Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 

To bite off more than one can chew means to take on more than one can deal with; to attempt to do something that one is not capable of accomplishing, or not to take too much work or responsibility.

(The idiom originated in America during the late nineteenth century when a man offered another man a bite of his plug of chewing tobacco and 'don't bite off more than you can chew' would remind the receiver not to be greedy.

 

 

Daily, it seems I hear someone saying they are too busy to follow up or return a call or answer a text. Too busy to cancel an appointment or to meet for a second showing.

 

too busy

 

Why are they "too busy?"

Maybe, in this market,  they are trying to handle more than is possible. 

They don't make enough time to attend appraisals, inspections, and sometimes even showings. They don't go on home inspections because they might hear of something wrong and don't want to get sued

 

And a few excuses for not attending to business:

-They have contractors in their own home -They have a sick relative -Their assistant is out  -Their admin person forgot  -They are in a CE class -They are at their second job - Not enough time to meet the buyers, so leave a key under the mat 

And when making appointments on the wrong house, maybe they were too busy to check the MLS.

These busy people do not attend inspections, appraisals, or showings on their listings (unless they are a million-plus.) Maybe they are too busy to take care of business.

Guess I'm a bit more hands-on and responsive to my clients. Wonderfully busy but never  TOO  BUSY to take care of my buyers and sellers. 

NOTE: The underlined words above link to other posts.

 

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Comments (18)

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

Hi Margaret -  when people tell me how busy they are I feel that they are bragging that they have lots of business.  That is not necessarily the case.

Oct 23, 2021 03:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - it seems there are those who can easily find excuses while others know ways to make things happen.  

Oct 23, 2021 04:05 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

A good agent knows how to delegate and becomes a good juggler in a busy market. Those who try to bite off more than they can chew get themselves in trouble.

Oct 23, 2021 04:38 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. Learning to schedule properly requires constant attention. Scheduling the unexpected is tricky. Enjoy your day.

Oct 23, 2021 04:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

We all have the same amount of time in each day, and we make time to do the things we want to do. If we are too busy to do something, it means we didn't make it a priority - if it was a priority, we'd make sure to have time to do it.

Enjoy your day!

Oct 23, 2021 05:09 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

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Flush the “I’m Too Busy”

Bull Crap!

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Oct 23, 2021 08:06 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

It is so sad that too many people in this business do not take care of their clients in the way every client deserves. We should never be too busy to serve our clients. 

Oct 23, 2021 08:09 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

"We should never be too busy to serve our clients." Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

Oct 23, 2021 05:04 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Margaret- I've always felt that people set their own priorities and make the time to do what is important to them. And when people don't show up or are late, it shows us what their priorities are. 

Oct 23, 2021 01:08 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret anyone to busy to take care of business, will not be to busy or even just busy much longer.

Oct 23, 2021 03:30 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Grant Schneider Telling you they are busy might be bragging but when used as an excuse to drop the ball, the client suffers.

Oct 23, 2021 04:53 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Buzz Mackintosh Those that take on too much get both clients and deals in trouble.

Oct 23, 2021 04:55 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Michael Jacobs, So true:

"...there are those who can easily find excuses while others know ways to make things happen."

Oct 23, 2021 04:57 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wayne Martin  Good comment "...Learning to schedule properly requires constant attention."

Oct 23, 2021 04:59 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kat Palmiotti You and I understand that, but the others, who, no matter what needs doing, are just too busy or easily blame someone else.

Oct 23, 2021 05:02 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  Thanks for the Mr. Crappy flush!

Oct 23, 2021 05:03 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kat Palmiotti What a good comment, especially "...if it was priority, we'd make sure to have time to do it."

Oct 23, 2021 05:07 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy Streib  Well said: 

"I've always felt that people set their own priorities and make the time to do what is important to them. And when people don't show up or are late, it shows us what their priorities are. "

Oct 23, 2021 05:10 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

George Souto, I do agree that anyone who is

  "too busy to take care of business, will not be too busy or even just busy much longer.

Oct 23, 2021 05:12 PM