Who knew that selling a house could be such a hassle? Probably the millions of people who have sold homes before me. Anyways, 2015 has already been a roller-coaster for putting my house on the market: I had a potential buyer. I met with a Real Estate Agent. I lost the potential buyer. And then, last week I got a call from the Real Estate Agency telling me the Realtor was “No longer available”. Did I mention this was already the second Realtor I’ve met with?
Luckily, I didn’t waste any time moving on to Realtor #3. Honestly, I’m taking a bit of a gamble on this one, but I’m hoping it will pay off. A girl that I was really good friends with back in school announced on Facebook that her husband is now a Real Estate Agent, and looking to pickup some new clients. Being brand new, he’s going into this with zero experience. However, I think this could work in my favor for a multitude of reasons:
1) Even in the Midwest, where property values are low, a house under $100,000 doesn’t exactly excite experienced Real Estate Agents. Which means my options for finding an agent are A) Someone I know who’s willing to help me out B) A new Realtor who is looking for experience C) A crappy Realtor who doesn’t do well enough to elicit more lucrative listings. I don’t mind getting someone without a ton of experience, since usually they’re hungry to prove themselves (and earn their commission). If I’m getting a newbie, might as well be a newbie I know something about.
2) Since he’s just starting off, everything he does is being overlooked by his mentor. And his mentor just so happens to be a Realtor who specializes in Seniors and people looking to downsize. Which just so happens to be a great market segment for my 1 bedroom house! At ~$60,000 my house isn’t worth enough to draw the interest of a specialist. But I might be able to benefit off of their relationship.
3) I haven’t seen the friend that he’s married to in years. She’s a wonderful person, and I wish we were closer. But, we ended up going to different High Schools, and lost touch somewhere along the way. We’re pretty much just Facebook friends now. Why is this a plus? Because when you mix business and friends, things have a possibility of going wrong. I don’t expect there to be any issues. If things go well, maybe this will lead to bringing an old friend back into my life. But, heaven forbid something goes wrong, I don’t have to worry about losing a friendship.
So, I meet with Realtor #3 on Thursday. Something tells me this is going to work out very well; I’m motivated to sell, and he’s motivated to make a sell. I think I’m a pretty easy-going seller. We’ve already emailed back and forth a few times, and I think we’re on the same page.
Now if it will just stop snowing, I can clean out the garage and get this thing on the market!
– Cindy W.