Squeaky Wheels

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Squeaky Wheels


Pondering Squeaky Wheels


Squeaky Wheels. 

Are to be avoided.   Are rewarded.

You likely know the saying and you may have used on an occasion.  Maybe you can think of an example off the top of your head. It isn't so hard, right?

Good.  Bad.  Maybe indifferent.  It is what it is.

Is it good to stand out?  Or is it better to work behind the scenes to achieve your goal.   And what is your goal?  Context matters.  A lot.  So do other factors.  Isn't that typically true? 

But I digress. Just pondering.  And wondering.

For no reason.  Perhaps many reasons.   

The power of a quote. 

Use them to make or underscore your point. 

Or as a contradiction.  An oxymoron. An argument.  Open a discussion.

Squeaky Wheels.

Visual. Indeed.  But other senses are involved too. 

Something to think about when  a quote is used. 

Or when one is  heard.  Possibilities. They are abundant.  In a quote and so much more.    


Squeaky Wheels  


Photo by Michael Jacobs and taken a number of years ago in Highland Park(Los Angeles 90042).  I believe this was from a movie/television show.  Many older cars(most more vintage than the Volkswagen pictured we lined up on the street one weekend.  


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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You make a good point about squeaky wheels, Michael.  That car reminds me of one we had in our family back in the early 1960s.  Our's was in better shape than that one, and had an oval window in the back.  It was a 1956 model.

Jan 09, 2019 05:13 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Michael- I do love the VW Bug, especially the convertible ones. And about squeaky wheels...as a wonderful friend says... it depends. Sometimes you need to squeak your wheels to make your point. And other times it's best to grab the oil can. 

Jan 09, 2019 06:14 PM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I'm in total agreement with Kathy Streib - sometimes we have to be the squeaky wheel - especially in our business! Other times, not so much! 

Jan 09, 2019 08:38 PM #3
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Michael,

Wow! You are quite the poet. So many thoughts about the squeaky wheel. Be one, have one, hear one, ....

Jan 09, 2019 08:51 PM #4
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Since squeaky wheels get the grease, you can guess who squeaks every chance she gets!

Jan 09, 2019 08:55 PM #5
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Does this mean the loudest of the group, gets his way?  Or does someone just need a tune-up...

Jan 10, 2019 04:33 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Michael. I am enjoying your new voice and the destinations you travel too. I am a squeaky wheel.

Jan 10, 2019 05:38 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks like Bumblebee from the movie I just saw, haha.  I don't really like squeaky wheels, but it seems that we need to be just that from time to time with those that aren't great with communication.

Jan 10, 2019 06:16 AM #8
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, love the photo of the VW bug, those were classic.  We do need to step up and be the squeaky wheel sometimes....

Jan 10, 2019 06:31 AM #9
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.  In my (not so) humble opinion, squeaky wheels are rewarded way too often in our society.   

Jan 10, 2019 06:54 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sometimes the squeeky wheel gets the results they are hoping for and sometimes they just get a good dose of reality when those around them put in their ear plugs.

Jan 10, 2019 07:11 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


One of our friends had the same color bug.  Sometimes you have to squeak to get what you want!  Or squeak in appreciation of someone who has done a great job!  I don't think we squeak enough on this end of the spectrum...,and that is where we are focused on squeaking...Happy Thursday, so delighted you are writing posts again...A

Jan 10, 2019 08:05 AM #12
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

You know Michael, in politics the only wheels that get any attention are the squeaky ones.

Jan 10, 2019 08:10 AM #13
Deepak Chauhan
Versailles Property - Irvine, CA
Irvine, CA ... the place to be

people ...  be nice to the top politician

Jan 10, 2019 08:43 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

A squeak, or a squawk - it may be necessary, or welcome.  It might just depend upon the need and the intention. To squeak just to squeak, no thank you. 

Jan 10, 2019 09:52 AM #15
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I immediately thought of "The squeaky wheel gets the grease!" But I saw that Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents beat me to it! My boss many, many years ago said that to me and it was the first time I heard it. I didn't know whether to smile or cry. So in a split second, I just agreed and was hoping it was the right answer. I was never for sure why he said it, but I do remember his bushy eyebrows move upward and he smiled.

Jan 10, 2019 05:59 PM #16
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wheels that squeak get the best attention....guess it is part of my personna !

Jan 11, 2019 03:38 AM #17
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Michael Jacobs,

There are  many squeaky wheels being greased right now and not always for the right reason. Some of them are squeaking just to be heard. Attention for not the right reasons.

Jan 11, 2019 05:12 AM #18
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