IF WE CAN SHOW IT . . . WE CAN SELL IT!
I was on facebook this morning and there were a number of postings from my real estate agent friends indicating that they have been quite busy in the first couple weeks of January. A number of commenters asked if people really buy homes in Maine when the real estate signs are buried in snowbanks. The answer is, "If we can show it . . . we can sell it!"
I showed homes yesterday - it was 0 degrees when I woke up (I think it got up to 17) but we haven't had a snowfall since last week, so driveways are plowed, roofs are raked, sidewalks are mostly cleared and we are good to go. If we can get inside to look, buyers will look and they will buy.
I haven't had it happen yet this year, but last January, I was showing a number of foreclosure properties to a buyer - - banks don't do a good job of shoveling sidewalks. We looked at one where we walked through 2 feet of snow from the street up to the front door. Sinking into snow above our knees - - Pretty funny when you think back, and a good cardio workout, too!
Last week, I had to take my husband to one of my listings - - the town plow did a very neat job of burying one of my lawn signs - right up to the rider - and he had to dig it out for me! Signs on posts fare much better - - and since we rent those, I just call someone to remove them when the house sells. I always point out that paragraph in the listing agreement to my Sellers - - it says I don't do property management, and I specifically mention that I don't shovel snow. I've been pretty lucky in having folks plow and shovel at my listings, but I still carry a shovel in my car when I do showings in the winter . , . just in case!
Our pending sales numbers show the truth of the matter . . . If we can show it . . . we can sell it! . . . No matter what the season or the weather.
TERRY DRISCOLL, REALTOR - MID COAST MAINE RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE
Cell: 207/449-9696 : Toll Free: 1-877/277-1010
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ALLEN & SELIG REALTY . 15 VINE STREET . BATH, ME . 207/443-2200