A Holiday Season Retrospection from a Sedona REALTOR's POV

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

The Human Spirit

Out of Difficulties Grow Miracles... Jean de La Bruyére

Christmas Fire Retrospection

Some may recall the posts I wrote for the December Challenge and one other during December about  About a Post Card from the 1969 and "The Human Spirit".  These posts bring to a head what has happened in the last three weeks. They all tie together and why I have been missing from ActiveRain. 

It all started two days before Christmas. I wrote about the "Holiday Miracle".  My sellers, who are also my buyers were in a contingent contract.  I got the call on December 23rd from the agent owner of the home my clients were going to buy and told me that the deal was off if we could not close by Dec. 30th.

 Long story short,  we couldn't close until January 2022.  So now my clients who were selling their home would be "homeless" because the sale of their home was still on track... and then it wasn't and then it was again! YIKES!  That is a whole other story that I will not go through now right now.  

Looking For Another Home...

You can only imagine how my clients felt during what should be a wonderful time of year.  There were boxes everywhere at Christmas and now, no place to send those boxes!  I called upon my "Human Spirit" to do everything I could do to find a new home and/or a rental for my clients.  I know my clients well.  I did find another home and we had to negotiate hard with all parties involved.  We were able to come to an agreement. Unfortunately, the negotiations went through the entire holiday season. This home was positioned higher than my clients wanted to spend, but it is exactly what they wanted.  I am not going to write about that home until we close escrow but we are moving forward, and if all goes well, there will be no "homeless" clients!  As I write this, I am doing the due diligence on all the inspections including a 28 page well report. 

"Marketing Woes..."

In my blog "Marketing Woes",  I mentioned that I was going to get back to some tried and true marketing.  I have been pretty successful in my market sending out postcards such as the one below.  Two different "Just Sold" postcards went out in December. I have had action on both of these postcards.  I have a couple of new listings coming this year already from these mailings.  

Just Sold - Post Card - golf course home

Then I got two listings from a client, who I sold a home to in my neighborhood. So this all happened during Christmas and the New Year.  I have been nonstop from morning through evening making sure all the balls are in the air. 

NEW LISTING!

One of the listings from my neighbor went on the MLS yesterday. Rick had to have virtual staging done for the pics and my clients are extremely happy with the results.  

But that is another blog...!  I do want to showcase the virtual staging and the difference it makes. 

New Listing!  2353 Rio Mesa Tr Cottonwood AZ 86326

and to tie this back to the "Human Spirit"... the quote below sums up the last three weeks well for me.

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life.  The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated...It is finished when it surrenders...

Ben Stein

Happy New Year (belated)!

 

Comments (30)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sheri - happy new year.  You are off to a great start.  This should be a good year.

Jan 12, 2022 03:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Sheri... I spent the last two work weeks of December herding cats to make sure three properties closed on time so people weren't homeless. Totally get what you were dealing with. Loved your photos. I have to big postcard mailings to organize in the next week or so... but my office is being painted today, so I need to fully deconstruct it in the next hour or two and then put it back in place tomorrow.

Jan 12, 2022 05:08 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a beautiful family you have and Tristan is getting so big, I know how much you love having him in your life.

Jan 12, 2022 05:10 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed Silva - If all goes well my clients will be in their new home near the end of the month. 

Jan 12, 2022 07:26 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox,  I was working on this on Xmas Eve, Xmas Day, and all the way up to the New Year.  I am hopeful that all will go smoothly from this point forward.  

Jan 12, 2022 07:30 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Hannah Williams.  These are special clients who became friends and I want their best outcome. 

Jan 12, 2022 07:32 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - Happy New Year to you also!  Sedona usually doesn't have much of a lull because of the winter visitors to Arizona. 

Jan 12, 2022 07:34 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley - Thank you, I already have firm commitments for listings. I like being productive! HaHa

Jan 12, 2022 07:37 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel - This has been one big roller-coaster ride and I prefer mine at the amusement park! LOL

Jan 12, 2022 07:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Jeff Dowler, CRS.  My main goal is happy and satisfied clients. All the rest is the icing on the cake.

Jan 12, 2022 07:43 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, I have been busy at the holidays during previous years. It is the nature of the business and living in a climate that draws winter visitors to our area. I am fortunate that my family understands this. 

Jan 12, 2022 07:48 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - That Ben Stein quote is inspiring.  I hope your new year is getting off to a good start. 

Jan 12, 2022 07:51 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you, Kathy Streib,  I have always thought that anyone can sell you a product or service but how do they handle the situation when all does not go well. I will always put it in another gear for my clients. 

Jan 12, 2022 07:55 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant Schneider - Thank you.  I am ready for it.  

Jan 12, 2022 08:02 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - I think the biggest disappointment was that this happened right before Xmas. It really put a damper on everyone's holiday.  My clients were already dealing with boxes everywhere but it was a time of anticipation and excitement that immediately moved to anger and fear.

Jan 12, 2022 08:08 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Brian England - We are so fortunate to share a lot of precious time with Tristan. 

Jan 12, 2022 08:10 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sheri and post cards do work and I mail out a lot every year.  Things always have a way of working out.

 

Jan 12, 2022 08:39 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That's what makes you one of the best.  You keep at it despite it all.

Jan 12, 2022 06:20 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Will Hamm - you are right. It always shakes out in the end. 

Jan 17, 2022 09:45 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you Chris Ann Cleland - I needed that to start my week out! my seller who is also my buyer for another home had another seller demand issued over the weekend.  We did get that worked out but continually going back to my client with not-so-good news is getting very old.

Jan 17, 2022 09:49 AM