The Ben Franklin Method-A Great Decision-Making Strategy!



Years ago I somehow came across this very simple strategy for decision-making attributed to Ben Franklin and have imparted this method to many a home-buying client when they have thoughts swirling around in their heads about which property would work best for them. 


This is a very simple way of putting things down on paper that, when actually seen written out, can guide someone to an answer more easily by seeing which column is longer. Homebuying advice that anyone can include in their decision-making process. 

So, here we go:

Two columns: Assets and Liabilities

Write down everything you can think of regarding the property/properties that you  feel are potentials for purchase. If you have multiple properties in mind, do one sheet for each one. 

View the list. 

Whichever column is longer will define what best fits you for which direction to go in. If assets of one property far outweigh the liabilities, then you have a much easier decision to make. Same goes for the liabilities list if it is longer. Better to get rid of that one right away and shorten your list of potential winners!!

Ben Franklin was such a smart guy! 

And in any important decision process, having it down on paper makes it much easier to SEE instead of random thoughts running through your head. There is something about seeing the physicality of it that gives it credence and clarity!

If you want help making buying decisions on a property at or on Fishhawk Lake, let your  Fishhawk Lake local expert help! 

Gayle C. Rich-Boxman
REALTOR® Vernonia Realty Direct: (503)755-2905

Birkenfeld OR 97016
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Reserve and Community
“Your Gateway to the Lake!”
(Fishing, boating, swimming, wildlife,& so much more!)
My website
Originally posted on ActiveRain by Gayle Rich-Boxman 

About fishhawklakerealtor

I've been the local realtor/neighbor for 14 years who lives full time in the Fishhawk Lake area, a private lake community in the middle of the coastal range in a very small town in Oregon . It's heaven out here and my husband and I have lived here full time for about 12 years and over 15 altogether as weekenders before that. This area is my niche, my specialty, my passion. Doing this is truly a dream come true. Let me help you make it yours. Call me, your local expert: 503-755-2905 REALTOR® John L Scott Market Center Also check out my blog on ActiveRain: Or to check out my listings go to my website:
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