From the beginning of time, the ecological and historical relationships between nature and the environment has taught us life lessons. For example, each bird dominates a nesting territory and most birds accept the ultimatum and keep to their own territories.
A mother bird chooses a location to have her babies, feeds them and teaches them how to fly away from the nest. Respectfully, most birds accept the ultimatum and keep to their own territories. They do not disturb the nest, encroach upon their territory, nor do they interfere with the mother bird and her babies. She builds a nest in an area or a space as a protection against predators and unwelcomed visitors. In most cases, the species survives.
In this simple observation the laws of nature are enforced without regulations, disciplinary actions, interference or competition. For the bird, this is the way of life and its species will survive contingent on survival of the fittest in cooperation with nature.
Through millions of years, birds have developed the structure and habits that enables them to thrive in a world filled with challenges and obstacles. So how does this compare to human beings in life and business?
Humans have developed social skills and their world is contingent upon communication, language, social behavior, skills and shared concepts which sets them apart from other people. In the business of Real Estate, REALTORS® may have a farming area, whereby they dominate a territory, based upon knowledge, expertise and skill. Unlike the animal kingdom, other REALTORS® may share the same territory but their skill and knowledge will either be nearly equal or it may differ. This paradox seems to suggest that homeowners are not restricted or limited to who they want to use for their representation in the purchase or sale of a home. Just like purchasing or selling a home is a personal choice, it is the homeowner's personal choice to make an educated decision, not based upon territorial domination, but more strongly on professionalism, being impeccable with ones word, having integrity and being honest throughout the process.
When trying to decide on the best Real Estate Agent, ask for referrals, trust your instincts, and just because someone may advertise and appear to dominate a territory, ask yourself, is this the right person for you? Always ask for recent referrals and follow-up on successful or failed track records.
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