I have to say that this Listing is one that took exceptional effort, but after visiting the home to drop off keys to the new buyers, their palpable excitement and relief about being in their new home just left me with such a sense of fulfillment.
Now this was a transaction just overflowing with issues … big issues! Shortly after listing, there were difficulties with the weather, with leaks in the kitchen, with the estate auction (hmmmmmm, I’ll think twice, 3 times, about recommending that guy again), then with fielding call after call after call of low offers from agents informing me that the price was too high and that the place just wasn’t worth anything more than the land. And yet there were offers — eight of them. Most were close to the asking price. Others not so much. One was dreadfully low.
And then there were endless visits to the County and the City of Auburn trying to find appropriate records for permits, as-builts, well certifications, foundation requirements, and on and on. Meeting with contractors for bids and work to be done.
However, floating through all of this were these Buyers. They made three offers before the Seller felt secure that the offer was strong and solid enough to survive the remaining challenges of missing permits, foundation certification, title elimination, etc.
Finally, FINALLY, six weeks to the day after the contract scheduled closing date, it did. What a cause for celebration!
I remain grateful for my client, the Seller, who repeatedly listened to my advice and then took it. As with every client, we talked often. About how things were going, or not going, or just the general frustration of trying to get things done. At the end, about the frustration of the current lending climate where a Buyer’s approval could get challenged over the most mundane and ridiculous items. About the Department of Licensing who decided that they didn’t like the “appearance” of a notary’s stamp, and on and on.
The house sale closed! (whew)