Today, I'm thankful for listings, even if they need to be sold twice.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Entry #6 in the Activerain "thankful" contest.

There are listings and there are listings, some sell really quickly, others languish on the market. Still others need to be sold TWICE for some reason. But overall, everything sells eventually.

It's the unpredictability of each listing that makes the real estate profession so interesting. No, I am not talking about the market where a listing will sell in a weekend no matter what--because of little inventory. My markets aren't like that.

Example 1:

The listing that closed today had two buyers. This is a listing where the owner had meticulously remodeled the house What he had not done, is gotten a pre-sale home inspection that could have pointed out some problem areas. Well, the first buyer used the inspection contingency to get out of the contract. Never mind that the contract was based on the buyer selling her house--which looked optimistic at the time but didn't work out. By the time the second buyer showed up, the seller had fixed the issues on the home inspection report and here we are today: SOLD.

Example 2:

Here's a listing that "sort of" sold within a week but we didn't get a pre-qual letter and, in the meantime, a second set of buyers has showed up--with cash. However, the seller still wants to work it out with the first buyers. Stay tuned!

Example 3:

On this listing, the buyer didn't come through with the Earnest Money Deposit the first time around. It got even stranger, the buyer wanted to renegotiate a new Purchase Contract and go into escrow again. Hey, once burned, twice shy!

But there's another saying in real estate, "never say never"!!




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Thomas Baker, CRS La Jolla, CA
Thomas Baker Team - La Jolla, CA
Serving our Clients and Communities since 1984!

I wish I could remember all the times in the past 33 years that I have sold the same listing twice or more. I had one that I sold myself three times. It was the third time that was the charm! 

Nov 17, 2017 04:46 PM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, you're right, never say never, especially in real estate.  Your seller clients are in great hands with you.

Nov 17, 2017 05:17 PM #2
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Hella, the ups and downs, twists and turns keep us absolutely engaged OR enraged. I personally choose the former, which seems to me to be the way you address it, too. NEVER BORING! 

Hang in there, missy--I feel your pain!

Nov 17, 2017 07:24 PM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Hi Hella: Well, with buyers #2, you could issue a Notice to Buyer to Perform because they have 3 days to get you the preapproval letter. The NBP requires 2 days notice, so you could issue it on Day 1 and cancel them on Day 3.

Nov 19, 2017 09:36 AM #4
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