August 2, 2007
To market, to market
Below is one real estate broker’s take on men:
“Listen, maybe it’s because of my job, but I approach dating like house-shopping.
First, I pick a neighborhood in my price range. I’m realistic. I know I’m never going to live on Brad Pitt Lane or George Clooney Avenue, but that doesn’t mean I have to settle for a dump on George Costanza Row.
And once I’m out there shopping, I always factor in renovation costs — because honey, I don’t care how good a paint job he has on the surface, no man is in “move-in” condition.
But sometimes a fixer-upper is a good investment — especially if he’s a good kisser.
And here’s the other thing I learned: Don’t be afraid to flip.
Life is short, you have to live like the market is red-hot. Give him a try, and if it doesn’t work out, then flip him and move on.”
Life is indeed short, but are we all just shopping around?
If that’s true, then the market isn’t getting any better as we get older -- women’s “property” value decreases and men’s increases as years pass.
I wondered: how close is the relationship between shopping for a house and finding a good guy?
That’s when I found “The Four Rules of Real Estate” -- an article written by Dirk Zeller, President of Real Estate Champions, for International Real Estate Digest.
You can apply his advice for agents next time you’re trying to close a deal.
1. Be There.
This one’s obvious – as a potential buyer, you’ll have to get his attention!
Zeller says this rule means showing up, being prepared and taking your job seriously.
Bottom line: if you spot something good, you’re going to have to commit. Make sure he knows you’re interested, and you might just get offered a complete tour…
2. Focus mentally.
“The better you focus mentally, the more results you will get for your time invested,” Zeller writes.
Well said. It’s dog-eat-dog in this game, so you’re going to need to concentrate if you want to walk away a winner. Maybe this means taking note of his favorite things, or out-shining the blonde he’s got his eye on.
3. Tell the truth.
Honesty is the best policy. ‘Nuff said.
4. Accept the results and move on.
No one wins ‘em all. If he won’t agree to your terms, take your business elsewhere. If he turns out not to measure up to his claims or suit your needs, keep looking.
There are new “listings” hitting the market every day.