Clients only looked at ONE HOUSE? Fast Look Offer Purchase Dunwoody GA

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...

Only One House? Clients only looked at one house? Home Buyers Look Offer Purchase in Dunwoody Atlanta GA -

An ActiveRain Success Story  

Punchline first - SOLD! Husband and wife standing in front of a painting.Results followed two Broker steps - weeks spent reading blogs on ActiveRain and weeks of free ARU classes taught by Steven Graham. 


NOW - the story ... 

In the ActiveRain University webinars, Steven teaches lots of things - technology, marketing, networking - but always repeats "give something for nothing when you see the chance
"

 

Well, Atlanta GA FMLS offered us either unpaid access to Listingbook.com for a year or one could pay to "upgrade" for more benefits.  Following Steven's suggestion, I began offering "FREE" Listingbook.com personal searches to those I saw each day.

As a client visiting the dealership for a car issue, I mentioned the benefits of
Listingbook.com to my Service Advisor, Wally.  I've been his customer for over 5 years.  He listened carefully, asked a few questions and then stated he'd use LB to check out his current neighborhood.  "We really want to move," he said.  "My wife and I want to be closer to our jobs but only if we can get the right schools for our children."


DING! Several years ago, I acted as the Leasing Agent for a house that I thought would be EXACTLY right for them. The Tenants I had placed at the house moved out three months earlier. Why? The owner had let the house go to Foreclosure.  Earlier that day, I had seen a lockbox - the small contractor type on the door.  BIG CLUE! The repairs had begun - soon the house would be on the market but for now - no FOR SALE sign.                                                                         Photo: Attorney Beth Cruikshank and Client
Man and woman at a desk.

"Wally," I suggested after describing the house to him, "Can you look around this house after work? If you like it,maybe you could take your wife to look at it over the weekend.He agreed to check out the house and I agreed to research the current ownership data.  Turned out to be a HomePath.com REO. And, not only had I never done a HomePath sale, I didn't even know how to do one. 

THANK YOU ACTIVERAIN !!!
   I jumped into the search box on AR and read every post that even mentioned Fannie Mae.  I devoured everything I could to get my eyes on to read.  AR = Grad School!

Meanwhile, Wally liked the house. When he took his wife there, she loved it and the two children loved it! 
They didn't want to look at anything else.  No sales information available then other than seeing the house show up on FannieMae as "coming" but still no price mentioned. 

I went out on a limb and said the house would be priced
between "x" and "y" so we could start the loan process.The appraisal would be higher than that estimate - I was confident.  Knowing the neighborhood and the schools near-by, it seemed certain.  The home is located less than 0.2 mile from Vanderlyn Elementary - things looked good.  The new Peachtree Charter Middle School and Dunwoody High School were very close also.  I was confident of the selection of this particular house and its future value . The Clients only looked at one house - I did offer to show other houses but they were so happy with the first one - they said, "Not now".

Two men at a table smilingI called the Mortgage Broker Rick Darlington. I told him to expect a phone call from the Buyers.  They called him, gathered information and he qualified them. We were so lucky that we had the extra days to get ready!  Buyers lined up hazard insurance and checked out utilities.  All this time, the best they could do to see the house was look into windows!  We were contract ready and loan ready without the Clients even having been inside the house! (Client w/Rick Darlington.)

FINALLY the house went on the market:  just a little lower price than the range I predicted.  We were poised to deliver the contract to the Sellers' agent after the FannieMae first three days ended.  Contract in on February 14th.

Unarguably, the most expensive St. Valentine's Day gift they will EVER give each other !!!  Sellers accepted offer on 16 February.  We set the Closing for 29 March to meet the "60 day" FannieMae Owner Occupant move-in deadline and still let the children finish their school year where they are attending now. 

I am proud to say that the appraisal came in a full 25% more than the family paid for their wonderful new home at Closing!! 

 

                     Little girl with walkie talkie.                                                  Boy with a tool kit at a table

Daughter with her "Closing Gift" - a "walkie talkie".        Son with his - a tool box for use at his new home!

Without ACTIVERAIN - THE ENTIRE PROCESS NEVER WOULD HAVE HAPPENED!

Husband and wife standing at a front door.

 

We are discussing marketing strategies for their current home.  Lots more little stories along the way - maybe another post one day. 
Great Buyers - soon to be Great Sellers!
 

Only One House? Clients only looked at one house?
Home Buyers Look Offer Purchase in Dunwoody Atlanta GA.

Thanks for stopping by to share our excitement!
Have a happy day -
Lynn.

 

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@Pamela - Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate all your kind remarks. AR offers so much.  My part was taking the time for the classes and to follow what Steven taught!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Apr 04, 2011 06:20 PM #3
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Congratulations to all of you; that is a wonderfully encouraging example.

