In the words of one of the greatest motivational speakers of all time, Zig Ziegler, said "You can get everything in life you want if you just help enough other people get what they want." And to accomplish that, one must leave their personal motives at the door. With age, hopefully, comes wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. And the assurance that you do not fail as long as you keep on trying!
Now, for the porcupines. Porcupines are dull witted. Porcupines as compared to other animals in the wild are really, really, and I mean REALLY slow. I am convinced the porcupines do not wear watches. They wear calendars! However, they do have protection from predators, except a speeding car while they are SLOWLY walking across a busy road. Their protection comes from the root cause of their dull wittiness and lethargy. They, the porcupines, really do not want to socialize. They really do not want to be part of any animal community. In fact, if you invade their domain, you will end up with a snout full of very painful quills.
Now, if you are a pet owner, the cost of this event is two fold. 1) Your favorite and beloved pet is now laying spread eagle on the porch with quills sticking out of its face screaming for help. 2 ) You not only feel sorry for Twinkie but you feel sorry for your wallet when you get the Vet's bill! The moral of the story is to avoid porcupines!
However, I have found that in every business you will encounter porcupines. Real estate is no exception. Several months ago, I held an open house for an associate of mine. During the open house a man stopped by who lived several homes down from this address. He confessed to me that his current home that he recently purchased was waaaaay too big and he was interested in this home. He asked me if I would take a look at his home to see if it would be valued enough to make the switch. I asked him who his realtor was that handled his last sale, thinking it would be a professional curtesy to include her, and that somehow we could work together to make this deal happen. When I contacted her, her response made a nuclear test in Nevada pale in comparison. THIS IS MY CLIENT AND I DO NOT NEED YOUR HELP! I have successfully pulled all of the quills out!
And as some animals who are brain dead will go back for seconds. Here I go again. I showed a home in a very exclusive neighborhood that had been in foreclosure. My buyer asked a ton of questions about repairs etc. My thinking was that if I could hold open the listing and bring in a contractor to answer all of the questions, maybe we could get a deal done. I contacted the listing agent with the suggestion. Porcupine quills all over my face! NO WAY!!!
The lesson to be learned? Avoid porcupines or becoming one at all costs.
If this is your first time reading our blogs, my wife and I are transplants from Maine to our beloved Hutchinson Island, Florida. We have been entreprenuers all of lives. Our first venture was an insect repellant and our last in grilling woods. Now we are investing in real estate on Hutchinson Island. Hutchinson Island, in our opinion, is one of the best kept secrets in Florida. Don't believe me. Check out this listing!