I Sold It Twice

Real Estate Agent with 410-935-5844 Office 634480

I Sold It Twice

It was a modest semi-detached home with three bedrooms, one full and one half bath, and a finished basement.

In the first go round, I picked up the listing from a For Sale By Owner.  Overall, it was not a bad house and it did have some updates.  For the most part it showed very well.  However, the owner fancied himself as a handyman, when he was actually unhandy.  He put in a new kitchen, which at first glance looked nice, but upon closer examination, it showed that it had been done without measuring.  Nonetheless, it did not take much to bring it into decent condition.  It took us about 4 weeks to get an acceptable buyer.  The inspection did not uncover many problems, but the negative conditions which were found would be taken care of by the owner, you know, the unhandyman.  One of the windows, which had a wood frame around the pane was rotting.  He explained to me how he would fix the window and, yes, he did talk a good handyman game.  The final walk through was to be on the same day and just prior to settlement.  I did not have a chance to see the repairs prior to that time so I was taking the owner's word that he had properly repaired the window.  That was a mistake.  He filled in the rotting section with silly putty.  Naturally, there was disappointment and concern from the buyer.  I suggested that we could come up with a solution at the settlement table.  At the same time, I could not help but laugh at the repair job.  After moaning and groaning, the seller agreed to provide money for a professional repair.  The deal was done.

In the second go round, which was about a year later, I was working with the buyer.  She was reluctant to look at houses in this particular neighborhood, but otherwise the homes met all of her criteria.  I told her that I had a very good idea about this particular house because of listing it recently.  In fact, the house was basically the same but with improvements to the unhandyman work.  She decided to move forward and the sale took place.

By working certain neighborhoods and becoming an expert in that region and with those types of homes, it is actually not unusual that I would be involved in more than one transaction on the same house.  In fact, when the last buyer decides to upgrade, I expect to be selling that particular house once again.



Comments (12)

John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Well, you can certainly become the local expert by being involved in multiple transactions on the same house--at least you know what to expect.

Apr 21, 2010 08:17 AM
Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
410-935-5844 Office - Cockeysville, MD


On the house in my blog, not only did I accurately describe the house to my client, but I told her just what to expect from the owner.  We had the advantage on that one.

Apr 21, 2010 08:21 AM
Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey


I've read several agent success stories in magazines and such that tell their story of how many times they sold the same house.  One way for sure is to keep in contact with the buyers who bought your listing.  We always tend to keep in touch with our sellers and our buyers we bought and sold through us but how often do agents keep in touch with the other agent's buyers or sellers for that matter if you know where they relocated to.....interesting marketing technique.....

Apr 21, 2010 02:53 PM
Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
410-935-5844 Office - Cockeysville, MD


Buyers and Sellers are watching everyone, including their agent and the other party's agent.  If we are doing a good and professional job, then they may be interested in working with us in the future even if they previously worked with another agent.

Apr 22, 2010 04:32 AM
Eddie Matthew
Zenith Realty - Perry Hall, MD


I am pulling for you.  I know you can get sale number three.

Apr 23, 2010 03:37 AM
Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
410-935-5844 Office - Cockeysville, MD


Thank you for the vote of confidence.  Maybe you can join in on the fun if you have a buyer.

Apr 23, 2010 03:45 AM
Veronica Krzinska
Zenith Realty - Rosedale, MD


If you work the same neighborhood long enough, it is bound to happen.  Of course, if you work long enough, it must, also, mean that you are good enough.

Apr 23, 2010 04:45 AM
Floyd Franklin
Zenith Realty - Reisterstown, MD

Hi Ron,

It is a good idea to stay in touch with the buyers and the sellers.

Jun 03, 2010 10:39 AM
Brian Bedford
Zenith Realty - Catonsville, MD

Hello Ron,

Thank you for posting.  Have a good weekend and a Happy Father's Day.

Jun 19, 2010 10:00 AM
Joseph Coolie
Zenith Realty - Parkville, MD

Hello Ron,

Thank you for posting.  Have a good weekend and a Happy Father's Day.

Jun 19, 2010 10:00 AM
Jacob Jamison
Zenith Realty - Joppa, MD
Exclusive Buyer Representation

Hello Ron,

Thank you for posting.  Have a good weekend and a Happy Father's Day.

Jun 19, 2010 10:01 AM
Karen Krzniak
Zenith Realty - Towson, MD


There are customers for life and, apparently, there are houses for life.

Oct 26, 2010 06:34 AM