Dissenting Points of View - Good for Our Industry

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Dissenting Points of View - Good for Our Industry

Well, embarrassingly enough, after reading Lynn's post about the January Challenge, I had to go look up the very first word in the required posts!  I am now one word stronger in my vocabulary!  (Thanks, Lynn!)

Debate - healthyWeltanschauung - A Comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world, especially from a specific standpoint.

In this case, ActiveRain's Weltanschauung.  (I was also unaware that this page even existed here on AR!)

  • We encourage dissenting and contrarian points of view because our industry is better served by continually examining the status quo. Challenging conventional wisdom is often essential for the evolution of our industry and the development of new opportunities.

Differing opinions are, indeed, what make the world go 'round.  Examining all points of view is always the best practice; if we open our minds to others' positions on specific topics, our businesses reap the benefits of that open-mindedness.  

The contrarian points of view of the status quo, often better serve all parties.

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | SavvyBroker@me.com | Contrarian Points of View - Good for Our Industry


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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Debe Maxwell ,

I agree! I've had this same conversation with several agents about pricing at $499,900 or $599,900. Set the list price at $500,000 or $600,000 to add more buyers to see your listing. I use the "law of the nines" for $419,900, $429,900, $439,900 but never for $450,000. Same goes for $469,900, $479,900 and $489,900....always use $500,000!. Thanks for your post!

Jan 04, 2016 10:51 AM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

A year or so ago we had a numerologist as a client.  He didn't understand my point of explaining that at all. I let him win and his house did eventually sell, but I feel he got less than if he'd also had people at the higher price point seeing it.

Jan 04, 2016 11:06 AM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

There have been discussions forever on the proper way to price.  That worked to the sellers advantage. 

Jan 04, 2016 11:20 AM #3
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

I hope the seller didn't think they sold too low!

Jan 04, 2016 11:49 AM #4
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Hi, another year to get back in the groove of learning and sharing from great posts. Hope this becomes a prosperous 1st quarter.

Jan 04, 2016 12:09 PM #5
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

As a contrarian by nature, I would argue that if your market is like ours, It would have sold quickly at either price, just because we have a shortage of good listings. But listing it at a higher price will just be better for the seller. I say push the limits as high as possible right now while we can. Eventually the Federal Reserve will crash the party.

Jan 04, 2016 09:25 PM #6
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe a difference of opinion can be healthy, being clones of each other is not good.  But it needs to be done in a constructive away and not in a argumentative way.  We also need to be prepared if the other person responds in a combative way.

Jan 05, 2016 08:28 AM #7
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Debe, I am glad you found that wonderful meaning!  We just had meetings about marketing strategies today & there was push & shove on it but I hope all came away with an appreciation that trying new ideas may reap more money for the agent...positive discussions are always fruitful!

Jan 05, 2016 09:16 AM #8
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

I remember when you wrote a blog post about pricing as such and since then I follow the same rule.  When I go on listing appointments and make my recommendation, sellers often look at me strangly when I say let's list for $300k instead of $299,900.  After my explanation, they certainly understand and go with my recommendation.   

A difference of opinion is a healhty way to discuss different views.  When they become combative, I'll take a step back and try to be a good listener and let them talk.  

Jan 06, 2016 01:26 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debe -- I suggest a price or price range to my seller clients but ultimately it is their decision.   The theory of pricing always prompts an interesting discussion.  

Jan 08, 2016 01:40 AM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

We learn by hearing and reading others' viewpoints. This helps us grow and expand our thinking. Nice post about ActiveRain's Weltanschauung, Debe.

Jan 08, 2016 11:49 PM #11
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