DON'T BUY A HOUSE-LIKE DAD BOUGHT A GOAT

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Real Estate Agent SL3287291

DON'T BUY A HOUSE-LIKE DAD BOUGHT A GOAT

 

My dad was raised in a rural area and the family had several farm animals. He often told us about the goats they had and how they climbed on his new car and made a slide out of it. I guess over the years he forgot about the toll the goats had on his new car.

When I was in about 6th grade, Dad decided we needed to live on a farm. So he bought a place on one acre of land. He had a good spot for a nice garden and another area was fenced so he could raise chickens.

One Saturday morning he took me to the sale barn. This was a place where they auctioned all kinds of livestock. We had gone to buy a goat. We had to wait until the very end of the day for the goats to be auctioned. But, Dad achieved what he went after, he bought a goat. This goat was a nanny and had recently had a kid, because she was giving milk. We loaded her into the back seat of the car and took her home. We turned her loose in the fenced area and watched her. She reared up and started eating the fruit trees and them moved over and eat the rose bushes along the fence. She needed milked but would not stand still so I had to follow her and milk her on the move.

On Monday I went to school. As the school bus was bringing me home, I saw our goat on the road about a quarter mile from home.

Well, Dad decided he had enough fun with the goat and tried to sell it to the neighbors. But there were no takers. On the next Saturday, Dad and I loaded the goat into the back seat of the car and headed back to the sale barn. We had to get there early to register it in. Again, goats were the last ones at the end of the auction. So they brought our goat into the center ring and started the bidding. Now my Dad was a man that always wanted to make some money on anything he dealt with, so he started bidding on our goat to get the price up. Well, he was not so careful, he made the last bid and bought the goat back. We spent all day and had to pay to load our goat in the back seat of the car so we could take it back home.

Dad ended up giving the goat to a neighbor.

That experience taught me a lot about people and how they buy things:

Dad thought he wanted a goat. It was the idea he liked more than the practicality of it. People often buy things without thinking through the consequences of their actions. Many people think having a pool would be wonderful, then they find out a pool must be carefully maintained.

Dad thought he could help the process of selling the goat so it would bring more money.  

People often think they can buy a house without the use of a Real Estate agent and will get the house for less. But it seldom works out for the buyer or the seller who uses this strategy.

Sellers often think they can sell the house for whatever they decide, even though the market will not support that price.

Sellers often think if they hold out a little longer they can get a higher price. The results are often not what they had hoped for.

It pays to have the services of a Real Estate agent who knows the market and knows how to market the property to get it sold in the shortest period of time for the most money.

Buyers should use a Real Estate agent that knows the market and will find a property that best fits their needs at the best price.

DON'T BUY A HOUSE-LIKE DAD BOUGHT A GOAT

 

 

 

Comments (100)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello John,  Great story and we need somethings in the rain like this.  Hope you have a great day!

Aug 01, 2014 12:03 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Will, I appreciate your commenting. Hope you enjoyed.

Make it a great weekend.

Aug 01, 2014 12:11 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi John,

What a great analogy!! I enjoyed your story and the tie in..great lesson..so glad your post was featured..well deserved!

Aug 02, 2014 12:15 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Dorie, I appreciate your kind comments. Thanks

Aug 02, 2014 12:22 PM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

John:

Great story and some excellent points. Have a wonderful week. 

Aug 03, 2014 10:40 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Alan, I appreciate your stopping by and leaving a comment.

Best wishes

Aug 03, 2014 11:42 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

John - great story to illustrate your point.  Buying and selling a house is not a Saturday past time.  I will be a lot harder to erase the home mistake than it was for your father to unload the goat.

Aug 04, 2014 12:22 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

John

Wise words and a great story.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 04, 2014 03:00 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Grant, thanks for the great comments. You are right about how hard it is to correct a home mistake. 

Make it a great day.

Aug 04, 2014 03:13 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Lou, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Make it a great day.

Aug 04, 2014 03:13 AM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi John, fantastic story and excellent advice for sellers and buyers. Have a productive day.

Aug 04, 2014 08:00 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kwee, thanks for the comment. We must keep educating the consumer so they can make the best decisions.

Make it a great week.

Aug 04, 2014 10:31 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi John, That was a funny story, but your point was made very well. There is a purpose for a Real Estate Agent.

Aug 04, 2014 12:03 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Larry, I appreciate your comments. Yes, there is a good reason to always use a Real Estate agent.

Make it a great day.

Aug 04, 2014 09:00 PM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

John- I just helped one of my clients buy a FSBO- the experience was so bad 9with the FSBO- not me) - he claimed that he would never deal with someone that did not have their own agent- he thanked me several times saying that if he had done the deal on his own- he would have spent a fortune on attorneys and court fees- he recognized and always has the value of using a professional when buying and selling;)

Aug 06, 2014 12:16 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Shanna, glad you found someone who understands the value of a good Real Estate agent. Now you have a story to tell.

Thanks

Aug 06, 2014 12:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, John, for sharing this wonderful story. A great lesson for all of us.

Aug 06, 2014 11:26 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Roy, I appreciate your comments.

Best wishes

Aug 06, 2014 11:30 PM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

HA HA HA now that is a funny story and a great comparison to Real Estate.

We all have GRAND ideas but execution is key and buying your goat back should NOT be on the To DO list lol

Aug 07, 2014 01:51 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

David, glad you liked the story. Keeping our grand ideas in check by using good information and getting professional advice is so important, especially in Real Estate.

Thanks for commenting.

Aug 07, 2014 09:09 PM