Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Buying or Selling a Home – What’s Your Recipe?

Recipe for success!
The other day I was at Brett’s Luggage and Gifts in Sudbury and a woman came in and asked if they sell recipe boxes. They did not but the manager suggested that she try The Paper Store or Duck Soup. I thought for a minute that it was kind of quaint that someone is still using a recipe box and then went about my business. But for some reason, later on that day I started thinking about recipes and real estate, and how people go about buying and selling a home.

What's the connection? Well, recipes aren’t just for food! The word recipe is defined as a list of ingredients and instructions for making something; a “method” of doing something or a combination of circumstances likely to bring something about. We’ve all heard that “hard work is the recipe for success” or “sounds like a recipe for disaster” A recipe is a process, a set of instructions, a way, formula, steps, procedure, or technique.

In sports they call it a “game plan”; in business it’s a “business plan”; home sellers want to know about my “marketing plan”… there are recipes or plans for everything! If you were going to have a dinner party, would you just start cooking or would you ask: who’s coming/who will be helping; what do the guests like/do they have special dietary needs; where will the party be, when/what time do you want people to show up; why are you having the party/is it a special occasion or just a casual get-together; and finally, but most important: how will it be paid for?

The recipe for buying or selling a home starts with asking these same questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how. Buying or selling a home is a process and it’s all about you; answering these questions is the first step in your recipe for success!

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