Finally, My Most Stubborn Client Is Listening to Me!

Real Estate Agent with S & L Properties

Who is it that I would be blogging about in such a public forum?  My husband...who has been my topic before.  He laughs when I tell him he is my worst client.  We own four gorgeous home in great locations but like all areas of our country, it is hard to compete with short sales, foreclosures, auctions and then you have issues qualifying buyers.  It seems many people have bad credit these days, too much debt making them ineligible, or they cannot put the 20%-30% down on an upscale home.

From day one, I wanted to lease these homes and he cried over the hardwood floors or the new carpet or the mosaic tilework, etc.  So each year while these houses have been on the market, we have paid the taxes, insurance, etc. to keep the homes in tiptop shape.  I have dropped the prices to keep pace with the current neighborhood market.  Now he is a really brilliant man but he is stubborn.  I had some CDs that matured last week and I cried because I can't get those rates again, and I started thinking...where am I going to put my money so I have some growth...nowhere! Finally, one night I was ready to nail him! (He's half New York Italian and half Southern farmer so I have to have my ducks in a row when I'm ready to confront him.)  I asked him where could I put my money?  He said very huffily...I don't know; I can't find anywhere that pays close to what you had.  (He walked right into it!)  Innocently, I asked what if I had found an investment that would pay us a minimum of $45,000 a year?  His response...I'm not paying the lawyer to get you out of jail!  There is no legal investment that will do that.  Exactly what I wanted to hear...I showed him my spread sheet for rental income that we were missing because he wouldn't let me take these homes off the market and lease them...even setting aside several thousand for repairs or looked good on paper.

After almost 40 years, I have learned not to push.  Several days later, he finally agreed!  Will miracles never cease!  The first property on the golf course is due to expire the end of September so I will not renew it.  He did ask that I try a lease purchase first and I am okay with that...there is no mortgage on these houses so I can do pretty much anything within reason. 

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Comments (8)

Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

Sometimes you have to lay it out for them and let them think

Aug 28, 2010 04:39 PM
Linda Hinson
S & L Properties - Calabash, NC

Is it a "man" thing????  All my girlfriends say it is hard to get their husbands to make snap decisions.  Of course, most of the men in our circle own their own businesses and they may have learned early on not to make quick decisions...anyway he is thinking along my thought processes, finally.

Aug 28, 2010 04:44 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

LOL...oh, I know what it is like being married to a difficult client.  LOL  We have been having those moments lately!  LOL Good for you in knowing which buttons to push and when - sounds like a partnership made in heaven to me. 

Aug 28, 2010 04:45 PM
Linda Hinson
S & L Properties - Calabash, NC

Susan, most of the time it's heaven.  I'm a retired teacher and what I hear from him is...I am not your student; I'm quite understand what you are saying!  I love him, anyway

Aug 28, 2010 04:48 PM
Eileen Liles
970-216-0530 - Cedaredge, CO
Macht-Liles Real Estate Group - Cedaredge, CO

I'd be more that happy to come lay on this beach in the picture and soak up some sun next spring....I'll be needing it after a Colorado winter.  He is stubborn, he is just "strong-willed" - at least that is what they call me....

Aug 28, 2010 04:50 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Good Luck Linda...and you know the truth about property...just because there isn't a mortgage doesn't mean they are cheap to own!!

Aug 28, 2010 04:51 PM
Linda Hinson
S & L Properties - Calabash, NC

Eileen I envy you.  We stopped in Denver several years ago coming back from Sturges and fell in love with Golden.  We keep saying we are going to spend the summer there one year and I hope next year will be it...maybe the rents will pay for it.  LOL

Mike, you are right.  I figured with utilities, yardwork, etc.  cost is about $500 per month per home which is finally what convinced him.

Aug 28, 2010 04:57 PM
Jane Pacheco
Pacheco Realty & Financial Services - Fremont, CA

The more  your push, the harder the resistance. Leave it be, and they bend!!! Amazing creatures these men are!!!


Jane Pacheco

Aug 28, 2010 06:07 PM