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Things We Stress in Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty 8431215

1.  Did they like me?

2.  Will I get the listing?

3.  Did I price it right?

4.  Will they keep it tidy and allow enough showings?

5.  Will the weather be okay for the open house?

6.  Will the offer be low?

7.  Can I put this together?

8.  Can they get the mortgage commitment?

9.  Will the home inspection be satisfactory / workable?

10.  Will title be okay?

11.  Will my sellers get out in time?

12.  Will the lender close on time?

13.  Did final walk through go okay?

14.  Do I anticipate any challenges at settlement?

15.  Will the processor approve all my paperwork so I can get paid?

16.  Will interest rates stabilize / come down?

17.  Will the NAR settlement have unforeseen challenges and hurdles?

18.  Will DOJ really try to eliminate our independent contractor status? 

19.  How much longer will this inventory shortage last?

20.  At what point will inflation choke off the normal buyer's ability to afford a home?



Posted by

Michael Elliott



Burlington, New Jersey Real Estate 

Broker / Salesperson

Fathom Realty


cell (609) 864-8164   office (888) 455-6040


Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

I forgot:

Will the pictures be done on time

Will the appraisal come in at value?

Apr 14, 2024 03:52 AM
Matt Brady

I was going to mention the appraisal. Always a stress for us lenders.

Apr 14, 2024 07:08 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Michael. I am not a worrier. I am a problem solver. I am a stress reliever. And yes, your list of questions are the problems I had to solve daily when active. Enjoy your day.

Apr 14, 2024 05:23 AM
Michael Elliott

That's the way to be, Wayne Martin !

Apr 14, 2024 05:45 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There is plenty to stress about in real estate, it's a very stressful career and outsiders think it's easy, haha.

Apr 14, 2024 05:32 AM
Michael Elliott

Well said, Brian England 

Apr 14, 2024 05:59 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

you nailed it with those 20 points. Thanks for sharing it. Have a super fantastic week!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Apr 14, 2024 05:33 AM
Michael Elliott

Thank you, Bill Salvatore - East Valley 

Apr 14, 2024 06:01 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and a stress free week.

Apr 14, 2024 05:34 AM
Michael Elliott

Thanks, Roy Kelley 

Apr 14, 2024 06:01 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I think, because I try to look way ahead to all potential issues (always have been this way), I am not really bothered by most issues. I simply look at how I can profit from them. In almost any case (take the NAR issue that is front and center), a good agent will make MORE money.

Apr 14, 2024 05:50 AM
Michael Elliott

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty  anticipating issues is a veteran mindest, yes indeed!

Apr 14, 2024 06:00 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and so many things to stress about.  Can I re blog this sometime?  

Apr 14, 2024 06:31 AM
Michael Elliott

Of course, Will Hamm !

Apr 14, 2024 06:34 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Michael, Navigating these stressors require resilience, adaptability, and a strong support network to make it in the dynamic world of real estate!

Apr 14, 2024 06:32 AM
Michael Elliott

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400    well said, thank you.

Apr 14, 2024 06:34 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Michael!

I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites. Thank you so much for writing it!  


Apr 14, 2024 08:29 AM
Michael Elliott

Patricia Kennedy  thanks so much!

Apr 14, 2024 10:03 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is a list that would certainly create stress but at the end of the day the best we can do is our best and if it isn't good enough well at least we tried.

Apr 14, 2024 09:12 AM
Michael Elliott

Yes indeed, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

Apr 14, 2024 10:04 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Awe man, now you got me worrying. Again...

Apr 14, 2024 10:20 AM
Michael Elliott

Sorry, Joseph Domino 480-390-6011   !   The more prepared we are, the better equipped.

Apr 14, 2024 10:42 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Your posting made me smile as most stress is because human beings have an incredible tendency to focus on what they cannot control.

Apr 14, 2024 11:10 AM
Michael Elliott

Leanne Smith  so true!

Apr 14, 2024 12:18 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Elliott  A day in the life of a Real Estate Agent. 

Apr 14, 2024 12:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Michael,

I have to admit most of these are not stress items for me. Like Wayne Martin I'm a problem solver and over the past 32 years in real estate they come with the  territory! Just part of what I do!

Apr 14, 2024 01:02 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

So many questions, so little time to get it right and the more reason to dig in those heels to get it done, Michael! Congrats in making Patricia's favorites list.

Apr 14, 2024 03:14 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Who said being a REALTOR was an easy...cushy...well paying job? Oh yeah. Those new agents who managed to master a fairly training course and pass a fairly ease test in order to get their license...but have no idea what to do next.

Apr 14, 2024 06:35 PM
Matt Brady
Watermark Capital - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Equity Advisors

My next post will be on the 94 things we stress about on the golf course :) I was reading your list and I cannot believe my wife and I have been through this process as buyers 34 times.

Apr 14, 2024 07:14 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

In all fairness if we had this post written 20+ years ago I would agree with you... now days I do not stress about any of this, I am comfortable with my listing skills, my marketing skills so no stress. I look at if they do not list with me clearly it is their loss that is 29+ years of Real Estate Experience speaking and anytime you reach out to me I have 12-15 listings an two or three in escrow, Endre

Apr 14, 2024 10:43 PM
Michael Elliott

I really don't stress most of these things either, but I have, Endre Barath, Jr. !

Apr 15, 2024 11:49 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

Working with co-op's adds an entirely different dimension. I invested a tremendous amount of time working with my buyers- we got into contract, completed the board package- and now have been waiting 5 weeks for the co-op board to review. If my buyers are a likely yes, then they are granted an interview with the board (possibly their dog might have to join them for evaluation of  any potential behavioral issues). I have to them prepare my buyers with a mock interview- and hopefully after all of this- my clients will be approved by the board to close.

Apr 15, 2024 10:35 AM
Michael Elliott

Adam Feinberg good luck, that is a different world from what I know!   I admire your patience.

Apr 15, 2024 10:37 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Hello  Michael Elliott   While all of these items are Actual things that do come up in our transactions, I am pretty sure you don't really worry about them You have too good a sense of humor to let these things bog you down! I am sure you just deal with whatever comes up and go with the flow! That is what we do!!


Apr 18, 2024 12:56 AM
Michael Elliott

I was stressing a potential mold issue last week  Debra Leisek !

Apr 18, 2024 03:18 AM
Michael Elliott

Debra Leisek  and thank you  :-)

Apr 18, 2024 08:29 AM