A Northern Virginia Snowstorm May Just Be Just What the Motivated Buyers Ordered.
For the past two Fridays, this Prince William County Short Sale Agent has been in Broker pre-licensing courses. During yesterday's class in Woodbridge, there was an excitement in the air. Agents discussed the weather report. In Northern Virginia, if there is a CHANCE of snow, there is a tendency toward total and complete panic. A full day before a flurry hits the ground schools will cancel, or announce late openings, and check out lines in the grocery stores become unbearable.
So after my Broker class, I answered some emails, received a ratified a contract on my most recent Gainesville short sale listing, and finalized appointments for Saturday--two separate buyer clients, one of which, looking in Sterling, had been in some fierce mutiple offer situations and lost despite the strength of his offers. I did a before bed check of the weather forecast. We were only expecting one to two inches of snow. My wish was it would snow more and keep some of our buyer competition home.
I DEFINITELY GOT MY WISH.
I was thirty minutes late for the first appointment due to the poor road conditions. Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties were clearly unprepared for hours upon hours of snow accumulation. I had to smile. I had scheduled my Sterling buyer first and I knew this would keep most of our competition off the roads and give us that edge we needed.
As the roads were getting worse and worse, I felt no need to rush, not even after my buyer found the best home he'd seen yet. And it wasn't a bank owned home. We could get a quick answer. We wrote up the offer, the buyer handed me a sizable earnest money deposit check, and I was on my way home. What normally would have taken forty minutes to drive took me ninety minutes.
The offer was submitted and we've already received some very positive feedback. I think my Sterling buyer may have finally been given a bit of divine intervention. Thank you, Mother Nature. We really needed that!