Okay, I have been selling houses since the beginning of time...no cell phone, no email, no fax. We looked through large books, like a phone book, printed on newsprint (the ink smudged and got all over your hands). There were 6 houses per page for learning about the property. You called the listing agent to make the appointment to show the property then drove to their office to pick up the key and returned the key after showing. Like I said since the beginning of time.
Well my "Did a First"...Client purchased a home without seeing the house first. Years ago it was unheard of. Now you hear of it on occasion. I have always thought how could someone do this? This client make it easy. We had looked at homes and I knew he wanted to be within a specific geographic area. There were not many homes that matched his want list within the area so both the buyer and I were constantly checking for new listings.
As the story goes, the client goes on vacation on Monday. Thursday night I get a call, "Have you seen the house on Olde Towne Way?" Walk to computer and see this property had gone on the market Wednesday evening. Right location, right price! Friday morning I am at the house at 9:30 to see for client. All new kitchen appliances, fresh paint, new wood floors....good price. Call client, "This could be it, when will you be back in town?" He was not returning until Sunday.
Now I knew at the price and location this property would not last long and by Monday more than likely there would be multiple offers since it was foreclosure. Walk through the house again describing the home over the phone to the client who is getting more excited. Wait...I'm technology savvy...I can use my smart phone to make a video and send to him right now. The client loves what he sees and tells me to write the offer and send to him.
By noon, I have a signed offer sent to the listing agent. By 4:30 pm we have a counteroffer back from the seller and at 6pm the contract has been signed by all parties. House sold! Client was thrilled he had found the house he wanted in the right location at the right price.
I am still amazed someone would purchase a home without seeing it first.