Honesty Begins At Home
They say that "charity begins at home". I believe that, and know many others that feel the same. It's nice to have a kind heart and want to save the world- but you have to first get your own house in order. And how about this one: If you don't know how to swim, don't jump in the pool and try to save someone else that doesn't know how to swim.
Honesty is important, too, you know- and as with charity, it should begin at home...or with homes.
Sellers: Be honest with yourselves. Don't waste an agent's time in trying to market your home for some crazy, unrealistic asking price. Have your head tell your heart to shut up- and be reasonable. All are better served by it.
Buyers: Be honest with yourselves. If your credit is jacked-up, expect to pay higher interest rates. If you've made bad decisions in the past, prepare to suffer the consequences. You're not entitled to a home- and you shouldn't expect sellers or lenders to make any allowances for your poor choices. Own up to them.
Landlords: Be honest with yourselves and your prospects. Don't be a dirtbag and try to rent out your home to collect money from a tenant knowing you're not going to pay your mortgage. Tenants that uphold their end of the deal shouldn't have their peaceful enjoyment of the premises shattered by process servers and sheriff's deputies when you have to face the mistakes you're made.
Tenants and tenant prospects: Be honest with yourselves. If your credit is jacked-up, expect to pay more than the folks that have done the right things and made better decisions than you. It's a tough world these days- but everyone's credit isn't bad just because yours is. All owners aren't in bad shape, either- and they don't have to accept every crazy low-ball offer that you throw out there. Be honest with yourselves and know that another tenant prospect will walk through the door soon after you leave- and that their good credit will land them the place that your bad credit couldn't get for you.
In all facets of life, honesty is an important thing- and it begins at home.