Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: Detours




Life is full of detours.

My niece graduates from high school next summer.  If I choose to fly commercial, I can choose from flying from Cincinnati to Atlanta to Richmond or Cincinnati to Detroit to Richmond, but there will be no straight line for me.  But I'll still get there.

When I visit my parents in West Virginia, a straight line route is 243 miles.  Actual driving distance?  THREE44.  An extra 101 miles.  I've tried many different routes to get there, some are shorter in miles, but longer on time...you want slow, let me tell you about getting behind a logging truck on a small mountain road.  So I take a longer route than some offered for the convenience of four lane roads for all but the last 50 miles of my trip.

So what does any of this have to do with real estate??  Come on, EVERYTHING can be tied to real estate if you squint just right :)

Real estate is just like Life, it can have some detours.

The buyer that finds out their financing isn't going to happen.  That's a big detour for both the buyer and the seller that thought they had their home sold.

The seller that thinks Market Price Plus 20% is the right price for selling their home.  Here, let's turn left and look for the intersection of You've Got A Long Wait Lane & Ain't Nevaaaaahhhhh Gonna Happen Road.

The house that goes under contract 20 minutes after you finish the showing and while you're writing an offer on the car hood.

The home the seller decides they don't want to sell after all.

bump...bump...flashing lights and traffic cones....time to take a detour.

The good news?  Detours still get you to where you plan to go, just via a different route than you expected. 

And more good news?  If you have an experienced real estate agent on your side, they'll know how to deal with the detours and get you to where you want to be as quickly as safely possible.

Ready to discuss your real estate needs?  Just contact me at 513-520-5305 or Liz@LizSpear.com.

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz  



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Comment balloon 19 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • December 20 2018 04:14AM


Dear BLiz,

With our experience, we have learned to take many detours literally and figuratively. The farther ahead, you see something coming, the sooner you can plan for an alternate route.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 7 months ago

Bill, my whole life has been Detours and in all fairness I am grateful for most of the Detours. A little boy ends up in California as a Realtor on Rodeo Dr. it does not get better than that...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 7 months ago

Those detours can be also an opportunity. Just need to see them always in a positive light.

Posted by Leif Price, Content Marketing Specialist (Spot Color Marketing) 7 months ago

Bill- i agree with other comments- take a positive view on these detours and you not only will get there but often things work out even better!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 7 months ago

The routes are not always what we expect for sure...Kathy says I should ask you if you know Paul Gregory from Annapolis days..

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 7 months ago

I feel like our profession is chock full of detours - how we navigate those detours demonstrates our skill and our character, Bill!

Great analogy! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you & yours, Bill!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 7 months ago

A road trip sounds so good!! Detours can bring you to some beautiful places! 

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) 7 months ago

Absolutely right, life (and real estate) can be chock full of detours. So we just have to go a different route.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 7 months ago

It's a zig-zag world out there and we have to be flexible/adaptable.  Or else.

Posted by John Henry, Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 7 months ago

Good morning Bill,

There are always going to be detours..great analogy..it's all in how we handle them to help our clients that count. Our experience can lend itself to quickly finding solutions and if it's a new obstacle it's an opportunity to learn and figure it out. All good.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 7 months ago

Everything can and will relate to real estate. There are many ways to get therem there are many detours... I find it is best to talk about the road before we start driving whether its selling or buying. We can avoid some detours an dbe ready for others before they get here Liz and Bill Spear 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 7 months ago

Love your analogy Liz and Bill Spear, and if you do not not have an experienced agent on your side, it can be a dead end, just like that. And I have no idea how the font got changed to Giant, so sorry about that 

Posted by Greg Large, A Tradition of Trust (ERA Real Solutions) 7 months ago

Hello Bill,  Detours have everything to do with real estate and life. We learn to navigate the detours and we still end up at our destination.  Sometimes, the driver (real estate agent or lender ) may be the cause of the death of a transaction.  That is a detour of all detours!!! 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) 7 months ago

Hi Bill,
You didn't even need to squint too hard to make that connection, did you?  Not that I ever wished for detours but when they presented themselves I actually enjoyed the problem solving aspect. 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 7 months ago

:: . . . turn left and look for the intersection of You've Got A Long Wait Lane & Ain't Nevaaaaahhhhh Gonna Happen Road. ::


I prefer to think of them as plot twists!

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) 7 months ago

I liked this, it was what I needed today.  Yes, detours happen.  How we DEAL with them is what defines us.  And today I needed to be reminded of both.  

Posted by MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert (The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)) 7 months ago

A timely reminder that life is full of detours, including in real estate. Love your comment about squinting just right to get to your point. I always appreciate a little humor thrown in.  :) 

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) 7 months ago

Love it!  Detours happen at every "turn" no matter what you're doing.  Just read your post to my daughter - we both chuckled!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 7 months ago

Richmond VA??? That would be an hour + away from me.

Posted by Anne Corbin, Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia (Long and Foster - Lake Anna) 7 months ago