I try to stay on the positive side of things: I look for the best in people; I do my best to appreciate my environment; I focus on what I want. This is how I’ve been able to have fun in this zany real estate market.
This morning, I got out of bed with every intention of writing a somewhat informative, hopefully entertaining and positively optimistic blog post about why short sales are wonderful and fulfilling(don’t laugh). I let my mind go wild for a minute and fantasized about my post being read, and liked, and reblogged, and commented on repeatedly by all of you AR pros, and about how good all of that would feel. Then I went all the way and vividly imagined the thing being featured(oh how I want that little gold star…) and then being congratulated by my peers and then showing my kids my good work when they got home from school. It was a great way to start the day.
I was trying my best not to think about that buyer who vanished after I sent her my latest short sale approval last Friday. She’d been pushing for it and I finally delivered. She sounded delighted on the phone when I told her. Almost a week later, she’s been dodging my calls, emails and texts. Her lender’s been dodging me too. I usually see this as the kiss of death but I’m trying to stay positive.
Meanwhile, my seller finds out that the house he leased and is scheduled to move into in ten days will not be ready to live in until who knows when. So, we now need to find him a house to lease A-S-A-P within the teeniest of school boundaries ever so that his daughter doesn’t have to change schools. Of course, there is nothing in the area in his price point. We meet anyway to see how I can help.
The big rush for my sellers to move out is so that the buyer can move in. But since I may not have a buyer, I want to tell my sellers to relax, so I do and they ask why. I decide against mentioning that I don’t know where the buyer went because the contingency period doesn’t expire for another week… and because I’m trying to stay positive. Besides, escrow has $5000 of her money so I’m sure she’ll come back someday.
It’s been six days of this. And while I have plenty of other things to keep me busy, this transaction dragged me down. Not the best for my self-esteem, if you catch my drift but I’m trying to stay positive.
Today - after numerous emails, three voice messages and some texts- I finally got the call. My buyer apologized for being out of touch and thanked me for being so helpful. There’s stuff in between the apology and the thank you that I have to work out but I got this… and I’m trying to stay positive.