Everything I Know About Real Estate, I Learned From Star Wars

by Robert SummersDecember 14, 2015

There’s Always Room to Negotiate

When Jabba the Hut imprisoned princess Leia, C-3PO, and Han Solo, Luke Skywalker knew he’d be walking into a dangerous situation as he entered Jabba’s lair. However, that didn’t stop him from trying to negotiate for his friends’ freedom. When you’re purchasing a home, don’t be afraid to negotiate for a better deal. Sellers may be willing to make concessions to close the deal; just be sure to leave your blaster at home.

Leave the Big Jobs to the Pros

Han Solo was known for making DIY repairs to the Millennium Falcon, a ship that he won from Lando Calrissian in a card game. One can’t fault his can-do spirit, but it seems he often took on bigger repairs than he was capable of successfully completing. The “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” is always breaking down at the wrong time. Chief takeaway: if you’re going to take on a big job around the house, always make sure you know what you’re doing.

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Away With You

Anakin Skywalker turned to the Dark Side because he feared for Padme Amidala’s life. He thought that Emperor Palpatine could help him grow powerful enough to save them both. Ironically, his decision to align himself with the forces of evil ends up causing her death in the end. The lesson here is to never let your emotions run away with you when shopping for a home. If a deal doesn’t feel right, move on, even if you do like the house.

Don’t Do Anything Halfway

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda.

Purchasing a home is a big commitment, so it’s best to be well prepared for the process before beginning to shop in earnest. And if you’ve never purchased a home, then you should be aware that it can be an arduous process that requires plenty of perseverance. So get your credit in shape, get pre-approved for a loan, and don’t be surprised if you run into some roadblocks along the way.

The same goes for home sellers. If you want to get the best price for your home, you’ll need to make sure it’s dressed to impress when potential buyers come to call. Paint over those bright accent walls. Keep everything neat as a pin, and don’t forget to put away personal belongings so potential buyers won’t be distracted from picturing the lives they’ll live, once they’ve purchased their new home.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them” – Obi Wan Kenobi

When Obi Wan was schooling Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Jedi, Luke was dismayed when the old man made him battle a laser remote while blinded by a helmet with a blast shield.

When you’re shopping for a new home, remember, looks can be deceiving. A house might appear to be in tip-top shape, but a professional and thorough inspection could uncover some unpleasant surprises. Always get an inspection, even if everything seems to be in order.

Good Things Can Come in Small Packages

“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” – Yoda

Yoda’s a fount of real estate wisdom. From this quote, we can draw a valuable lesson about maximizing our living spaces, regardless of size. A small apartment can feel spacious with some clever design choices, and a modest home can be made to feel like a palace. The key is to maximize the most out of every square foot, both visually and functionally.

All That’s Old Is New Again

Sixteen years passed between the release of Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. Ten more will have passed by the time The Force Awakens hits the big screen, and suddenly, Star Wars mania will be back in vogue.

Did you know that there was a time when Victorian homes were considered fussy and unlivable? Now, well-preserved specimens that escaped the wrecking ball are highly prized. Not too long ago, midcentury design was deeply unfashionable, but these days, it’s all the rage.

We understand tearing down an old home that’s beyond saving to build new homes, but razing a salvageable classic to put in tacky condos? Definitely questionable.

Don’t Neglect Basic Maintenance

The Death Star was an architectural masterpiece. Just look at it! But those pesky Jedi had to fly through that stupid thermal vent and ruin everything. Substitute “squirrels” for Jedi and “hole in the roof” for thermal vent, and you’ll know what we’re getting at. Keep up on your basic maintenance, or you’ll live to regret it.

Are You Excited for Star Wars? We Are!

Star Wars is back! We’re counting the days and watching the old episodes on repeat. We’ve even forgiven Jar Jar. Well, sort of. See you at the theater!

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