A few years ago I received the coolest unexpected gift from a client--my very first iPad. My client was young, and cutting edge tech savvy. Of course he found me online, read my blog posts, then asked me to help him purchase a home. Like many prospective buyers in his age group he searched online prior to contacting an agent.
The first home he placed an offer on had some issues, and since some of the purchase funds were coming from family members outside the United States there were also financial hurdles to clear. While we waited for the funds to become "Americanized" and seasoned in his account, he continued to keep a close eye on the real estate market.
Buyers who purchase in a falling real estate market must be particularly selective, and especially on that great determiner of future potential value--location. I continued my communication with the buyer while we waited. We discussed the merits of various neighborhoods in his price range. One day I mentioned Hollywood Riviera and his eyes widened.
"That's a great neighborhood, but I can't afford it." He was right. Most of the homes in the neighborhood were far to0 expensive, but let's remember the market was slow and with some serious due diligence it was sometimes possible to find a home in a wonderful neighborhood languishing on the market month after month.
I confess, I suggested he come in at a price even he felt was insulting. My research revealed a motivated seller and a frustrated agent--nothing seemed to be generating an offer. My philosophy is nothing ventured, nothing gained. If the offer's conditions are right and the terms are strong a seller will often negotiate on price.
You can imagine how elated my client was to receive the keys to an upgraded home in the neighborhood he believed to be beyond his financial reach. What I didn't know was weeks before the closing he ordered an iPad for us to express his gratitude. I must say I use it daily for both business and pleasure.
My client either read my mind or my blog, as I was planning to purchase an iPad to have by my side during the business day whether in the car, showing property or at the office. He anticipated my needs in a lovely and beneficial way, much like I hope I do when helping my clients find the best home for them.
Sell Smart, Buy Wise and Live Well
Norma Toering & Team
Broker-Owner - Charlemagne International Properties
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