I have a listing in the Shasta Hanchett Park Neighborhood of San Jose, CA. and I love it! The joy of living where I work is priceless. I got a fantastic $1m listing in my farm area. There's only one seller who lives in a 2,800 square foot loaded with beautiful antique furniture and things. I was able to coordinate, supervise, spear head ("crack the whip"---as my seller put it :-) the preparation of the house to put on the market in 10 days. That's about 30 days worth of work in 10. Because I live just minutes from this home (and I work out of my home), I was able to drop by the house 2-3 times a day to meet with landscaper, window and house cleaners, check in on handyman work, painting and packing. I truly acknowledge my seller for being so respectful of my time and schedule with other clients. He never called and demanded that I drop everything and come over with a minute's notice just because I live so close. I did when the situation called for it but I was able to schedule my work efficiently and wisely.
I set the pace for the work to be done and monitor it like a hawk. In ten days, 70% of the stuff in the house was packed and moved into the garage, the bulk of painting was done, all annoying issues were fixed (i.e., leaky faucet), cleaned from top to bottom, landscaped, power washed and lightly decorated. Doing the decorating myself was one of the fun perks of this listing. Seller has beautiful antique decors for me to choose from and everything came together splendidly. I didn't have to buy anything to decorate but some new linen and towels.
Having 50+ parties come to a twilight tour exclusively for neighbors on a Friday evening was just a joyous and fabulous way to introduce the home to them. I had a table set up in the front yard with an attractive table cloth displaying wine, cheese, crackers, fruits and cookies. Neighbors came pouring in. Many complimented on the look and feel of the home. It was rewarding to see the fruits of my labor being enjoyed by so many people. I slept very well that night when I got home after a 14 hour day spent mostly marketing this lovely home.
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