Well, I had the EASIEST, SMOOTHEST closing celebration today that I've had all year. The Buyers that I had the privilege to work with have been awesome. Looked two weeks. Put offer on a house. Got it tied up/under contract. Inspections-no real problems. They sold their home in record time, got their money last week, bought today. Classic/textbook/easy transaction. The easiest transaction for me this year, really. Most of the time, some ugly little issue (or two, or twelve) raises its head somewhere during the transaction but this one was EASY. I can't believe it. I almost (almost) feel like I haven't quite earned my fees--no, wait--I TOTALLY am worth what I received today in commissions--and then some--because I am an excellent agent. (Sorry--brain fog for a moment...) Yes, I know I'm a Seller's agent, typically, but I do actually like to help the odd Buyer now and again to get the right property at the right price (meaning CHEAP in this market) and quickly. In this case it was VERY quickly. Gotta love motivated Buyers.
FAT AND HAPPY-- I don't know how to act. Everything just happened. No last-minute anything, really. What do I do with all this free time? I didn't have to put out any major fires. This is how I feel:
But I just wanted to say, does it seem like this whole year that actually closing each and every transaction has been DIFFICULT? Each one. Without fail. Difficult. Either the Seller is up-side-down on their mortgage, or they want to list at 2-years-ago prices, or they get a perfectly good offer and pass on it... Or the Buyer can't qualify. Or whatever. It seems like transactions this year are just hard to get closed, even if both parties WANT to close the transaction. And I won't even get into the pre-foreclosures, short sales, and foreclosures, which are a different animal altogether and very difficult--the bank has its own rules and Buyers don't always get steal prices like they think they should (but put in that low-ball offer anyway b/c sometimes it works!--but that's another blog post).
So, basically, for you successful agents (and lenders) out there--have you had any just plain EASY transactions this year? Plus, for the transactions that didn't close, what was the issue with those? I mean--what got in the way of the closing? Buyer? Seller? Appraisal? Seller can't afford to seel/up-side-down? Buyer can't qualify? Buyer takes forever looking at ALL possible listings that match his/her criteria...