Knees, Houses, Data & Decisions

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

My right knee and me haven't been getting along so well for months.  What started as a minor irritation has gotten worse over time.  Those first few steps after standing up aren't fun.  Stairs?  Ugggh.  A cortisone shot helped for a bit, but it was just a band-aid and not a cure.  The next step in treatment was to get an MRI today. The end result is a CD packed with cross-section images of my knee.

knee mri photoAnd while I might recognize the major components of my knee (bones and muscle), I lack the expertise to actually diagnose what is causing my pain.  The answer is obviously in the data images, if ONLY I knew how to read them!!  Fortunately, there are people with the special training to interpret those images, and I'll see that doctor Tuesday and we'll figure out what the next action should be.

Too often we see encounter home buyers and sellers who have plenty of data.  There's public record data from the county.  There's online syndicators and their estimates of home values.  There's what the neighbors said.  And there's what their friends and co-workers are telling them.  Now some of these sources are true and factual, some based on a bit more guessing, and some fall into the category of "fake news" and some of it just might be an outright lie.  But regardless, it's all data that COULD factor into making a decision.  A really BIG decision that involves major dollars and a major life event.

So do you see the intersection of my knee and those home buyers and sellers?

We both have a need.  I want my knee back to normal and they want to buy or sell a home.

We both potentially have the essential data to make a decision.

We're both pretty familiar with the subject matter.  My knee and I have been together since birth and I'd venture very few of my area home buyers and sellers haven't lived in a home.  And while we're both familiar with our particular subject matters, we're NOT experts.

So what decision is to be made?

A home buyer COULD go straight to the listing agent to make a purchase (that's a BIG mistake, but more on that another day).

A home seller COULD decide to sell without an agent (which may or may not be a big mistake depending on the seller's experience).

I could try to self-diagnose my knee, but I know I'd fail because I lack the expertise and at this point in life it might be tough to get into med school.  And besides, I don't want to wait that long to solve my issue!

So for me, the decision is easy.  I'm going to the professional next week.  He's going to look at those images and determine what's wrong.  And because he does this dozens and dozens of times a year, he's going to do it quickly and with a minimum of effort.  He's going to know how to fix it and provide me his best guidance on what I need to do next.  And I'm going to do what he recommends because he's the expert and I'm not.  And in return, me (and my insurance company) or going to provide him a nice fee.  That's how it works, right?

What we hope is that home sellers and buyers recognize that we as agents help home buyers and sellers dozens and dozens of times a year, year after year.  So we have the experience and expertise to figure things out quickly and know the best course of action to take care of our clients.  And while we're not free, we only get paid when we succeed, so that's a win-win for our clients and us!

Need advice on the home buying and selling process?  That's what we're here for!  Just give us a call at 513-520-5305 or email  We look forward to hearing from you! 

Serving Warren County Ohio's home sellers and buyers,

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz


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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 morning Liz and Bill Spear ,

I love your analogy ..buyers and sellers want to make sure they have an experienced professional to interpret the data and guide them in the right direction and through a transaction. I'm still chuckling at Alan May 's comments..I see so many that obtain a little knowledge and become dangerous!!

Mar 31, 2017 04:40 AM #26
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Data, data everywhere, but how to interpret.  Good point. 

Mar 31, 2017 05:36 AM #27
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Liz and Bill Spear , great job using your pain for gain! Thanks for sharing!

Mar 31, 2017 05:50 AM #28
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Liz and Bill Spear thank you for sharing your story and giving us a great application for real estate.

There is no lack of people willing to diagnose a medical problem and likewise just as many if not more who "know" all there is to know about real estate.

In both cases, best practice is let the Professionals guide the process.

Best wishes on regaining a healthy knee.

Mar 31, 2017 06:16 AM #29
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Many speak Real Estate fluently but fail at other things. I dont do knees either

Mar 31, 2017 07:38 AM #30
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Dorie, I think Alan might have been imbibing the Super Sugar Smack Crispys yesterday :)

Mick, That is the challenge isn't it?  What's the proper interpretation?

