Puzzles of the Jig Saw variety and the art of real estate

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I was going to start this post with "I just realized"... but that's not true... I've known it for a long time, I've only just been able to put it in words, or had the desire to do so.


That's right, I said Jig Saw Puzzles.  Putting our deals together... buyers with sellers, sellers with buyers, buyers with attorneys, and inspectors, and lenders... it's all finding the right jig saw pieces and putting them together.

There's a skill to knowing which piece goes with which other.  Some are "innies"....some are "outies".  Some are edges and the ever important "corners".


Those of us who've been in the biz a long time... or perhaps are just remarkably skilled (having a Doctorate in psychology helps)... can manage to put those pieces together remarkably quickly... and adeptly.

Some of us take our time.  Using a magnifying glass, checking tabs against slots, measuring and assessing way before ever attempting an alignment.  Others of us press each available part up against the other part right away... keeping a rubber mallet handy, if needed.

The really creative keep a secret scissors in their back pocket, and a small scotch tape dispenser.


In the end, some of them are lovely, some of them are coarse, but mostly finished, but missing pieces, and others had to returned to the safety of the box (I hope I got all the pieces).

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!


I liked this post and found it very interesting.  Thank.

Apr 17, 2020 07:54 PM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I use wire cutters and duct tape out here in the country.  

Apr 17, 2020 09:56 PM #2
Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Great analogy Alan May , I am no longer puzzled 

Apr 18, 2020 04:11 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. Interesting take on the real este business. Sometimes, we just can't put the pieces together and sometimes they fall in place. Most of the time we deal with puzzles that fall in the middle!

This is one for you to consider Carol Williams

Apr 18, 2020 06:11 AM #4
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Alan this is exactly what the RE biz is like!  More agents would be wise to start thinking of real estate as just a big puzzle to be solved!  Having the ablility to see and know in advance how to manage any puzzle (real estate deal) AND have the right pieces to the puzzle ( service providers) to help with the puzzle is critical. For instance when I walk into a home I know exactly what needs to be done to prepare it properly for our market and have the team in place to accomplish the goal - SOLD for top dollar.

Apr 21, 2020 10:34 AM #5
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is a great analogy Alan May. This week i feel i am trying to complete my puzzle with a missing piece. That would be a MIA loan officer  

Apr 21, 2020 04:09 PM #6
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Making a game in your mind as a way to get through the hard times for a lot of us. Real estate business can be similar.

Apr 21, 2020 09:52 PM #7
Realty Pack
Realty Pack - Bel Air, CA
Real Estate Blog

Hello, Alan May. Excellent metaphor. Indeed real estate agents seem like Jigsaw Puzzles experts.

Apr 22, 2020 01:16 AM #8
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Right now I have a number of missing pieces and some are just staying in the box   Oh well this too shall pass

Apr 22, 2020 03:35 AM #9
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Ah what a fun blog to read--like that analogy!  When the pieces fit well--it's a win win!

Apr 22, 2020 09:42 AM #10
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 702-574-8102

Alan, Thanks for the clever analogy and levity, perfect timing.  There is no end to life analogies in real estate.

Apr 22, 2020 08:04 PM #11
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I had to come back to this one for a little bit of inspiration to put some of the pieces of what I’ve been working on back together in a sensible way.

Apr 22, 2020 10:11 PM #12
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