I was unable to get in yesterday due to having a super busy day offline, but the reason I chose today's title will become pretty clear soon enough.  Despite being a dyslexic blond (try spelling it when you're dyslexic) I've always had a thing for the language of Shakespere.  That's why it came to mind yesterday during a conversation I was having with a friend.  If you're not sure of the referrence, it comes from Hamlet, Act III, Scene 2.

Anyway, I was talking to this friend yesterday and we were having one of those conversations about a friend of a friend of a friend, that sort of thing.  So he's telling me about this friend who's renting this house from a landlord.  The landlord comes to him and says he needs to make some improvements to the house for capital expenditure because he needs to reduce his tax bill in a hurry, so this guy, the tenant, is going to be inconvenienced a bit.  Okay, the tenant says, we can live with that, if it means the house is more comfortable.  And, the landlord tells him and his wife, it's all for you.  After all, you're the ones who have to live here.

The tenant's wife had one conern though, so she confronts the landlord and asks if he's selling.  His response is along the lines, of course not.  You're safe until you're ready to move on.

So over the next several months, the landlord and his contractors are in and out of the house working on the exterior and the interior.  The work takes place mainly on weekends, almost every single weekend.  During the time of the renovations, the landlord is talking to the tenants regularly of just how untrustworthy real estate agents are and how they only do what they do for money.  This conversation happens almost every single time that the landlord is there.

Then one day, after about five months, the renovations still probably needing a little more work, the landlord turns up unannounced (a big no-no) and tells the tenant he's decided he's putting his investment property on the market, can he recommend a good real estate agent?  Can he recommend one who's not in it just for the money.  The tenant recommends the agent the landlord is using as the property manager, but the landlord presses for others.  So the tenant gives a list of agencies that operate in the area but specifies that he and his wife have not had any experience with any of them so the landlord would be well advised to stick with who he knows.

Next thing the tenant and his wife know is that the landlord has asked two agents to check the house out to value it and get back to him.  One tells the tenant and the landlord that the area is going through a lull and that he'd be better following the advice of Robert Kiyosaki and keep the property for cashflow.  The other tells him he can sell the property in a couple of weeks and he's never even heard of Robert Kiyosaki.  Plus, he's lacking in ethics because he's telling all and sundry that a new landlord is entitled to put up rent before the current lease has expired (in this particular jurisdiction a new landlord is not entitled to do that).

Now guess which agent the landlord picked?  The one who was honest with him about the state of the market, or the one who wasn't?

After all his complaining about the sort of people who became real estate agents, about how they were greedy and they were only doing what they were doing for money, who did he choose?  He didn't choose the guy who loved to connect vendors with buyers and whose job was all about helping people to buy their dream home or at least the best home they could afford.  He picked the guy who was in it for the money.  He picked the guy who was cocky, dishonest and unethical.  A guy who actively encouraged people who couldn't afford the property to try to purchase it (I just hope the guy never becomes a banker or an economist).

And then, my friend said, he still complained.

It seems to me, about that landlord, that "The lady doth protest too much."

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    G'day everyone.  I'm an Aussie Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotist (www.americanallianceofhypnotists.org)  and author with a passion for making every relationship in our lives the best it can be.   I work at local, state, national and international levels.  I am also a Callahan Techniques Thought Field Therapy practitioner trained by Eugene Piccinotti TFT - dx, and I studied Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner Level (MNLP) under Steve G Jones at the American University of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
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