Real Estate is Not A Game But It Can Be Fun

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Real Estate is Not A Game But It Can Be Fun


Earlier this week flip-flop wearing friend and ActiveRain Ambassador Belinda Spillman wrote a post about a recent transaction she compared to a game of Dominos. As I am prone to mind wandered as her post made me ponder...  


There are those who say real estate might occasionally involve a game or two. I certainly understood Belinda’s Dominos connection but I was thinking could there be a relationship between board games and real estate?  Sure there are some obvious ones like The Game of Life and, of course, Monopoly.    


And then I started to list some of my favorite board games.  Yes, this is a moment where I digress.  Because I can.  Okay, so my mind wandered. Risk certainly has a real estate angle -- well the name at least.  Ditto for Trouble and Sorry!.  But really it’s best to avoid those two words when possible. At least in real estate.    


Then there’s Candy Land -- hmm...not so much for me but maybe Land Guy Endre Barath, Jr. might think otherwise.  I even wrote a post during one of the "be the star of your own movie" contests about Clue the movie which was based on the board game of the same name.


Thinking about some of the things we need in order to survive in this business and these came to mind:  Wits and Wagers - Pay Day - Barrel of Monkeys. Of course, many of us may have a Cosmic Encounter or two that has been revealed during a transaction. Don’t Break The Ice is a game but couldn’t it be a remark found in the "agent only" section of the multiple listing service too?  Could business Cards Against Humanity be considered going too far?


And of course Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune come to mind.   The Price is Right and Let’s Make A Deal -- yes, they are television shows but they are board games too.   


Real estate may not involve an Operation of the typical variety but it does involve those moments when we hear people who should practice Concentration before they Say Anything.


How about you?  Any particular board games come to mind when you think about real estate?   Or maybe I was wrong and Belinda was really thinking about celebrating her recent closing with a pizza party and not a game at all? I digress...and for the record...real estate is not a game but that doesn't mean it can't be fun.


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Published:  September 1, 2017   


Real Estate is Not A Game But It Can Be Fun




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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Michael. There are many aspects to this business that reminds me of playing games.

Sep 02, 2017 04:52 AM #31
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I think of Jinga being a lot like real estate. Carefully taking a piece at a time and trying to keep the deal from collapsing.

Sep 02, 2017 05:43 AM #32
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, what a fun post, and funny to relate games to real estate, but some could be compared to our daily lives in real estate!   

Sep 02, 2017 05:44 AM #33
John Marshall - FORE!
The K Company Realty - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Interesting to think of real estate as a board game, years ago I met a wonderful sales trainer who said - life is a board game, and you are either one of those rare individuals who creates the game that others play on - think Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford.... or you are playing on someone elses board, its your choice... I am still working on creating my own game, but for now playing "Beyond Balderdash" with the rest of the real estate community

Sep 02, 2017 06:06 AM #34
Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

What a fun post to read as I start my morning! the comments, too. "Mastermind" is another good one that one could tie in to real estate quite easily.

Sep 02, 2017 06:34 AM #35
Matt Brady
Skyline Home Loans - Del Mar, CA
Lending With Competence And Character

I really like the "Don;t break the Ice" analogy. It promotes the same stressful feeling agents have while waiting for me to say we are clear to close. I think the only one you missed was not wanting to be caught in the "Mouse Trap"

Sep 02, 2017 06:42 AM #36
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

I don't think of chutes and ladders but see it as a sport, some same jealous master addiction. But the time spent to go above and beyond to stand out with better listings, new ways to market better reinvention of the list, twist, sell (repeat). I think you develop your own game board strategy. The real estate hokey pokey rides on a business chassis so your profit is in your expenses too. I love marketing, making sure the business expenses are tight and the best ROI. I love the people, the matchmaking property challenge. And promotion of the local area to attract those far from the community buyers used to way way higher prices. It is not a game when you help a couple on the verge of losing their home, who are struggling with a divorce or loss of job, estate sale.

Sep 02, 2017 07:00 AM #37
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Your mind works in mysterious ways and when you say, I ponder, it usually means we're in for a good ride as this post demonstrates Michael Jacobs 

Sep 02, 2017 11:25 AM #38
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

I was glad to see Candyland and Cards Against Humanity in your list.    Fun!

Sep 02, 2017 01:26 PM #39
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Thank you very much for your comments and I enjoyed so many of your contributions too.    I appreciate that you stopped by and added to the fun.  

Sep 02, 2017 01:34 PM #40
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Too funny and so creative! How about Mystery Date . Meeting a client for the first time and have no idea if the two of you will hit it off. And then there is Clue as in some buyers, sellers and even some agents have no clue what they are doing. Have a great holiday weekend! 

Sep 02, 2017 03:34 PM #41
Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home
Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA - Portland, OR
Quickly, professionally and with a little fun!

It might be fun to sit down and play Applies to Apples with a potential client.  So much is revealed with the answers.

Sep 02, 2017 06:10 PM #42
Peter Davies
Borawski Real Estate - Northampton, MA
Exceptional service, without exception...

Sometimes a bit like Backgammon, in order to win both sides now and then have to make strategic sacrifices in order to get to a successful position in the end.

Sep 03, 2017 09:06 AM #43
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great advice!!!

Real estate may not involve an Operation of the typical variety but it does involve those moments when we hear people who should practice Concentration before they Say Anything.

Sep 03, 2017 06:58 PM #44
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Real estate can have it's ups and downs . . . . I;ve enjoyed my real estate career and wouldn't trade it.

Good luck and success.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 03, 2017 07:05 PM #45
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

All at once, I am reminded of all my favorite board games! Real Estate may be a job, but it is also a joy.

Sep 04, 2017 08:22 AM #46
Andrea.B Ferreira 954-303-8289 CRS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

I like to think about chess game... every strategy and movement to lead us to a checkmate (closing day)...

Sep 04, 2017 09:15 AM #47
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Real Estate is fun. The game that comes to mind is Chess. All the pieces must be in the right place in order to check mate or close on a transaction.

Sep 04, 2017 12:15 PM #48
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

It's all fun and games until the rules change by the economy, the government, supply and demand, foreign affairs and more.

Sep 06, 2017 07:21 PM #49
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I have one transaction right now, that I would like to play HANG MAN with.   He responds when he feels like it, and could be three to seven days after I need an answer.  UGH!!!

Mar 19, 2018 01:41 PM #50
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