Closed on the McDonald house today. It was a smooth closing. Had the walk-through at 9:00 am and the closing at 10:00. I was happy for the buyer and the seller on this one. I had this home listed last year for 6 months. I really loved the seller, an elderly lady in her 80's. She was such a nice woman. She had three children who were handling everything for her, and they couldn't seem to agree on anything. We listed too high for conditon. The house has great bones, but I call it my "Grandma's" house. It was immaculate, but needs updating. We dropped the price once, and then I couldn't get them to drop anymore. After 6 months, they did not want to renew with me. I even considered purchasing the home myself (I could see the potential), but just didn't have the means at the time, until the rental units were all rented. Then early this year, another agent in my office called me and told me the children had contacted them to relist the property. They were afraid I would be mad at them if they listed it. That was so nice of them to consider me; I was really impressed and grateful that they called. I told them by all means, take the listing. It was not their fault that I couldn't get the home sold earlier. Maybe they would have better luck working with the children. Would you believe it, I sold the home anyway to one of my buyers. I am so excited that I was finally able to assist the seller in getting the home sold, and my buyer got a great little house, I feel. The listing agents were fantastic to work with, too. I have to say, Keller Williams Realtors are the greatest. It was a "win-win" for everyone.
My buyer was so nervous this morning. This is his first home purchase and he was really nervous about the closing. He's been sick to his stomach for the last 24 hours. I told him that it's normal to be nervous. It's not every day you buy a house. As house purchases go, it would have been considered a small deal for many agents. I know agents who don't even want to "waste" their time on the smaller deals. They focus on large deals where they will make a lot of commission. But what we need to remember is that whether the deal is for $100,000 or $500,000, it is important to the person who is buying the home. Not only did I get my buyer into a really nice home, but I now have a new homeowner who will be an asset to our neighborhood. That is what is important to me.