Are You A Math-O-Phobe?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Blackboard MathI recently took a Real Estate Mathematics class as some continuing education. For me at least because I already come from a technical background, I put it off cause I just knew the time it would take to work through all the problems, not the difficulty of the class. But it made me wonder about others...

Are You A Math-o-phobe?

That is, an adult needing to conquer a fear of math from some negative thought about yourself from some teacher that gave you bad performance when you were younger.

Math is highly valuable for appraisals, inspections, loans, measuring materials and labor for sidewalks, or helping investors with rental properties or evaluating commercial real estate. Why do so many fear math I wonder? There are myths about women not being as good at it as men or some people's brains are wired for math and others not so. Some just plain don't like it.

Some of us may be skilled more at problem solving that leads to a black and white answer and not some grey area. Some also from taking classes, in their wildest dreams can't figure out where in life what they learned in Calculus class is going to do them any good, particularly in real estate instead of being in a rocket scientist field.

Math VariablesI do know people that are panic stricken when you mention converting back and forth between fractions, decimals, and percents. But think about it. Even when you go shopping and something is on sale, they will say like 40% off. Well how much is that off the list price? Can you calculate it?

I have concluded two things about this math fear.

One, math is a building block process and you miss a class or two in sequence along the way and you miss the foundation of how everything relates, and therefore you are SUNK with math.

Two, math can be intimidating if you don't first pick up on what you are learning. We all learn at different paces and some TEACHERS are not patient or not well skilled with their communication abilities to work with you. I used to do math tutoring and I see the need for some extra understanding, care, and NO INTIMIDATION in working with those who really want to learn math but just aren't connecting with it yet.

Try to not let math overwhelm you and view it as FUN with finding the right teacher, books, videos, or computer-based training etc.

     So are you a Math-o-phobe???

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Rainmaker
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate

Gary....well, I am not crazy about math. But, did like algebra in school.  As long as I have my calculator with me...no problem.

December 22, 2009 12:18 AM
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Tom Braatz
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Gary,

Math has always came easily to me. I worked my way through college to be a polymer chemist and a scientist. Physics,linear algebra, all the calculus,quadratic equations and more, Math and problem solving just came second nature, I remember one tine talking to my friends Dad that had designed the Titon rockets and we were just carrying on a great conversation. Boy I miss Lori a lot, and I really miss talking to her dad.

December 22, 2009 02:16 AM
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Loreena Yeo
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I'm glad that we have so many variety of personalities that excel in all different things. Biology and History to me is like Math to some.

Math just comes ALIVE to me and they talk to me. On the other hand, History and Biology don't.

Come to think of it, I do miss my physics and engineering classes in school. I did well in them because I didnt have to "study". The Engineering math classes were just a tad more challenging for me than real estate math - which is a good thing. Gives my brain a break!

December 22, 2009 05:54 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Stuart Florida Real Estate
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales

Gary, great post.  I think many of us love technical and math, while others don't want to be so specific.  Kind of right brain, left brain thing.  It's one of the benefits of partnerships with different personalities and skills.  And, I like your instructor!

December 22, 2009 06:26 AM
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Laura Cerrano
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Gary, I won the spelling bees....but math was NOT my subject and I came to dread it.  It's a wonder I got through it :)

December 22, 2009 06:26 AM
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Marzena Melby
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate
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No, I'm not.  That's actually one of my favorite parts of the business.  I do a lot of calculations in my mind fairly easily.  I can't imagine what it wouild be like if I couldn't do that.

 

December 22, 2009 08:12 AM
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Tanya Nouwens
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca

Fun post, Gary. I love words AND numbers. Math came easily to me, I'm not sure why. I never took calculus though, and I suspect that if I had to do math with abstract concepts like infinity, I'd be lost. My husband, on the other hand, is very comfortable with infinity and beyond LOL. My boys also love math...must run in the family. -- Tanya in Montreal

December 22, 2009 08:36 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Gary:  Certainly not me.  I am, however, I financial calculator-phobe.  I would rather take the handy dandy every day calculator to work out the formulas needed in our real estate careers.  THAT maakes sense to me.  Plus, you are never lost wihtout it if you understand what you are dong.

December 22, 2009 09:54 AM
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Steve Loynd
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Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc.,

Gary, I have been blessed with a math mind in a family of accountants...my teenage son has completed his college calculus requirements as a High school Junior...so I'm happy to say math is not my problem (there are other issues...but math isn't one of them).

December 22, 2009 11:29 AM
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Cherise Selley
Colorado Springs Realtor
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC

Gary...I'm creative, personal, innovative, and only like math as it pertains to what I do in real estate...Please no calculus problems to solve...

December 22, 2009 12:29 PM
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Jo-Anne Smith, Sales Representative
Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real E

Gary,

Interesting post and the comments are just as interesting....I enjoyed math and took it at the university level also, so it came relatively easy for me.

The math we deal with in real estate is generally pretty simple and straightforward.

Jo

December 22, 2009 02:41 PM
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Anna Matsunaga
Team Momentum Keller Williams Realty Tacoma

Yes Gary, I am a little but, but have found that if I understand the concept of what I am trying to figure out then it's not too bad I can figure out how to figure it out.

December 22, 2009 02:54 PM
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I love mathematics as long as it doesn't involve those darn story problems. Everytime the teacher asked me to determine when the two trains traveling toward each other at different rates of speed would meet each other, I just wanted to scream "Don't let them meet. Put them on different tracks!"

Happy Holidays!

December 22, 2009 09:23 PM
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John Novak
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
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Hi Gary - That photo gives new meaning to "A Beautiful Mind." Math always came easy to me, but I only went as far as algebra/trig -- no calculus.

December 22, 2009 09:37 PM
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Guy Thomas
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Gary, Math is interesting and is actually the basis of so much that we use and depend on today. I guess I have always enjoyed the challenge. Your photography skills are coming along nicely.

December 22, 2009 10:59 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Gary, me a math-o-phobe?  You bet!  I still have dreams that I forgot to take my final for my college math class.  And out of a context that I understand, I'm pretty Duh-uh!

December 23, 2009 01:36 AM
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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A teacher like that. .she can teach me  Algebra, Math and Physics.

I don't remember my Math  teacher ever looking like that!

December 23, 2009 04:39 AM
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Andrea Swiedler
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
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Yes indeed I am! But here is what I learned. I am able to do calculations, I just do it differently than most. If it had been taught differently to me as a child I wouldn't be so afraid of it. I realized only recently that I have my own way of understanding and doing things.

I will publicly admit something here and now. When I was very young I came home from school with an A on a paper. It was clock faces, we had to circle the correct time. My mother knew I could not have done this as I couldn't tell time. I could read when I was very very young, but numbers just caused me to go into a trance. I had guessed each and every one.

I have adapted to my different approach, and realize that I am just unique, LOL. Words are my forte. But like Russel, those wordy math problems with the trains heading to each other made me want to scream the same thing!

December 23, 2009 06:10 AM
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Melissa Brown
Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale
Savvy + Co Real Estate

On the one hand, I like math because it's cut and dried, right or wrong - no subjectivity on the grader's part.  On the other hand, I always struggled with word problems and figuring out the right equation.  Once I had the equation, I can do the math.  Anyway, give me English and foreign language any day of the week!

December 27, 2009 07:27 PM
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Lise Howe
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I love math but it isn't something that I was able to pass on to my daughter - maybe if she had a really cute male math teacher.....

December 27, 2009 11:15 PM
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