So this week I'm over at Hilton Head Island for a little winter getaway.
January beach view at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
I've just finished emailing a home inspection contingency release to a buyer after negotiating a cash settlement for some defects revealed during our home inspection back in Knoxville yesterday.
I called my buyer via cell phone and instructed him to fax the signed copy to my MyFax email account so I can forward it to the seller's agent who is also back in Knoxville.
Since we arrived Sunday I've also scheduled closings for the 3 sales I completed in December including emailing the contracts to all the appropriate parties, I have a second home inspection going on right now for the second sale and the third scheduled for tomorrow.
The point of all this is to say with today's technology it's not really necessary to physically be in town for a huge part of a real estate transation. In fact after you show the property, you could leave town then and not have to return until after a closing.
The only downside of this is that it's cold on Hilton Head Island this week (34 degrees now with a wind chill on the beach of 25) and scheduled to remain cold until we leave Sunday.
Monday's high here is projected to be 72.
I may go back, sell another batch of houses, and leave again for someplace it's actually supposed to be warm. ;-)
Today's technology has made real estate transactions much, much simplier to do although the amount of paperwork has increased.
I like the "You don't have to be there to make it happen" concept.