Five Lessons Your Dog Can Teach You About House Hunting
By Dennis Maier
1. Focus Anyone who has played catch with a dog has a good example of a dog’s laser focus. In our culture of distraction focus is a rare beast. To succeed in owning the best home develop single minded focus on the project to its completion. You, your family, and your dog will benefit for decades to come.
2. Hunt a dog’s most basic interest is to hunt, not only for food but also for shelter and a mate to raise a family. This is basically what house hunters are all about. Home and family, including the family dog, are essential to human and canine happiness. While house hunting is often laborious and time consuming, enjoy the hunt as would the dog.
3. Trust Your Nose A dog’s nose is its keenest sense; he or she uses it to investigate everything. In real estate we call this due diligence, doing the math, checking out all aspects of a purchase, asking questions, studying the research. It also means sniffing out situations beyond what the numbers indicate, trusting your nose for an advantageous situation.
4. Jumping in Dogs rarely hesitate before jumping into a situation, say when the ball lands in a puddle. Competition for the best homes is often stiff. While it is often easier to walk away, faint heart never won fair home. This is not to say one should act is haste. Here dogs too are an excellent example. They sniff around and approach new situations cautiously. But when they are sure of their prey they go for it rather than second guessing themselves as we humans often do.
5. Team Players Dogs are thrilled when you walk in the room. They are never in a bad mood and never blame or judge you for anything. They cheer you up when you’re feeling down and stick by you no matter how tough the going gets. They are members of your pack and respond with loyalty and trust. Real estate also works best when everyone pulls together, family, Realtors, Attorneys, Inspectors, Lenders, etc.
6. Bury a Bone We get upset when our dog digs up the garden to bury a bone but he is following a primal instinct judiciously telling him to save for a rainy day. This is excellent advice for both owning and maintaining a new home. Having financial reserves can often make the difference between success and failure. Avoid becoming “house poor”. Your dog will love you just as much in a more affordable home. What matters to him or her is you and the family.
Dennis Maier Principal Realtor Broker Real Estate New York, inc. Real Estate New York
First licensed in Chicago 1972, co-founder Landmark Realty; Founded The Albany Professional Team, inc 1994; Founder and CEO Real Estate New York 1999 Dennis J. Maier
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