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.
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.
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