The 7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate #2

Last newsletter I wrote about what we need to learn about real estate whether buying or selling.  I used the analogy of the 7 Deadly Sins to talk about the mistakes that are often made.  This issue we will talk about “The Honest Truth…Listening”.  Perhaps you have heard the line, “We need to listen more and talk less.  That is why God gave us two ears and one mouth.”  Learning to be a good listening is life-long work.  We have to keep practicing.  Most of us get consumed with our own thoughts and what we listen for is our chance to talk.  Attending to what another person is saying is respectful but also a great way to grow a relationship.  Knowing that another person has really ‘heard’ what we have said shows that they care about us and respect our thoughts, knowledge and opinions.  So what does this have to do with real estate?  Invite a professional realtor in to interview.  Have specific questions for them.  Learn about their communication style, expertise, work ethic as well as what they think of your home.  Often we only get focused on dollars.  What we miss is what you get for your dollar.  Listen to the answers to your questions.  Write them down as they talk.  Become a good listener so you know better what to expect of your work relationship.   This skill of listening enhances your life as you practice and get better at it.  Listening to your real estate professional, whom you have chosen from your interviews, will make for a better real estate experience.

In this series of “The 7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate”, the seven deadly sins of life (Greed, Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, Avarice, Wrath, Envy and Pride) are used as an analogy for mistakes made in real estate.  Let’s call them growth areas for learning how to maximize your real estate experience.  Coming next newsletter,…Deadly Sin #3  ”Communication or the lack of…”

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