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Can You Handle The Truth?
October 24th, 2012 9:29 AM

Many sellers value sincere feedback on showings of their home and say they welcome contstuctive criticism, but it can be an unpleasant experience and difficult to hear.  However, without feedback, it is impossible for a seller to accurately identify any problems or shortcomings with the home, make the corrections, and then profit from the changes.

Unfortunately, far too many people are "thin skinned" when it comes to receiving feedback, and as a result, they often misinterpret sincere criticism as a form of personal attack.  It is understandable for people to become somewhat defensive or a bit argumentative when criticism is thrown in their faces, because not all feedback is accurate, sincere or of equal importance.  And not every input requires any action to be taken.  But it is vitally important not to put up a wall to avoid feedback, because the same walls that protect us from criticism also block our potential. 

When getting feedback on a home, please don't shoot the messenger!  Keep your focus on the "message" and try not to become upset, judgmental or defensive.  Be willing to consider every input by keeping an open mind and asking open-ended questions to gain better understanding.  Take time to reflect on the feedback and look for opportunities to improve your situation. 

Be sure to thank the people or agents who take the time to give  honest feedback, because without them, it is difficult to reach  ultimate goals, whether it be selling a home or personal goals.  Even professional athletes only become successful through critical feedback.  With patience and practice, you can handle the truth!

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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on October 24th, 2012 9:29 AMPost a Comment

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