Timing is Everything…or Is It?
Did you date someone earlier in your life that you thought was “the One” but the timing wasn’t right and you decided to part ways? Did you hear about your dream job opportunity two days after they hired someone else? Have you ever tried to get tickets to Harry Styles (for a friend) only to have them sell out in 2 seconds?
Alanis Morrisette calls it “Ironic” when a 98-year old man wins the lottery and then dies the next day or when you’re running late and hit a traffic jam. I call it timing. What if you’d gotten up earlier? What if you had been on the job website three days earlier? But let’s think about it in another way. What if you knew an employee at the hiring company who knew you were looking for a position exactly like what they had coming open? What if you were friends with the President of the local chapter of Harry Styles fan club or connected to a radio station executive? The outcomes could have been completely different.
Let’s talk about real estate for a minute. If you are looking for a house in a highly sought-after neighborhood, it’s great to have the right timing to see it as soon as it hits the market. Even better, if you know someone who was able to get you into the house before it even went on the market. But, if you don’t have enough money saved for your down payment or closing costs, you may be out of the game. You may get into the house early along with one other buyer and think your chances are good. If you don’t listen to an expert (Realtor) as to how to structure your offer to the Seller, you may lose out to someone else. If you are a Seller who decides to wait to list even though your Realtor tells you now is the best market or you list it now but don’t price it where the market says it should be priced, you may end up disappointed, selling for less money than you could have or hold onto the house longer than you would have.
So maybe it’s not just about timing. Maybe it also has something to do with who you know. However, if you get where you want to go, when you need to get there, but don’t do the right things from there, you could still be where you were before you started. Get to know people – the right people, cultivate that relationship and then take good advice from those you trust.
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.