Real Estate Takes A Moment of Mourning

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Daytona Beach Real Estate & Community Events blog. By Lisa C. Hill, "THE SMART CHOICE!"

I recently posted a blog about a house I sold last week, that was in the worst condition I had ever seen. I also mentioned in that post that the listing agent for that house pretty much acted like he didn't want to sell the luxury househouse. It was the worst transaction I've ever had.

Well, a little while ago I was just reading a couple of recent real estate blog posts by Broker Bryant titled "Does that 50 Cents Have to Be on the HUD?" and "Increase Property Showings by Treatng Your Peers with Respect". In writing this post, I was only going to reference these three posts, but then I also read one by Elizabeth Nieves titled F.S.B.O. does not stand for "material Facts Should Be Optional".

So what do all these seemingly typical real estate blog posts have in common? I mean, every one of these posts was just another story about REALTOR® experiences. But I happened to notice one common element in all these posts. Well, actually it was a missing common element. This missing element was sometimes missing from an listing agent, as in my post. In Elizabeth's post, the missing element was missing from certain real estate sellers. And in Broker Bryant's posts, it was missing from a selling agent. So what was this missing element? Very simply put, it was COMMON SENSE!  What the heck has happened to everyone's common sense? In order to understand my perspective, you'll need to read the referenced posts. But in the harsh light that exposes the loss of much-needed common sense, I thought we should take a beautiful master bedroommoment to mourn it's loss.

So shall we right now take a moment of silence, to mourn the loss of our old friend "Common Sense". If anyone has knowledge of any living relatives of Common Sense, would you mind contacting them? We could really use their assistance.

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Comments (16)

Katrina Madewell
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 - Tampa, FL
Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196

Lisa - I am a firm believer that most have either common sense or book smarts. Unfortunately MOST many people in this day and age just lack common sense.

I just posted a blog, TOP 10 things EVERY Realtor should know Newbie or not!

Katrina Madewell

Sep 22, 2008 06:31 PM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

"Common Sense" is my favorite oxymoron.............if every there was a contradiction in terms........someone forgot the "UN" in front!

Sep 22, 2008 06:58 PM
Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

You said a mouth full.  Too many times common sense is missing.

Sep 22, 2008 07:19 PM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Lisa, what are you smoking there in FL?  Tee hee.  The hard thing about 'common' or 'uncommon' sense is that we all have our own perception of what it is.  Ethics and common courtesy and pride many times are as rare as a diamond mine in FL.

Sep 22, 2008 07:34 PM
Suzanne Champion
N.J. Realty - Westerville Ohio - Columbus, OH

Although I'm going to disagree with Katrina up there - some people have BOTH common sense AND book smarts, and frankly, some have NEITHER - I will agree with is a frustrating thing when people have different ideas of what is sensible. 

BTW, I've had those strange experiences with agents who seemed like they didn't want to sell their stinky old REO too.  Just the oddest thing.

Sep 22, 2008 11:02 PM
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

The problem with common sense is that it can't be taught.  You either have it or you don't.

Sep 22, 2008 11:07 PM
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

I think most of the time common sense gets lost and forgotten...maybe this was a wake up call.

Sep 22, 2008 11:55 PM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

I believe that my grandparents had it right:

Grandad always said "That guy doesn't have the sense that God gave a mule!" and

Grandmother said "That person couldnt pour water out of a boot with directions on the bottom!"

Common sense has long been lost or in some instances has not been used. What a shame.  Thank you ma'am for the post.

Sep 23, 2008 12:16 AM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Seems like common sense is lost in our nation lately, I hope we as you put: collectively can find it!

Sep 23, 2008 01:03 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Lisa:  Common sense is indeed missing!  I can add many more stories to what you have already collected, but that won't bring it back.  It was a freak occurence this year when my brother turned out to be my most reasonable client. 

Sep 23, 2008 01:10 AM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Hi Lisa, You common sense is something I was blessed with. I'm not and educated man but I have common sense out the ying yang!!! And the reality is that common sense is necessary to get along in this world.

Thanks for the link love!!!

Sep 23, 2008 01:36 AM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

My wife has stated that common sense is NOT so common........

I agree with her 100%!!!

BTW...we are locked in a race for the 11 place spot in FL!!! I just slightly ahead of ya...

Good luck to ya, sis!!


Sep 23, 2008 05:06 AM
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team


If I may chime in with my humble opinion...I think common sense has been lost to the concepts of 'rights' and 'privileges' and 'choice'. Let me explain what I mean.

Common sense is based on the idea that there is an up and a down...a black and a white...a right and a wrong. It has nothing to do with MY personal opinion...OR what is best for ME. It is NOt SUBJECTIVE.

In our world...we have lost focus of that because we feel that we have the right to subject everything to the test of "What is in this for ME?" The lens is out of focus. The perspective is wrong. A selfish person is rarely a person with good common sense. IMHO! GBU!!


Sep 24, 2008 12:31 AM
Charlie Harden
Columbia, SC

I hear you Lisa.  Another one I like is the privacy law that a company sticks close to and will not budge from.  As in calling your family's cell phone carrier with every piece of information except a pin number that was issued three years ago, and having "customer service" refuse to speak to you about your own account.  "You'll have to come in to the store."  Common sense, indeed.

Sep 24, 2008 04:58 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Not a day goes by that evidence of the loss of common sense is not presented on AR. SO LONG, CS!

Sep 27, 2008 03:15 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

When I was 10, my wise old grandmother told me that "common sense isn't common." Of course, she was referring to something that I did that indicated a lack of common sense, and being the young rebel that I was, I decided to develop common sense. That would show her. Unfortunately, the rest of the world didn't have my wise old grandmother to challenge them, so I'm one of the few with common sense. Maybe that's why I like Mr Spock so much. LOL

Oct 06, 2008 08:51 PM

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