Adventures in Real Estate - Manic Sunday

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

What a crazy Sunday it turned out to be.

The day was going to be lazy, catch up on rest and watch a little mindless TV. Everything changed around 2:00 pm when I received a text from a past client, cryptically saying "Call me please".

After the usual pleasantries, my client expressed interest in a home she found online. It was already in a multiple offer situation, and the deadline for "highest and best" was in 2 hours. I quickly called the agent and begged for an appointment so I could Face Time my client. Once I had permission, I raced drove across town to view the house.

Fortunately, my client is familiar with the current real estate situation, as they sold and moved a year ago. They understood what was needed to make a favorable offer in this hot sellers' market (and listened when I advised them what would be required).

After showing the home via Face Time, I drove raced home to prepare the offer. Everything was going well, until my new laptop locked up. I reached out to the listing agent to explain an offer was coming, PLEASE wait for me. With panic continuing to rise, I asked Google what to do. Rebooting the laptop unlocked the keyboard so I could continue with the offer.

When my WIFI was slow to reactivate, I quickly activated my phones' hotspot so I could complete the offer.

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Thankfully, that did the trick. I filled in the blanks on Zip Forms, added my special provisions, gathered the buyer's signatures via DocuSign, and submitted the offer, while being VERY careful not to lock the keyboard again!

PS:  Our offer was accepted! All docs are signed, sealed, and delivered, and we are set to close with 30 days.

What started out as  leisurely day off resulted in an unexpected twist and a pending contract. 

It's just another day around the water cooler in real estate.

Image by Mustafa shehadeh from Pixabay 

Comments (10)

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Great story and loved the happy ending. The race to the finish line and a happy client. 😎

Jun 29, 2022 10:36 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for sharing the information. Buyers and sellers in your area will benefit from your expertise. Wishing you continued success.  Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  bill

Jun 29, 2022 10:50 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty congratulations on the accepted offer.  The "hotspot" has been a life savor for me a number of times.

Jun 29, 2022 11:18 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - congratulations on the accepted offer.  Life in real estate - is anything but typical - of course, what's typical, anyway???

Jun 29, 2022 12:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Pat,

Good for you for responding so quickly and securing the home for your client! Congratulations on a Job well done!

Jun 29, 2022 04:26 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Congrats to you and your buyers for making it happen and in a timely manner!  Great story Pat!

Jun 29, 2022 05:26 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - my afternoon "off" turned into a busy, but productive day.

Jul 01, 2022 04:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Pat- congratulations!!! And good for you for answering your phone!  

Jun 29, 2022 05:28 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

I screen spam calls Kathy Streib , but I answer client calls and prospective calls faithfully. 

Jul 01, 2022 04:58 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Congratulations on the accepted offer, Pat.  Real estate can be a crazy profession at times.  Especially in a brisk market, while having technology let you down.

Jun 29, 2022 08:19 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

I'm glad you understand part of the point I was trying to make Myrl Jeffcoat . I had purchased a new laptop a day or two prior to this call, and was just getting accustomed to its' quirks. It has a very sensitive mouse, and I tend to hover my fingers over the keyboard as my brain decides how to form my sentences. It sure got me in trouble that evening! Luckily, I kept reaching out to the listing agent and explained what was happening. I had already informed her that this was a strong, pre-approved past client and we would come in with an attractive offer. Fortunately, she gave me grace to get the offer submitted, and we prevailed.

Jul 01, 2022 05:03 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Pat, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 29, 2022 08:24 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Pat... as they say "all's well that ends well." I think anyone of us who's been in this business for more than a minute has had a day like this.

Jun 30, 2022 05:06 AM