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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

If you find the answer, write a blog post and share it with all of us. 

Mar 16, 2016 12:42 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jillian La Rocque Analysis by paralysis does not work. On the other hand shooting from the hip doesn't either.

Mar 16, 2016 07:48 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A pause, of which I am in full support is subjective. Find and use yours

Mar 16, 2016 08:24 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Jillian, In general I'm more biased to doing SOMETHING fairly quickly with the available data, then tracking and adjusting that action as new information becomes available.  Rarely are we going to have a perfect set of information to work with.  No different than pricing a home, we work with comps, the active market, etc., set a price and then adjust if the buying public doesn't react as expected.  Bill

Mar 16, 2016 05:13 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Depends on what the issue is, Jillian. Some matters require action or response in a time frame so it's the best decision I can make in that time. Other things can percolate for months and sometimes benefit from revisiting and new perspectives.

Mar 16, 2016 06:37 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Instinct. When you look back on a decision, do you often find you always know the right choice?

Mar 16, 2016 12:33 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Thats a great question. I would ask if someone in the past has thought you a procrastinator? Then overthinking is the problem.

I think when you are newer in the business you have a tendency to overthink things OR try to plan ahead for things that never happen.

Mar 16, 2016 09:36 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I make quick decisions and have difficulty with people who cannot select a meal off a simple menu   Overthinking something seems like a lack of confidence more than anything else. 

Mar 16, 2016 06:28 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jillian La Rocque in fact, it should be done based on the situation.

If the seller accepts offers by a specific time, there is NO time to sleep over it!

Mar 16, 2016 03:34 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I don't think there is a safe middle depends on how major or minor the decision/response/strategy is and what it is. Different scenarios require more weight and thought than others and some life changing things need to be considered more carefully. When you get to the point where inertia has set it, probably best to move forward.


Mar 16, 2016 03:16 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

not an overthinker... I am a "just go with it" kind of girl.

Mar 16, 2016 03:15 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I tend to make quick decisions (experience allows me to do that) but do ask questions and gather the facts then analyze before I commit.

Mar 16, 2016 10:39 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is a whatever works answer.

Mar 16, 2016 06:46 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Think throu the hurdles and assess the outcome. If it will work it probably works by taking some chance.  

No venture no gain.

Mar 16, 2016 06:33 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

"He who hesitates is lost"

Mar 16, 2016 06:08 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'm not sure what you are asking as a measure--time? It's probably different for every situation and every person as we all make decisions differently. And experience can play into the decision process, as well. Lots of decisions can be made more quickly when you have considerable experience behind you to weigh certain alternatives.

Mar 16, 2016 09:13 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends on the issue at hand.  Some people have a tendency to over-analyze and never move forward.  

Mar 16, 2016 08:06 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The significance of the consequences.

What to have for breakfast? Choose already!

Buying a nonperforming note or a foreclosed property? Better to dig deep!

Mar 16, 2016 04:47 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

The quick response is usually the answer, but sometimes you do have to hink things through. 

Mar 17, 2016 11:57 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Think it through, then sleep on it, as the saying says. Better than acting without thinking.

Mar 17, 2016 06:38 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

You answered your own question.   The middle ground.  That's when you have to find yourself.  When overthinking, find the middle ground.  

Mar 17, 2016 05:06 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

It is all about the urgency involved with the decision.  For example, buying a home or stock may be a one time, now decision.  Sure there will be other homes and the stock price may be that low again but the right home, price and location or the stock price may not get this low again.  A decision should be made right away if it can be done.  Waiting just means not being ready and it becomes a learning opportunity.  Sometimes it's a good miss other times it's not.

Mar 17, 2016 03:44 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Over thinking generally leads to analysis paralysis, and no decision is ever arrived at.

Best to be quick with these things.

Mar 17, 2016 01:32 AM