OK, I LOVE magicians or as some call themselves, illusionists. I can literally sit and watch them for hours on end. I mean, how can David Blaine make a playing card come from an unopened piece of fruit? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB0wzy-xbwM
How can Criss Angel pull a quarter out from under his skin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbvixG-WAfE
And how does Xavier Hartsoe do anything that he does? (Not as famous as the other two, but he is AWESOME!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbvixG-WAfE
It fascinates me that one minute something is what you think it is, and the next minute, it’s gone.
How does this relate to real estate? Well, if I had a nickel for every time a client asked if I could pick up “this house” and move it to “that lot”, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now. I’d be sitting on a beach with an umbrella drink in my hand. So, this brings up two points I’d like to make:
- Your Realtor is not a magician. Yes, they do amazing things and make things work out that you thought never would. They cover things up that you don’t need to know about and handle it all so you don’t have to stress about it – almost like it disappeared. They also could give off the illusion that everything is just fine when inside, they have no idea how it’s going to work. In the end, if you get to the closing table with seemingly little to no issues, you may certainly think your Realtor has some hidden magical power. If things don’t go exactly the way you would like, remember, they aren’t magicians and that needle in the haystack may just not be out there.
- Your Realtor is not a fortune teller. Realtors don’t have crystal balls to tell the future. They can’t answer with 100% certainty when you ask what the house you buy today will be worth in 10 years. They definitely should have their finger on the pulse of the market and know good indicators of trends but they aren’t going to be able to predict a tornado coming through your neighborhood and leveling the houses or the biggest industrial plant going out of business and decimating the market in your town.
My business coach says that you typically can only get about 80% of what you want in a house. I have had clients build what they say is their dream house and when I check in with them after it is finished, they love it but it still doesn’t have everything they wish it did. So, when you make your checklist of what you’re looking for in a home, put everything on it but you may want to consider the fact that you might only get 80% and I bet that 80% will still be pretty great. So, expect your Realtor to do a great job for you, just don’t expect them to pull a quarter out of their arm (ouch!)
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.