Phone rings. Zillow Lead. Can I take it? Should I take it? Busy day with the fam - Sunday no less. Do I let my teammate answer? Nah… I am too new and too hungry to let it go. I can apologize later…
Meet the client - who will remain unnamed as she is a very private person. We connect. Not surprisingly I have this uncanny way of finding Seven Degrees of Judd Gillespie. She is from a town very close to a town we lived in as a child in Northern Idaho. My sisters were born there. She knows the lake. She knows the streets we used to play on. She rides bikes in the parks I would watch the Broom Hockey League my dad used to coach in. She flew in one day to check out a property and did not love it. Called me and wanted to check out another property.
We looked at a home that just hit her deep in her soul. It called to her. Time to be on the Gulf Coast. But we had to act fast...the plane was leaving soon. Got the particulars of her offer, wrote it up, and sent it off to be accepted digitally. I thought. Well...technology ain’t for everybody. And it was listed with online listing company (if you know you know). I met the sellers a few times as there was no local agent to guide through the process. We got her under contract.
Now this beautifully remodeled home was rather old. The inspection was interesting. Found a few things but nothing too bad. Easy fixes. Then the appraisal. You are always nervous about the appraisal. Is it gonna come in low. Will this be the deal killer? Being an FHA loan it has a stricter appraisal guideline. Well by golly (yes I said “by golly”) it appraised with a few modifications by the very agreeable seller! Woohoo! But now the financing….Big National Lending Company was representing my client. They were requesting items right up until about 18 hours before our closing time appointment! Scared the bejeezus out of my client as she was catching a red eye to get back in town to sign in person at closing.
She is exhausted. Did not sleep at all. I believe she said she had been up for 30+ hours. But I mean to tell you the joy and gratitude that exuded from her at the final walkthrough was palpable. And infectious. I was so happy for her. This is why people are in this business. This feeling right here. This reward.