Meeting Needs When Looking for a House

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
We've all worked with a few buyers who might have us believe that the needs in selecting the right house are complex and many.  It isn't the "needs" that are complex but the "wants" that can make the choice so difficult.
Truly?  Our needs, like those of the animal kingdom are very, very simple.  Security.  We all want to feel secure and safe from the weather elements and any predators who might harm us.
Tunnel Mountain Gourds copyright 2013 Mona Gersky
The animal kingdom probably are able to differentiate their needs from their fact, their wants are probably satisfied by simpfinding that their needs have been met.  Birds are quite clever when finding a home to protect themselves from the weather and their hunters but have you ever wondered about what must be nothing short of amazement when they find turnkey houses just waiting for them?  These gourds are on the original smokehouse of the Tunnel Mountain Road farmhouse property.  If a couple of birds found these houses, do you think they'd be analyzing how close the houses are to their neighbors?  Would they listen for traffic noise?  Would they wonder about granite counter tops and hardwood floors?  Would they enter the dwelling and collapse with horror that the walls might need to be painted to suit their aesthetic pleasure?
No, I don't think so.  I think they'd think that the gourds seem far enough off the ground to protect them from the most common predators and they'd rejoice that their groceries and water was just a short flight away.
Of course, they might also scratch their feathered heads and wonder if some awesome Bird God provided these dwellings for them.  I hope they would be thankful, but some house buyers, who knows what a bird might think?
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Why is it that a buyer's "wants" never quite match their "needs"? Nice analysis! Enjoy your day!

Jan 22, 2013 09:00 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mona. This is pretty funny, at least I think so. I agree it is probably more about the wants for we humans....birds have it right but I'm glad to have choices.

Jan 22, 2013 09:21 PM #2
Tom Priester
Paradise Sharks - Jupiter, FL
Paradise Sharks

Mona, great thoughts indeed. Thank you for sharing.

Jan 22, 2013 09:34 PM #3
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

It is so easy to get caught up in the needs vs wants arguement.

The poor around the world would love to have what the poor here consider not enough. My wants are, and have been, greatly reduced.

Jan 22, 2013 10:17 PM #4
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Mona,

A good way to look at the needs of the buyers. They sometimes don't know themselves.

ps, I try and feed the birds everyday, but sometimes I don't get to it. Then they are sitting on the fence every morning. LOL

Have a great day in Dillsboro.

Best, Clint McKie

Jan 22, 2013 10:20 PM #5
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Mona,  Those are some pretty cool Bird Condos.  I can see why they would feel safe and warm in these dwellings. 

Jan 23, 2013 12:24 AM #6
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Great analogy Mona.  FYI... I like those gourds!  Saw and got my first ones in Alabama this past Fall while visiting.  They are so cool.  Wondering if we could grow them here.  Need to check into that.

Jan 23, 2013 06:18 AM #7
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning
Hi Mona, My grandmother in Tennessee used to make gourds like that. I guess they were bird houses but do not remember too clearly. Your picture brings back some great memories. I do recall they were not as long as the ones in your pictures.
Jan 23, 2013 07:45 AM #8
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Wayne, I've been wondering about that for years!

Sheila, I'm glad to have the choices too...I would just like people to identify the differences.

Tom, you are welcome.

Than, that is a very healthy attitude.

Clint, they are just trying to remind you to do your duty, lol.

Belinda, they do look cozy don't they?

John, I have no idea if gourds grown in those high elevations and desert conditions.  It would be interesting to know.

Kristin, I'm glad to know you enjoyed the memories.


Jan 23, 2013 12:16 PM #9
Lanise Warrior-Johnson
Real Estate Brokers Services, Inc. - Compton, CA
Real Estate Specialist

Thought provoking blog...I will definately use the gord analogy when working with a client that can not determine their wants from their needs. 

Jan 23, 2013 12:24 PM #10
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

LOL Lanise, you'll probably use it a lot.  :-O

Jan 23, 2013 12:51 PM #11
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