I had to share this listing appointment I had.
As I drove up to the home, I noticed that the home was an all brick rambler with some rose bushes and other well maintained plants in the front and a driveway, no garage. This lady had lived in the home for over 30 years. Husband passed away and she wanted to move in with one of her children because she is the only one left in this State and had no ties here anymore, just memories.
As I walked in, she greeted me with a great smile and seemed happy to see me. As I went through the home, everything was clean, I mean “CLEAN”, but dated . . . everything is the same as she moved in over 30 years ago. Even the stove (that was spotless) seemed original. The basement was finished in dark paneling and carpet was shag green. Main floor had hardwood floors but bedrooms with original shag carpet (burnt orange).
She wants top dollar, of course and she stated that she feels her home is the best one in the neighborhood. She asked me how I feel her home would sell in this market since she felt it is worth more than any of the other homes in the neighborhood. All of her memories are here and she told me about so many wonderful things that went on in her life and here in this home.
Everything needs to be updated in the home, bathrooms, kitchen, carpet, etc. I wanted just to tell her that her home is a fixer-upper without hurting her feelings. She kept asking me if I thought her home was as gorgeous as she saw it. I told her it was a wonderful home and we will see what we can do. I explained to her what is attracting buyers these days, amenities in the home that are helpful selling points and what this home might be missing for today’s market and she says to me . . .
“Who would mess up a home by changing it. My home is perfect the way it is.”
She is just so sweet. I will have a great time working with her and listening to her tell me about her life here.
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