The Wheels On The Bus Go 'Round & 'Round But The ETA Is Your Call

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In the real estate business, for every action, there is a means of protection for the client. This reminds me of Newton’s 3rd Law that states, “for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction.” Real estate IS a reactive business, but we DO have protections for every buyer and/or seller client. 

Buyer protections are relatively standard with the use of home inspection, mortgage contingencies, and Attorney representation to eliminate deceit.  

Sellers have “drop dead dates” for their buyers to satisfy all contingencies and Attorney representation to keep everyone in the transaction honest. 

Having said all of that, how do so many transactions become “deals from hell?” If everyone does their job, every transaction would and should be just like riding on a newly paved road with a negotiated ETA.   

Each agent can only control what he/she has for a job description. However, if both buyer agent and listing agent work cooperatively, there is no problem or situation that cannot be addressed and resolved. 

Every transaction is a team effort, and the results of that effort are in direct proportion to the attention and performance given by each player.  

Just another thought for the moment..... 

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Barbara Todaro, Great Grandmother to Caleb, Santino, Aiden and Gianni       

Todaro Team - Retired



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Comments (30)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The wheels on the bus always roll smoothly when everyone gets along, but one bad wheel will cause the bus to not be able to move at all.

Mar 01, 2021 05:43 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Barbara Todaro yes, I find in my past that my transactions from hell were with incompetent agents

Mar 01, 2021 06:46 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Yes Barbara, each player has a part in the transaction. Most of the time it all works out, but there a few times in my memory that wiped out the deal because of their lack of communication!

Mar 01, 2021 06:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Barbara and good point but I try hard to work with my counter part to make it a smooth transaction.

Mar 01, 2021 07:55 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I couldn't agree more my friend. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience Barbara Todaro 

Mar 01, 2021 08:37 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Barbara Todaro - You hit it on the head with this.  Working cooperatively is a key point. Job well done.

Mar 01, 2021 03:35 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You're right on all points, Barbara! Now, more than ever, it's not smart to show your 'bad side' to your peers!! I had one recently that had a bidding war on the back-up and one of the agents literally threatened me that she had done 'everything right' and her clients 'had better be the back-up by day's end!' I kid you not!

Well, let me tell you, they're NOT the back-up! I shared the 'threat' with my clients and they don't want to deal with that type of person on the other side of their sale. The team needs to work TOGETHER! 

Mar 01, 2021 09:32 PM
Barbara Todaro

I would have paid big bucks to have been a fly on that wall....very large sums of cash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Mar 07, 2021 04:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I would have loved to have been a fly on that wall also, Debe Maxwell, CRS !

Mar 07, 2021 05:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Barbara.

I hope all is going well for you. We have a sunny day in Maryland and life is good.

Mar 02, 2021 07:49 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Mar 06, 2021 06:00 PM
Barbara Todaro

thank you, Kathy....

Mar 13, 2021 05:03 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Barbara. If all parties stay in their lane and work towards a smooth closing, a smooth closing it will be. Enjoy your day.

Mar 07, 2021 05:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

A great team can get anything done, and do it so it's easy and smooth for all clients. All it takes is one person who isn't being helpful (or is being a roadblock) to make it much more difficult.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Mar 07, 2021 05:58 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The key being all parties are responsible professionals. Unfortunately, not always the case. It is so important to have the right people on your team!

Mar 07, 2021 06:55 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Barbara Todaro ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week as I missed it. It's all about the details and if everyone takes the tasks at hand seriously and is committed to following through it can be a smooth and seamless transaction for all parties!

Mar 07, 2021 07:05 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Imagine if this simple, yet powerful concept was followed in all aspects of life. Can you imagine how well things would run? Ha. 

Mar 07, 2021 08:00 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

You are right on target with this post.  Agents need to keep the drama down and let cool heads prevail.  

Mar 07, 2021 09:30 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Putting an offer together and getting it to a smooth and succesful closing are two entirely different subjects. Both take great skill and the later takes a team that is on the ball 100% of the process.

Mar 07, 2021 10:46 AM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Yes - working together gets the job off to a much better start. Love the picture of your babies too!

Mar 07, 2021 12:13 PM
Barbara Todaro

thank you....those are my four "Great Grandsons"..... 

from left to right:   Caleb, Santino, Aiden and Gianni.....

Paula McDonald, Ph.D. 

Mar 07, 2021 01:25 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

For me, it comes down to "communication".

Mar 07, 2021 12:51 PM
Barbara Todaro

we are in a communication business.... without well developed skills in communicating, we're dead in the water....

Mar 13, 2021 05:06 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

team players = cooperation. Often times agents are the opposite of that.

Mar 08, 2021 12:45 PM
Barbara Todaro

Lyn.... there are times when you would think they were enemies and it was a nasty competition.... toxic!

Mar 13, 2021 05:05 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Each transaction requires full cooperation on the part of all participants.  That's the only way to being it to a successful close.

Mar 14, 2021 02:59 PM

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