A New House

Real Estate Agent with Weichert Realtors HQ

The past 24 months have been very busy for us. We had four deals fall through I viewed 146 homes and we had an incredible tough time dealing with my mortgage people.

We finally found the house we wanted. Here is the MLS listing for it. Now most buyers do not have the particular needs that we have, my wife is handicapped due to a few strokes and my wheelchair/dementia bound Mother-In-law lives with us , so we had a longer search to find the perfect house. It was a HUD house and we swooped in when the price was lowered 40,000 in one day!

I have made a huge number of improvements on the house since we closed on May 31st, 25,000 pounds of stone walls, 55 yards of red mulch, 15 yards of top soil, 5 yards of sand, 35 gallons of paint, range,microwave,carpet,wiring etc. All of the work was done by hand by me (with some help for a few days). The house was vacant for two years so we have had a ton of outside work to get done and we are still working to finish the final interior touches but all-in all we are completed.

I learned a lot from this process and the first is that when we recommend a partner make sure they are competent and know what they are doing. Also, make sure they are nice. That may sound inconsequential but I received such an attitude from the processor at my mortgage brokerage and I am the broker of a real estate firm (which is their life blood) I can only imagine what my clients may receive. If I was a client, I wouldn't be for long.

Eric Trautmann Sold Home

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Comments (5)

Terri Stephens
CIR REALTY - Calgary, AB
REALTOR, Calgary & Airdrie 403-827-4663

Congratulations on your new home and looks like you did a wonderful job.  A lot of work = a lot of rewards.  Pride of home ownership really shows in the photo.   As for the mortgage processor - well now you know NOT to recommend them to anyone else.  Great post. 

Oct 04, 2011 03:35 AM
Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD


SO glad that you could find the HOME you and your extended family needed and wanted. You did a great job making it your own.

Oct 04, 2011 03:45 AM
Weichert Realtors HQ - Denville, NJ
I Know NJ, I Sell it Everyday!

Terri-they will definately not get recomendations can u imagine if they treated me like that wghat they would do to Joe Buyer?

Laura-thanks for the kind words

Oct 04, 2011 03:49 AM
Phil Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Rogers, AR
Crye-Leike Realtors®

Good Morning Eric, Congrats on your new home.  Lenders, mostly underwriters can be a real pain in the southern region.  We have found several we like to work with but it can be an ever changing list.  Have a great fall season.

Oct 19, 2011 04:20 AM
Weichert Realtors HQ - Denville, NJ
I Know NJ, I Sell it Everyday!

Phil,They arer all about CYA now, and that is hurting our industry. If the fed needs/insists them to be at a 85% level of scrutiny they are going at 110% and killing deals that are legal and on solid finacial grounding

Oct 19, 2011 04:39 AM