Open House vernacular translated

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In the Real Estate Industry we get comfortable with our "lingo" and with the every day dealings that seem so normal to us and forget to think about the regular consumer that does not deal with real estate issues all the time.

Real Estate Open HouseYou know what I'm talking about the day you are hosting an open house and someone knocks on the door and waits for you to open the door, then is afraid to come in, or expects you to walk them around the property.  You can tell right away that they don't do this often and don't know if there's a right way or a wrong way to do it.

So I decided to do a little research and came up with a great article by Elizabeth Weintraub called Open House Etiquette for Home Buyers, which really cracked me up and finished inspiring me into writing Open House Etiquette.

Every industry has its own rules and its own vernacular which needs to be translated to the consumer.  So next time you talk to your customers about the details of a real estate transaction, make sure you communicate in plain English......unless of course they are from another country or another planet.

 

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Rainmaker
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Neal - that''s pretty funny, so you don't do them, and the time you do, it's a dissaster.....go figure!

Susie - I think the average American does get it, but there are a couple of stragglers that don't, so it doesn't hurst to explain.

Aziz - it reminds me of all the Internet lingo and abbreviations - Susie and I were laughing about it not long ago, where we have to keep up with them so we know what our kids are up to....like ROTFLMAO!

a new fruit?  breadfruit? what's going on?

Jul 02, 2007 08:40 AM #11
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yet another great post Ines!  keep it up
Jul 02, 2007 10:10 AM #12
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Great post, Ines, and especially liked your article on your blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

Jeff

Jul 02, 2007 10:38 AM #13
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Thanks David!

Jeff - thanks for leaving a comment at Miamism.com

Jul 02, 2007 11:21 AM #14
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hmmm-what is ROTFLAMO?

I am getting ready for camp, ooops --I forgot I no longer play. oh yeah --its all those concussions.  I am into sculpting now --go my blog yesterday and you'll see what I am saying.  

You Floridians rock AR!  Did you see the new words AR is using for verification --who do you think will blog about that first? 

  

Jul 02, 2007 02:56 PM #15
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Aziz - check this out when you have a chance - it's a list of abbreviations

http://www.astro.umd.edu/~marshall/abbrev.html

Jul 02, 2007 03:21 PM #16
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Well Ines, even if we are form another country or plant it would still be a great idea to communicate in plain English.

In the mortgage industry we tend to use too many abbreviations like, ARM's, PMI, TIL, or GFI instead of saying the full words which are far more descriptive.  Even words like "Points" need to be further explained.

WOW what is this a new password CACAO

Jul 02, 2007 04:28 PM #17
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George - I think because we do come from another country, we understand the importance of translating.

I've been having fun with the new fruits - what's an azarole?

Jul 02, 2007 04:56 PM #18
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Ines, you got me on that one, I got Lovi-Lovi.........LOL

Aren' I special for getting that one :)

Can't wait to see what I get next. 

Jul 02, 2007 04:59 PM #19
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George - you know we could sit here and do this all day!  "pulasan"
Jul 02, 2007 05:18 PM #20
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I rarely do them, but when I do..........I greet them at the door and have them look at their own pace. Usually no one comes so I read and hide my book when I see someone drive up. Ha, guess I fit 2 of the profiles. But, I definately don't hand out a flower. :)
Jul 03, 2007 07:32 AM #21
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Missy - LOL!  I do the same, greet them and put away the book or the laptop while they're there.  I don't follow around ....just stand around answering questions.  The flower thing is really funny.
Jul 03, 2007 08:49 AM #22
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vernacular-A characteristic language of a particular group

Ines...

Before I could comment I needed to know what vernacular meant. LOL. I have either seen that word or have completely wiped it from my memory :)

But...Now that I know what it means I understand your post. This must mean that the term "Range Pricing" is vernacular. Sorry I wanted to practice using one of "OUR" words. LOL.

P.S. I will let you know when I define 'quandong' :)

TLW...ROAR!

Jul 03, 2007 10:48 AM #23
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TLW - how do you do that?  you always crack me up!!  I think I needed a translator for the translation.....geesh!  thanks for that! Now I'm a sourtop. ????
Jul 03, 2007 11:11 AM #24
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Very true, Ines. We cannot ASSUME that people know what we mean or what we are talking about. It is rude - even if we do not realize it. Thank you for opinting me to this article.
Jul 03, 2007 08:01 PM #25
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Mariana - the captcha codes must me getting to you.....opinting??  I got yanagi-ichigo, must be Japanese.
Jul 03, 2007 08:19 PM #26
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This is so true! Its why i stick close to the door so I can encourage someone to come in. There's almost always that shy soul standing outside not sure how to proceed. Putting cookies in the oven almost always ensures the men will come right in, but you never know! Great blog.
Jul 04, 2007 01:43 PM #27
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Thanks Pamela - the hot cookie trick is one of my favorites, although I end up eating them and defeats the whole purpose! : )
Jul 05, 2007 03:40 PM #28
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Rick & Ines,

This point can't be stressed and driven home enough!  I find myself getting better at this, but I still have a long way ago.   Jargo scares a lot of customers and it is our job to make them understand.  I have some researching and digging to better do that.  Nice reminder!

Jul 06, 2007 09:14 AM #29
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Jason - it's all about being aware of it and making a change - our job is to communicate....what good is that if we use inside lingo?
Jul 06, 2007 09:33 AM #30
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