We added honeybees to our menagerie last year. We've had anywhere from 1-3 hives and we keep them on the back edge of our backyard with a fence between the Chihuahua break area and them. For the most part those bees are pretty mellow. They REALLY don't want to sting us because it's a death sentence for the bee.
Of course we have the protective gear to wear when we're doing work in the hives (inspections are part of keeping up with our bees). We wear the gear and follow the proper steps and they do well and we do well.
And for the most part when not working on the hives as long as I stay out of their direct flight path in the front of the hive I can get close without need of gear. Approaching from the side and rear, I can peek down at the front entrance and watch them come and go.
But things get a little trickier when mowing the grass around the hives. I keep my distance and do a lot of extended arm pushes with the mower to stay out of the flight paths of the hives. I've probably gotten a bit too complacent because I'm in the later part of Year 2 without any incident. So you know what happened yesterday? You get one guess.
I've got a nice welt above my sock, and I'd have had a couple of more stings on my fingers if I hadn't been wearing gloves.
What went wrong? There'd been a change. One of our hives had up and went out on their own (they can do that), so we'd removed the adjacent hive. That meant the bees in the main hive had altered their flight path a bit. Couple that with a nice sunny day getting late in the season and the bees where a bit more active than usual. So the net effect was I put myself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I paid for it. I'd gotten away with it time after time before and thought I'd get away with it again. I learned, and when I went back today to finish I had my gear on. No stings and the grass is cut.
So what does this have to do with real estate? Periodically I'll see someone post in a local Facebook group that they're considering selling For Sale By Owner. Should they do it or not? Now of course we agents are going to advise to hire an agent (what else would you expect, right?).
But the interesting part is watching the comments from the non-agents. There will be some swearing it's easy. They've done it once or twice before and never had an issue. "Go for it!" they'll say.
And others will comment about what a hassle it was arranging showings, marketing, getting the right buyers in the door and the problems they had with contracts and inspections. They'll usually mention that after a bit they hired an agent and even recommend that agent to the original poster.
So what do I think of the first group? The ones that say it's so easy? I think they're like me mowing around my beehives. I'd gotten away with it a bunch of times, but I didn't this time. The same thing can happen with selling homes. You might do it once, no problem. Twice, still no problems. Three times, you're on a roll right? And then you get stung.
Now in my case it was just a bee sting. Liz put some lavender oil on it and that helped ease the smarting. But if someone makes a mistake selling their home, the pain can be much worse than a bee sting. Tens of thousands in potential profit possibly missed. Worst case? You find yourself in court with an irate buyer because you didn't understand the state disclosure laws and didn't mention your basement floods every couple of years.
Just consider hiring a real estate agent the same as me wearing a bee suit. Both are there to protect, and the more experienced your agent, the better they can protect you.
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