Are you a puppet or a puppet master?

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty - Angie Cody Team TN RE Lic# 323112

puppetsSo, this has been a hectic week, with several glitches rearing their heads, trying to work against my young first time home buyer. I often have heard that real estate agents are here to put out the fires. However, as I tackled each of these glitches, I felt more like a puppet master than a fire-fighter. Are you a puppet or a puppet master?

Lets's back up a bit. Young buyer is buying a foreclosure that is in pretty decent condition for his price range. Don't get me wrong, the house does have some blemishes, but having a family filled with various contractors in the construction trade, that house will be lucky to have him as an owner. 

But, along the way there were some glitches. I call them glitches as they never got to be problems, at least not in my mind. I'm sure they could have been seen as problems, or grow into problems, but a little telephone time and some good old-fashioned perserverance was all that it took to keep these things from being full-fledged problems. 

Seriously. Do you persevere until you get the result that you want/need, or do you give up and try another strategy? The way I see it, if I persevere until I get the result that I'm looking for, then I'm the puppetmaster, moving the strings to get what I want. And, after all, isn't that why I was hired?

Young buyer was kept up-to-date on everything. Oh, I did have to remind him that he hired me to do the worrying for him on occasion.

So, I'm wondering, when glitches arise during contract to close, are you the puppet or are you the puppet master?

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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Chirara. I have run into similar situations when helping my buyers to purchase a foreclosed property. There will always be some glitches or obstacles to overcome, so it's better to attack them early before they become problems. Yes, being the puppet master is the preferred option with these, or any deals for that matter.

Have a Blessed Evening! Loved your graphics on posts lately. Very creative.

Jan 22, 2012 12:36 PM #1
Chiara Petro
eXp Realty - Angie Cody Team - Knoxville, TN
Your KEY to Home Sweet Home - Knoxville TN

Jerry, I've been finding some pretty cool graphics lately. I do think I like being a puppet master over "putting out fires" as a descriptor.

Jan 22, 2012 01:34 PM #2
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Chiara.   I always keep the line in mind from the movie Finding Nemo.    "swimming, swimming, just keep swimming!"   LOL

Jan 22, 2012 02:04 PM #3
Chiara Petro
eXp Realty - Angie Cody Team - Knoxville, TN
Your KEY to Home Sweet Home - Knoxville TN

Carol Ann, that's also a good line to remember! I guess we rely on what moves us most.

Jan 22, 2012 11:28 PM #4
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