You Wanted What?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#R1-0003085 PA#RS347136

 A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk and if they have avocados, get six." 

A short time later the husband comes back with six cartons of milk. The wife asks him, "Why did you buy six cartons of milk?" 

He replied, "They had avocados."

Avocado

I got a real chuckle out of that when I read it but it underscores the importance of words. Writing up an offer? Be specific with what your client wants. Writing up findings from a home inspection? Be specific. Though the aspects of our profession vary from one locality to another, be cautious with the way you put things in writing. When in doubt, turn to your local experts (your Broker, an attorney, the home inspector, etc.).

A directive as a result of a home inspection to "fix the damaged outlets" is sort of gray. I actually received this on one of my listings where the wiring was aluminum and some of the outlets weren't performing well. I talked with my electrician who said it would cost just as much for him to look at every outlet as it would for him to pigtail all the wiring while he was inspecting them. We went for the pigtailing.

"The offer is contingent on the sale of Buyer's property."  Does that mean contingent on the completion of the sale... or contingent on the Buyer going to contract on their property? Could be either.

Watch the words you use in your transactions or... you could end up with six cartons of milk when what you wanted was avocados. 

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Rachel Rabinowitz
Guerilla Realty - Baltimore, MD
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Excellent point Monica! I'm often relying on exact and specific language to resolve contract disputes. Now I'll have a visual of milk cartons and avocados in my head.

Jan 28, 2013 09:11 PM #1
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Monica Hill
RE/Max Associates - Wilmington, DE
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*chuckling*  So will I, Rachel, ever since I heard that joke!

Jan 28, 2013 09:15 PM #2
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Monica. This is funny but oh soooooo true. Listening carefully and writing clearly and with specificity is really important.

Jan 28, 2013 10:34 PM #3
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Monica Hill
RE/Max Associates - Wilmington, DE
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Thanks, Sheila. Very important!

Jan 29, 2013 12:14 AM #4
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