Kingsbrooke Townhouse SOLD at 13490 Grouserun Lane

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Kingsbrooke Townhouse SOLD at 13490 Grouserun Lane

13490 Grouserun Lane in Bristow sold for $310,000 on May 25, 2018

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.

Comments (9)

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I just closed on a home I was in once and did not view again prior to photos, and I had no key, hence no lockbox. What really matters are how you handle the negotiations, manage the transaction and how happy your seller is. Sounds like you did all 3 in spades.

May 25, 2018 06:19 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents --They gave me a lovely card at closing, which I asked they translate into an online review.  Done.  They were great clients to work with.

May 25, 2018 06:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Chris Ann love it when there are pleased clients, BTW I just read your comment above and like you as much as I appreciate the old fashioned thank you cards I ask them to give me an online review on the nasty Z platform:)Endre

May 25, 2018 10:11 PM
Chris Ann Cleland

Endre Barath, Jr. --My profile there is definitely leaps and bounds better than it used to be.  Which reminds me, I need to claim that sale right now.

May 26, 2018 09:14 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Chris Ann. Sometimes a plan just comes together. Congrats! Enjoy your day!

May 26, 2018 05:01 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Chris Ann,

Congrats on your sale, have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and your post has been featured to the group:


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May 26, 2018 09:08 AM
Chris Ann Cleland

Thank you for that Robert Vegas Bob Swetz .  

May 26, 2018 09:17 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Chris Ann,  You are a great sample of a great Realtor here in the rain.  Keep it up.


May 26, 2018 09:26 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Congratulations on the sale of this townhouse, Chris Ann.  I hope you are enjoying this holiday weekend!

May 26, 2018 03:32 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Congratulations on the sale Chris Ann Cleland 

May 30, 2018 12:58 PM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire

Chris Ann

Isn't it nice to have a deal like this every once in a while. congrats and cheers cvc

Jun 01, 2018 08:21 AM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Congrats on the sale and so glad it was smooth sailing!

Jun 05, 2018 12:20 PM