Temptations in Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Finally, yesterday we got a first glimpse of summer in Central Maryland after a pretty wet spring thus far. It was a gorgeous day! 

I had an appointment to meet with the appraiser at my listing in Dayton, MD which sits on a beautiful private lot and comes with a 20 x 40 in-ground pool. Per usual, I arrived a bit earlier to walk the property, turn on some lights, and make sure everything looked good. 

At the end of my tour I paused in the sunroom, taking in the view, before stepping out onto the deck. The sun felt amazing. There was a gentle breeze and I swear I could hear the pool whisper to come for a swim. 

Oh the temptation! Jumping into the water and working poolside for the rest of the day sounded just perfect to me. 

Andrea Bedard, REALTORBut, I didn't bring a bathing suit, I had a listing appointment to go to after, and just as I was about to dip my big toe into the pool, the appraiser pulled into the driveway. 

I definitely consider it one of the perks of being a REALTOR to get to admire gorgeous properties and impeccable homes, craftsmanship and architectural details, beautiful decorations and clever use of space..

And occasionally a front porch, or backyard, or pool that beckons you to stay a while.

Of course I would never give into the temptation without an invitation and definitely not while conducting business, but during those brief moments of tranquility, I enjoyed the thought and this unexpected rejuvenating pause in the midst of a busy day week Spring. 

*On another note, I understand that not many agents will make the time to meet with the appraiser. I consider it part of my job description, there's always so much more info to relay that did not fit neatly into one of the MLS listing boxes. Plus, every meeting is an opportunity to learn and grow. I can count on one hand the number of times I've not been able to meet the appraiser in the last 18 years. In those cases, my partner in Real Estate Cherie will expertly cover for me. 

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Andrea Bedard
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Comments (10)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, it is part of my listing appointment, upholding the price as much as possible.  Too bad you could take a dip! 

May 18, 2022 08:51 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Andrea and great information you are sharing in your blog with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

May 18, 2022 09:23 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thanks Will Hamm. Happy Wednesday! 

May 18, 2022 11:24 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

It was a perfect day to spend poolside Joan Cox! I'm just glad I got a moment to enjoy the tranquility, the sunshine, the breeze... before running off to the next appointment. (I'm not complaining, I love being busy!).

May 18, 2022 11:23 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It is entirely possible that if you did take a dip in the pool with your first suit the owners might be appreciative of the view

May 18, 2022 12:26 PM
Andrea Bedard

😆 I'm not so sure Ed!

May 19, 2022 01:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Ah yes, Andrea...those temptations can get you!!!!  At least you had a few moments of just thinking about how nice it would be to dip your toe in the pool 

May 18, 2022 05:32 PM
Andrea Bedard

I enjoyed these few moments Kathy Streib! It's been so busy, just sitting there and soaking it all in was nice! 

May 19, 2022 01:07 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Andrea - you are a consummate professional.  Business before please but always have the balance.  It was great to see the end to that cold rainy spring weather.

May 19, 2022 03:36 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Grant Schneider!

I was so ready for the cold wet spring to be done. I'm definitely enjoying the sunshine now, and when you get a view like this home has, it's tough to pull yourself away from it. It's really making me itch to find a new home myself!  

May 19, 2022 01:10 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The new owner will really enjoy that pool and perhaps they will even invite you over for a swim sometime.

May 19, 2022 06:34 AM
Andrea Bedard

Hi Brian England! The pool is definitely one of the features that sold the buyers on this home. It comes with a private 4 acre lot and has been so very well maintained, even the home inspector was impressed!

May 19, 2022 01:12 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Andrea:

You certainly painted a pretty tranquil scene for your appraisal. Hope it went well!


May 20, 2022 03:19 PM
Andrea Bedard

I think it did Jeff Dowler, CRS, we are going to closing next week! 

May 27, 2022 11:13 AM
Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

I need to be better at this....especially if I think there could be an issue. I should have done this at a recent appraisal that came in low. My bad. 

May 21, 2022 03:22 PM
Andrea Bedard

I can only encourage you Thom Abbott to do it. It's the best way to relay all the information about the listing and nearby comps. 

A few years ago I had a listing in a small community with only one recent sale. That one happened to be a court ordered sale with one divorcing party not wanting to move which the condition of the house reflected. Nowhere in the listing was that mentioned and the appraiser would have never known that it needed extensive repairs and was priced accordingly. I was able to back it up with public court records and pointing out exterior deficiencies. I am convinced that our appraisal would have come back (much) lower had I not provided this information.  

May 27, 2022 11:23 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Sounds like a great day, a great listing, and glad you meet with the appraiser, I wish more would!

May 24, 2022 04:23 PM
Andrea Bedard

Yes, all of the above John Meussner! Closing next week! I may just get the chance to dip my toes into the pool then.

I always do, even when the contract contains an appraisal contingency waiver. If an appraisal needs to get done, I'll be there to make sure the appraiser has all the important info.  

May 27, 2022 11:28 AM