Aug
01

An Escrow Story to Share

This is a story with a difficult beginning but wonderful end.

First and foremost, I am very fortunate to have such great clients…clients that will be lifelong friends.

Here’s how it unfolded…

My clients were first time home buyers on a strict budge. Their price range was right there where so many first time home buyers are so we had some stiff competition in a market with limited inventory.  We looked at house after house after house where we were outbid on some, fell to cash offers on others and were even deceived on others.  My clients made a full price offer on one home that needed so much work that the garage was about to fall down.  The listing agents reply to our offer was simply this…”we both know that this house will go over asking price”.  What? Then why did he list it lower?  My clients were not only devastated but they were utterly confused as to how this system actually works.  Try after try my clients learned that the process of purchasing a home is not so black and white.  There are egos and attitudes involved at every corner.  My job is to help navigate those obstacles and get the client what they want.  I was on top of every listing in their price range either before it hit the market or just as it came on.  We finally found a house that they believed they could call their own.  Our timing was perfect (we made our offer immediately after it hit the mls) and the listing agent was a real pro.  The combination of those two things set the tone for the rest of the transaction.  We (buyer, seller, listing agent and me) worked so well together in getting everyone where they needed to be and what they wanted in a timely manner.  Toward the end, we all understood and trusted one another enough to have seller meet buyer (that doesn’t often happen).  The stage had been set.  They loved one another.  After meeting the seller, my buyers felt that this house was truly meant to be for them.  They knew that this was the home they were waiting for.  The last week before close of escrow, I met my clients at the house to do their final walk-through.  The seller had moved everything out of the house except the wonderful brand new shabby chic couch and coffee table which my clients asked to purchase.  The seller had left the two items as a house warming gift along with the flowers and the note in the photo below.

Just when you think you’ve been defeated by the system, this happens…

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