Struggle to Success: Closing the Chapter on a Challenging Home Sale

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

What a journey it has been for my seller as she navigated the complexities of selling her mother's home in Avery Ranch. I sold their home years ago in Canyon Creek as they relocated to VA. Her mom lived in Avery Ranch and the challenges began when I first met with them last February, recognizing that listing the house while her mother was still living there would be a formidable task. Advising them to create a will promptly due to her mother's failing health, the situation took a turn for the worse when she passed away in March after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Despite having consulted with an attorney before her death, the document crafted was not sufficient for selling the home. The urgency to open title immediately became apparent, and as expected, the existing document fell short of meeting the requirements. The subsequent months unfolded as the neglected house demanded extensive electrical and plumbing work, replacement of appliances, addressing wood rot, repainting both the exterior and interior, replacing part of the fence, and installing a new roof due to hail damage. 

It wasn't until October that the house was finally ready for showings, and recognizing its potential, we decided to enlist the expertise of my favorite stager, Brian David Design, to showcase its best features. Although there were numerous interested buyers who attended both initial and subsequent viewings, hesitation loomed when it came to making an offer.

However, a silver lining emerged in the form of an older couple with a strong desire to make Avery Ranch their new home. Having already secured a contract on their current property with a cash buyer, they swiftly moved forward and made a contingent offer. Closing day arrived, and the buyers seamlessly closed on their current home before finalizing the purchase of my client's property.

My seller is overjoyed with the outcome, grateful she took a chance on these buyers performing. The perseverance and strategic decisions throughout the process led to a successful closing, marking the end of a challenging chapter and the beginning of a new, brighter one for all involved. 

This is a golden opportunity for prospective buyers to strike a deal and move in before the holiday season. The sellers are now more flexible with both terms and pricing, so there's room for negotiation.

  As your dedicated Realtor, your satisfaction is my foremost priority. When you're prepared to move forward, feel free to reach out, and we can delve into how I can utilize my in-depth local knowledge and extensive experience to your advantage. I'm eager to channel my years of expertise and genuine passion into creating a customized strategy that aligns perfectly with your individual requirements. Let's initiate a dialogue about your objectives and aspirations. Together, we can assess whether the opportune moment for you to embark on your next real estate journey is in 2024.

 

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Comments (29)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Dorie, for sharing this story. It is a good reminder for all of us to have our estates in order.

Congratulations on another successful transaction.

Dec 05, 2023 10:01 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

When a property speaks to the buyer, the end result is usually a successful transaction.

Dec 05, 2023 11:48 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It sounds like perseverance, good staging and a professional Realtor, paid off in this transaction, Dorie.  I wish you continued success in the future.

Dec 05, 2023 12:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Dec 05, 2023 01:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- Congratulations to you and your sellers!  Thank goodness they had your guidance to help them through the process. Love what your sager did!!!

Dec 05, 2023 06:33 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 !!

Dec 05, 2023 07:39 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

This was not not the case for this family Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty , There were three sisters who lived scattered across the US and just wanted the house sold, spit the proceeds and move on with life.

Dec 05, 2023 07:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It worked out Will Hamm but took a lot of effort for the one daughter to make it happen!

Dec 05, 2023 07:43 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It did Nina Hollander, Broker but was worth it for my past client.

Dec 05, 2023 07:44 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You have that right George Souto and especially in Texas!

Dec 05, 2023 07:44 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You have that right Roy Kelley 

Dec 05, 2023 07:45 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

So true Leanne Smith !

Dec 05, 2023 07:47 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you for your comments Myrl Jeffcoat 

Dec 05, 2023 07:48 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I appreciate the featured post Myrl Jeffcoat . Thank you!

Dec 05, 2023 07:48 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

Congratulations to you and to your seller...and the new owners, too. It's challenges like these that require the expertise of a knowledgeable Realtor like you to get to the closing table.

Jeff

Dec 05, 2023 07:49 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I did too Kathy Streib ..he showed the potential of the home!

Dec 05, 2023 07:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  I totally agree with your challenges and it is great you came to the finish line.... on a side note I find that certain homes attract similar clients... now on a side note I am in Escrow on a property since September we are still clearing title, buyer is out of country.... seller is out of country too:)Endre

Dec 05, 2023 09:59 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Congratulations on this sale! Sometimes getting to closing takes a lot more work!

Dec 06, 2023 04:47 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX - Your seller is so lucky she had you helping her through this.  I understand how challenging this type of sale can be, and it takes a person like you to help people navigate how to deal with the legalities and sale of a property.  

I am glad that you have been able to close the chapter on this sale and help your seller move on. 

Dec 06, 2023 09:51 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

What a great ending to a sad story, Dorie. I had no doubt you would endure and get the job done. I do love your new stager - fantastic job! 

Congratulations on the Closing - another strong December finish to another great year in real estate.

Dec 10, 2023 12:33 PM