Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Do Properties Have Kharma or Dharma?

Do Properties Have Kharma or Dharma?

Okay, I don't really know what these things are but I do have a slight understanding. I believe that Kharma is the bad stuff and Dharma is the good stuff. Stuff meaning luck or a power of attraction. So if you go putting out bad vibes to the world, the world sends you back bad stuff called Kharma. If you send out the good vibes then the world sends you Dharma.

(I'm not talking about Dharma and Greg although I just figured out why that was her name)kharma or dharma

So, I have a property that has been on the market for nine months now. I couldn't give it away.

I showed it no less than an average of four times a week for the nine month period. It was a beauty but it had an unusual floor plan and it would take the right buyer. It looked over big beautiful Lake Livingston Texas and was in an elite neighborhood.

Nobody wanted it. The house had been listed with yet another agency before they listed with me so it had languished on the open market for well over a year.

I guess it was kharma. Someone made the quote that:" there is never an original idea on this earth, if you're thinking about it then someone else is too!"

Who said that? I don't know! Look it up! (I learned that one from Archie Bunker)

Day one. Monday. Just like any other day. But...

1. Out of the blue an offer came in on my Lakehouse! YEA! I was so excited I about jumped out of my skin! It was for "the" house. The offer came over the Internet which I found strange but just didn't care. I immediately put the paperwork together and sent it to the buyer to be signed. He would send it to me the next day so I could present to my Sellers.

Day two. Tuesday. A call comes in from a man that wants to see the house. "the" house.

2. He was from California and was a trucker and had to see it right away. Of course, I showed it.

He fell in love with it right away and told me he would like to make an offer! Wow, I'm thinking this is too good to be true! His wife was involved but agreed with him by phone to go ahead and place a bid. I told them I had another coming. They placed a strong bid.

Day three. Wednesday. I was waiting till I got all the paperwork for both offers together and signed before I alerted the Sellers. I just wanted everything in writing.

3. By the time I received both signed offers it was late in the day on Wednesday. I contacted the Sellers to schedule an appointment to go over the paperwork. They were so excited! We scheduled a "sit down" for the next morning at 10:00 am.

Day four. Thursday. It was one hour till my meeting time with my Sellers. Our Office Manager walked in and said, "there is a couple wanting to see you and they want to see "the" house.

"the" house? huh. okay. I had yet to present the other two offers...

4. I showed "the" house. They, as everyone else did that week, wanted "the" house. They knew there were two other offers on the table so...they gave me a full priced cash offer.

They won!

So, this has happened to me several times with several properties.

Nobody wants it then everybody wants it.

From Kharma to Dharma. I vote for Dharma.

Later in the rain~Deb

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Comment balloon 42 commentsDeb Brooks • June 09 2008 11:15PM


Isn't amazing how everyone wants one thing at the same time?  It's "hot" so to speak.  But, my question is, how do we heat it up??

Posted by Angela Lucaj (Amerigo Realty) almost 11 years ago

Deb- Way to go on the sale!  Keep up that positive attitude and positive energy and good things will happen, as you have already seen. 

Posted by Marey Hoeppner, Your Success Is Our Goal! almost 11 years ago

I wish I knew how to heat things up, so to speak...that would be nice. Angela, if you figure it out let me know~Later in the rain~Deb

Marey, I guess that's what it was yet I didn't become that positive till the offers started coming in!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb, I think you are not living in the Lake Livingston area but the famine or feast land. It is very strange or mysterious how these things turn around sometime after being dead for so long.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Debra, isn't it amazing when no one wants "the house" and then after languishing on the market everyone wants "the house".  I've been on the buyer's end of that several times.  They always think the listing agent is making it up; that is until they lose out on "the house".

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

I call that "thought transferance" where our thoughts just pass through space like ripples on the water when you toss in a pebble.  (Got that from Norman Vincent Peale) They get picked up by other people who never know what hits them.  That explains why we get so many offers at one time.  Makes as much sense as anything else, doesn't it?


Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Some houses just take longer than others.  Ever notice when a seller changes from one agent to another and then it sells right away.  It's not necessarily the agent or the office but just the amount of exposure time I think.

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) almost 11 years ago

Gary, it's really wierd isn't it? I was happy and confused. I tried to convert the other offers to other houses but they wouldn't have anything to do with that. They wanted "the" house. Period. Nothing I could do! Crazy!

Marchel, so you've seen this strange occurance too? It's not just me. If one person says I want that I can guarantee you at least one other will say it at the same time. Even if I couldn't give it away the day before!

