All Ends Well when you Can Think Outside the Box, Right?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

Back in 2008, Denver's real estate market had all but come to a halt.   Not much happening, and if you had a listing, you were lucky to get an occasional showing.  Buyers were fearful of the market and sales were scarce.

 

Had a call from a past client and she wanted to list her home and move closer into town.  Buying in Castle Rock as a single person (she said) was a lonely adventure, and wanted to get back into the "scene".    We listed in September 2008, but nothing was happening, and pulled the property off the market a few days prior to Thanksgiving.   We had nothing close to resembling a bite.....

 

So, thinking 2009 would be a better year, right after the first of year she put her home back on the market and what a difference - showings, and even some interested buyers!  I received a call from buyers calling off my sign, and they were in love with the location - high on the hill with three sides of the home having city and mountain views.    Buyers and Sellers came to agreement, but the Seller had to find a replacement home.  Off we went....for a few days.   The only property she loved was new construction, and would not be finished for FIVE MONTHS.

The seller then tried and tried to find alternative housing for these five months, but one day called me and said she would have to turn down the contract, as she could not find housing.    OH NO.....these buyers were determined to have this home, but were on a time frame, and could not draw out the close date.

 

What is an agent to do when this happens....well she moved in with me.  Oh, might have forgotten a small detail - she had 4 kitties.    One was pretty ill, and did not make it, so still three kitties.     I have two kitties, and one doesn't really care for other cats (or animals for that matter...)

 

It was only for 5 months, and what could go wrong?   Well, one more before 5 am, my bed started shaking, and knew we don't have earthquakes in Denver.     My roomie decided to do her laundry, and was just outside my door.     Real estate had drastically picked up, and that day was going to be a bear, and was NOT happy waking up at that time of morning.   We made some new rules, she was retired, and no need to do laundry that time of morning!

It was rather fun to chat with someone, as I have lived by myself for a lot of years.  There were times we would sit in the hall, play with the kitties and talk and laugh for a long time!    The cats got along better, and before long, her new construction was ready.

 

I salvaged a transaction that otherwise would have crashed and burned, but have to say, probably would not have a buyer or seller move in with me again.  Once was enough.    The buyers of this home now have sold it, bought two more and will have their home on the market soon.    

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Nick, it may have been different with someone else, this seller was my age too, and we did get along great.

Feb 08, 2018 12:33 PM #15
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Joan Cox
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Jeff, only once, not sure if I would ever do that again.  Love my peace and quiet.

Feb 08, 2018 12:34 PM #16
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Joan Cox
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Rebecca Gaujot I was thinking some of you that have been reading my posts for years would remember this one.  

Feb 08, 2018 12:34 PM #17
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Joan Cox
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Nina, yes it was, and probably not ever again.

Feb 08, 2018 12:34 PM #18
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Joan Cox
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Debb, yes you do have many in your house already.  But what is one more and a couple cats?

Feb 08, 2018 12:35 PM #19
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Joan Cox
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Roy Kelley as I said, not sure if I would ever do that again.  But, if you are in the area, I do have a spare room.

Feb 08, 2018 12:36 PM #20
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
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Interesting story, and as it happens, I have a houseguest at the moment who is LOOKING for housing. (It's a relative, though). We think outside the box when others don't. I have offered to keep pets for people who had to stay in extended stay hotels for three or four weeks. I've bought mobile homes. I've cleaned and painted homes... whatever it takes! Cute story.

Feb 08, 2018 02:13 PM #21
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Gita Bantwal
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I enjoyed reading your story. I would not do what you did to save the transaction unless it is a friend or family member. 

Feb 08, 2018 03:38 PM #22
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Joan,

 I would not have done that, it really is above and beyond! Good for you!

Feb 08, 2018 03:40 PM #23
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Debbie Reynolds
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Nobody has stayed with me though I have had great sympathy to help my clients over the rough spots. I commend you for doing what it took to make it work.

Feb 08, 2018 10:19 PM #24
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Joan Cox
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS you do think outside the box, and we do need to do things out of our comfort zone every so often.

Feb 10, 2018 11:30 AM #25
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Joan Cox
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Gita, I think most would not do that, and with other family members in a home, for sure not.

Feb 10, 2018 11:32 AM #26
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Joan Cox
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Yolanda, I know, it was a crazy thing to do to save a transaction!  

Feb 10, 2018 11:32 AM #27
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Joan Cox
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Debbie, it was a crazy thing to do, and probably would do it the same if given the circumstances.

Feb 10, 2018 11:33 AM #28
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Charles Stallions
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Awe and lets remember the in laws what fond memories we have and thanks for reminding me LOL

Feb 12, 2018 07:28 AM #29
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Joan Cox
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Never had an in-law that I would let move in with us!

Feb 12, 2018 10:41 AM #30
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Lisa Von Domek
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Having a roommate is too far outside the box for me Joan Cox but you made it work, good for you!

Feb 28, 2018 12:28 PM #31
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Corey Martin
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That is one way to salvage a transaction. Talk about going all the way. That is full dedication. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 09, 2018 04:07 PM #32
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Joan Cox
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Lisa, if I had a family, it would have been a different decision.

Mar 09, 2018 04:40 PM #33
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Joan Cox
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Corey, I relay this transaction to a few REALTORS, and they usually gasp! 

Mar 09, 2018 04:41 PM #34
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