Ozaukee & Washington County Real Estate: Knowing You Did All You Could and Then Moving On

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Knowing You Did All You Could and Then Moving On

I had lunch the other day with a colleague of mine. We work for the same company but in different offices.

I sold one of his listings last year, and that was the first deal I had with him. I had heard of him before, but that was the first time I met him. He is simply one of the kindest people I've met.

At our lunch on Tuesday, we talked about the challenges the world of real estate is presenting. He offered some simple, yet effective ideas on how to work with a seller to properly price their home to get it sold, how to break the news that the market cannot handle the price we're currently at, and how not to let their frustrations "get to you." It wasn't a "pity party" by any means -- just a chance to share some ideas and offer some encouragement.

Cut the ties

Those of us who are "in the business" are certainly not the only ones feeling anxious. Sellers and buyers, too, are in the midst of uncertain times, aware of falling prices, and facing job uncertainty. And I think it's important that we all understand we're in this together. Whether we want to admit it  or not, we are scared.

But I also think we all know when we've done all we can to try and make things work. As in any relationship, if both sides don't really want the same thing, it is probably best to cut the ties and move on.

And it is best to know and trust better times are ahead -- for all of us. 

 

Peggy Wester
Phone: 262-370-1757
Email: pwester@realtyexecutives.com
Website: peggywester.com
Blog: peggysblog.com


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Comment balloon 8 commentsPeggy Wester • September 11 2010 10:34AM

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All parties to a transaction have the power of choice. It is imperative that they make their choice based on the facts available. Unfortunately, in the real world, it does not always happen. I'm looking forward to the better times ahead.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 8 years ago

Words of wisdom.  

Posted by Marcie Sandalow, Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate (Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 ) about 8 years ago

Peggy,

Very well said.  It is wonderful to meet face to face and share ideas.  When someone is so clearly  stuck in their ways, it is time to move on.  Have a great weekend.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 8 years ago

Nicely put Peggy. It's the conversations with sellers that are particularly hard. I don't have a problem "telling it how it is" and sellers seem to appreciate me being candid. I still don't like the conversation though. It's just not a fun conversation to have.

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) about 8 years ago

Wayne -- That's exactly it -- choice. It's been a challenging year, and I'm learning tough lessons in choosing to walk away when I know we're just not on the same page.

Marcie -- Thank you. :)

Ron & Alexandra -- Meeting with Jim was one of the best things I've done for myself. It was great to get his thoughts, and I have to say I took some comfort in knowing he faces the same struggles -- that I'm "not the only one." You have a great weekend, too!

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) about 8 years ago

Denise -- Jim talked about being "blunt." Very, very difficult to do but so necessary if we're ever going to make any progress. And you're right -- it's never a fun conversation. Thank you for your comment!!

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) about 8 years ago

I liked your statement "Better Times are Ahead" .. everything cycles, ups and downs, for better or worse.

Posted by Troy Funk, Broker / Associate (Allison James Estates & Homes, Sarasota 941-957-3737) about 8 years ago

Troy -- So true about there being cycles. I'm ready for some ups! :)

Posted by Peggy Wester, Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County (Realty Executives Integrity) about 8 years ago

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