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Can You Play a Game If You Don't Know the Rules?

Well this is easily my pick of the day post to reblog. Another way to say this is that you do not know what you do not know. And that is the part that gets dangerous. I can think of lots of examples of Harry Homeowner repairs, for instance, that end up costing way more than if a professional had done them from the get go. 

Buyers Playing Realtor® . . . You Can't Play the Game if You Don't Know the Rules

As an Exclusive Buyers Agent --  that means that my real estate practice is Buyer-centric -- I've not taken a listing or represented sellers for years.

Since 1999, when I became licensed, I have seen the the shift in buyers with the advance of the Internet.

Now, it seems, buyers seem to think they know all about real estate, especially the representation of . . . themselves.

Story time:  In 1979 my Grandfather passed away.  I was 21-years old.  At the time, my Father was in Switzerland, my Mother was already in Heaven, so I was the one who took over.  Although my Grandpa had a Will and had selected an estate attorney -- I didn't like him.   Fortunately, I got a second opinion and the estate lawyer I retained was HONEST!  He toid me, and I'll never forget:

"You did the right thing with finding someone else.  There are ways you would have gotten robbed.  I won't get into how, but you wouldn't have known what hit you!"

I knew NOTHING about probate, estates, wills, trusts, the courts, etc.  I would not have KNOWN what the first estate attorney was doing or not doing.  If he manipulated the estate, I wouldn't have known -- I HAD NO EXPERIENCE.  I just didn't like him and my spidey senses did me right!

When I take on a client to REPRESENT, under contract as their Fiduciary, I am the player in the game who knows HOW TO PLAY IT!  

Try this:  Sit down with an unfamiliar board game, or on-line card game and play it . . . The one rule is:  YOU DO NOT KNOW THE RULES.  

If you haven't played the game and you don't know what the rules are  . . . yeah, good luck with that.

Sure, the cards are very familiar to you, the game pieces look innocent enough . . . but what are the goals?  What are the rules?  How is the opponent playing their hand?  

Buying Real Estate is a series of complex business decisions.  It is NOT an emotional game and you can't buy a house based on pretty pictures found on the Internet, or simply wanting to "get a good deal." 

A buyer can not possibly know how to play the game by not knowing what the goals are, what the rules are, how the other side is playing their hand.

Finding the RIGHT AGENT to REPRESENT YOU when buying real estate is the BEST MOVE a Buyer can make.  

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Comment balloon 3 commentsCheryl Ritchie • November 30 2013 03:59PM


So true: without knowing the rules, we cannot possibly play the game intelilgently.
Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 7 years ago

Thanks for the re-blog.  I play Cribbage.  If I didn't know "how to" play I could get on the Internet, look at all the pretty pictures of the crib, the cards, pegging . . . it would look all fun and pretty -- and of course:  EASY!  Sit me down in front of a player that has been playing Cribbage for years, and I wouldn't know what I was doing.  Buyers kid themselves if they think they can play real estate agent simply because they can look at listings online.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 7 years ago

Cheryl, I like how Carla relates real estate to knowing the rules and playing a game. One of my posts related our business to playing poker. It only takes a few minutes to learn the rules and a lifetime to master the game.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 7 years ago