Can you see it?

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

Ok, I am having a bit of a time seeing it, or anything else for that matter, closer than about 6 feet. You see, I broke my glasses yesterday. I am wearing some readers today for close work, like typing on the computer. I can see fine beyond 6 feet without glasses. Social distancing should be easier. As soon as someone breaks that 6 foot barrier, they turn blurry.

This got me thinking about all the other things we can't see. Like the start of the current pandemic, or the end of it for that matter. We certainly did not see the economy tanking like it did, but we can clearly see it now.

Home buyers and sellers sometimes don't have a clear vision either. Sellers believe their home should sell for MORE and buyers think it should be priced as LESS. Can they not see, or are they choosing not to see?

In all things, try to "See" what there is to see. I see what appears to be a glimmer of hope for both the economy and the country. Both are reemerging and healing may have started. Now if I can just get my glasses fixed.

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 (17)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Peter den Boer - this is certainly a great play on seeing clearly.  See the positive things.

May 18, 2020 10:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


And that is the way it should be.  Very good positive post, perfect for a Monday.  Wishing you a great week ahead. A

May 18, 2020 01:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Love this Peter- What we see is colored by so many things not the least of which is what we want to see. Therefore, I choose to see positive!

May 18, 2020 07:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

May 23, 2020 07:02 PM
Peter den Boer

Thank you, Kathy!

May 26, 2020 05:16 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I hope by now your glasses are fixed! I wear contacts (or glasses) for distance and I hate when I don't have them on and need to see something. So impossible!

May 24, 2020 05:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Peter den Boer ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! A good positive and relevant post!

May 24, 2020 07:18 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

See from close up to distance it matters. Also see a bigger picture is important. I rarely want to talk to those I will not sell anything less than blah blah blah blah blah blah.  Good luck to you.


May 24, 2020 10:08 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I so get the glass thing Peter.  I bought new glasses months ago but they're not right so using my older ones for now.  I wonder what I'll see once I've got the new ones in hand!  I see positive now...and I'm certain my sight will be positive with the new ones. It's all perspective.

May 24, 2020 10:44 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Owners are always hoping that we’ll tell them their home is worth more  !

May 24, 2020 12:13 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Peter:

That was certainly a thoughtful post. People see through their own lens and it's not always the reality.


May 24, 2020 08:22 PM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

That is so thought-provoking, yet true! Thanks for sharing. I hope you can get a new pair or yours fixed soon. Be blessed and be safe.

May 25, 2020 12:47 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Some choose to see what they want depending on what side of the ''table' they are on.

I've noticed that as I get older I am reading things WRONG more & more. I read 'strippers enter here' & what it actually says when I look again twice is 'staff enter here'. I come up with just the most bizarre crap sometimes & as soon as I read it & question it I know that my glasses have failed me again. They are not my friend.

May 25, 2020 02:12 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I am glad Kathy Streib shared this in her weekly post! People do see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear! Sometimes we need to polish the screen up a little!!  Plus none of us have a Crystal ball to see the future We just have to learn as we go and hopefully remember what we learn!

May 25, 2020 10:01 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I am so frustrated with all the predictions coming out - nothing but gloom and doom - i think we will work through this - and why get your knickers in a wringer until we know what we are doing - but negativity sells newspapers - they see what they want to see 

May 26, 2020 04:11 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Great post, Peter den Boer 

When people practice clear vision thinking and seeing all manner of things come into focus.

May 26, 2020 05:44 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to  highlight it this week!

May 26, 2020 06:42 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Peter den Boer, sometimes, people see what they want to see, just makes them feel better I guess. However, sooner or later, whether they want to or not, they will see the true picture. I so get the glasses thing, I have several pairs all over the house and still manage to misplace them. 

May 26, 2020 11:04 AM

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