It wasn't listed, but the sign was still up. So I sold it!

Real Estate Agent with California Lifestyle Realty DRE# 1780607

It wasn't listed, but the sign was still up. So I sold it!

I live and work in La Quinta CA, in the Palm Springs area,  and specifically in the La Quinta Country Club neighborhood.   There was a neglected  home on the 4th tee in Montero Estates, of our club that had been vacant for over 20 years.  Last summer a family estate sale resulted in a young couple aquiring it and renovating it.  They worked on it for months inside and out while we watched.  Then a for sale sign went up, the owner was a Realtor from San Diego.   They had found out they were having their 3rd child and decided they needed to sell.  But they changed their mind and then took it off the market, it vanished off the MLS.  The sign remained.  

I had seen the home, and loved the contemporary lines, cool colors, ceramice tile floors and renovated pool with a sparkling waterfall.  The location on the top of 4th tee overlooking the 3rd green with panoramic views of the Santa Rosa mountains is spectacular.  I believed in this house and knew I could find a buyer.  Even though the listing wasn't active,  I asked the agent if I could send it to my buyers.  She said go for it. 

LQCC Montero Estates

My KC buyers were flying in to see it, and I showed it to some of my La Quinta Country Club buyers. When I had some local buyers looking at one of my listings, I told them... I have a house you need to see. 

They loved it and wrote an offer that night.   We closed escrow last week and my buyers are so happy!

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  California Lifestyle Realty  California Lifestyle Realty                                               




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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy love success stories like this, BTW I drove through your town four days ago... oh boy I saw the Golf Course and thought of you...  and then I looked at my Temperature gage and said need to get home... sorry I did not call and stop in, Endre

Jun 18, 2019 11:40 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Great job! I'm sure the owners were thrilled as well. 

Jun 19, 2019 02:50 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. What a wonderful story. Congratulations on this sale.

Jun 19, 2019 05:30 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - knowing your inventory matters and this example/post underscores that.  Congratulations! 

Jun 19, 2019 10:53 AM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

That's a great story. Bet your clients, and the sellers, are thrilled to be moving along with their lives. Love that view!


Jun 19, 2019 10:57 AM #5
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Welcome back! Thanks for sharing this great story Kathy Schowe Just because it's not on the market, doesn't mean it can't be sold.

Jun 20, 2019 06:52 PM #6
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years


That is where real estate magic lives-when you see an opportunity and make sure your clients do too.

Jun 20, 2019 06:53 PM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Schowe - Welcome back! What a great story. You truly are dedicated to what you do and go above and beyond to help your clients.

Jun 21, 2019 12:30 PM #8
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Congrats.  That's the way to add value to your profession and help buyers find what they want.

Jun 21, 2019 08:10 PM #9
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Congratulations on a well deserved sale. There's a lot to be said for saying "I can."

Jun 21, 2019 09:34 PM #10
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Good story!! shows some real motivation on your part--and awareness!

Jun 22, 2019 10:59 AM #11
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

Thanks Mary !  We are so low on inventory in our neighborhood that you have to beat the bushes to find homes for buyers!  Kathy

Jun 22, 2019 07:32 PM #12
Patrick Willard
Rio Rancho, NM

Good job. I did that once on a new construction. I was working with a local builder developer selling their new homes to out of state investors as rental units. I had sold a to be built new home as a co-op broker to a local buyer. Their financing fell thru but the new home's sales peson didn't "put it back on the board". I assume she was hoping to find another buyer first because the builder gave their sales people a little bonus for selling completed units that fee thru. I wrote it up for an investor looking for a completed house. Sales manager was thrilled to get it resold so fast but was not happy about the rep that kept it off the board for six days.

Jun 24, 2019 08:15 AM #13
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