as #2 or #3 on their list when it comes to buying I personally think is a BIG mistake.

Jan 16, 2011 03:54 PM #38
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