Barbara, that's some of the best BS I've ever heard...he,he,he. Do I buy it? No. But as long as they bought the house I'm happy.

Yes, I have noticed that Ricki. They (the sellers) inevitably end up dropping the price on the darn thing too. Like we didn't know how to price a house. Even though we recommended three times for them to drop it...we're the bad guys!

Thanks for stopping by! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb, Yes, isn't it weird? I get those listings too, that sit, & sit and then wham, everyone wants it. I think you're right it's Dharma, the stars in alignment, or divine intervention. Whatever it is, it's great when it happens to us.

Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Hello sweetie Jacqueline! How have you been? It must be devine intervention. I believe you've got it right. I'm so glad you stopped in. How's the weather now that it's summertime? You take care and let's stay in touch! Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Hey Deb, I've seen this happen too.  I was on the Buyer's end of one recently, the house was on the market forever, I showed it to my buyer, he wanted it and suddenly so did everyone else.  My buyer got it but the L.A. had several back-up offers waiting for it to fall thru.  Now, send some of that Dharma over here -- I have one actually 2 I'd love to get sold, lots of showings and calls but no offers.

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) almost 11 years ago

Judi, I have several of these doozies that just don't want to move! Others have buyers on them like flys on sugar! All it takes is one to want it and they will crawl out of the woodwork. How's it going for your daughters wedding? Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

I'm meeting with the cake designer tomorrow at 10:00 AM.  Hmmm, I wonder how long she'll let me taste cake, fillings and icings????  I may have my dress -- had it all along -- can't find anything I like better but it does have to be altered -- as in, taken in, made smaller and hemmed because even with 2" heels it's too long!   We'll save the flower decision for when she's here in July -- I just have to make a list of florists and schedule appointments with some of them.  A few small details need to be finalized but apparently they aren't on her list of priorities right now -- she's trying to get moved into the house they bought. 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) almost 11 years ago

It is weird how that happens isn't it?  Dharma or the"Law of Attraction"  one offer attracts others......its like inventions - often the same one is out at the same time in different parts of the world..........or movies....have you noticed how often two movies with the same theme come out in the same year?  At any rate congrats for your sale...........Do you let Buyer 1 and 2 know that theres an offer #3 so they have a chance to up the offer, just like offer #3 already knows theres a #1 and #2?  Just curious.........lots of juggling!  :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor almost 11 years ago

You are on fire Debra! It may be time to buy a lottery ticket!

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) almost 11 years ago

Liz, I did let them know but the tie breaker was the "cash" deal. It's quicker, easier and funds were verified. You can't get much better than that!

Wayne, you may be right! Not a bad idea!

Judi, whew. Eat some cake for me.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Interesting. It can be feast or famine at times. If we could "can" the magic formula we could all be rich.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

No kidding! It can be feast or famine...then I just wish I could spread it around. The others just went away because they only wanted "the" house. No others...bummer.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Hi Hon-Yes, I know which one you're tallking about. I was so glad for the Sellers. It's kinda like the one this weekend. I could have sold it 3 times. Congratulations on the "Feature".-S

Posted by Debra and Scott Brooks, Lake Conroe Real Estate and Luxury Home Specialists! (Brooks Prime Properties, Lake Conroe) almost 11 years ago

I love Darhma and Greg...and your blog.  Good job on the sales and best whishes.

Posted by Scott Schneider, PrimaVend is sales improvement, business process c (PrimaVend) almost 11 years ago

  WE too have had what we affectionately call "Bridesmaid listings" matter what...they don't seem to catch the "Offer Bouquet" and then out of's the hottest property on the market...Let's see if we can find out what that magic is and bottle and sell it on AR  hmmm ?

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 11 years ago

Debra, this is one of the funny yet true things about real estate. No offers for months then multiple offers. How exciting, when we have multiple offers they almost always go for over asking price.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

I belive kharma is actually a philosophy of cause and effect, i.e. things you do have an effect on your life, doing good things cause good things to happen an doing bad things cause bad things to happen.


Posted by Jim Lee, Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH (RE/MAX Shoreline) almost 11 years ago

It's weird how houses sell. Some sit on the market forever then the right buyer comes along that is supposed to have it. I used to like old houses till I was in real I prefer a newer home for myself. Too much Karma in the old ones! lol

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

I've had the Kharma/Dharma thing happen to me before or at least the Kharma.  I agreed to list a house with the understanding the Seller was going to do certain things to get the property ready for marketing.  To this end he procrastinated.  He wanted to be there during all showings and wanted 24 hours notice for each showing.  It is almost like the Seller wanted to do everything he could to keep the property from selling.  I hated to get calls about showing the property.  I hate to admit it but when the listing ran out and the Seller decided not to renew, I could hardly contain myself.  As I read your blog, I thought, you know I am sure that Buyers could sense my frustration about that particular property and probably made them reluctant to make an Offer.

