Never Leave a Birdie Putt Short - A Golf Tip That Applies to Real Estate :)

Real Estate Broker/Owner with F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate

Ok, so Finally spring has arrived in Northwest Indiana and I convinced Jeff to turn off the phone a few hours in the afternoon the other day to get in a few holes of GOLF on a warm, but windy day.


Amazingly, with the wind at my back, my drive reached the green on a Par 3, and I was left with a 20 foot uphill putt!


Now the advice of my experienced parter, who has golfed since childhood, and has been lovingly patient with my learning curve, has been : NEVER LEAVE A PUTT FOR BIRDIE SHORT !

How does this great piece of advice relate to REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

I've heard Jeff mention this to both CLIENTS and Other REALTORS  during the negotiation phase of an Offer to Purchase.

Now that I play the Game of Golf, I understand this analogy more clearly!

When a DEAL is so close to getting signed and accepted, take extra care to look, listen and observe from all angles, the possible scenario's for a successful outcome.

Ask parties who have a vested interest, what is needed to make it happen?!

Often, the Real Estate Fore-some = Buyer, Seller, Buyers Agent and Listing Agent will score a PAR.

Even this EARLY in the SEASON, even in this Market, just by diligent & Focused efforts in negotiation that produce Win - Win Outcomes !

Eventually the repeated practice and efforts produce RESULTS ! Even this missed birdie was holed for a PAR !!! 

Happy Golfing / Happy Selling :)



Jeff & Grace Safrin REALTORS - "Spouses Selling Houses' TM

F.C. Tucker Advantage Realty

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Comments (9)

Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH
There is no doubt I would rather miss the put LONG by three feet than leave it short, because long has a chance to go in while short never will. Take aim take your shot and don't leave it short
Apr 17, 2008 12:46 PM
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
An old hunting buddy of mine used to say never undershoot the arrow.
Apr 17, 2008 12:51 PM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Hello Steve - you are right ! In this case though ( as in the photo) - it was soooo close, I waited awhile for the wind to gust and perhaps knock it in (which it didn't... lol) thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences as well.

Hello John - As same analogy, different sport! Thanks for taking time to stop by and share it.



Apr 17, 2008 12:56 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hi Grace and Jeff!

WoW, what an excellent analogy....I'll have to tell my golfing friend about it; he'll love it.


Apr 17, 2008 01:13 PM
Keith Perry
Coldwell Banker - Hiram, GA
REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta

Win Win for everyone. Great job.

Apr 17, 2008 03:22 PM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Hello Jo-Anne and glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking time to drop by and comment - we've missed you - but I know it's busy season for all of us :) Golf Courses must be beautiful in Canada!



Apr 18, 2008 03:58 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Hello Keith & Robin thanks for taking time to stopby and comment - yes win-win is the best outcome for all :) Thanks waht we should always be striving towards:)



Apr 18, 2008 04:07 AM
Stephen D White, E-Pro, ABR Cape Cod Real Estate
SDW Realty of Cape Cod - Falmouth, MA

thanks for the analogy to real estate, its certainly true both in Golf and Real Estate!

Sep 14, 2008 01:57 PM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment Stephen !



Sep 15, 2008 03:48 AM