The classic tale of buying a home takes time. Sometimes, a lot of time. When we bought our house (2009) we looked for 18 months! Can you believe it? Being a Realtor made it easy to visit houses, but hard to settle on The One*. I recently worked with home buyers and we had the opposite situation.
Follow along for story of an amazing whirlwind adventure that has a happy ending!
I got a call on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 from a fellow Realtor, referred by past clients. His friends (and clients), an amazing couple, were relocating from Everett and hoped to be closed by July 26th. Of this year. I said “Yes! Yes I can do that!”
I sent several long emails with lots of questions, they replied thoroughly and thoughtfully. That Sunday we had a phone conference about areas, houses, goals, dreams, hobbies, house history, and lifestyle. I sent them about 20 hand picked houses that very day.
We narrowed down the initial list to 5 houses. On Monday, I did personal video tours of them, took photos, neighborhood pictures, and pointed out things like freeway noise, a hidden park, access to Fred Meyer and Costco (all the important things!).
That week they made an offer, we got in contract, did a 4 hour home inspection, began to negotiate repairs, were rebuffed, and terminated that transaction. My clients were able to come to town for 2 days for the home inspection at house #1 (cancelled due to termination). Since they were in town, we visited another 5 houses the next morning. I immediately wrote a new offer for a better home (house #2), and within 24 hours we were back in escrow. We jumped into the full spectrum of home inspections, negotiated repairs, completed repairs, and the sellers (with their kids, dogs, and giving notice at work) moved out in less than 3 weeks.
Why hire an experienced professional that has your goals and best interest at heart? This is why. My clients were able to buy a home they love in the area they wanted, all before starting a new job and while still living in a different state. They even made a new friend in the process.
* There’s no such thing as The One, in real estate or anywhere else!