Nice People and Other Unexpected Things in Real Estate
As I'm about to close on a condo listing on 128 Sandpiper Lane in Aliso Viejo, I reflected back to when my client bought the condo in 2008. There was a great series of events that happened that wouldn't have happened if the people involved had been different.
When my client was a buyer, we looked at several different condos. He decided on the one and decided to make an offer. I suggested an offer price. He was afraid it was too low, but went with it and issued me a stern warning. "You'd better not lose this place."
The listing agent called me and verbally said the seller was going to accept the offer. In real estate and most other things, verbal is interesting but not particularly noteworthy. You've got to have it in writing.
Before the written acceptance was received, the agent called to tell me they'd received a full price offer. My heart sank and I'm pretty sure I said something like "Oh cr*p!"
Then, the agent surprised me. She said that since they'd given us a verbal acceptance, nothing had changed. They were accepting my clients' offer and the signed acceptance was on the way. WOW.
My client was really grateful that they accepted his offer knowing they could have accepted the higher one. Escrow was opened. A home inspection was done. Because the seller was so nice, the buyer decided not to ask for any repairs.
Imagine the buyer's surprise when he found the seller had a new air conditioning unit installed. What an exceptionally nice thing for the seller to do!
Eight years later, the buyer has become a seller. The new buyer did ask for a few minor items to be addressed. The seller sent a handyman over to the property and had a more things done than the buyer requested. By all accounts, the buyer and her agent are delighted.
It's funny and fantastic how kind gestures can and do lead to more kind gestures. As a side note, the listing agent and I became friends. She's a super great gal!