There Will Be Consequences

avatarthumbnail.jpgVery funny moment during last night’s Arizona State football game against Stanford. Someone in the stands was blowing a whistle so loudly that only the field judge (and perhaps his seeing eye dog – thank you, I’ll be here all week) could here.

Referee gets on the microphone and says, “if the whistling from the stands continues, er, there will be consequences.”

Whooooaaaa … was he going to give the crowd a time out outside of ASU’s allotted three? Was he going to go into the student section and take someone over his knee? (let’s not answer that question.) Does he realize he sounded like a cross between a patronizing parent and an overoficious jerk?

And all of this, naturally, got me thinking about real estate and how many of us in the real estate profession sound when we start talking online. If a seller asks whether they ought to put their home on the market themselves, some will offer suggestions while others choose to chide. Trying to buy without an agent? You’d think by the response that you were trying to perform brain surgery on the agent without a license.

Real estate as a rule isn’t particularly complicated, unless it is. As often as not, we’re paid to think of the things and cover the bases that a buyer or seller may not think of.

Without going into specifics, I was describing some discreet repair negotiations that I’d undertaken on my client’s behalf on a property she’s purchasing. “That’s so considerate of you for thinking of such a thing,” she said. “Just doing my job,” I replied in complete honesty.

There are benefits to experience and the basic reality is few home owners or buyers will purchase as many homes in their lifetime as we help our clients purchase on an annual basis. There’s always something new in each transaction but the experience of past sales often leads to the reaction you as a consumer probably want – “been there, done that and here’s what we have to do.”

But just because that’s the case doesn’t mean that we as agents need to be patronizing about the entire thing. Yes, there may be consequences if you set out on your own and run into problems. But to make the announcement in such a condescending tone?

There are other dog blogs for that kind of thing.

[tags]Phoenix real estate, real estate marketing[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • ines 9 years ago

    you are on a roll with your witty sense of humor. If I were you, I would not sleep for the next couple of days and pump out those posts before the magic is gone!……hopefully it’s here to stay because you are making me totally crack up!

    I’m still imagining that ref spanking the naughty whistle blower 🙂

  • Ginger Wilcox 9 years ago

    THAT is funny. I think we need to remember to take some of the emotion out of it sometimes. Besides, those who are patronizing don’t have a shot later on when the do-it-yourself type person needs help.

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