Exceptional Way To Sell The Rome Way

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

Just because the market is active right now does not mean I have to change how I have always taken listings.  Yes, I have a waiting list.  This gives you, the seller, time to do your cleaning and purging and decide where you are going.


When you and the house are ready, professional photos are taken, sorted, captioned, and uploaded to the computer.  We may do the professional photos weeks or months before being prepared to list.  I can have everything in place, including measurements and documents, so when your date arrives, we are ready with the click of a computer key.

Everyone sees the property at the same time.  There is no need to do a coming soon or have multiple showings and inconvenience all parties.  A few good showings will sell the home, especially in this market.  I did that yesterday.

 I met a seller a few months ago.  And we discussed what was needed to get the home in show-ready condition.  I stayed in touch with the progress.  They painted the entire home along with new carpeting and some landscaping, and it was cleaned and cleared of unwanted items.  Again I chose not to do a coming soon.  When the property and owner are ready, it goes live.  I take each phone call, make each listing appointment, and meet the potential buyer at the house.  Same with buyer's agents.  And I present any offers as they come in.  The seller does not need to wait for a bidding war.  And can sign the first acceptable contract.  One of the secrets is to stay in close touch with the agents and buyers who are interested and qualified.

The listing went live after 10 pm Friday evening night.  My first request for a showing was at 8:00 am the next morning.  This KW agent would send another agent out to show the house.  He was having fun at the beach.  That's when I decided to do an impromptu open house.  I agreed to meet his buyer at the house at noon and then have an Open House from 12:30 to 1:30.  My plan, if it were not sold yesterday,  rinse and repeat with another one-hour open house after  Sunday's radio show.

The agent stayed in touch with me.  We were texting while others were touring the home.  He already had the documents together needed to prepare an offer.  His buyer had been looking for a while.  It was someone who had lost multiple homes in this seller's market.  So the buyer came, saw it, and loved the home.  What's not to love?  It was in beautiful condition.  Before the open house hour was up, I had his offer and was able to review it on my cell phone.


I had other families tour this home, each one showing interest.  But the first family, because of their exceptional Realtor®, now has this home under contract, ratified, and pending in the MLS.  The contract was sent this morning to the lender, title company, home inspection will happen this week.  And if everything goes well, a closing this time next month.

 If you have read and followed this far, let me recap.  The property went active on the MLS after 10 pm Friday and was ratified by 3 pm on Saturday.   Sure, I could have waited for others to submit and had the open house again on Sunday.  But why?  We had an acceptable offer; the seller was pleased to sign, no more inconvenience to the seller.  No more showings and no unnecessary disappointed buyers.

This is an exceptional way to sell real estate.


I know that the house is NOT sold until settlement.  It is only in the TOO LATE stage.  But this is an exceptional way to get a property under contract.

Thinking of selling your home

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Comments (18)

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It is experience and confidence that allows this to happen so quickly and at little inconvenience to the sellers. Far easier for them to prepare for their next stage. Well done.

Jul 16, 2023 08:08 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ed Silva, You are so right. Doing it this way, seems to have the least inconvenience for the seller. And afterward, they are not under the pressure of disrupting their schedule. They can spend that time and energy packing.

Jul 16, 2023 04:26 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret you have fine tuned what works for you and no need to change anything until it stops working.

Jul 16, 2023 08:50 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thank you, George Souto. It is always so good to hear from you and read your comments. Thanks for the reminder each week for our Tuesday Zooms. Since I have the home inspection for this property at three tomorrow, I may only be able to catch the first part of the Zoom. Or maybe I will zoom from my cell phone and listen while driving. 

Jul 17, 2023 07:03 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Margaret,
Preparation is so important for a quick and easy sale. I'd say you have that strategy down to a science. The one thing I'd like to see become more common is the pre-listing home inspection.

Jul 16, 2023 09:01 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Carol Williams

 I know an agent that will not sign a listing agreement until the seller has the inspection done, and she keeps her inspector on call.

Jul 17, 2023 07:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 ,

Sounds like a winning process that works with the least amount of stress to the seller! It is an exceptional way to sell real estate!!

Jul 16, 2023 09:29 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Always looking for ways to reduce the stress on our sellers.

Jul 17, 2023 07:09 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great way to conduct business Margaret!!! You are truly exceptional!!!

Jul 16, 2023 10:49 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Sham Reddy CRS

It was so good to see you this past Zoom call. I was talking to you most of the time. Thanks for your support throughout many years

Jul 17, 2023 07:11 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Thank you for sharing the information, an excellent way to do the job. Wishing you continued

success. Have a wonderful day and sell a house. bill

Jul 16, 2023 12:59 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Hi Bill Salvatore - East Valley

Thanksfor the drive-by comment.

Jul 17, 2023 07:15 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 very valuable helpful report for exceptional way to sell the Rome way.

Jul 16, 2023 03:16 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thank you, John Pusa 

Jul 17, 2023 07:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - there are many ways to market a property for sale.  Exceptional as well as not so exceptional. 

Congratulations to you and your clients again.   Over the years, you have consistently found the way that works best for your Baltimore area sellers as they move forward in the next chapter in their real estate history.  

Jul 16, 2023 06:52 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Michael Jacobs And you have always supported the members on AR with your creative and pondering comments.

Jul 17, 2023 07:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Margaret... this is certainly a unique approach and it clearly works. I have no doubt that your client believes you are exceptional as a result.

Jul 17, 2023 05:08 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Yes, Nina Hollander, Broker, our sellers think we are exceptional like you.

Jul 17, 2023 07:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 😻😻😻

Jul 17, 2023 10:16 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent! The house was obviously prepared properly and priced properly and so then it went "poof!"

Jul 17, 2023 06:00 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat Palmiotti This was a perfect example of preparing the house to get it sold with speed and efficiency.

Jul 17, 2023 07:18 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being able to do it the Rome way sounds like a really good position to be in and you do such a great job for all of your clients!

Jul 17, 2023 06:30 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good morning Brian England; I look forward to your wonderful smile and comments.

Jul 17, 2023 07:27 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

Love it!  A quick turn around on listing time is such a huge convenience and removes uncertainty from the equation.  Glad your seller was able to sell so quickly, not surprising since they're working with you : )

Jul 17, 2023 10:47 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

John Meussner This deal took two exceptional Realtors® a patient buyer (she lost 11 houses) and a wonderful seller who listed and listened to me.

Jul 17, 2023 11:23 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Congratulations on the pending sale, Margaret.  I wish you continued success in the future.

Jul 17, 2023 06:52 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Jul 17, 2023 06:52 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Myrl Jeffcoat Thanks for stopping by and for featuring it in the OFC club

Jul 21, 2023 11:25 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Margaret, you have figured out a way to make the multiple offer process easier and go away practically. Neither Sellers, nor Buyers are ever happy with a multiple offer situation. I liked your full attention to the property, once it went on the market - especially the one-hour open house. 

Jul 18, 2023 10:25 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Steffy Hristova Always good to see you.  I have been using these impromptu open houses forever. And I am trying to reduce the chances of multiple offers.

Jul 21, 2023 11:31 AM
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Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Margaret Rome,

Thank you for a fun contest. I enjoyed your Exceptional entry!

Aug 01, 2023 03:08 PM