Trust: He bought it sight unseen from France

Real Estate Agent with California Lifestyle Realty DRE# 1780607

Trust:  He bought it sight unseen from France

A past client of mine and I have been searching for a second investment home for him to purchase in the La Quinta Cove. I sold him his first investment property here in La Quinta about 5 years ago, and my husband has been managing the property for him. Weeks and then months passed, offers were written, and still we had not found the right fit. But I knew his likes and dislikes, and his must haves!

The day after he left for an extended trip to France I went to preview a home that I thought met his needs. Incredible location at the top of the cove, close to the hiking trails and right across Avenida Bermudas from the mountains.  Modern in design, it has a patio in front with mountain views and views from the pool in the backyard!

 I sent him a video and photos.  He put his trust in me  and we wrote an offer.  After negotiations we had an accepted offer and then faced the challenge of getting funds wired for the earnest money with my buyer in France and his funds in a Canadian investment account.  With the tightened security these days concerning wiring funds internationally (preventing funding terrorists), the wire came through in 7 days.  But- my buyer could not wire the entire closing amount without actually being back in Canada.  So we delayed the closing date until he returned to Canada.  

Meanwhile, through the inspections and discovery period... he still has not seen the house.  We close tomorrow- and he will be here to see the house for the first time.  Now that is trust.

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  California LifestyleRealty  California Lifestyle RealtySchowe Properties                                           



Comments (7)

Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker Realty, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Kathy Schowe - What a wonderful story to share on how buyers benefit from a professional Buyers' agent/REALTOR that knows what their client wants, needs, and can help them through the process - sight unseen!  Your client did not miss an opportunity because they had to travel!  Great post!

Aug 21, 2016 07:06 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thanks Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale !  I am looking forward to finally showing him the house tomorrow!  Kathy

Aug 21, 2016 07:28 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That is a wonderful show of trust.  We are delighted for you.  Wishing you more sales like this one.  A

Aug 21, 2016 08:51 AM
Kathy Schowe

This one was highly unusual- and hopefully tomorrow when he sees the property he will be pleased! :-)

Aug 21, 2016 01:14 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Great story Kathy Schowe 

Aug 21, 2016 02:23 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

That certainly is trust. I have leased a house sight unseen but would never feel confident enough to buy one sight unseen.  Great job, Kathy.

Aug 22, 2016 06:10 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy -congratulations on a great sale.  You have really created a bond with your client.

Aug 27, 2016 11:45 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Treating real estate like eBay is something I've never seen before! Very interesting! Not something I would suggest

Aug 27, 2016 12:59 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I just read Grant's comment and I have to believe he knows what the heck he's talking about

Aug 27, 2016 01:00 PM