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The Maine Real Estate Buyer's Friend Drops In Unexpectedly... Again.

Everyone likes a helping hand but sometimes there is a time and place. For everything.

Timing. The real estate backhome made maine pie and forth negotiating had bloodied both sides in a recent Maine property sale.
 
A good compromise in a Maine real estate deal negotiations is where neither side, buyer or seller is head over heels, handstand happy.
 
Like if you and I had one piece of home made strawberry and rhubbard pie left that you and I are eyeing, drooling over.
 
Become possessive, hearing stomach grumbles getting louder as it lingers all alone on its solitary plate. No longer part of the litter pie.

So I come up with the bright idea you cut, I pick.

No way one half of the sliver slab of pie is going to be bigger, noticeably larger. Because it is a Texas two step involving both of the guys with forks in their hands and wearing a bib.

So when the real estate coach of the home buyer decides with a friend to roll in to the driveway with the sale pending rider parked on top of the red, white and blue signage speared in the front lawn, he senses the owner is not so perky, friendly, happy to see him. Wearing the REALTOR "R" means setting, keeping expectation out in front, out in the open through out the property listing real estate sale.

I explained later to the visitor that it is how we react to the situation that determines if real estate feathers get ruffled or not.

If he senses she is not so cranked to see him and his stranger friend drop in, maybe she has an appointment in five minutes (she did). Maybe she has things going on in her life that are causing distraction, something personal on her mind. (She did that had nothing to do with buyer.) So if she is less than Martha Stewart or Oprah friendly, smiling ear to ear under the stage maine raspberrieshouse lights, accept it.

Don't expect her waiting round the clock for a visit.

Smiling prettily in front of the blinking red light camera one, two and three wearing stage make up.

Accept timing was off. In life it is hit or miss.

And it was a miss.

Strike.

Gutter ball. It happens.

Don't take it personal.

And make an appointment.

And the reason for the stop was what?

With an agenda, mission or to kill time before the dinner bell rang? People have daily lives and tasks to complete each and everyday. Timing is everything and when the reception is not what you expect, don't think it is because of something you did, or what the other should be doing to make you feel right at home. You landed on the wrong time at the place. That's all. Or maybe if the shoe was on the other foot, the visitor does love, looks forward to drop in unannounced company. Welcomes and embraces it.

Letting people be who they are, deep down inside and not the pretend person means mountains can be made out of dramatic molehills.

Be tough skinned, tender hearted and let it all flow off. Hanging loose, not getting shook up. Considering it all joy. Letting people feel the way they do and having realistic expectations. With hopefully the same treatment in reverse. Maine, big state with less people, more outdoor natural space, elbow room. And we use a lot of candor, are candid in our communications to keep it simple.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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Comment balloon 6 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • July 17 2012 09:32AM

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Interesting post...I like your you cut/I pick approach.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 8 years ago

Andrew

Dropping in on a homeowner is not a good thing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 8 years ago

SSRR ... Thanks For stopping in for pie. More coffee or Red Rose Tea?

L2 ... Surprise. Sometimes you hit it right, but when you don't everyone play well, forgive and forget.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 8 years ago

I will use this analogy! So many of our settlements were contentious this year...buyers and sellers had to sit in different rooms with the attorney shuttling between...

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) about 8 years ago

In 1980 when I started planting real estate signs, you cut your teeth on hard fought, back and forth seesaw sales. Whatever it took to pull them down and get to sit in the tall black cushy rich Corinthian leather high back chairs that swivel around the long genuine imitation wood, heavily Pledged real estate conference table.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 8 years ago

Andrew: the post was great, your comments even better. I can smell the Pledge and you can never go wrong with rich Corinthian leather. Ricardo Montalban comes to mind!

 

In our neck of the woods, buyers who are under contract need to request a contract and a good listing agent will advise that the seller is under no obligation to  allow the buyer in. I suspect you are much friendlier up in Maine, "surrounded on three sides by Canada"; however, real estate is a business transaction and buyer and seller are not becoming BFF's. Appointments are required.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) about 8 years ago

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