Crazy new real estate.... working at Lake Sinclair

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Very early this year I had a lovely conversation with an agent from Charleston.  She had clients who had become friends through the selling the wrong house and buying the right house process there who were changing jobs and moving to my market.  Said now mutual clients told me she talked with other agents as well, but she chose me for the referral for her clients because we connected.... southern girl to southern girl about how we treat our clients.

So these buyers were out of the country when we first started emailing.  He was working abroad and their search was pretty limited and the plan was for "May"... then the unexpected happened. They were back stateside in March and quarantined for 14 days. Nothing like a good two weeks of being stuck at home to give you time to virtually view a LOT of homes.  So our search started a little earlier than either of us had expected, but they weren't comfortable "staying over" at a local hotel and then everything was shut down.

So while I had done a few skype and facetime showings in my career, this was THE way they looked at a LOT of homes.  I honestly don't remember how many, my best guess would be around 14.  The one they really thought from the photos they would love was a hot mess in person. I opened a closet and things fell out of it on me.  It certainly was NOT the one.  But finally we had a list of 5 and they made a day trip.  While they sort of liked one it turned out to really be a lot more house than they wanted. Then the second one they liked enough to consider and a second trip we saw 3 that day.... turned out to have zero Internet options available that would work with a "work from home" scenario (which we all know CAN happen by force).

Then the house came on the market... on a Monday after 5.  It wasn't easy to get the FaceTime showing appointment because the sellers REALLY didn't want people in their house. But the video tour missed the closets, the crawl space, and many other things that were very important to these buyers. So with mask, gloves and shoe covers they let me FaceTime show my clients.  They liked it well enough to come see it the next day... just 4 days since their last trip from Charleston.  And from the moment they got there I just knew they felt at home at that house.  It actually didn't meet all the important things on their list, but it felt right and I could see that.  

Before we went to bed that night they were back in Charleston and we had a fully executed contract.   The inspection went great, we've cleared the compliance with GA power for docks. Now we're post inspection and clear to close and just waiting 22 more days for closing day.

Real estate can happen while taking proper precautions.  If you need help buying or selling we'd be happy to assist you too.


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Comments (8)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Tammy - congratulations on the successful connection.  With your clients as well as the property they chose.  Nice story.

May 30, 2020 06:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Tammy- once again, you showed that you do what it takes!!!  While some may say "can't be done now" you didn't let our stay-at-home period stop you. Congratulations!

May 30, 2020 07:26 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tammy. The times they are a changing but people they are adapting. Enjoy your day!

May 31, 2020 05:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is interesting how with a little ingenuity you can make things work.  Congratulations on selling the home.  Wishing you many more sales.  A

May 31, 2020 06:57 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have the clear to close and you still have to wait 22 days for it to close?  Is this because the sellers need that amount of time to get out?

May 31, 2020 07:09 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Tammy Lankford, - that is a good  can do story.  Yes things can happen if we are will to adapt!  Congratulations!

May 31, 2020 10:23 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Brian England  actually yes, the seller did ask for a later closing date in the negotiations.  So we're ready and just waiting. 

May 31, 2020 04:24 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Achieving the goals sometimes takes a little more determination than usual. Congrats for getting your clients under contract and toward the closing table Tammy!

Jun 10, 2020 05:24 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Tammy Lankford, what a happy story! You have a talent for sweet successes and all your southern charm seems to rub off in all the right ways. You really were created to make sales and give happiness to those who deserve it.

By the way, Happy Father's Day to your Donald. I hope tomorrow is beautiful in every way! Blessings to all!!!

Jun 20, 2020 06:32 PM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Hi Tammy! You did a wonderful job for your clients! They were lucky to have you!

Jul 08, 2020 07:54 AM