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.
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."
Soon, 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