I have to say – selling my first place while being a full-time Realtor has been a fantastic experience. My career has taught me so much and I’m grateful for that knowledge as my husband and I sit in the sellers seat.
It’s been one heck of a ride for buyers, sellers and their Realtors these past couple of years. Today, I’ve sat in each seat – 1st time buyer, 1st time seller and full time Realtor.
It’s been great fun showing my husband “what I do”. We spent a day filling out all the disclosures and signing everything to prepare our condo for the market. Not to mention the hours with my Realtor Hat on – full of ‘copy, scan and PDF’ing’ bank statements, paperwork, and… did I mention paperwork?
After a couple weeks on the market, we were flooded with interest and offers started to come in. It’s been fun reviewing the offers and negotiating. Since I have nothing to loose, no client but myself to please – I’ve really enjoyed putting this deal together. I know that doesn’t sound fun, but it’s what I do all day for my clients. And doing it for myself has been refreshing – even exciting!
Last week I sat down with my husband and reviewed all the multiple offers – such a blessing to have so many options. The Realtor in me truly enjoyed making the spreadsheet and discussing the pros and cons of each offer with my hubby as we combed through over 10 offers on our home. Such a drastic difference from last year when we tried to sell – lots of showings – no offers.
Like so many who bought before the unforeseeable bust – we are currently underwater. We bought back in 2006 and were so grateful to catch the last rung of property – the one bedroom condo. We LOVED our place. Spent the first month tearing out the old and rebuilding our kitchen and bath. Our home is beautiful and we did most of the work ourselves. Wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sadly, as the market crashed and our business slowed down – by this year, watching home prices starting to rise – I made up my mind. Time to sell this place, even for a loss, so we are prepared to move onto the next home when the time is right.
Moved out and ready to go, I’ve just sent a terrific offer to the bank and look forward to hearing back early 2013.
So that wraps up this week. I look forward to the next step… short sale negotiations! And that’s what I do best… stay tuned!
UPDATE: SOLD IT in Feburary 2013!!!! 20 OFFERS to choose from – closed in less than 30 days – the bank cooperated beautifully for a change!
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