Is it possible to SELL a home in a BLIZZARD?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

Let me share with you the tale of two sellers. Add in a snow storm that lasted for 48 hours and dropped 2 feet of snow. Sprinkle in a relocation buyer with 4 days to find a home in NH before they head back. Some people would say it is impossible to sell a home never mind even see a home home when it is snowing.

 

There is a list of questions I ask when a buyer calls. After acknowledging they are ready, willing and able to buy... I need to know their time frame. When a relocation buyer comes in, it is actually common to have a short time to find them a home. SO snow or no snow, I was willing to bring them out.

 

They narrowed down all the home they saw online to 2 homes. The first the seller said no showings today. The second was a "go and show" meaning you check in online registering the time you go and they send you a code to get in. I took it a step further and called the listing agent to make sure the home was shoveled out for us to get in. She said it was. Except when i got their, it was not. The buyers from Southern CA did not have boots. The wife actually had flip flops on in the snow. 

 

The door to the house opened and the seller who was home, yelled for us to just come in. The wake from the plow was nearly 4 feet high. The buyer said no way they were climbing that pile. It was frustrating the seller knew we were coming. They did not even take the time to clear the walk. 

 

Trying to re-group, there was a home in another area of town that I had met with the seller. Their home was for sale for 6 months with another agent and did not sell. They said they were taking a break, but needed to sell the home, but... perhaps after the first of the year. It was exactly what this buyer wanted. So, I called them. Explained the situation and the seller said come on over. The driveway and walks were clear. The seller put down towels for us to dry our shoes. He had put on a pot of coffee and invited us in. 

 

He remembered our talk about not being there for the showing, but with no where to go he headed to his sun porch to stay out of our way. The buyer loved the home. They had some questions and asked if I could ask the seller. The seller had poured some coffee and had a nice selection of snacks. We sat there for 2 hours talking. The buyers wanted to offer full price. They did not want to lose this home. Could I write the contract now. I sure could... and did...

 

 

This morning the other seller who could not be bothered to shovel his walk called to say the buyer could come by. I told them they flew back last night. That they also purchased another home. He was not happy, he went into how he has to sell his home due to divorce. That paying the big mortgage alone is hurting him. That he didnt think anyone would be serious buyers to come during a snow storm. His then response to himself was, "Now I know who buys a home in a blizzard." He then asked why his listing agent did not tell him to have the home ready to show? 

 

 

The bottom line is a buyer buys when they are ready. As an experienced agent i know this and explain this to my sellers. I make things happen. I work with what hand i have been dealt and make it work. The result is happy clients every where.

 

 

Perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT message is to share with every consumer that my philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.

 

To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

    

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Norma J. Elkins
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When selling your home you must always be prepared for it to be shown at any time.  Looks like the second seller knew that all along.  Glad your buyer's found something!

Dec 04, 2019 05:45 AM #2
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Sam Shueh
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Good heavens. I will find a snow mobile and drive my clients and plow into the snow.

ALl the best,

Sam

Dec 04, 2019 06:06 AM #3
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Thanks for sharing such a great story. I would definitely think if a buyer wants to view a home in the snow that they are serious about buying.

Dec 04, 2019 06:08 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Scott - this buyer was quite determined to purchase a home ---- a blizzard is one thing, flip-flops an entirely different issue but a clear path to a home, warm coffee and a friendly welcome certainly help seal a deal.  Congratulations.  

Dec 04, 2019 06:34 AM #5
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Scott Godzyk wow.... 2 feet of snow is just too much.... we had heavy wet snow but only 6 or 7 " over a two day period..... I'd have to think about showing property in 2 feet of snow unless everything was cleared off....I think you clean up faster than we do.... you get 2' more often than we do....

Dec 04, 2019 06:51 AM #6
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Mimi Foster
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You are obviously an agent who does what needs to be done to finish the job. Good for you for going the extra mile (or few feet LOL) to get your clients a home they wanted.

Dec 04, 2019 09:12 AM #7
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Scott - you always do whatever it takes to get things done. I don't know about a blizzard, but we looked at and bought one of our homes in a pouring thunderstorm. 

Dec 04, 2019 09:37 AM #8
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Carol Williams
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Hi Scott Godzyk 
Who would think that people looking at homes in a blizzard aren't serious? Are the agents really not telling them or aren't they listening? 

Dec 04, 2019 11:04 AM #9
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Kat Palmiotti
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Good for you! Of COURSE people who are out in a snow storm are serious! Who else would do that?

Dec 04, 2019 12:04 PM #10
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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I would say any client out in a snow storm is usually pretty serious. I have shovelled drives before to get clients in to see homes.

Dec 04, 2019 12:35 PM #11
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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You are treading on ground I would be totally unfamiliar with, when it comes to selling homes during a blizzard.  I've lived in Sacramento all my life, and can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times we've had snow.  And, never was it more than about an inch.

Dec 04, 2019 01:01 PM #12
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker
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Scott,  after a heavy snow, Mrs. Buyer came out from the city for her showings sporting ballet slippers.  Since then I tell and write wintertime relocation buyers to wear their thigh high boots!  Plus if the house isn't occupied there may be that wake from the snowplow and an unplowed driveway.  

Dec 04, 2019 11:11 PM #13
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M.C. Dwyer
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Scott Godzyk What a great story - so many lessons here.    I literally laughed out loud when I read about the SO Cal buyer wearing flip flops.    You really do go the extra mile - thinking about a home that was off market and realizing it was perfect for your buyers.    And that seller was so accomodating, it's nice to hear they won the buyers over and earned a full priced sale.     When people are house shopping during a storm, they are serious and I am totally willing to get cold and wet right next to them.    Reblogging with gratitude!

Dec 06, 2019 08:23 AM #14
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Great story Scott Godzyk,

Sellers must understand their home must ALWAYS be ready to show. 

"The bottom line is a buyer buys when they are ready."

Dec 06, 2019 10:47 AM #15
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Flip flops in the snow. Now that sounds like a recipe for a fall. I've fallen slipping on a wet garage floor wearing flip flops!   Good for the sellers who did it right - that is how to show a home.  D

Dec 07, 2019 07:33 AM #16
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Lise Howe
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when you need to buy a house you will do anything to show up and look.  Anyone looking in a blizzard is a serious buyer! Take them at their word!

Dec 08, 2019 06:07 AM #17
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Marte Cliff
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Did that buyer not bring shoes with them? Could she not see the snow outside? Crazy, but I'm glad your nice sellers got a full price offer.

Dec 08, 2019 10:27 PM #18
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I love this story and identify with it. Have I shoveled? More than once!

I have sent my own contractor out to shovel or plow for a showing. 

Dec 16, 2019 12:59 PM #19
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
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I just love this story!! It shows the length of what you are willing to go to in order to satisfy a buyer and make a sale. Sure, everyone can sell a house in perfect (San Diego) weather, but it takes a special person to sell it when the weather gets nasty. How hard are you willing to work to overcome difficulties that stand in your way? The harder you work, the more you sell, it's easy

Jan 02, 2020 05:52 AM #20
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Such an excellent (and timely) message here, Scott Godzyk ... you knocked this one out of the park!

Gene

 
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