Never Ever Assume

We all have words we like to live by, and mine would be “Never Ever Assume”. I truly believe this is the one major rule that dominates in life as well as in business.

In life we shouldn’t confuse assumption with knowledge, we just don’t know what the future will hold and only hard work will bring us closer to achieving our goals. People may assume that they know what an individual is thinking or what they will do, and that my friend will only lead to disappointment, folks will surprise you when you least expect.

In my business, Real Estate, a real no-no is assumption, never assume your buyer can or cannot qualify for a loan or whether they are a cash buyer or not. It’s not a matter of trust it’s a matter of confirmation and qualification, a procedure that will accurately serve you and your customer. How many times during the day when we’re people watching do we wonder how rich or poor a person is just by the clothes they wear or by the car they drive. The man in the worn jeans and the ripped tee shirt driving that old ford may be so much more financially secure then the well-dressed smiling man driving that BMW. More often than not our reasoning is not only wrong, but way off base. As a Realtor we can never assume a Seller’s reason for putting a house on the market, and we should not pass unfounded or unconfirmed assumptions on to the buyer. A seller has a house for sale because he wants to sell that house, it’s that simple.

If you’re asked a question that you can’t answer, be honest and admit you don’t know the answer, and then immediately follow through with a promise to find the answer, and then do just that. If you’re attending an inspection on a house for a buyer never speak for the buyer unless you are specifically instructed to do so by the buyer on a specific issue. If you’re not sure call or visit the buyer but don’t assume you know what the buyer will or will not accept. People often change their minds and just because they said one thing yesterday does not mean it’s written in stone today. It’s important always to be clear when giving an opinion so it will not be perceived as fact.

Many old clichés become clichés because they hold many truths, 
like the point of this blog,
“Never Ever Assume,” a few more of my favorites are: 
“Better to be Save then Sorry”, “Anything that can Happen will Happen,” 
“Oh what a Tangled Web we Weave,”
“Don't Count your Chickens before they're Hatched,” 
“Believe None of what you Hear and Half of what you See.”

What are some of your favorite clichés?

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