Apr 04, 2011 06:20 PM #4
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@Alexandra and Ron -

Your continued visits and support mean a lot to me.  I just followed through on another idea.  I hope you will join me there and invite lots of others!  http://activerain.com/groups/ARups 

ALSO explained the concept in blog post the other day. Group is meant to be very self-directed - not guided.
http://activerain.com/blogsview/2223558/arups-meet-you-where-who-s-coming-meeting-our-community-in-small-steps-

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Apr 04, 2011 06:28 PM #5
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@Michelle - Nice to see you stopping by! I am so proud of having had this opportunity - they are a wonderful family and they deserve their dram home.

Have a happy day -
Lynn

PS  Check this out please - would love to have your geographic location included! - http://activerain.com/blogsview/2223558/arups-meet-you-where-who-s-coming-meeting-our-community-in-small-steps-

 

Apr 04, 2011 07:30 PM #6
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Lynn - Great story. I like your leadership. Clients so often look for it, but it is not given.  I am certain more successes will follow. I support your recommendations of Steven's classes. I have them on often to really get his messages.

Apr 05, 2011 04:45 AM #7
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Elizabeth Byrne
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Lynn, congratulations on your success story. I agree with you, ActiveRain is a grad school - you can find great information on any topic you desire. Great story.

It was so good to see you again today. Let me know when you are in Arlington next time - I would love to have breakfast at Cassatt's.

Apr 05, 2011 04:15 PM #8
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@Larry - Thanks for stopping by.  How kind to use the word "leadership" - but that is waht it is in a way - isn't it?  Helping them find the way to their dream home.  Talk to you again soon.

 

Apr 05, 2011 05:07 PM #9
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@Elizabeth - Will let you know for sure when I am back in Arlington - now we have Group "ARups" to announce getting together options!  Going to Check out your post for today!  Bye!

Apr 05, 2011 05:15 PM #10
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Wow Lynn ~ What a great job, your story was amazing...and I love your photos, especially with the kids, your clients must be thrilled with you!

Apr 05, 2011 06:28 PM #11
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Dear Lynda -

I appreciate your comments. Actually - pretty amazing to me as well.  

I really worked hard to balance the photos and include all the players. Your noticing means a lot to me.

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Apr 05, 2011 07:15 PM #13
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Tells me that you were listening to what they wanted and went out and found it! CONGRATULATIONS!

Apr 06, 2011 08:00 PM #14
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Lynn, not sure how long you've been with AR, I find it a great source....I have suggested this post. As a Realtor you are rocking. Congratulations on your success.

Apr 07, 2011 07:31 AM #15
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Dear Todd -

You and Michael!
Have to dash over to Scribefire to respond in kind!
Thanks for your generous remarks.

A N D - last but not least - GLAD TO HAVE YOU JOIN IN ARups Group!!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Apr 07, 2011 02:45 PM #16
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Dear Rebecca -

You are - as they say here in the South - "TOO KIND" - but I love it!

I work really hard on content and it makes me feel really proud that someone with your experience finds my work interesting and valuable.  I will continue my efforts to reach your standards!

Just so you don't feel I gave Todd more attention -

Have a happy day-
Lynn  :-)

Apr 07, 2011 02:51 PM #17
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Great job of really listening to your client and knowing their needs, Lynn. Congratulations!

Apr 09, 2011 12:12 AM #18
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Lynn, Without you, this would never happened. You are taking full advantage of what AR has to offer. Congratulations!. Look forward to more success stories from you!

Margaret

Apr 10, 2011 11:28 PM #19
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Dear Toni -

Thanks for the kind words. Listening is a goal of mine - patience, patience, patience!

AR has been an amazing adventure for me!  Even though I haven't met you in person, I feel a respect and an admiration for your continued positive statements and guidance guidance by seeing what you do as reported in your posts.

Great way for me to start the day - your smile and Margaret's -- right together!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

 

Apr 11, 2011 01:44 AM #20
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Dear Margaret -

Thanks for stopping by!  I love seeing your smile waiting for me! I remember your saying that you sit and write while I have LISTS of topics to get started writing!  TYPE "E" is moving to the top of the list slowly but surely.

At this moment, I must repeat what I said to Toni above -  Even though I haven't met you in person, I feel a respect and an admiration for your continued positive statements and guidance by seeing what you do as reported in your posts.  AR has been an amazing adventure for me!

Great way for me to start the day - your smile and Toni's -- right together!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Apr 11, 2011 01:52 AM #21
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Hi Lynn-how fantastic-you really learned a lot-congratulations

Apr 16, 2011 01:24 PM #22
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Dear Tim-

Thanks for coming by!
I have and continue to learn A LOT on AR!
Very flattering to see you visited two posts!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

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