.. this lousy bag of trash!
Seriously, I was the selling agent and here I am taking out the seller's trash this morning, two days after closing. People just wouldn't believe what we real estate agents do to earn our money, would they? (Yet they don't hesitate to ask us for help with everything from moving to taking out their trash - even when they're the other agent's client!)
It all began with March 21, 2010 with the following message in my email box: "My family and I are relocating from Montgomery, AL to the Washington, DC area due to my new assignment at the Pentagon..."
This was one tough buyer who had a list of interview questions for me:
1. How long have you been a realtor?
2. Do you primarily work with sellers or buyers?
3. What is your buyer broker agreement?
4. Will you connect me with other professionals such as lenders, title companies, home inspectors, etc...?
5. How much do you charge?
6. Can you provide me two references (buyers) I can contact?
Apparently I answered these questions satisfactorily because a few weeks later we spent two days looking at Crofton homes. I quickly discovered that this buyer was already familiar with the neighborhoods from reading about them on my blog, knew my daughter's name and commented on her shoveling that 45 inches of snow from our driveway a month before he contacted me, recognized restaurants and other places from my blog photos, and even had an idea for naming my son's company. (I guess all those hours of blogging and photo-taking are worthwhile investments of my time.)
He found a home on Day #1, wrote on it the 2nd day, and headed back to Alabama to enjoy the remainder of the weekend with his family. The entire closing took place this week with him and his wife still in Alabama.
The seller left after closing for Florida, and that's how I got stuck with taking out the trash.
I'm looking forward to meeting Mrs Buyer when they arrive on June 6 and she sees her new home for the first time. In the meantime, my commission is already in the bank.
THANK YOU, ACTIVERAIN!