Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Arival of...THE REALTOR

So yeah. We had this lady we THINK we're going to hire as our realtor when we get ready to sell the house come over and look around last weekend. We basically wanted to know if we're putting our money in the right places from a house-as-investment perspective and if our list of proposed projects is properly prioritized (dig that alliteration). To our delight, not only did she love our house but confirmed that the punchlist is in good form and we are on track for creating a very saleable little restored bungalow. Mini wave in celebration of us! I did, however, have to stop beth from lunging from the top of the steps and throttling the woman when she arrived and announced that "the front yard's really not that bad." Granted, it's not looking its best as most everything is now brown and dormant, but after all the work we (beth) put into it this year we were (she was) in no mood for winter-based lack of vision on the part of Coldwell-Banker. The little casa will be ours for a few years more to be sure. Projects and loving restorations are yet to be completed. But the next house will be the ONE.

13 Comments:

At 11/29/2005 09:40:00 PM, Blogger Brit said...

Realtors or salespeople in general drive me crazy. The woman that sold us our house would actually ask for Scott when she called like I didn't make any decisions or something....bah humbug.

on another note...I dig the alliteration...

 
At 11/30/2005 05:59:00 AM, Blogger Gary said...

I will not deal with real estate agents. Every experience I have had with them has been bad. I don't use them. The paperwork process is quite simple really. You should use a title agency for making the closing easy. The few $00 for that service is nothing compared to the $000's you give to the real estate agent and broker for doing very little.

 
At 11/30/2005 08:15:00 AM, Blogger merideth said...

hmmmm gary...you make an excellent point and it sounds like something worth looking into

brit i enjoy that you brought out the "bah humbug" just in time for xmas!

 
At 11/30/2005 02:02:00 PM, Blogger Patricia W said...

I missed something? You are planning on selling your beautiful home? Or is this for just in the future?

 
At 11/30/2005 02:05:00 PM, Blogger Scott in Washington said...

If anybody trys any alliteration in our yard, I'll tell them to take their damned trash with them...

 
At 11/30/2005 02:10:00 PM, Blogger merideth said...

dont worry patricia we arent selling any time soon. We just wanted to make sure we're making improvements in a way that really does add value to our property.

scott you are a goofball. that is all. :)

 
At 12/01/2005 10:24:00 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I've had good and bad experiences with realtors. It all comes down to the market you're in and how much time you have to deal with yourself.

And I'm not surprised your house got a good "grade" from the realtor. It looks awesome from what I've seen on this blog.

 
At 12/01/2005 10:36:00 AM, Blogger merideth said...

awww...thanks kristen! I'm glad you like the house...i'm anxious to get started on any project that doesnt involve windows!

 
At 12/03/2005 12:06:00 PM, Blogger StuccoHouse said...

Ditto the comment about selling it yourself. I bought my first house from the owner & sold it myself. It is an easy process.

I bought a little "packet" from www.homeavenue.com for $400. I hired a real estate attorney for a flat $700 to review offers & do the paperwork (vs. $12k for a realtor).

If you plan on selling you house...start watching the sale prices of comparable houses near you. Also, if your county puts sold prices online that is helpful (and kind of fun) to track. It tells you if houses are selling for/below/above asking price. In the end, you will know what you house is worth on the market better than most realtors.

 
At 12/03/2005 07:27:00 PM, Blogger lg said...

Sounds like succohouse has it down to a science! We too have sold homes, as you know, sans realtor and it really can be as easy as the above friends say. I would wonder, however, in today's world how you would handle the problem of knowing when someone has indeed pre-qualified before you allow them to poke through your home. Perhaps stuccohouse knows?

 
At 12/06/2005 07:37:00 AM, Blogger allison said...

Hey, I agree with some of the realtor comments, but I think if you get a good one who really knows the market it can be a positive thing. Regardless of whether you sell yourself or not, it was a great idea to get opinions on resale as you're doing the work. I've seen too many people pour money into their homes (I'm not a realtor, just an avid rehabber) and then get a reality shock when they go to sell it. A good local realtor can tell you what people want in a house and what they'll pay more for, etc.

 
At 2/24/2006 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might also check both Maison Nouveau and Realty Advocates in your area. They both do reduced commissions, and will drop even furtehr if they handle both the sale and the purchase of your new house. Realty Advocates will also be your lawyer.

 
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