Kingsbrooke Townhouse SOLD at 13490 Grouserun Lane
Today was one of the oddest closings I've had in a while. There weren't any issues at closing, it was more the listing process was completely skipped for this Bristow townhouse in Kingsbrooke. Allow me to explain.
Back in March, I met with a couple that had discovered my talent for selling Bristow real estate at an open house. They liked my style and decided that they wanted me to sell their townhouse in the Kingsbrooke community and help them buy another Bristow home. They were ready for more space and wanted a single family home.
When I met with them in early April to see their Kingsbrooke townhouse and get the listing together, they expressed that they had a friend who may be interested in purchasing their townhome. They wanted to give this friend a right of first refusal. Of course! We can arrange that. So the plan was sell to the friend or put it on the market in four weeks. They had work that needed to be done, just like most sellers, to get the home in show ready shape.
Within two days or so of signing the listing agreement, on the same in fact that these clients found their next Bristow home, their friend made them an offer on their townhouse. We looked over that offer, explicitly put in the contract what work was going to be done (all the projects they had been planning to do prior to list) and that we would notify the buyer when the house was ready for inspection. Remember, these sellers had done nothing to prep for market to this point.
The buyer's agent (yes, their friend was represented) and I had our doubts about how well this was going to work and if the friendship would be strained as a result. The two of us did our best to keep communication through the agents, but most of the time our clients were informing us of discussions between them. That's how real estate transactions can get off the rails, but must to our delight, this one did not. The friendship remained strong throughout and the transaction was as smooth of one as I can remember.
The list price of the home was going to be $305,000, so that was the price advertised to the friend. It sold for $310,000, with the seller giving the buyer $5,000 in closing cost help.
The strange feeling came from the fact that I had no marketing pictures and no idea what the home looked like after the improvements. The only time I set foot in the house was at the listing appointment. I had no lockbox on the home or sign in the yard. Heck, I didn't even have a key. That's not how most Bristow home sales go, so it was quite a different experience for me. Luckily, I did get this one shot of the home for the shot of the home you see above for post sale marketing.
If you are thinking of selling your Bristow home, I can't promise it will be this quick, but I can promise it will be as fast as the market allows with my outstanding marketing. I've been selling Bristow real estate full-time since 2005. It is always a pleasure to sell in my own home town.