Three ways that buying a house is like the Big Lebowski.


The Big Lebowski is a Coen brothers movie that came out in 1998 staring Jeff Bridges as “the Dude” a Los Angeles slacker. I can compare it to buying a house like this.

Central to the plot is a little rug (that gets peed on) that “really tied the room together”. It’s a case of mistaken identity. The dude goes looking for compensation. With houses (as with life), it can be little things that make it or break it for the seller/buyer, just like the rug tying the room together, the curb appeal, the color of the walls, the lack of closet space can become the tipping point.

The movie was ultimately a mystery (who kidnapped Bunny?) a comedy (one of my favorite parts is when the little cops says we found your car but your Credence tape is still missing) and a tragedy (Donny’s death by heart attack), at least it had these elements. I’m not a movie critic. I’m a realtor. House shopping has its highs and lows too, there’s a lot happening, its an ongoing human drama with loads of emotional elements, sometimes a comedy, often a drama.

The Big Lebowski has a great cast of characters: a millionaire, a cowboy, a Vietnam veteran, an artist, types that you don’t come across everyday. In real estate too, we have your realtor, your banker or mortgage broker, inspector, lawyer, insurance agent…if you watch carefully, they’re all a little quirky.

And with real estate, just like the move, it all works out in the end. Life goes on. The dude abides.
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