It’s a startling question from an Orange County Realtor. It’s something you’d expect a home stager to ask, right? Um, not really. But in today’s market, it may be a clever question.
The affordability index is its lowest in the history of America. It’s indisputably an extraordinary time to buy property, yet a dearth of inventory exists in Orange County, California. Everyone under the Southern Californian sun is clamoring to buy, or wishing they could.
Listing agents are usually aware their counterparts are submitting offers on properties, often sight unseen. They fear buyers won't carry the purchase to the closing table. At least one Realtor recently asked for evidence of having seen the home: Does the carpet match the drapes?
Without the correct answer, the offer may not have been taken seriously.
For the past 9 months or so, I’ve been relegated to the court room several mornings a week (and they still have yet to convict me!). As soon as we recess, however, I often dart off to show properties. Real estate remains a big passion, though my efforts are not limited to getting folks into property. I try to keep them there, too. That may involve the courts, particularly where an injustice has occurred.
In one breath, I may argue the proper administration of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights and the National Mortgage Settlement. In the next breath, I may argue the carpet indeed matches the drapes.
My world is funny that way.
Does the Carpet Match the Drapes? ~ Brian L. Sirota, Esq.