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The Pied Piper of Hamelin - An Example of Bargaining in Ill Faith

This is a photo from a live out door performance in the town of Hamelin, Germany. Every Sunday in the summer months, the legend of the Pied Piper who comes to town to rid the towns people of a major rat infestation is put on stage and hundreds of people gather to watch the tale unfold. 

I took this photo a couple of years back during a visit to this beautiful town that has a bit of a medieval look where you can still find many old buildings with exposed truss construction built along cobblestone streets.

If you don't know the story, you can watch some snippets of the Pied Piper Open Air performance.

 

Pied Piper of Hamelin Rattenfaenger Photo by Silvia Dukes

 

The story of the Pied Piper has a sinister ending. And like so many old tales, there is a message to the reader or listener hidden in the story that took a sad turn when the the good people of Hamelin decided to bargain in ill faith. 

Although initially grateful for getting rid of the rodents, the people quickly turned on the Pied Piper and did not want to  pay the agreed upon price and even chased the Piper out of town. 

Bargaining in ill faith did not pay off for them in the end. So what is the moral of the story as it relates to real estate? I can think of a couple:

  • Make sure to pay the pest control man!
  • If in doubt, stick to the contract than spells out the responsibility of each party, and lastly, 
  • don't be like the people of Hamelin, pay the piper!

 

I hope you enjoyed the story behind the photo and maybe it has inspired you to do some travelling on your own! 

However, if you would rather explore the real estate market in the Spring Hill or Hernando Beach, Florida areas, please contact me and it will be my pleasure to assist you with your questions.  

 

Entry in the 2017 ActiveRain Photo Contest:  Real Life - Travel

 

   

 

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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate

Tropic Shores Realty, 3441 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34606

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Comments

Good morning Sylvia. Many are quick to forget they must pay the Piper the agreed amount for the work performed. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Hi Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES 

I find by being upfront and straight as an arrow is ALWAYS the best way to approach life

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) over 2 years ago

Great advice Silvia.  Bad things can happen when you don't pay the Piper.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago

Great photo!

Loved the tie in to real estate!

Until this moment I never connected the "pay the piper" expression with the story of the Pied Piper. LOL

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 2 years ago

Good morning Silvia. Your point is well made and I like your picture as well.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Wayne Martin absolutely, enjoy your Sunday!

Doug Dawes and that is the truth. Thanks for stopping in.

Gabe Sanders we definitely wouldn't want that. 

Sharon Tara glad you enjoyed it and made the connection!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

There are some similar songs about the rainmaker coming to twon and starting rain in drought conditions. The town wouldn't pay so it didn't stop raining and flooded the town away.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 2 years ago

Hi Sylvia - That's a nice photo, and a very good story and lesson to go with it. Thanks for another contest entry!

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 2 years ago

Joe Pryor that is interesting, I don't know the rainmaker story and will find out more. 

Dick Greenberg thank you!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Silvia, I'll bet this was great fun for many of these folks, including the children, to put on an unusual frock, get into character and teach a lesson about life and history! What fun for all of you and a photo-op that brings back great memories.

 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 2 years ago

Silvia,

 Great entry into the contest! The Pied Piper I had not heard of that in years! I hope you have a good Sunday!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 2 years ago

I like how you married the Pied Piper story to real estate, Silvia.  Good writing!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 2 years ago

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate oh yes, these are amateur actors and sometimes the whole family participates. 

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert  thank you, maybe I could trigger some memories. Enjoy your Sunday as well!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

That is a great shot.  Everyone is so colorful and in character.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 2 years ago

Great analogy and I love the idea of a town performance.  Were there any trained rats in the production?  They are very smart creatures.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 2 years ago

Silvia in Real Estate the Pied Piper gets paid one way or another

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Myrl Jeffcoat thank you, in life and in business including real estate, we need to do the right thing and stick to our promises and obligations. 

Belinda Spillman thank you, it was a fun to watch this performance. 

Susan Haughton LOL... no, no REAL rats, they were played by smaller kids all dressed up in grey with long tails.

George Souto and better to be without any complications to sour the outcome!

