Better than a pay check!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

I received this letter today. My husband says I work for thank you notes and I have to agree.      

"Dear Margaret:

We find it amazing that we never got around to thanking you for all of your effort in selling our home of over 41 years.

Phyllis and I were talking about a range of things last night, and the conversation came up about some friends who could not understand why we did not try to sell the house ourselves in such an active market, or use one of the discount realtor services. Everyone seems to have stories of houses sold to the first prospect, even before the "For Sale" sign went into the ground. 

I guess some people feel that they must squeeze every last dollar that they can get, but perhaps they fail to recognize that there is not only the price, there is a cost.  I question whether or not the costs of doing it yourself worth it?

In looking back we had no idea what a realistic asking price should be, how long our house might be on the market, and what improvements, beyond a new roof, we might have needed as a result of inspections.  Unknowns for us, but not for you.

We would have been more than a bit overwhelmed and crazy with the appointment process, the last-minute cancellations, the no-shows, etc.  Not to mention answering the prospective buyers questions about every appliance, the heating system, the windows, the plumbing, the electrical system, the ceiling, the fireplace, the "chimley," and of course, what kind of floors are under the carpeting.  We had confidence in you, so we just let
you do the work, and thank you for doing so.

You gave us an appropriate level of guidance, you emphasized "curb appeal," and you reminded us that we still had to live in the house while it was for sale. I think you implied that a perspective buyer and/or their realtor would recognize this fact.  Our not being present allowed the prospects to look where they wanted to look, ask the questions that they wanted to ask, and to voice their opinions, concerns and objections to you  freely.

Hindsight is often be "20-20."   But as we look back we truly had no idea about how to sell our "home."  

Our experience convinced us,  that sellers should always use a knowledgeable realtor when selling their property.  The right realtor will do their best to make the process as trouble free as possible, save you loads of time, and get you the best price that they can.

That, Margaret, is precisely what you did, and we sincerely thank you."



Phyllis and Mort
July 20, 2006

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Rainmaker
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Donna Harris
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Great letter!  I hope you're putting it on your website testimonials page!
Jul 21, 2006 12:08 PM #1
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Thanks for the reminder, Donna.

 

Jul 21, 2006 12:58 PM #2
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Sharon Simms
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You're right. The letters are great.  When thanking one of my clients for a really great letter, I told her I was saving it so that I could read it over on my occasional bad days - she suggested I also read it over on my good days, to make them even better. Congratulations on the good job.
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Margaret, what a wonderful letter. And, yes, you do work just for the thank you notes! Your loving, caring spirit just pulls people into you and they want to be your friend. Congratulations on another success story.
Jul 21, 2006 02:40 PM #4
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Margaret this is what it's all about, isn't it? You have sure emulated the profession to the highest degree.  Wynne
Jul 21, 2006 04:56 PM #5
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Margaret, sweet letter.  I flipped two properties last year.  One that I sold myself and one that I had a realtor sell.  I totally agree with this letter.  I almost got dizzy reading the letter because the body of the letter speaks the truth and it can cause dizziness, glad I'm sitting down. 

Always,

Nima

www.MyNima.com

 

Jul 24, 2006 11:13 AM #6
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Nima, WOW a bit late answering your comment form July! Hope you are doing well.

 

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