Nathan, Willing to sacrifice the pain and just keep the gain :)

John, There's so much value in having a pro that has been there, done that repeatedly.

Richie, And sometimes what is neglected doesn't bite us for years to come.  I enjoyed soccer, but I think I'm still paying the dues for the enjoyment.


Mar 31, 2017 08:54 AM #31
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

We do want buyers and sellers to recognize our worth and the need to turn to us for representation. Online resources can only go so far. It is hard to build trust without a human connection.

Mar 31, 2017 03:03 PM #32
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hope the knee gets the proper diagnosis and treatment - plus clients see the value of hiring you as their professional, Liz and Bill Spear .

Mar 31, 2017 03:36 PM #33
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Debbie, No doubt meeting people helps build the relationship, although I've helped buyers and sellers that I've had minimal face to face time.

Lynnea, A bit anxious to at least find out what's next and get on to it :)

Mar 31, 2017 04:12 PM #34
Elizabeth Murphree
Elizabeth Murphree @ Ikon Realty of Ashburn 5 - Fairfax, VA
Helping Baby Boomers Boom in Northern Virginia!

Excellent information!!

Apr 01, 2017 04:13 AM #35
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Elizabeth, Thanks!

Apr 01, 2017 03:53 PM #36
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Great correlation between your knee/surgeon and clients/Realtor! Hope your knee gets better!

Apr 01, 2017 09:19 PM #37
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Liz and Bill Spear ....I hope it's not to serious! I'm facing issues with my knees, but not to the surgery point ...yet. I've looked at alternative treatments, some being covered by insurance and some not, yet my out of pocket was still going to be $5-8,000.

Need more closings!


Apr 02, 2017 12:27 PM #38
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Thomas, Tomorrow is the day (I assume) that I'll get my diagnosis from the MRI.  Anxious to have some resolution.

Thom, That's a serious chunk of change!

Apr 03, 2017 02:09 PM #39
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true!  Interpreting the data of an MRI or an appraisal is nuts and bolts for experts.  Obviously you guys are the go to team in Warren County, Ohio! 

I hope you have a simple solution to your knee issues.  After 3 major surgeries (more than scopes, I feel your pain!

Apr 03, 2017 08:33 PM #40
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

There is one of my knees, over a year ago.

The other is just as bad.

The diagnosis is serious and that new ones are needed.

Can I do that?  No.  So, what to do?

Maybe an intersection between my knees and a certain realtor I'm reading about now?     ; >)

Apr 04, 2017 03:10 AM #41
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Bill,

To continue with the analogy, there are many experts to be consulted in both fields. For knees, there are those, who have a hammer & see every problem as a nail. Then there are other experts, who may have a slow, but less invasive & more permanent fix. Might be good to talk to several to see, what your options are. Physical & massage therapists, & yoga practicioners can sometimes teach you how to make things better without surgergy.

Apr 06, 2017 07:56 PM #42
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jan, Fortunately the MRI place can provide a full report full of technical terms that make little sense to someone not it the business....sounds familiar for some reason?? :)

Jay, I don't know how to read that photo, but I'm guessing the lack of uniformity and the different color is NOT a good sign.  And having bad knees in your profession has to be pretty rough.  Good luck!

Dorte, In my case there's definitely physical damage in the joint (torn meniscus multiple spots, arthritis, cyst, bone bruising, etc.), but the afib I currently have hinders for now the surgical route of addressing the issues.  Waiting on Aetna to approve a series of injections that will provide some relief, albeit I know it's not a permanent fix.  In the interim I'll continue doing the best I can and no one needs to worry about me running up stairs :)

Apr 07, 2017 03:58 AM #43
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Seems simple..recognize the need, research the resources available and then choose the best one to solve the problem! 

Apr 12, 2017 08:09 AM #44
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Gary, Exactly!

Apr 12, 2017 08:59 AM #45
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