The longest sale ever... crazy real estate stories!

Real Estate Agent with California Lifestyle Realty DRE# 1780607

I know I wrote my first listing agreement for this house over a decade ago.  And I finally sold it last week. I tried to access my old forms to determine the first time I listed it, and it was with my very first broker.  So it could have been 12 years ago.  

LQCC la quinta real estate schoweIt sits across the fairway from our home.. I can see it from here. Right now.  The elderly owner liked and trusted me, we both belong to La Quinta Country Club and occasionally I would be paired against her for gin in the ladies card room.  She no longer played golf and lived in KC, CO, and in the winter, La Quinta.  

She was very proud of her home and would decide it was time to sell. She just wasn't using it enough and said many had approached her admiring the views of both the 7th and 8th fairways, mountains, and the lake.  They all wanted to buy her house. So I wrote up the  listing  ... priced as she requested, too high for the street. She didn't do email so I would take the listing over for her to sign.  But she would ask to think about it, set it aside, and then wouldn't sign it.

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This happened again a few years later.  "I'm ready to sell!"  Come over, bring the paperwork, meet my kids. So I would go over-- prices had come down.  She
changed her mind.  

Then again- I'm ready to sell- the prices are up, my son is in real estate and he says now is the time. So I prepared the docs again.  And still no. 

Last summer she passed away and her grown up "kids" called me.  Please list Mom's house and sell it. Oh wait, we had some water damage, but we aren't in town could you go check it out.  

Major leak. Major remediation.  Furniture piled high in one room, appliances ripped out. Please sell it as is.  They were motivated and ready. I actually had an executed listing agreement from their trust attorney.  Yay!   LQCC la quinta real estate schowe

We had multiple offers and chose the highest and most solid.  But then the mold test.  Mold detected. More remediation needed. Buyer cancels. 

Kids say- take it off the market.  We will do remediation until it is clean.  Then we may remodel and keep it.   Wait, what??  Oh no. 

6 months passes and they have a clean bill of health on the house.  Please list our house again, we will reduce the price ... do you have a buyer?  Yes I do. 

My buyer made a full price offer and bought the house... it closed in August and I am grateful.  I thought I would be working on that house the rest of my life!LQCC la quinta signature hole schowe


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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  California LifestyleRealty  California Lifestyle RealtySchowe Properties                                           



Comments (30)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Wow, that house has quite a listing, and personal, history. But YOU got it done - congratulations. Tenacity and perseverance won.


Sep 09, 2022 03:53 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thanks Jeff Dowler, CRS !  Hope you are well!  K

Sep 10, 2022 04:54 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Holy Heavens,  now this is a story to beat - the longest sale ever!  It seems indecision may have been part of that family's genetic composition! 

Sep 09, 2022 04:08 PM
Kathy Schowe

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist ... there were a lot of moving parts involved for sure!  K

Sep 10, 2022 04:54 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I thought I had seen and heard at all but this is so incredibly long! Really great story

Sep 09, 2022 10:37 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you Laura Cerrano ... years in the business gives you lots of war stories! :-)

Sep 10, 2022 04:55 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

That has to be a record for hanging in there and getting it sold! 

Congratulations,  you are the model for Patience is a Virtue award!

Sep 10, 2022 12:25 AM
Kathy Schowe

A happy ending for everyone involved for sure!  K

Sep 10, 2022 04:56 PM
Gary J. Muccio, Associate Broker
Keller Williams of Central PA - Camp Hill, PA
Exceptional Customer Service!

Hi Kathy - 

Thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on the sale! I visited La Quinta over 20 years ago. Beautiful area! Continued success to you!

Sep 10, 2022 05:37 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thanks for checking in!  Enjoy your Sunday!  K

Sep 11, 2022 02:53 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Congratulations on the sale and the feature. Persistence without being a pest pays off. Thank you for sharing this long road you journeyed.

