Ready, Willing & Able, Part 2
The Next Step: Able
How does being ready, willing and able apply to a real estate transaction, or the desire to participate in one?
Let’s talk about the action of being willing and able – How does one become willing and able, and what does willing and able feel like?
definition of willing
1 inclined or favorably disposed in mind
2 prompt to act or respond
3 done, borne, or accepted by choice or without reluctance
This is a big one to unpack. Imagine an endless duffle bag of questions, all based on making major changes to the life you are leading right now…Are you willing to make those changes? Step off into parts unknown? To chase down the life you might be thinking about leading. What is willing? It seems easy enough, but…When you start to break it down and ask the big questions, it becomes a little more complicated. Are you willing to turn your life upside down? Are you willing to take on major financial commitment? Do you make this commitment with another person? Wow!! Do you put down roots in a family neighbourhood if you are not a family yet?
Do you further invest into one level condo living because that’s what you love, even if you think you will outgrow it soon? Are you willing to renovate? Are you willing to make great compromise? Are you willing to live with someone else’s design choices??
What is willing? It seems easy enough, but…When you start to break it down, and ask the big questions, it becomes a little more complicated.
These are the existential real estate questions which no one really knows to ask. You might be ready. All your ducks are in a row. Finances are clear and have been vetted by a professional. You know what your money can buy you in all your favourite neighbourhoods, but you’re still holding back because there is something on that endless question list that you are unwilling to do/act on/compromise on. So sadly, you are unwilling.
But imagine that you are willing, and that you’ve answered ‘yes’ to all of those questions, and you want commitment/roots/change/growth/a new experience to match the new life you are working towards building.
Then, you only have to think about being able.
Able is full of magic and opportunity because if you are ready and willing, then that is all you need in order to be able. It’s the perfect marriage of the two preceding steps. Without ready and willing, able simply doesn’t exist.
definition of able
1a having sufficient power, skill, or resources to do something
b having the freedom or opportunity to do something
c having a quality or nature that makes something possible
Able is full of magic and opportunity because if you are ready and willing, then that is all you need in order to be able. It’s the perfect marriage of the two preceding steps.
Real estate seems straightforward. It’s a simple transaction – needs plus wants divided by budget, and you buy a house. That equation does exist within a much greater conversation around lifestyle/experience/connection/community/accessibility. Take the time to get ready. It’s the first step. Then, ask some tough questions around being willing to do things that you are not doing, presently. Then, let able take over.