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Cold Feet Or Hot Flashes?

Real Estate Agent with Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 BRE# 01494165

Cold Feet Or Hot Flashes?


I've been working with a lovely woman for the past couple of months. She was pretty hard to get a feel for in the beginning. There were a few types of homes that would make her happy. The key was unusual....and it didn't matter if it were a Mid-Century Modern or Anaheim Historic District Tudor.

I have to say that I love looking at this kinds of homes. LOVE! 

I also became very fond of my client quickly. She has a spark and a sense of humor that made house hunting fun. I couldn't wait to show her new listings and was even more interested to know what she would choose.

We finally found the "perfect home" for her. 

The home is a Craftsman Bungalow in the heart of the Anaheim Historic District. It also is already a Mills Act Home, which is great. The Mills Act of California provides for a 85% discount (that's right, discount) on property taxes for homes which maintain the look of their original time period. From the street, it could have been built in the 1930s.

We were cruising to the close and then I lost touch with her. Just for a few days. We had done everything we needed to do, but the non-response to my similes were making me nervous. Because she had fallen for several styles of homes during our search, I wasn't sure if the Craftsman home was her favorite.

Finally, a few days later, she called me. She apologized right up front and said:

"I'm so sorry...I'm fine. I guess it was just.....(pause)"

"Cold feet?" I offered.

"No..more like hot flashes!!!" And then she giggled.

Ok, that's a first! Not sure what to do about that! LOL


Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I also like looking at unusual homes.  And it's great combined with an fun client.

Oct 18, 2014 10:38 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Getting to see houses is my favorite part of the job.  Donald and I are planning to build one more house and I love getting ideas to incorporate.

Oct 18, 2014 11:11 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Well that is a different type of excuse and not something a client would feel comfortable saying to me

Oct 18, 2014 12:00 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Is it hot flashes to buy . . . . or cold feet to not make a decision.

When the reasons come out you will what the step will be.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Oct 18, 2014 12:40 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Karen,  I don't know if I ever have had that one, since they probably wouldn't tell me if they were hot flashes.

Oct 18, 2014 02:41 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Obviously she was very comfortable in sharing such information with you Karen.  :)

Oct 18, 2014 03:41 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Too funny.

A couple of years ago, I had such a buyer-client.  Sadly, they were home searching in July when we were in a heat wave and it was at least 95 degrees out every day. 


Oct 18, 2014 10:07 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

It was a new one for me. She's really funny, though. 

Oct 19, 2014 01:52 AM