This last week or so it was all about the rainstorms passing through the Monterey Peninsula. Yes, California has had a drought situation for several years now and Mother Nature is trying to rectify that situation in a short space of time.
Scheduling appointments becomes tricky because clients don't really want to be out there with the possibilities of trees blocking roads and power lines coming down. Especially if they are coming from out of town.
Even the listing agents worry about the homes showing well. In some cases, way up in the hills, whether we could get there at all.
My view on viewing? It's great to see a home on its BEST day and hopefully have my clients fall in love with it, but it's also not a bad thing to see it while Mother Nature shows another side of her. Wouldn't you want to see where the rain puddles on the property, trees that threaten homes, and driveways that are hard to maneuver up a tricky hill?
So when my clients told me they were coming in on Thursday, no matter what, for a day of viewing homes all over Carmel Valley and beyond--and right in the middle of a series of storms--I said "ok, let's do it."
AND MOTHER NATURE SMILED ON US ON THURSDAY
It turned into a glorious day, the air fresh and few cars on the road. The whole day was absolutely unbelievable. We went into Cachagua Valley dotted with vineyards and incredible hillside homes. Sure, some of the roads were a little muddy but that made homes with paved roads more desirable.
AND THE NEXT DAY, FRIDAY.
Then, yesterday morning about 7AM, the biggest storm yet blew through the Monterey Peninsula, downing trees and power lines. My office in Carmel-by-the-Sea did not have power for about four hours but that did not deter me from writing up an offer. It helps to have spare power backups for computer and phones--plus, I have a HOT SPOT on my phone to keep my computer online.
GO WITH THE FLOW AND THE DETAILS WILL WORK THEMSELVES OUT.