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"If brains was lard, he couldn't grease too big a pan."

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Real Estate Agent with Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 UT DRE# 6541633-SA00

"If brains was lard, he couldn't grease too big a pan." 

I love this quote of Jed Clampett's, a good ole' country boy with a helpful heaping of common sense. Jethro was a different story. Brawn, height and good looks don't always open doors when lacking smarts!

Years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with a potential buyer from a neighboring state. He came to the office, sat down and we started discussing wants and needs. As this burly, barrel chested man listed features and amenities, it became clear he was used to getting desired results. 

It also sounded like he knew what he wanted and would aggressively go after it. A little voice in my head told me to hold on to my seat, that we might be in for a wild ride! My gut instinct would later prove true.

His Wants & Needs List went as follows:

  • At least 2,500 square feet of living space
  • 2 to 3 car garage (or more)
  • 3 to 4 bedrooms
  • 2 to 3 bathrooms
  • On a .25 acre (or more)
  • In-ground swimming pool
  • Newer construction
  • No HOA fees/Monthly dues

Mind you, this was several years after that last market crash and he intended to take full advantage, by gum. After finishing the list, he then said, "I do not want to offer more than $25,000 and am paying cash." "That'll get the attention of anyone wanting to sell quick." Hoo boy, here we go!

I pulled up the MLS, proving that amount would not even buy a vacant lot with no stubbed utilities, he began arguing, saying, "Well, I can go to Arizona and buy this very same property for $25,000 or less!" Despite solid facts, he continued discounting my local real estate knowledge...

Finally, after the conversation failed to get anywhere, we walked to the front office door. I wished him well in moving forward and was set free. Free at last! A higher power saved me a whole lot of trouble dealing with someone so stubborn that he couldn't discern reality from pure fantasy.

I also thought to myself...

"If brains was lard, he couldn't grease too big a pan." 

This is an entry to: March to a Solution | ActiveRain March 2023 Challenge. Thanks again to Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and to Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP for hosting!

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Comments(103)

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

When attainable, that can happen, Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho. Otherwise, it becomes far fetched!

Mar 19, 2023 05:12 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

For those people, the dream is ever elusive and am unable to help them, though that is in my nature, John Juarez!

Mar 19, 2023 05:16 PM
John Juarez

You are too kind, Wanda. And, yet, we need to give our potential clients a chance to prove or disprove their worth.

Mar 19, 2023 05:45 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I have never had a client quite so stupid but I get my share of clients suffering from a lack of good sense.

Mar 20, 2023 07:57 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Wow, when we were in AZ to see the Grand Canyon, we saw a property that would have been perfect for him. There was no for sale sign, however, as it was in a ghost town.

There were a lot of donkeys/ jackasses, however. so he would have fit right in with the neighbors

Mar 20, 2023 09:07 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

When people lack good sense or common sense, it's difficult to convince them of anything outside of what they intend to accomplish, which usually doesn't amount to a hill of beans, Mike Frazier. Good to see you here!

Mar 20, 2023 09:39 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Who knows? He seemed like a simple man and just might be living there among his peers, Ed Silva! LOL

Mar 20, 2023 09:52 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Great  story.  Thanks, for sharing.

Mar 20, 2023 01:32 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

You are so very welcome, Ginger Harper, am glad you enjoyed the message!

Mar 20, 2023 01:35 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Thank you for providing such a valuable story. I appreciate your generosity in sharing it. May your day be wonderful and your week be blessed.

Mar 22, 2023 03:43 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

I love when perception is not reality although it can be very frustrating. I had a similar situation where my seller wanted a very high price in that same after 2008 crash market. I was able to talk her down some, but was still 10% over what I thought would sell for. Instead of listening to me about the price and taking my advice she would hound me constantly to market her home in the oddest of places like the real estate magazine in the mall. Or the grocery carts in the local supermarket. She said THAT would sell her house. After several weeks of this I simply fired her :) Free at last!

Oh...the kicker...she would call and text me about these places to market her house minutes after my wife gave birth to our 2nd child...in the hospital. Unreal. 

Mar 22, 2023 07:02 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

My deepest apologies. I never said CONGRATULATIONS to your well-deserved FEATURE for the March 2023 Challenge. You truly deserved more from me, and I failed miserably.

I am so happy for you. Your talent is above and beyond. 

Mar 23, 2023 08:09 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love this post!  Your story telling just gets better every time I open one of your posts ;) 

And a great entry for the contest.  That's a laundry list of expectations.  Good thing your wise enough to spend time at a desk, in front of a computer to share results and save your gas!  

Mar 24, 2023 09:57 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I tell people like that they are 3 decades too late.  And I can't stop laughing at the headline and who it made me think of.

Mar 25, 2023 12:30 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Glad you appreciate the message, Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, hope you're having a productive weekend!

Mar 25, 2023 12:43 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Good for you to stick with principles, especially when the other person fails to listen to reason, Erik Hiss. She obviously did not believe in set boundaries either!

Mar 25, 2023 12:44 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP., you are such a giving person and I felt your sincerity in commenting on my posts. Thanks again for hosting this month's challenge!

Mar 25, 2023 12:45 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Being effective while saving resources and time can weed out those who are not serious or refuse to listen to a local professional, Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, to make time for those who are ready to move forward!

Mar 25, 2023 12:47 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Tammy Lankford, I might have an idea of who comes to mind! LOL

Mar 25, 2023 12:48 PM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

This is the kind of story that gives me a pain in pit of my stomach remembering dealing with similar people.

Sep 30, 2023 04:49 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Thankfully, they are few and between, Dennis Neal. That day, a great amount of patience on my part was necessary to allow him to be heard and was very relieved after showing him the door. Whew!

Oct 01, 2023 03:13 PM