Real estate is an emotional experience because it handles life's tough situations.
Ups and downs like settling an estate and not all the family members are true blue, happy campers.
And you the real estate agent, broker handling the listing, the sale have to referee.
Be a little Dr Phil and diplomatic. Or a punching bag during venting sessions.
Or in the case of a divorce and harpoons, barbs, poison pen letters flying around overhead.
So keep your head down.
During the price it, market it, sell it process of real estate in a hostile atmosphere.
Make the most of what you have to work with and set expectations early on. Lead the process.
Excitement of a couple's first house and anxiety about will we have enough money, is our credit score high enough and debt ratios, what are those? All the new uncharted waters that a real estate agent, broker help tour guide. Because it's our job. What we do.
So when asked on the phone to quickly give a ballpark, an estimate based on zip for information, don't do it. To help, you need to know what you are dealing with or you can not. Every piece of property is different like a gem stone. All real estate listings, sales are not the same like snowflakes.
Generalizations and guarantees can be dangerous.
The windshield appraisal over the phone blind folded. Not having much to go on besides playing twenty questions.
And that is not enough to fully understand what the property is all about.
And the folks involved in the sale of the real estate listing...you need the facts, figures, who what and where, why.
For motivation, to understand what each party hopes to achieve.
But that things can go horrible wrong if a heart to heart talk, a thorough in person inspection of the property.
Pouring over the deeds, plat maps, surveys, anything affecting the real estate.
To give recommendations, form a conclusion for a plan of attack to get the job done. Everyone to the real estate conference room long table.
Red flags that one by one show up and need to be factored in comes from conversation, questioning, study, experience.
And without the sit down evaluation of them all, you should not be saying typical, usually the real estate listing or sale happens this way. Because in this particular case, diagnosis it is not going to run as smoothly. And this, this and that can not be ignored, are part of the dog and pony. Just the way it is. Take good notes, start by listening. Figure out what you have before trotting off on the wrong path to make the real estate listing, sale happen the "usually, typical" way. Or applying "ballpark" this or that for expenses, valuations that may be way way out of whack and not applicable.
Maine, it is a state that is big, wide open and four season natural.