Posted by Jerry Hill almost 11 years ago

Isn't it great when it all comes together.  Just a take on the Kharma vs. Dharma view:  Kharma is the result of our actions positive or negative, Dharma on the other hand is more connected to our destiny our lives work, ( see Deepak Chopra's The seven spiritual laws of success for a great description of both)So it sounds like "The house" finally met its destiny.  Seems like sometimes it just takes holding on long enough for the dam to break.  Congrats.

Posted by Russ Pratt almost 11 years ago

I love Dharma and Greg too! Thanks for stopping by!

Sally and David, Let's do. Let's package and sell it!

Missy, it just seems to happen. I guess it's the house? Or, is it us?

Jim, If I could just learn what cause it was that caused the effect!

Lizette, I love my old house. But, that's what it is. An old house.

Jerry, it will come back to you! You also need a willing seller.

Russ, it is awesome! I guess I should study this concept! Thank you so much!

Later in the rain~Deb


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

My officemate calls it the "Zen" of real estate.  I can't tell you how many times I've had buyers come in, especially when they want to discount the price of a property that's been on the market for awhile and suddenly end up in 3rd position!

Posted by Tamara Perlman (Referral Network Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Tamara, I love the way that works! I just wish it could hit more often. It's like being in Vegas and getting all red sevens!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Jim is correct. As a student of philosophy, I take these concepts seriously. Karma is a form of universal feedback for one's actions. One teacher told me Karma is 'unlearned lessons'.  The karmic response is essentially a neutral mechanism and can be good or bad. Dharmas (or The Dhamma) are the vast teachings of the Buddha handed down in oral tradition (and expanded) for 2500 years. The resemblence to modern sit coms may be drawn: all that silliness coming back in equal measure, different costumes.

Great you sold the house. Perhaps chalk it up to Persistance!?

Posted by Susan Templeton almost 11 years ago

Susan, it all comes at once. This is not the only time it has happened to me by any means! It just gets unusual...thanks for the lesson.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

AutoWeek Magazine used to have a columnist named Satch Carlson.  He had a statement about life that was derived from an old truck heater... the fan control has:  Nothing... nothing... nothing... jet blast.  Welcome to jet blast.

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hi Lane, not a bad saying! Not bad at all. What's jetblast? Are there such things as car people??


Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Crazy how the energy just shifted. That's a pretty cool story!



Posted by Cindy Lin (Staged4more Home Staging & Designs // EcoJoe) almost 11 years ago

Cindy Lin, what's your take on it? Chi? Kharma, Dharma or dumb luck? It has happened to me many times in this business. Do you think it's where I focus my energy? All answers and opinions are welcomed. Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Hi Deb, I've been here enjoying AR, and being quiet, just a few posts. We've been getting rain, rain and more rain, (the wet kind) but no floods. We've seemed to miss the downpours.....divine intervention again. Hot tho and humid. Our State Bird, the mosquito, has been miserable. Keep on writing, I love to read what you write.

Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Hi Debra - All the planets must have had to be in perfect alignment.  Now id only they would stay that way.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Jacqueline! You just talked me into NOT moving your way! Sounds too much like where I am! *wink*
Pam, maybe that's what it was! All I know is that I loved each day of that week!
Later in the rain~Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Maybe somebody should tell Earl on"My Name is Earl" about dharma. I was always under the impression (like Earl) that there was good Karma and bad Karma.  On another trivia note, they said, on "Dharma and Greg" that Dharma was named after some goddess or princess.

Yup, I watch waaaay too much TV.

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago



Glad to hear everything is Normal.   Chinese philosophy says if you want it to happen quit wanting it to happen. If you want a cash offer wish for financing.

I prefer the philosophy of an old Oklahoma broker I know... " There ain't a piece of dirt won't sell, just given time.  But whose got that much time?"




Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Trey, wish you could have made it to our get together. It was a blast! See you soon I hope.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

I have seen that happen too, they could be hovering on the side lines, wanting to see how low the price will go then Wam-Bam all of them at once want the house, Good for you!

Posted by Mary Strang over 10 years ago