Jack Nicholson, one of my all-time favorite actors, in one of my all-time favorite movies A Few Good Men, delivered a memorable quote — “You can’t handle the truth!”. He was, to say the least, quite emphatic in the delivery.
Late last night “A agent” left a comment on yesterday’s post where I said, “Now isn’t the best time to sell”.
Here is the comment, unedited and in its entirety:
I dont understand why you would say this is not a good time to sell a home!! You sell homes for a living!! The media is out to get us and now other agents (YOU) are to!! How do you think this makes agents look!! STUPID!! Why do you do this?
Getting past the poor grammar and excessive use of exclamation points, what is it that “a agent” is really trying to convey?
Apparently “agent” feels I am doing my real estate agent brethren a disservice when I opine on this blog.
Well… in a nutshell, too bad.
Here’s the deal. I didn’t write “now isn’t the best time to sell” to make agents look stupid. I wrote it because in my opinion it is the truth. In the Phoenix market (and many others across the country) this clearly is not the best time to sell a home. Prices are declining, inventory is bloated, and buyers are in the drivers seat. None of that bodes well for selling a home. This is not opinion, this is simple fact.
I write here on many different topics. Real estate is of course the primary subject, but even the most casual reader of Phoenix Real Estate Guy will swiftly see that this blog isn’t just about real estate.
While I freely inject my opinion in all matters, one thing you will never see me do (here and in life in general) is stifle or sugar-coat the truth. That’s just the way I was raised, like it or leave it. If you want sunshiney sales talk with kum-ba-ya playing in the background, you should probably just move along — trust me, there is plenty of that out there, and it’s not hard to find. I’m not going to blow smoke up anyones hindquarters just to make a sale. I don’t expect anyone to agree with everything I say, far from it. But please, don’t come here telling me that I’m out to get other agents or making the collective look stupid by telling the truth. That’s just silly.
I leave you with a few quotes from people far smarter than I am regarding the truth.
New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.
– Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions
To be persuasive, we must be believable; to be believable, we must be credible; to be credible, we must be truthful.
– Edward R. Murrow
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
– Mark Twain