As I have thought back over transactions it is so hard to pick out any of my clients as being special. At the moment, the client I am with is special. They have my attention and I work diligently to make sure they are happy and understand the process of buying or selling.
However, a recent post I wrote helped me select the second of my Love is in the air posts. I realized with a recent call from a potential client I love to work with people who really need my help. They want to live in the Tredyffrin Easttown area but for one reason or another that is a challenge for them. Often it is a financial challenge.
We get many clients who want to live on the Main Line, but this is a very pricy location. Some of our zip codes feature in the reports on highest incomes in the country. And as such those zip codes are often out of range for a buyer starting to look for a home. Likewise, we get customers moving from Texas or North Carolina for example, used to large homes for a price of $300,000 or so. They often have a hard time adjusting to the fact that a home in this area similar to what they had is going to be $700,000 or more.
So, this client came to me, a first time buyer, working for a local charity, and wanting to live nearby.
Firstly, the income was going to be a challenge because the charity did not pay well, second the area prices were on a tear at that time.
Anyway, we got her pre-approved and after some discussion we realized the search area was going to have to be a little wider than she initially wanted. Our job as I have said before is to provide options when there are challenges. The option here was to consider a location that was nearby, but in a different county with lower prices.
We found several homes in the price range, and some needed work, some required too much work, and at this stage my client explained she also wanted something just a little bigger so she could have a live in tenant to share costs.
After some time and a couple of failed offers we found a home. The bedrooms were painted, one in a deep dark blue, one in a bright pink. But the house had good bones, a small yard for her dog, and was in a safe and nice neighborhood that was walkable to a downtown area that was rapidly being transformed with gastropubs and new shops and restaurants.
Her offer was accepted, and she moved in, very happy to have achieved her dream, the home was a short drive to work, and a couple of coats of primer helped to cover the dark blue and bright pink paint.
It was a challenge, but I loved working with this client and it felt so satisfying to help her launch her home ownership course.
If you are a first time buyer looking to buy a home in Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, contact me today, I love working with first time buyers, making sure you know and understand the process and your options and are confident in the decisions you make.