This post was inspired by a question asked by Lyn Sims on the Q&A section for Active Rain/Members only. Thank you Lyn.
The general idea of her question is the issue of controversy when it comes to listing a home where politics, weapons,and or religion have a prominent visual display in the home. It is about how to walk on eggshells.
What should an agent suggest? Should the seller take down their displays to make sure, the home has the biggest exposure and does not offend a prospective buyer. We feel that weapons should be locked in a safe place.
These days, we are inundated with group politics requiring us (regardless of what profession you are in) to walk on eggshells by using correct words and terminology when addressing one of these groups or individuals that belong to these groups.
We both have been in many homes looking for ourselves and with our branding/marketing clients. We have seen the gamut of religious altars, nude photos/paintings and other displays.
We were buying the home and not the beliefs/politics of a seller.and the only thing I have ever found mildly offensive was a pile of dog poop around a swimming pool. If we had loved the home, that would not have kept us from making an offer.
How Does One Get in the frame of mind to want to Clap to the Happy Song?
1. Get over yourself. No gave you the right to critique others, or to be the moral compass for anyone, including your kids.
2. Adapt this motto: What You Think of Me is None of my Business. This is the title of a little book by Terry Cole-Whittaker, well worth reading.
3. Appreciate whatever comes your way...When a deal fell through in our commercial real estate firm, Ron and I took the guys out for a celebration. We knew a better deal was on its way.
4. A friend of ours always says: Don't deal with people who try to yank your chain. Don't even return their calls. They will not cry and miss you, they have a bountiful source available of those who want their chain yanked.
5. "Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible." Dalai Lama. Sometimes all you need to do is just smile and move on.
Years ago, Ron and I decided that there only two groups of people, happy people and unhappy people. Both groups come in every race, color, religion, political party and sexual preferences.
People like doing business with people like themselves! We have had what some may refer to as "charmed life!" We attract happy people, and that included sellers, lessors, developers, as well as buyers, leasees, and friends. There were times when emotions ran high on many sides, but the happy gene prevailed!
Are you walking on eggshells or clapping to the Happy Song?
I have included the link to the lyrics, if you don't have time to listen to the song...
Are you walking on Eggshells or Clapping to the Happy Song?