Don't Be A Fence Sitter

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Fence SitterWe see it with buyers all the time lately. We see it with For Sale By Owners. We see it with those that can't make up their mind about needing a Stager or not. Buyers can't decide. For Sale By Owners think they have decided. Those that need the services of a great Stager are confused. What we have here folks are fence sitters. As I've gotten older I can relate to what  I used to do. Yes, humble me, used to be a fence sitter in many aspects of life. But somewhere along the way either figuring it out myself, or seeing close ones around me with incurable illnesses I long ago committed to never being a fence sitter again.

You know why?

When you are a fence sitter, NOTHING, and I mean nothing gets done. Did anyone ever tell you that a no decision, is a decision? And almost all the time it is a bad one. If you need to move, price that house right, clean it up and move. If you need to buy, by God, get out there and start looking at houses. I have concluded that fence sitting is either for the young who haven't figured out to get off their duff or for others that are either too cheap, scared, over think, or need some education from we professionals to move on to the next phase in their life. A wonderful song by Tim McGraw is shown below in the video.

I hope it inspires you if you are fence sitter to STOP IT. It should also remind you that you should always live life in the present and it is important to GET ON WITH THINGS.

What are you waiting for??

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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Gary - Being a fence sitting as you rightly stated means you are not getting things done.  It can also be rather costly for those who are waiting for price to go down much further.
Mar 22, 2008 11:57 PM #8
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Harold "Hal" Place
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Hi Gary,

WOW, says it all. Love the video too. As I look back, I don't think I was ever a sitter. Naaa, always too impatient for that. However, I have lots of experience dealing with fence sitters, some in the family, associates and sure clients. All we can do is suggest, point out the positive and hope for the best.

Mar 23, 2008 12:12 AM #9
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Missy Caulk
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Gary, I love that song. Love the photo too. Lots of fence sitters in Ann Arbor too. I need to live more, play more. I think I already told you that. Happy Easter.
Mar 23, 2008 01:30 AM #10
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Gary Woltal
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Liz: With me, fence sitting was over thinking. Fear is a big one too, which makes us not want to change. You just have to summon up the courage and make a decision.

Kristal: Puts things in perspective.

Jason: Hang in there. I had read your story and its not easy.

Patricia: You want to ask the buyers, what are they waiting for? There is no guarantee interest rates will remain low or prices will fall further.

Nancy: Som opportunities only pass by once.

Georgina: That's what a decision does, you are right. Go forward.

Laura: Making a decision is very much a freeing feeling. You are not stuck.

Jennifer: Excellent point, how not deciding costs us.

Hal: It's tough to get the fence sitters to move. As Liz pointed out it is like a comfort situation. They have callouses on their rear ends from being stuck so long.

Missy: So, decide to play more. It will make you even better at your work I am sure. I think we all have fences we need to get off of. Good luck with that area. Type A's are driven, but you can be driven with play too. You will be the most competitive player. Happy Easter to you.

Mar 23, 2008 02:38 AM #11
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Linda Scanlan
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Gary, what a great post. Truer words have never been spoken...none of us are guaranteed an extra day. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Easter!
Mar 23, 2008 06:54 AM #12
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Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
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Loved this post! As usual you're extremely insightful and are able to drill down to the nitty-gritty...."no decision is a decision"! It's easy to get stuck, not always easy to get unstuck and pull yourself onto one side of the fence or another.
Mar 23, 2008 08:15 AM #13
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Linda: Living in the present makes you one of the wisest out there for sure.

Colleen: I used to be the expert on "stuck." Now I make a decision and move on. It's almost like you have to flip that switch off the stuck position and KEEP it off there. It's a real commitment and attitude shift.

Mar 23, 2008 11:15 AM #14
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Jan Evett
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Gary,

You are so right, my friend!  This post and that video were just fantastic!  Thanks for putting this together.  

Mar 23, 2008 01:25 PM #15
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Jan: Glad you liked it. This topic just popped in my head, as most do. I can't explain where the thoughts come from, or how I put them together, other than I have lived this fence sitter experience in my earlier days. NO MORE. If you ever do it, STOP IT. It wastes the precious minutes of our life.
Mar 23, 2008 01:28 PM #16
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Thanks, Gary!  That's awesome advice for anything in our lives.  I love the words in that song that say, "I spoke sweeter"... That gives me an idea for a blog..  Thanks for sharing your heart & your wisdom!
Mar 23, 2008 02:44 PM #17
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Don: I look forward to your blog on "I spoke sweeter..."
Mar 24, 2008 12:50 AM #18
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Lori Kim Polk
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Gary.. Love this song and thank you for putting a huge smile on my face this Monday morning ;)))
Mar 24, 2008 03:15 AM #19
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Gary, great post and very true.  Just the motivation I needed today! The "attitude shift" is something that takes time to do, in my case anyway.  You reminded me to keep moving forward so I don't get stuck back on the fence watching others go by.
Mar 24, 2008 05:38 AM #20
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Mike Frazier
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Gary,

Great post! I personally have decided not to be a fence sitter anymore. You can never get ahead in this life sitting up on that fence. Enjoyed listening to the song and watching the video. 

Mar 24, 2008 05:48 AM #21
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Bonnie & Terry Westbrook
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We waste a lot of time not making decisions. In fact, by not making a decision, we are making a decision to let someone else decide for us, because nothing stand still. Wonderful reminder Gary.
Mar 24, 2008 08:26 AM #22
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Lori: I like the song too.

Another: Off the fence, and forward.

Mike: Forward ho... progress!!

Bonnie: I like your thought that someone else can make a decision for you by default, therefore giving up control.

Mar 24, 2008 08:52 AM #23
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Mar 24, 2008 08:53 AM #24
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How sad, to be so scared to do something, you choose to do nothing. They say, that when asked on their death beds, people are always more likely to regret what they didn't do rather than what they did! I try to remember that. Another excellent post, Gary!
Mar 24, 2008 09:16 AM #25
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Diane: Time is swift and waits for no one.

Elaine: Great thought. Live life with NO regrets.

Mar 24, 2008 11:11 AM #26
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Gary- good question...what are they waiting for?!
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