“Temporarily Not Available For Buying” (TNAB)*

“The right house at the wrong time . . . is the wrong house.”

–Ross Kaplan

One of the things that can happen working with Buyers is that . . . life intervenes.

A work crisis pops up out of nowhere, an unexpected health issue temporarily lays someone up, etc.

When that happens, the vast majority of the time, the right thing to do is to temporarily put the home search on hold, and take care of matters at hand.

Not only does that make sense logistically, but it also prevents the Buyer from making a major decision when they’re preoccupied and/or unduly stressed.

Of course, depending on the Buyer’s circumstances . . . they may have no choice but to wait.

No 3-Alarm Fires

Buying a home (and perhaps selling another) is sufficiently stressful — and time-consuming — that you should undertake it only when your life is free of any “three-alarm” (or more) fires.

In my experience, most Buyers’ criteria are flexible enough that another home that meets their needs (and at least a few of their wants) will come on the market when they’re ready.

*MLS has a status for listed homes called “Temporarily Not Available for Showing.”

Anyone who regularly represents Buyers knows that there’s something analogous I’ll call, “Temporarily Not Available For Buying.”

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.

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