$3.00 gas, $5.00 milk and the buyer's/seller's right to operate in this market without paying a fee

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Recently, I went to the store and bought a $5.00 dollar gallon of milk and then went out and filled up my SUV with $3.00 dollar per gallon gas all the while thinking that it was highway robbery. I thought for a moment, that I could milk my own cow or even ride a bicycle for alot less money.... I got to thinking about how the good ole days were when my wife and I were spending $30.00 per week for groceries and when we bought a house for 8.5% interest in the mid 1990's then 8 years later the house sold for double what we paid for it. We all had it good back then. Everyone shared the wealth..... No one considered it a huge deal to pay realtors fees of 6% or upwards. Nor did they have a problem paying mortgage orginator fees or closing cost for loans. Home inspectors are being ignored. Now since the market has made a turn, everyone wants to shortcut the experts their fees for their services.....

I guess what I trying to say is....

I could milk my own cow to save some money, but I am not an expert on cows. To tell the truth, I am not sure the difference between a beef cow or a milk cow. I could go to a cow auction to buy a cow or even drive by a field and see a cow that looks good and make an offer on a cow that looks good to me. Once again if I get lucky, I'll get the cow home and it won't be a bull. If I get a milking cow I am going to need to try to milk her and not get kicked in the head.

My point is $5.00 milk is pretty good if someone milked the cow, pasturized the milk, delivered it to the store and kept it cool until I get there to buy it. The truth is this market, like the cow, will kick those in the head who are trying to save a buck or two instead of relying on the professionals.

I want to say to all the professionals on activerain, you are appreciated and people need you, keep your head up and look to those who are willing to use your expertise. Many people are about to get kicked in the head by old broken down cows who are giving any milk.

Vernon Corum, Jr.

Managing Broker

Global Equity Lending




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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Excellent analogy. I did see $6.32 milk last week..at Wal-Mart. It was "natural" milk! I thought all milk was natural! Good post!

Sep 22, 2007 01:26 PM #1
Faith LaRosse
Springer Realty Group - Wyomissing, PA
Serving Berks, Chester & Montgomery Counties

Vernon...I agree, very good analogy-- You gotta admit though, sometimes we're just plain being ripped off...I mean really---$6.32 for milk? And don't even get me started on the gas prices...

Faith LaRosse

Sep 22, 2007 01:39 PM #2
Jon Sigler
Keller Williams - Greater Hartford - South Windsor, CT
South Windsor Homes for Sale 860-306-8029

Vernon, Could not agree with you more.  You get what you pay for, and let the professionals do their job.

$5-6.32 for milk holy COW, (an unintended pun).   I thought when it just went up to $3.29 here recently that was crazy.  My uncle the farm always cries the blues, but he always has a new Cadillac.  Go figure.

Sep 22, 2007 02:05 PM #3
Ronald Gillis
Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent) - Port Charlotte, FL
CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY

You do get what you pay for, and while many do not like paying Realtor fees, they get those fees for a reason - they help sell your home for what it is worth!  Just like anybody you hire, check them out as best you can, because even some (I know very few) Realtors do not always work hard for their clients.

BTW, while I like paying as little as I can for milk, gas, etc., I must say I know the oil companies are making money hand over fist, BUT, when you consider gas prices over the years, and especially the gas prices in England, it isn't so bad.


Sep 22, 2007 02:34 PM #4
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