They both were relocation referrals from a local Charlotte NC company.
One couple found a gem. The other got what they got.
After weeks of phone calls and e-mails dripping with excitement. Each couple planned their trips and had me make the required showing appointments for their first day.
The first couple listened as I listened. The other couple talked as I listened.
The first couple called when they arrived, found the hotel I recommended, received their hotel discount I arranged for, and were ready the next morning. We toured most of the day looking at their choices. In the mix was one listing I gave as a recommendation, it was a new foreclosure just on the market. It was the last showing of the day and they loved it! as well as the price. It met all their requirements and more. Needless to say they got a great house, in a great neighborhood, great schools, almost 100K less than nearby comps. Happy and relieved, they closed in 21 days. The company rep who referred me said they couldn't stop talking about me and the great deal they got. She thanked me for my work and said I'll continue to be highly recommended.
She also asked about the other couple and how was it going with them. I relayed the following:
The second couple said called on Thursday stating they were driving in Saturday morning. They said they made their reservations for Saturday at another Hotel (not of my recommendation). We were to meet at their Hotel at 10:00 am. They said they would call when they were close to town. Something didn't seem right. They were casual but ambiguous. So as you would have guessed Saturday came, and I never heard from them nor did they answer my calls or voice-mails. I canceled all the appointments later in the day with an apologetic tone. I was thinking something potentially went wrong with their trip and I was concerned for their well being.
I followed-up with an e-mail wanting to know when they wanted to reschedule their trip. Low and behold, I get an e-mail response. "Sorry we didn't return your calls. Things got crazy when we went to Charlotte. We decided to change our plans and drove up early Friday afternoon. We were driving around Friday and happened upon a New construction home that was on sale for just this weekend only. We fell in love with it and spent the rest of the day and early evening with the site agent and Guess what? We wrote and offer! "
'Thanks for all the information you sent us about Charlotte." "It was very helpful".
"Hey, by the way, my wife used to work in Real Estate in our old city as an assistant for a brokerage. Are you hiring? She's a has good experience and well as a recommendation letter from her old employer" :)
This happens, though rarely. and much to my chagrin. Oh well.
A couple months little later I did a little forensic work on their choice. Too bad they didn't use a Buyer Agent. So many better choices were available. Their emotions and inexperience got the better of them. They got what got.
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