Don't Complicate the Simple

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams of Central PA RS334568

When it comes to walking through a business transaction, I have found that there are two types of people...


                                                Those that seem to
                            'Over-Complicate Everything'
                                        and those that
                                       'Keep It Simple'
 


Those that seem to over-complicate everything are a challenge from the initial email/phone call/text or hand shake.  I find myself having to read and re-read emails and having to ask numerous times for extra clarification.  I tend to walk away from a conversation with my head spinning and feeling like there's a dark cloud of confusion hovering overhead.  



Those that keep it simple are a pleasure from the start.  They are the 'get it done' personality style.  They want to keep the transaction flowing and free from unnecessary clogs.  They are usually easy to work with and return calls/emails/texts in a timely manner.  I tend to walk away from a conversation feeling like it has been productive and helpful.

There is no way to transform an 'over-complicate everything' type of person into a 'keep it simple' type of person, but I have found that implementing the following, helps me maintain my sanity:

1.) Keep interactions to a minimum.  Emails and phone conversations are short and sweet and include bullet points for easy reference.
2.) Acknowledge when it's best to revisit a particular point at another time if emotions are running wild.
3.) Recognize that I have no control of their frenzy nor do I need to enter into the unnecessary drama.

4.) Map out the needful route to accomplish the goal and stick with it.

                                             

5.) Understand that 'this too shall pass' and this transaction will not last for eternity but if stamina in running on low, perhaps having a conversation with my broker is a good idea.

Thankfully I have found that the 'over-complicate everything' type of person is rare and most transactions tend to be 'keep it simple' style.






Comments (116)

Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Thank goodness the over complicated transactions are rare! Simple keeps everything moving along and stress free.

Sep 03, 2016 12:16 PM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Evelyn Johnston - Yes, we all love the 'stress free' transactions!

Sep 03, 2016 11:18 PM
Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616
Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT) - Mesa, AZ
Top 0.33 percent of 39,000 Realtors in our MLS

Brilliant.   This is why I like to call the cross agent and make friends with them before ever going into contract.   It makes the transaction go at least 75% smoother. 

Sep 04, 2016 09:29 PM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Shanna Day Team Leader (AZ & UT) - I love your effort to keep each transaction as smooth as possible...
Hope you're enjoying a 'keep it simple' and wonderful weekend!

Sep 04, 2016 10:49 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Keeping it simple keeps misunderstanding to a minimum.  I am a huge fan of bullet points for clarity and ease of  reading.

Sep 05, 2016 01:58 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Sharon Parisi - Thank you for choosing to stop by and share your thoughts.  I too am a firm believer in "Keeping it simple keeps misunderstanding to a minimum"  

Sep 05, 2016 02:04 AM
Paula McDaniel
The Paula McDaniel Group with Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC - Chattanooga, TN
Voted Best of the Best Chattanooga Realtor 9 Years

Great post topic Maria! 

Sep 06, 2016 03:37 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This is

such a great blog. 

Sep 06, 2016 05:06 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Paula McDaniel  and Ginger Harper  - Thank you both for your encouraging words and support!

Sep 06, 2016 05:10 AM
Paul McFadden
Responsive Pest Control - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Yes. He is a pretty wise man!

 

Sep 06, 2016 08:21 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Paul McFadden - I agree... Thank you for stopping by to read and share your thoughts on my blog.

Sep 06, 2016 08:50 AM
Paul McFadden
Responsive Pest Control - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Not a problem. Keep 'em coming!

Sep 09, 2016 08:29 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Love the image you included. It really is the perfect visual for how one feels after dealing with the over complicated person. We've had a few too many of those lately. #3 is the one we need to remember. Don't get sucked in to the drama!

Oct 04, 2016 03:27 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Donna Foerster - I was just chatting with another agent and I shared 'I Don't Do Drama' - Some people thrive on the 'train wreck lifestyle' - I'm with you, avoid being sucked in!

Oct 04, 2016 05:12 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Maria, we can't change people, there will be those who keep the transaction lively, luckily, our relationship with them ends at the closing table.

Oct 12, 2016 04:51 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

That's true Beth Atalay - we only have the ability to keep 'our-self' from getting sucked into the frenzy ...

Oct 12, 2016 05:06 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Maria. How terrific this is. I think there are too many people who like to complicate for no apparent reason at all.

Oct 12, 2016 11:49 PM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Cheers Sheila Anderson to a simple day ...
Thank you for stopping by -

Oct 13, 2016 12:09 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

I consider myself a meat and potato guy.  KISS.  Too far in that direction probably in that I just do not want any FLUFF at all.  Mark

Nov 29, 2016 06:41 PM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint - It sounds like you enjoy the beauty of simplicity...  and I think life's priceless treasures are really quite simple - 

Nov 30, 2016 04:23 AM

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