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What do the two have in common? Dad sent a touching e-mail this morning about old barns. It is a story about how a farmer sees his old barn and about how the townie that just moved in down the road sees that beautiful silvered wood old barn. The townie wanted to buy the barn to use as panelling for his den. Maybe as a REALTOR we see it as something that a buyer could tear down and clear away, but perhaps if we just had a bit more vision we could see it the way someone from town might. Isn't this a good lesson for the day? Not only for real estate properties but, for people who are just as different and just as valuable at every age.

Consider your own pre-set opinions. I once had a deal that taught me this lesson about buyers, a lovely younger couple buying their first home wanted me to help. So off we went to look at properties and low and behold we found that one of the properties was an older house, with a well and septic system (not something that I THOUGHT this young couple would want to deal with) and yet-when they went inside this house-everything changed. The house came over them and it became their home! They had a vision that I hadn't seen.  It was one of the greatest lessons that I have ever had in real estate. (HOUSES talk to people! in their own language-remember to let the house speak, it may just claim your buyers and welcome them home, too.)

Have an incredible day.


Posted by

Doris Barnett NAR Certified e-PRO Trainer

RE/MAX Associates of Dallas 

1221 Abrams #130

Richardson, TX 75081

972-907-0000 x 212


Comments (2)

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Rate A Home - Saugatuck, MI
Doris, well put! Each buyer has a different vision and you as a Realtor has to help funnel their visions into the place they will call home.
Feb 12, 2008 12:59 AM
Christina Williams. REALTOR® TN property search & local insights
First Realty Company - Crossville, TN
Great advice Doris!  The house does speak to the buyers! You can usually tell how it is speaking to them with'in the first two minutes! I've heard the story your Dad sent you... That is a good way of looking at potential property!  We should never disclose our opinion when it comes to the character of the home! Let the buyers tell you!   Great post.
Feb 12, 2008 01:05 AM