A WOEBEGONE Listing in Good School District
in the Atlanta GA Suburbs
How do you start with A Woebegone Listing in Good School District when the Client is in her late 80's, the money is TIGHT and the house is in really, really run-down condition? After careful consideration, I decided the thing to do was to turn the house into a TEMPLATE. But some background first ...
In April 2013, the Seller and I met together with two of her children and reviewed all the real estate agreements. She and her husband had purchased the home from the Builder in the mid-1970’s. Yes - a long time living there! After her husband passed away in 2012, she began to consider selling. Now it was time to discuss A Woebegone Listing in Good School District so she could move.
At Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty, educated and informed Clients are our focus. Sure, the contracts are tedious yet to review paragraph by paragraph is the right thing to do. She asked great questions and after about four hours, we both felt everything was clear. She signed the Listing Agreement. She wrote a check for our Research & Education Fee. Then she told me to discuss everything with her son in the future.
That, of course, means constant DOUBLE communication for A Woebegone Listing in Good School District. First, talk to him. Then he talks to her. Then she talks to all her children and responds to him. Then he responds to me and ... well, LOTS of extra time and repetition that are essential in this type of circumstance.
The mom was working with someone from her church to find a new home. Once she found that in the summer of 2013, she began to move from her old home and into the new one. Hopefully, by mid-March 2014, we will be ready to put her former home on the market.
From the first meeting until now, almost a year, we have had repeated meetings at her house, including showing various homes to her son, research for her “garage sale” efforts, lining up repair estimates and bringing workers over for emergency issues. Sometimes the meetings were just to discuss the big change - always with the son who then did the communication “round-robin”. Now we are almost ready for A Woebegone Listing in Good School District.
About my idea to turn the house into a TEMPLATE:
Well, that's what I started today. The Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Research & Education Fee allows us to do many additional services for our Clients. Today I cleaned up along the fence, removed over a dozen sun-faded garden ornaments, disassembled old, rotted lattice, organized the leftover planters in the yard and many other non-real estate chores. We are a FULL SERVICE company for sure!
We took out the electric cooktop (which was way beyond dirty and also didn't work) and the double oven (which was beyond dirty and didn't work anyway) and the non-functioning vent hood “while we were at it”. The view is clean now and there is no question about appliances functioning!
The entire house had carpet except for the “den”. We pulled up the (ancient and stained) carpet. It was cut and rolled for the Solid Waste pickup. The padding, which is in good condition, now awaits the prospective Buyers. The Brown paper is to protect the padding and demonstrate that the padding has value by having provided the protection.
There is no money for repainting! I brought in a cleaning team who will even use a toothbrush to clean the decades of grime off the electrical switches and the heating registers. They will spray wash the exterior also. Imagination required for possible Buyers!
TEMPLATE? Yes - we will market the home as an OPPORTUNITY! The home with five large Bedrooms/two and a half Baths and a Laundry/Mudroom with a full size shower is A Woebegone Listing in Good School District. Combine the school advantage, the large fenced yard with a swimming pool with a now visible interior for the home and WHAT A DEAL!! That will allow the potential Buyers to inscribe their dreams on the open spaces. I will be sure to continue this tale as we move ahead!
Have a happy day -