Quite a few years ago I lived in Columbia, Maryland. Now, for those of you who have never been to Columbia, and I was one of them, Columbia was one of the first "planned communities" in the country. I believe it was Mr Rouse who planned out the entire city... separated it into specific "villages"... from the very beginning.
I think it was during my first week after arriving in Columbia. I was driving around... I think I was on Little Patuxent Parkway... and somehow I got lost. I drove around some more, and seemed to be going in circles I just cound NOT find what I was looking for.
So... I thought that I would ask the next pedestrian I saw for directions. I looked aroung... and there he was... walking down the sidewalk on Highway 29, or 175, or whatever road it was.
I slowed down... almost to a stop... and motioned to this older man on the sidewalk to come over to my car. There I was... this frazzled looking young woman with the Texas license plates... looking like I had no clue.
He came over to my car, looking like he would be glad to help me. Such nice men, these Columbia folks, I thought. So I asked him... "sir... I am trying to find the Village of Long Reach. Can you help me.
This nice gentleman looked at me, and without missing a beat, said... "Oh... You Can't Get There From Here !"
My jaw dropped... and I must have looked very confused. I asked... "What do you mean... I can't get there from here ? How can that be ?
He proceeded to tell me that he could tell me how to get to the Village of Dorsey's Search... and once I got there... then I could ask someone else for directions to the Village of Long Reach." But he said I couldn't get there from here. If I tried, I would only find dead end streets... and get really lost. I had to turn around.
Relationships with buyers and sellers are kind of like the directions that nice man tried to give me. If my clients and I are in a give-and-take relationship... if each of us gives the other what we need, and then the other reciprocates... the relationship "works."
If I go out of my way to help my seller... if I do whatever my buyers need me to do, and they in return get their inspections, get pre-qualified, get their repairs done, pay off enough of their bills to raise their credit scores... find their tax returns... everyone wins. The sellers sell their home, the buyers close on their home... and sooner or later I get paid. What a concept!
But when it's only one party who is doing all the work... either the seller or their agent... or either the buyer and their agent... things fall apart. It is no longer a two-way-street... and it usually turns into a Dead End !
It's like the man told me when I was asking for directions. If you're driving down a one way street, you rarely find your way. So how does a real estate transaction become successful without the cooperation of the buyer, the buyer's agent, the seller, and the seller's agent ? It doesn't! It's a dead end.
Without give and take, without a two-way street... how do you get a successful transaction ? It's like the man said... You Can't Get There From Here !
Realtor Karen Anne Stone gives great directions ! If you're lost, and cannot find your way to your next home... visit Karen Anne's website at www.NewHomeHuntersOfTarrantCounty.com . Karen Anne can also be reached at (817) 929-3400. Call Karen Anne today ! She knows how to get you where you want to go !