Things don't always turn out the way you think !!!.... Ever had a seller or a buyer do or say something that you could never have anticpated? Ever had the idea that something was going to happen and then got totally blown away by the way it turned out???
DON'T LET YOUR MIND PLAY TRICKS ON YOU!!!...ESPECIALLY IN BUSINESS!!!
Do I have a story to tell you:
It happened to me the other day. I was working away on getting a friends house ready for renting it. It was not a huge job but I volunteered my time to help out a good friend who really needed to spruce up his house before he put it on the Summer rental market. I thought "staging" it would make a big difference in getting it rented.
I was moving at a great speed and getting this done was foremost in my mind. Since I was doing it for him FOR FREE! (he really is a great good friend) and I had a buyer that I was showing houses to later, I wasn't focused on anything else. ..."Just get this done and move on" was all I was thinking about.
He was there in the house and making phone calls like mad, leaving me to my work.
So, when he came up to me with his cell phone to his ear, I was not in anyway prepared for him to say anything to me. I heard him say "Lets go sit down...I really need to tell you something"..as he nodded toward the sofa and I went with him meekly, he closed his phone and gave me his full attention. "What are you planning to do with the Master bedroom?" he asked.
"Oh, I thought about changing the angle of the bed and I think I will put a new duvet cover on the comforter you have, why?" He was acting very weird--like he had other things on his mind.
"Well, I have some news; some good news and some bad news" he said. I couldn't imagine what he was about to tell me...was he getting married again?...was he going to ask me out--for dinner or a... a date?....was there something that he didn't like about the way I was doing his house over? All of these abstract thoughts came flooding into my mind. My heart was literally suspended from beating for that moment.
He looked away from me and gave a long deep sigh....I was holding my breath, without knowing it.
He looked back at me and I thought I could feel something; a look, a smoldering look was coming from his eyes....I coughed as I drew in some air after not having breathed for many seconds. Looking away quickly, he gulped audibly....
"I have been thinking about this for so long that I can't believe that I have finally made up my mind" he said slowly, looking down at his hands..."this is very difficult for me" with dry lips, his voice was muffled.
My mind was racing: "I never led him on!!! What is he doing? He is going to tell me he is in love with me and I haven't even kissed the man! How wild is this--my friends will never believe me!".....
The energy between us was palpable..."nothing could have prepared me for this! What am I going to say to him? I can't believe this!!!"
I reached out to touch his hand; to calmly tell him that he must not say anything more; that my life is perfect the way it is, that I could not date him, we are friends!....my plans for my future would not include him......
His head bobbed a bit, then he looked up at me, looked me right in the eye...and he said:
"I finally decided to put the house on the market for sale...(long pause)........... and I am giving the listing to Jean Anderson...I wanted to tell you this for some time........
My heart fell; all the other thoughts that had flooded my brain moments before vaporized...
I stood up, yanked my hand away and yelled: "You two-timing son-of-a------" "....JEAN ANDERSON???"
Moral of the story: DO NOT EVER ALLOW YOUR IMAGINATION TO GO WILD WHERE YOUR WORK IS CONCERNED; RARELY DO THINGS TURN OUT THE WAY YOU THINK THEY WILL!!!
**ALL INFORMATION AND CONTENT IN THIS BLOG IS ORIGINAL TO PAULA I. HATHAWAY. The views expressed herein are my personal views and do not reflect the views of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995; Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York
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