I've been thinking about this all night and I guess it has woken me up and I can't sleep. Tommorrow morning I close on a deal to help a man restart his life.
A couple of months ago I was contacted by this man who told me he had $20,000 and wanted to buy a house. I thought "Great, this will be hard and will probably go nowhere" This man rents a room out of house, shares a phone with others, has no car, no computer and has to call me at appointed times. So every few days he would call to see if I had found anything.
Unfortunately, there are some out there who would not have helped this man either because of his price, time involved, or income potential.
Finally in March a property came up. We went to see it. The best thing about the house is the roof does not leak. He can move right in. I could actually see past the condition of the home and see what he could turn it into. The paint on the outside of the home is pealing off, some boards need to be replaced. The plaster is cracking off the walls in some areas of the home, the wood floor is broken in some areas and the carpet is glued to the floor, worn bare in some places and it smells.
But we are both are very excited for him to get into this home. He has been buying little things here and there every couple of weeks to outfit his home, he has plans to clean up the yard, plant some flowers, get the paint off the house and repaint and then get to work on the inside. It will be a long process as he is on a fixed income but over time he knows and I know it will all come together.
I never thought I would be so excited over a $20,000 fixxer upper. But this is what this business is all about. Finding the right home for a buyer. Getting a person into homeownership who is starting his life over and turning his life around is an incredibly rewarding experience.
It goes to show that you can't prejudge your clients, they may surprise you. And that sometimes the feeling of helping someone better thier life and start over is more rewarding than anything else!