Love is in the Air - From NC to FL

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Love is in the Air - From NC to FL

What a whirlwind transaction - from beginning to end! I was originally contacted by the sellers of this lovely home by a neighbor/client. We had a wonderful first meeting and agreed that working together is what we all wanted! So, at that meeting, we put together their preparation list and we parted company that evening, each with our respective to-do lists.

After several weeks of prep time, the house was ready to show! As one of the sellers worked from home, discovering the best place to go when leaving for showings (with the best wi-fi) was part of her original homework. We were listing the home during the slowest quarter (Q4) so, we expected that showings would be a bit spread out as they normally are this particular time of year.

Creekshire Estates

Well, the pre-marketing was done and showings began. We had more showings than expected that first weekend and received our first Offer very quickly. They didn't want to wait so, they jumped on the Offer and soon, we were under Contract. The only thing we were awaiting were the Due Diligence & Earnest Money Deposit checks that the agent said he had received from the buyer - we had copies but, the checks hadn't arrived. We waited, reminded, waited and finally, told the buyers' agent that because we had no consideration, the Contract was not enforceable and we were going back on the market.

In our market, if you have this happen to you, you typically suffer a bit of a hit on pricing and/or take a buyer pool hit; buyers automatically think that the original buyers found something terribly wrong with the house. Never is it a 'good' thing but, we approached it like a minor bump in the road. In the agent comments to the showing agents, I wrote, "No inspections, no appraisal done by first buyer - the first buyer simply neglected to produce DD or EMD checks.

 

Helping HandsSoon, we had our buyer - a wonderful couple who had a fantastic local agent. I negotiated full list price for the sellers and we had our checks in-hand SAME DAY! The sellers, who had originally not been in any rush to sell their home had found out that they were needed in FL sooner than expected, to care for an ailing family member. They were pushed to get their quickly and once again, all parties stepped up their game and we were able to get them to FL in their new home mid-December and Closed on their home here at the end of December.  

 

There wasn't anything that was asked of them that they didn't go above & beyond to accommodate. This made everyone involved in the transaction more willing to give, more willing to help and reciprocate at every turn. 

 

I can't say enough wonderful things about these sellers, their buyers or the agent on the other side of this transaction. We've worked together before and always look forward to working with one another on future deals. Caring, compassionate agents are always wonderful to work with but, when you have clients who really need agents who will respond with care and compassion, it really makes a difference - for one and all. 

 

I'm thankful that we were able to help this family make this life-changing move to help their ailing family member. They are settling in nicely in their new home, loving their new community and their family is ever so grateful to have them there to help.

 


 

 

Once again, thank you, Lisa Von Domek, for inspiring us to share our loving stories for your Love is in the Air challenge.

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Love is in the Air - From NC to FL

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Thanks, Michael Jacobs! He does a fabulous job - something I would never attempt to do myself - EVER! LOL

Feb 14, 2019 09:07 AM #28
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He's a great agent - I don't mind saying so either, Will Hamm! He's in my market and is someone that I run across all of the time. We've had sales together before and we work very well together. It's nice to give kudos where kudos are deserved! 

Feb 14, 2019 09:10 AM #29
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Oh, thank you, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®! I always joke that when my photographer retires, so will I! Thankfully, he's considerably younger than I am! LOL

Feb 14, 2019 09:10 AM #30
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I agree - I'm all about the win-win, Sharon Lee! BTW, I'm so glad that you were able to attend the Phoenix meet-up - it was great seeing you there. Wish I had been able to attend and finally get to meet you. One day... 

Feb 14, 2019 09:11 AM #31
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Thank you, Roy Kelley! I'm sure you had hundreds of these to tell when you were active too! I'm all about the win-win!

Feb 14, 2019 09:12 AM #32
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YES, the clients were amazing too - we had a great time at the Closing table - no one wanted to leave, Mike Cooper, GRI!

Feb 14, 2019 09:13 AM #33
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You know, what is funny is that I told my assistant that I wasn't fond of the first agent and wasn't sure I liked her client either! My gut was right - as it normally is, George Souto!!  

Feb 14, 2019 09:14 AM #34
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Well, thank you, James Dray but, it took all hands on deck to make this one come together! Thankfully, we had a fabulous team - agents, buyers & sellers - that was able to pull it together...and very quickly too!

Feb 14, 2019 09:16 AM #35
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Same here, Sally K. & David L. Hanson - the photos sent to us of the checks were actually not in the hands of the agent. That avenue was explored after the sale. My clients were due the Due Diligence fee, whether the deal was terminated or not. There was follow up the revealed the agent never had the checks - the seller was to deliver the checks he had photographed but, never did. At this point, it's like getting blood from a turnip! 

Feb 14, 2019 09:19 AM #36
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Agreed, Amanda S. Davidson! I'm so thankful that the first one terminated - hindsight, you know?!! And, thank you - that's very kind of you to say! 

Feb 14, 2019 09:20 AM #37
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I am so thankful that it was this particular agent on the other side, Carol. All agents do not care to work as a team but, he really raises the bar on team-play in our area. If only... 

 Carol Williams 

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I have loved reading these entries too, Joe Pryor! There have been some tear-jerking stories too! 

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We don't have a due diligence fee in Wisconsin...you don't deposit earnest money (which may be the same thing) and it's bye bye no buy.

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Yes, my clients & I were talking after the sale that we are so thrilled that what happened with the first buyer, happened. It would have been an entirely different challenge with the first agent, Endre Barath, Jr.!

Feb 14, 2019 09:24 AM #41
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Me too, Gabe Sanders - it did my heart good! Teamwork is always the best!

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That is how we used to do it here, too, Sally K. & David L. Hanson! Now, in addition to the EMD, we have a DD fee that is paid directly to the seller. If they terminate during the DD period, the seller keeps that fee. If they terminate after the end of DD, the seller keeps both the DD & the EMD. 

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 Nice going, Debe Maxwell, CRS ; great hearing of responsible transactions.  Reminds me of one of our homes in Chicagoland that we sold in September.  We followed through in timely, responsible manner and the buyer, a Chicago Realtor did the same.  I still recall her stopping by one day a week before the closing with a beautiful orchid plant for me.   - 

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Oh, that is so kind of her, Jane Chaulklin-Schott! It makes a world of difference who the agent is on the other side of the transaction, for sure!

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A shame those buyers lost out on this beautiful home Debe Maxwell, CRS but you've got to follow the contract.  Your clients were smart to have you in their corner!

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Debe Maxwell, CRS  What a wonderful story. You were wise to put in the MLS that the additional deposit check was never received. The sellers were so fortunate to have you represent them. Now they are with their family free from worries and able to care for their loved ones. Wonderful entry to Love is in the Air 

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