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Is Money Really The Root Of All Evil
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…" (1 Timothy 6:10) All kinds of evil. That's hilarious. Bills are evil. A new purse? I'm not seeing it. If you're a book reader, you know the quotes continue. "…but money answers everything." (Ecclesiastes 10:19) Wow. What I will tell you from personal observation is that money makes the world go 'round. Money is necessary. Money is the universal language. Not love. And there are all kinds of examples of words and phrases that differentiate your view of money: Frugal. Tightwad. Economical. Spend thrifty. Burning a hole in his pocket. Blow and go. Penny pinch. Uses a hundred dollar bill to light his cigar.
I don't know what I am. I like to consider myself normal. I'm middle of the road. I can splurge on a fancy steak dinner and feel guilty like any other normal person. I can also squeeze a nickle so hard, I'm sure it's crying.
Money doesn't have to be a burden to lug around. When it comes to being a real estate agent and helping sellers place their home on the market, inevitably money will come up. You have to prepare to list. And that calls for cashola. But here is where I come in. You've got to touch up paint nicks. In some cases, that child's neon green bedroom has got to have a break in eye damage. The carpets shampooed. Tchotchkes need to be dispersed according to the stager. Oh, you need a stager. And you need the outside to look like the inside. Perfect. Polish costs money. Heaven forbid you don't need anything major like replacing a water heater or fixing an old roof. There are ways to prepare your home for sale without going broke doing it. Your agent should have a list of trusted vendors who are great at their profession and conscious of your wallet. Maybe the agent has a team and one of them is a stager that will throw in that service at no extra charge.
Same goes for buyers. Gotta pay to play. Sometimes, buyers are so excited their credit is better than expected, they decide to buy a car a couple days before closing on their new home. That's after they've had to pay for the appraisal up front - possibly pay off some debt to even out their credit ratio. Oh, they likely have paid a home inspector, too. And don't forget about the down payment. That could be thousands. It's burdensome to be prudent. I mean, what's the fun in having a new home if you can't roll up in a convertible and Tom Ford sunglasses. You can't do it half ass. Guess what. That's where your REALTOR® comes in. Short of being Old King Cole, you must behave with cautious fortitude. There's nothing worse than hosting an open house and greeting potential "tourists" who think they're ready to plunk down some change only to learn they're unintentional tire kickers.
There's a time and place to be penny-wise with a dollar. If you're considering buying or selling, give us a call! And you know what? It won't cost you a dime.
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