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Monday, July 06, 2009

Because the damn dog did!

100_5058 A long time ago in a place far removed from present day technology there was a boy. Perhaps seven or eight years old, he was visiting his grandfather in north Florida. And he was bored.

In the 60’s there was no Internet, no cable TV, and no air conditioning at this house. So this boy played with “granddaddy's dog.” Nearby there was a creek (OK, really a stream with very little water).

Although told to not go down to the gully, he went. Granddaddy found out and “inquired” why. He responded. “because the damn dog did!” Not a nice response.

The boy in question was my younger brother.

Sometimes justifying behavior by pointing out what someone else has done is not necessarily a good strategy.

Take the prevalence of short sales in the current real estate market. I read an article this morning on whether or not walking a way from a mortgage is a moral decision or not.

Some say that many are walking away from upside down mortgages because others are doing the same.

It is not my responsibility to impose my judgment on a seller’s motive. My job when working with sellers is to provide the services necessary to sell the real estate.

Sometimes circumstances change and a person must sell. No one ever buys real estate with the intent of walking away or losing it. Most folks never enter into a mortgage with a plan to default.

Sometimes life happens.

And a short sale is a better alternative than a foreclosure proceeding. If a short sale is something you need to consider, please feel free to contact me.

Gary Waters, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida, 321-693-3850, working with buyers and sellers in Brevard County, Florida.

By the way – I think my brother got a spanking, not for going to the gully but using the word “damn!”

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