Driving Maneuvers

One of my favorite jokes is about the pair of hikers who are surprised by a Grizzly.

Hiker #1 believes, mistakenly, that he needs to outrun the Grizzly.

Hiker #2 understands that the true task is to outrun his companion.

Running Late

So, too, in real estate, novice agents believe — mistakenly — that the object is to get to the house you’re about to show on time.

Experienced Realtors understand that the goal is . . . to get there before your client.

Running late for a showing the other week, I was reminded of that fact as I realized that I had just blown past my client’s car on the freeway, headed to the same place.

And no, when you drive a silver Lexus with a license plate that reads “MY RLTR” (“there goes my Realtor!”) . . .  it’s hard to keep a low profile.

P.S.:  “The sling shot.” 

I don’t know if it’ll catch on or not, but that’s my term for the maneuver I just witnessed yesterday:  a car on a street perpendicular to you that turns on ahead of you — cutting you off — but attempts to mitigate that by overshooting your (near) lane and crossing to the far lane.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

Leave a Reply