In retrospect, 10 years ago, the height of short sale flurries in Sacramento real estate, that's when I probably made the decision to solely represent sellers. That period of time in 2008 taught me there is a lot more to selling a home and representing a seller than moving a product. It's managing expectations, helping sellers to avoid pitfalls and problems by anticipating the actions of others. Coaxing them to closing.
All of that was contingent on buyers doing what they promised. Which rarely happened. Because many home buyers were squirrely as all tomorrow, unsure, confused and noncommittal. Not to mention, listing agents have no control over another agent's buyer; we can't even talk to them. And now, we seem drawn back to a similar attitude, just different market.
Hard to believe yet the stats show I have sold more short sales than any other agent in a 7-county area over the last 10 years. Seems so long ago. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Throw Back to the Days of Sacramento Short Sales.
P.S. That photo was shot by Josh Amolsch yesterday on the eastern side of Kauai as Olivia approaches.