Successful buyer - San Carlos, CA 94070

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

It's difficult to be a buyer in San Carlos, California today. That's especially true if you are looking for a condominium in the downtown area. Add in the necessity of having no stairs (or an elevator to avoid them) and the available condos dwindle even more. 

After 3 months of searching, (including my letter-writing campaign to owners of potential fits) one suitable condo finally came on the market. My buyer and I visited it; we downloaded and read 166 pages of disclosures, reports, HOA docs, etc. I talked with the listing agent; they wouldn't accept a pre-emptive offer and I was headed out of the country for a business seminar.

So we did what I'd recommend every buyer do. We both signed every document as appropriate, I prepared my agent's visual inspection disclosure, we strategized the strongest offer by buyer wished to make. Everything was organized and on my computer to be sent at the appointed time; everything was backed up to my assistant's computer--just in case. We made it easy for the seller to want to work with us.

Four offers were received; the seller countered 3 of them. One of the ones countered was my client's offer. After giving the matter thoughtful consideration, she accepted the counter an hour or so later--and bumped up the price. Seller accepted her counter and she has now moved in, ready to enjoy her new lifestyle.

It's not easy being a buyer here today--but it's possible.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Lottie Kendall,

Wow..Congratulations are in order for you and your buyer. You were ready and armed to make it happen and you did! Yahoo! They were lucky to be guided with your expertise.

Jul 31, 2019 05:11 PM #1
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Hello Lottie - competitive markets are not a favorite of buyers but your client was fortunate to have you representing her interests.  Congratulations on your successful San Carlos buyer represented real estate transaction.  

Jul 31, 2019 06:02 PM #2
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - I just spoke with my buyer; she's a bit overwhelmed by the move and all the change in her life, but said, "the bottom line is that I love the condo and know it will all be worth it." 

 

Jul 31, 2019 06:14 PM #3
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hello Michael Jacobs - it's tough being in a multiple offer situation, and then being 1 of 3 who are countered. My client is very happy though, even if tired

Jul 31, 2019 06:14 PM #4
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Well done, Lottie! Tough market for many of our buyers these days, no doubt. I just want to know now what is in 160+ pages of disclosures!

Aug 01, 2019 05:42 AM #5
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Thanks, Nina Hollander - now, about those disclosures: all sellers disclosures, advisories, etc. Pest and home inspection reports. Geologic and environmental hazards report. All the HOA documents. On and on. Here the seller provides everything in advance so when a buyer makes an offer, they know the property well. They can, of course, get their own reports, but often are forced to come in with no contingencies. It's tough.

Aug 01, 2019 06:35 AM #6
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You definitely put in the work for your buyer and I am sure they are very pleased with their purchase, congrats to you!

Aug 01, 2019 08:40 AM #7
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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Lottie these Buyers were lucky to have you representing them and guiding them through negotiations.

Aug 01, 2019 11:00 AM #8
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello Brian England - it was a lot of work, but the results make it so worthwhile. 

Hi George Souto -- thanks; we structured a good offer, even though it had to be contingent upon the closing of the sale of her house the day before this one. A stressful week, but a successful one.

Aug 01, 2019 01:06 PM #9
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I always enjoy reading of your successes. Thank you for sharing Lottie Kendall 

Aug 06, 2019 10:25 AM #10
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Lottie Kendall - Without your expertise, your buyer might still be looking.  Great effort and it is clear your buyer is happy. 

Aug 07, 2019 11:35 AM #11
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - what makes this success so special is my buyer. She has a wonderful outlook and loves her new home, her new neighbors, etc. 

Aug 07, 2019 11:51 AM #12
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - every time I talk with my buyer (which is every couple of days!) she tells me again what a wonderful place this is and how happy she is. Neighbors introduce themselves; one neighbor brought her a chocolate bar, etc. It's people like my client who make the long hours worth it.

Aug 07, 2019 11:54 AM #13
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Oh, I'm so happy that she got into her new place, Lottie and I'm sure she will be forever grateful to you for making it happen! 

Congratulations to you too and I hope she loves her new home for many years to come!

Aug 08, 2019 09:06 AM #14
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - my buyer is very happy in her new home. Being a relatively small condo development makes the transition from a single family home of 50+ years easier. She's met and likes her neighbors who have introduced themselves, brought her a chocolate bar and other nice gestures. 

Aug 08, 2019 12:44 PM #15
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