 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

The pied Piper was one of my favorite stories Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  great story and wonderful picture 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 2 years ago

Hannah Williams thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

I used to love to read the story. Thank you for the photo and the post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

Congratulations, you've been featured in Bananatude!

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 2 years ago

Hi Silvia- I do know the story well and it is one that until I became an adult, never thought of it as taking a bad turn. Your picture is stunning with its color. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

Gita Bantwal thank you for stopping in, I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

Susan Haughton thank you for the group feature, I appreciate it!

Kathy Streib it is funny how we perceive and comprehend stories differently as we get older. Must have something to do with experience! 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Very nice - and good moral to the story too!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 2 years ago

Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI  thank you!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

So many good old stories have a moral. It's interesting that, as Kathy Streib pointd out, we perceive them differently depending upon our age or stage in life.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 2 years ago

You must always pay the piper!  I love this post how creative it is for the photo contest...not sure what category you entered this in but it is WINNER!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 2 years ago

Silvia,

Great story and way to tie it in to real estate.  I esp. liked the line about paying the pest control man!   I guess the piper was the original pest controler. lol

Posted by Bill Dean, William Dean - Broker, Salesperson (Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo.) over 2 years ago

The story has a good moral. Thank you for sharing this.                                      

Posted by Mega Team Real Estate, San Francisco and Peninsula Real Estate Concierge (Realty ONE Group Alliance) over 2 years ago

Good morning Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES ,

Loved the photo you took while visiting and the story stuck with you ..great memories..thanks for sharing and congratulations on the featured post!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 2 years ago

Marte Cliff thank you, yes, I think when we are younger we take things more at face value and don't see an underlying message. 

Debra Leisek thank you, it was entered under Real Life - Travel although it could have fit in one or two other categories as well. 

Bill Dean CDPE 314 575 6924 yes, I think too, the pied piper was the pest control man back then!

Mega Team Real Estate thank you and thank you for stopping in!

Dorie Dillard thank you, it was one of my favorite fairy tales growing up so seeing it on stage brought back the memories!

 

 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on a nice feature!  We can always use a reminder on the basics on negotiations!

Posted by Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az (Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living) over 2 years ago

Congratulations on your feature! This is a very interesting story and great photo too! Being in Germany must hold many precious memories for you. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 2 years ago

Silvia, I love the correlation of the story and what to do with real estate choices and contracts! :) 

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 2 years ago

Hi Silvia

That would be fun to see in person! There certainly is a valuable lesson in that story and a great reminder!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 2 years ago

I learned long ago to pay promptly especially vendors... when I have an electrical or plumbing issue on a deal...my guys come because they know they are going to get paid asap.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 2 years ago

Shirley Coomer thank you, some things don't change.

Patricia Feager thank you, yes, memories worth half a lifetime! :-)

Marney Kirk it's amazing what old folk tales can teach us.

Jeff Dowler you would enjoy not only the play but the entire town and surrounding areas

Steve Loynd and this is how it should be. Good service deserves prompt payment which results in good customer/vendor relations.

 

 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

I don’t believe in that type of bargaining. I’m glad you don’t either and I’m glad you posted this!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 2 years ago

I always enjoy learning the history behind a cliche.  Even Clichelist.com does not give the meaning behind "pay the piper."  So I want to thank you because I never "look a gift horse in the mouth."

 

Posted by Rick Frissell, aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate" (HomeXpress Realty) over 2 years ago

Great post, Silvia. I remeber the story and up until this moment, I hadn't given it a second thought.  The photograph is amazing.

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) over 2 years ago

Laura Cerrano thank you for stopping in, I'm glad you enjoyed the post!
Rick Frissell  you are most welcome! 

Chris Lima thank you, I took quite a few photos and it was a little difficult to decide which one to choose for this post. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Great explaination and photo. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) over 2 years ago

I had forgotten about the tale but your explanation (and relating it to real estate) was great!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 2 years ago

Very familiar with the tale as a child.  Bargaining in bad faith leads to nothing but bad things.  

Posted by Mick Michaud, Your Texas Lifestyle is Here! (Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107) over 2 years ago

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