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Oh That Squeaky Wheel.

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services 607851

PASS THE GREASE

We have all heard the expression that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Sometimes we are the wheel and sometimes it's someone we are dealing with during a Real Estate transaction. Rarely there is no squeaking during a transaction as complex as the purchase or sale of Real Estate but it sure is sweet when the entire transaction goes as smoothly as a well lubricated engine.

I can not think of many, if any, coined phrases that are more true than "The squeaky wheel gets the grease". I don't know who originally came up with that phrase but it reminds me of a parable Jesus told in Luke 18:1-8.

 

The Parable of the Persistent
1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

English Standard Version
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

If you start to hear some squeaking in your Real Estate transaction remember that it is our fiduciary responsibility to apply the grease as necessary.

 

 

 

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Comments (13)

Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Jesus also said “ The Reason you do not Have , is because you will not Ask !”  …………….

Feb 23, 2024 07:43 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Yes he did Michael J. Perry . I appreciate that you are a fellow believer and can add to a Biblical conversation.

Feb 23, 2024 08:11 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob and I remember some people live by those words and they did not know it could back fire.

Feb 23, 2024 08:54 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

While that 'squeeky' wheel may get the grease, it is most likely to be the first one to go as well.  lol   Mark

Feb 23, 2024 01:21 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho  Diane has some health issues and needs to deal with Insurance providers, CVS Pharmacy's Special services.... and she had to become the squeaky wheel to get her medicine and the payment from the insurance companies.... she hates it but that is the only way they understand, Endre

Feb 23, 2024 10:32 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't like that giving constructive criticism that should help a person or entity improve is often considered as being a squeaky wheel, haha.  People are way too sensitive these days.  Pure honesty should rule the world, not just trying to make everyone feel good inside, haha.

Feb 24, 2024 04:25 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Yes it can backfire Will Hamm but I don't mind them if they are doing it for good reason and not just for attention to be drawn to themselves.

Feb 24, 2024 12:24 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I suppose the if the wheel doesn't get the grease the engine may blow a head gasket Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho 😉.

Feb 24, 2024 12:26 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Endre Barath, Jr. when it comes to health care I think we should ALL be as squeaky as we need to be to get the best health care.

Feb 24, 2024 12:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Brian England I agree that asking for the service level expected should not be considered squeaky or nagging.

Feb 24, 2024 12:29 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

I work hard to avoid the need for a "squeaky wheel". 

Experience provides me with advance warning for something that may be going awry. I don't wait until a problem becomes too big to handle before trying to get it solved. 

Feb 25, 2024 03:43 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Don't we all John Juarez ? BUT there are people out there who just have to squeak and push the boundaries of a deal. 

Feb 25, 2024 05:46 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob Crane  we were driving home from our accountant and she was on the phone for 20 minutes to get a simple answer straightened out, Endre

Feb 26, 2024 10:18 PM