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What does Yoga have to do with it?

Posted on | February 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

I began going to yoga classes when our son left for college in September 2007. Initially, all I wanted was relief for neck pain. Well, the neck pain disappeared, but doing yoga has given me so much more and even changed the way I look at the world and conduct my business.

If you’re still reading, consider these 3 yoga principles and how they might apply if you are trying to buy, or sell, a house:

See the reality of the present moment. Successful sellers are not asking “how much do I need to get out of my house?” but rather “what do I need to do to get the optimum market value for my house?” Buyers need to be clear about how much a particular house is worth to them, especially if there is competition. If it’s time to move on, keep your focus on your goal, whether you’re a buyer or a seller, and it will make the process go more smoothly.

Find the balance between working too hard and just giving up. I have clients who get frantic and wear themselves out over things that don’t matter—-the buyer who asks questions and gives feedback on every house, even those he/she didn’t like at all. Or the seller who hires us to market the house, having checked our references and track record very carefully, but then has trouble delegating the house prep to us. If you focus on what’s important and then relax, mostly things will take care of themselves.

Pay attention to how you’re feeling. I am a strong believer that most buyers make decisions based on their gut feeling when they walk into what will be “their” house and it doesn’t necessarily coincide with the list they have in their head. Similarly, the best realtor/client relationships seem to be about good chemistry between the agent and the client. I know I sometimes spot someone at an open house that I really want to work with, and I always welcome initial client interviews since I believe it’s so important for a client to trust me and feel simpatico.

One of my favorite yoga teachers ends his classes with a reminder for clear thinking, clear speaking, and clear intention, and those are good goals for real estate transactions, too.



2 Responses to “What does Yoga have to do with it?”

  1. Jennifer
    February 24th, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Nice thoughts – thanks for sharing!

  2. Grace
    June 23rd, 2011 @ 6:00 pm

    Great thoughts! I’ve been practicing Yoga and real estae sales but it never occur to me there are same principles can be applied to both, and to life too, in general.

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