A second set of eyes

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

It always amazes me how someone not involved in a situation can just walk up and in seconds identify an issue and provide a workable solution. Then they saunter off leaving the group with their jaws slack, wondering how that happened. I have seen this happen many times.

Its the old, "Second set of eyes" thing. Someone not encumbered by the current thinking comes to the problem with no preconceived notions. This fresh perspective yields benefits to those stuck in a mental rut.

Why even discuss this? Well, for one, I find it an interesting phenomena, and two, I am walking into just this situation this afternoon. 

I spoke to a group of agents a month or so ago, and have been asked back to talk about marketing for commercial agents. Am I in commercial? Nope. I was once, ever so briefly. But marketing is marketing. My hope is that I will be a second set of eyes for this group and be able to suggest ideas that they would not have ordinarily thought of. Either that or I will be totally useless! Wish me luck!

Posted by

Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


Ph. 770.713.1545



I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.

Comments (20)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Peter den Boer there is value in every presentation....you don't need luck.... you have experience and good common sense....

Feb 04, 2020 03:26 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing!

"Second set of eyes" thing. Someone not encumbered by the current thinking comes to the problem with no preconceived notions. This fresh perspective yields benefits to those stuck in a mental rut.

Feb 04, 2020 03:35 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Peter. That second set of eyes can be priceless. Always took advantage when active. Enjoy your day!

Feb 04, 2020 04:23 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Peter - so much value in a second set of eyes.  Those eyes may bring experience in that field or experience.  Maybe a new perspective from outside that arena.  The reasons are abundant and are a necessary part of an operation that embraces success.  

Feb 04, 2020 04:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Enjoy your talk! A second set of eyes and fresh perspective can work wonders!

Feb 04, 2020 05:53 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Peter. My money is on you and I think you will slay it. Enjoy.

Feb 04, 2020 07:43 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Good Luck Peter den Boer !  I have experienced this many times over the years.  A group can be 'struggling' with a solution and not looking past their regular ways of doing things. In pops somebody from another business and - there it is, an excellent suggestion. It's good to have a second set of eyes on things!

Feb 04, 2020 08:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


So true and we have observed a similar phenomena.  For some in our business, we are that second set of eyes...A

Feb 04, 2020 09:02 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Peter den Boer - you should do well.  A second set of eyes is always helpful.

Feb 04, 2020 11:20 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Peter- you make an excellent point. Wise is the person who is willing to listen to that second opinion. 

Feb 04, 2020 06:51 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

coming from outside the box can bring that fresh set of eyes - while still knowing a lot about the issue - good luck

Feb 06, 2020 05:27 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I love being around people that see things from a different angle than me.  Sometimes that is where the creativity comes from.  I am sure you brought some great ideas to those commercial agents.

Feb 08, 2020 06:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Feb 08, 2020 06:42 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

On real estate investments I always get the take from my property manager and also give him veto power.

Feb 09, 2020 07:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Peter:

Having a second set of eyes and a different perspective can often make a world of difference! Sometimes stepping away from a problem helps as well.


Feb 10, 2020 09:48 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Peter, a second set of eyes is a great tool! The trick is listening to them. One has to be willing  to change our minds!

Feb 11, 2020 04:46 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I had just that situation happen yesterday. Sometimes it's because they haven't been involved in the details, and sometimes, like yesterday, it's because it was a totally different type of personality who looks at things completely differently and saw it from another perspective. Hope it turned out well for you.

Feb 13, 2020 07:32 PM
Susan McCall - - Compass Realty Solutions
Compass Realty Solutions - Portland, OR
Listing and Buyer's Agent

A second set of eyes can mean many things. After the second pair of eyes for one of my clients was the mother, I took the client aside and asked if this was beneficial for what they were looking for.  The mother had lived in her home for 25 years and had a totally different set of values than the daughter who was looking for a starter home.  The mother came to the inspection and totally got it!

Feb 13, 2020 08:45 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Selling is selling regardless of the commodity and you can't sell someone until they are able and ready to buy. People buy or invest simply for the benefits, either now or in the future. Sometimes a second set of eyes or opinion derails the opportunity and it could be justifiable and that could prevent challenges for the buyer or seller, tax issues for example that wasn't considered with a transaction, so, it depends on the circumstances, doesn't it? 

Feb 14, 2020 06:32 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

A second set of eyes ... we can always learn something new or be reminded of something that we have come to take for granted.

Feb 17, 2020 03:16 PM