My clients are from Russian descent, the sellers who sold their condo that closed yesterday in Riva on the River in West Sacramento. I could tell at our first meeting that they held a high level of expectations, not only from their Realtor but they also hold their own actions accountable and communicate with extreme dignity. It was a refreshing experience in some ways from my regular interactions with some people.
For example, they didn't have a carbon monoxide detector when I took the listing. Since a CO2 is required in California, and my clients lived in the Bay Area, I went out to my car, grabbed a carbon monoxide detector to plug into the wall. I didn't want them to have to drive back to the condo for this.
The following day, the sellers went to Home Depot -- a place I will never do business with ever again due to that company's political contributions, I sold my stock and invested instead in Lowe's -- and bought a CO2 detector to replace mine. They called to say I could come back to get my carbon monoxide detector!
The condo was impeccable, too, after 10 years of ownership as a vacation home. Not a dent, nor a carpet footprint nor a smudge anywhere. It was like nobody ever lived there. Appliances just like new. They never even set up trash can service, yet they used the condo as a second home.
I asked them if they ever watch the FX TV series about Soviet spies in the U.S., The Americans, but when that didn't strike a bell, I just let it drop. They might not appreciate my lame attempt at humor, and I really liked my sellers. While I might have thought it was funny to compare them to Soviet Intelligence Agents from the Cold War who didn't really appear to live in this condo and maybe used it for secret meetings, well, insulting them was certainly not my intent.
You can read the story of the sale of that condo in my personal blog today at the following link: Rising Prices at Riva on the River Condos in West Sacramento.