Sep 10, 2022 07:47 AM
Kathy Schowe

It sure took a while- but I could not let it go!  Kathy

Sep 10, 2022 04:58 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Thankfully, the kids trusted you to get the job done for mom, Kathy. What a journey!

Sep 10, 2022 10:27 AM
Kathy Schowe

Yes- you never know how it will go when there is a death in the family.  Hopefully you have good rapport with the family and they stay with you. K

Sep 10, 2022 04:59 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Laughing because she actually never sold her house.  But she couldn't take it with her.

Sep 10, 2022 11:09 AM
Kathy Schowe

i know- she was quite a lady.  She had 3 homes when she passed away!  K

Sep 10, 2022 05:00 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Talk about persistence!  So glad you finally got this one sold.  And glad the kids stayed loyal to you!

Sep 10, 2022 05:25 PM
Kathy Schowe

It really was challenging... but I kept after it.  I had to. :-)  K

Sep 10, 2022 05:39 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sep 10, 2022 05:34 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you so much Kathy Streib !!  I am honored!  K

Sep 10, 2022 05:39 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Patience has its just do! Not sure I could endure it! Enjoy your day.

Sep 11, 2022 05:33 AM
Kathy Schowe

You get to the point when you have so many hours invested you cannot let it go!  I was lucky it worked out!

Sep 11, 2022 02:54 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Quite the story, it should be interesting to read other comments on real estate crazies.

Sep 11, 2022 06:55 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your weekend!  Kathy

Sep 11, 2022 02:55 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

Persistence does pay off!  Congratulations! You were able to help that lady's adult children and get this done for them.

Sep 11, 2022 10:23 AM
Kathy Schowe

I was fortunate that it worked out in my favor!  Sometimes it does NOT!  

Sep 11, 2022 02:55 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Kathy Schowe 
Reminds me of a family I worked with for eight years until they chose a house! I understood all the reasons it took so long, however... 
All the best - Lynn

Sep 11, 2022 07:01 PM
Kathy Schowe

We try to hang in there with our clients... sometimes it works out! :-)

Sep 12, 2022 01:21 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There’s something about having a story to tell and especially in real estate where do you have to engage people with stories. Really great stuff

Sep 12, 2022 10:54 PM
Kathy Schowe

Some deals take more time than others!  Have a great weekend!  Kathy

Sep 17, 2022 10:09 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Congratulations Kathy - that really was a very long process.  Such a beautiful area.

Sep 13, 2022 08:06 AM
Kathy Schowe

We love living here... it is an easy sell! Have a great weekend!  Kath

Sep 17, 2022 10:10 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is quite the story and persistence and being close definitely helped. 

Sep 13, 2022 09:55 AM
Kathy Schowe

I couldnt let it go... and I'm lucky it worked out in my favor!  Best,  Kath

Sep 17, 2022 10:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Holy guacamole, Kathy, what a story! I'm so glad the family also trusted you to sell their mother's home...and that it FINALLY Closed! I've had long Closings over the years (mostly short sales) but, never a dozen years long. Kudos to you for having infinite patience. You rock, girl!

Oct 02, 2022 02:31 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thanks so much Debe!  Good to hear from you!  Kathy

Oct 03, 2022 09:12 AM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Hahaha - I am sure that it was quite a celebration when you sold it! Its funny how we get attached to our homes. Its the memories and lifestyle that we regret when selling. Good thing you have stick-to-itiveness! Strength and resiience, that is the definition of Kathy Schowe!

Nov 16, 2022 05:34 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

Congratulations. I have worked on a sale even longer- but I don't think it truly qualifies. My next door neighbor defaulted on her common charges back in June 2009- and I was on the condo board on and off over the years needing to address the default. A few weeks shy of 13 years- we finally foreclosed on the owner and got new owners in. As an agent I only worked on the sale for 2 years (of course we finally get possession during the covid lockdown) but if you count all the years I worked on it for the condo association- it was almost 13 years in total- and I only became a real estate agent in 2016.

Sep 05, 2023 01:14 PM