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Sellers, There's a Buyer Looking For Your Door

As a Palos Verdes real estate agent and broker / owner of Charlemagne Int'l Properties, I spend much of my time opening and closing doors.  Sometimes for sellers when showing their property, and sometimes for buyers when showing other agents' listings.  Recently, as we waited for buyers to arrive at the final walk-through inspection, a car stopped, and the would-be buyers asked if they could see the house my son was in the process of unlocking.

"I'm sorry, it's sold,"  Josh replied just as our buyers arrived.

"Do you have any more?"  The disappointed prospective buyers inquired.

I walked to the curb and told them, of course, there are other homes for sale in the neighborhood.  After exchanging contact information, they drove away but only after thanking me profusely.  They were driving through their first choice neighborhood and felt extremely fortunate to see an agent out there working in the field of their dreams.

Similar scenes have played out many times in my real estate career.  It's true, when one door closes, or is sold, another one opens, or, at least, comes on the market.  I always advise buyers not to fret over the one that got away.  Another one is coming on the market soon.  Sometimes it takes months (dare, I say years) but there will be another house that fulfills their requirements of a dream house.  At the moment, they may think they will never fall in love again, but they will.

As I prepare to pass the keys to one buyer this week, another buyer is anxious to begin the house hunting journey.

And so the process of opening and closing doors continues.  I suppose my fascination with doors when I travel stems from my love of helping clients find just the right one for them.

- Norma Toering, Broker
310-493-8333

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Comments

Norma, I too have a fascination with doors and love your picture and story. So true to always be on the look out for another door opening when one closes. I lived in Rancho Palos Verdes and worked on Silver Spur years ago and always like to see what is happening in my old neighborhood. Enjoyed your post!

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) over 2 years ago

Norma

Love the door! What a great illustration for your post. I first thought you were going to talk about how some front doors are hard to find! LOL.

Seems like doors are always opening and closing in our business, sometimes pretty rapidly

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 2 years ago

Hi Norma... there's an expression I frequently use with clients (especially if they've missed out on a house they like)--that there's always a door out there with their name on it... we just have to go find it.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) over 2 years ago

Love the post and the family portrait. I say the same thing as Nina above except I use, "there's a house with your name on it." and I believe that with all my heart.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 2 years ago

Nice when the next door opens. Just happen to me today. Ran into a past client who was about to call me because she wanted to buy a rental property. Nice story Norma

Posted by Mike Baltierra, Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Corona CA (Rise Realty ) over 2 years ago

Great post. As Real Estate Agents it is our job to find doors to open. When a buyer has a favorite community we can go to work to open the right door for them. This is one of the great pleasures I have.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) over 2 years ago

One of my favorite clients found me years ago just as I was closing the door to a home I had just shown.  They didn't buy that house but bought another and are now looking again.  Doors are a wonderful metaphor.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Thank you for sharing , yes there is a door with a buyers name on it one must just keep looking until we find it. 

Posted by Laura Filip, What can we do for you today? (Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life ) over 2 years ago

I love your orange dress, it looks like a Red Valentino, is it? There is always another home, and often that next home is so much better than the home they lost.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 2 years ago

This is a great post and I LOVE that door!

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) over 2 years ago

I would be nervous with someone I don't know stopping and asking me to show them a home Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities so my response would be I'd love to show you the/a house but can we start at my office please.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) over 2 years ago

Susan - Thanks for the kind words.  I've worked in the Palos Verdes real estate industry since 1992--it's still a thrill to open doors for sellers and buyers on this beautiful peninsula.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Jeff - I must admit some of the doors in England are a bit hidden from view, but boy are they charming!

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Nina - Exactly!

 

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Jill - I'm working with buyers now who have been in search mode for several months and I say the same time:  Be patient, your house is out there.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Mike - Don't you love it when that happens?

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

John - And likewise for me--it's still a thrill and I've been doing this since 1992.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Margaret - I read that over 70% of buyers who identify a house of interest on the Internet take the next step and drive by the property before they call an agent. More than likely such a serendipitous meeting will lead to an eventual sale if we're fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Laura - Yes, and sometimes it happens at the very first house we show them, but often it takes much longer.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Elizabeth - Shhhh--Let's not discuss my bad habit of loving designer dresses.  I will admit the blue one in my profile pic is a Black Halo and I've worn it to pieces--literally, it is falling apart.

I agree, the next house is better but some buyers must mourn the loss of the one that got away.  

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Chris - I'm such a fan of doors--my travel shots are full of them!

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Bob - Fortunately, I work with my son--wouldn't dream of showing homes to a complete stranger by myself.  Although I shudder at the thought of the risks I took in my newbie days.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Norma,

Great blog.  I like how you tied the blog in with opening doors.   One of the expressions that I like to use is " we open doors".   Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Dinah Stallworth-Lewis, NATCHITOCHES, LA HOMES FOR SALE (Priority Real Estate LLC - 800.978.4847) over 2 years ago

Good Evening Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities love your story.  

Posted by Joy Bender, #1 San Diego Luxury Real Estate Digital Marketer (Pacific Sotheby's) over 2 years ago

Of course the key is being visible, and having a strong presence in a marketing area so you are known as the go to agent.  Very well done.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 2 years ago

That's such a great story about your new buyer prospect. Here's to much success in opening doors just for them!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities profound statement - when one door closes, another open.

(Ironically, I had to tell my buyers same thing today when we lost the home in multiple offer scenario!)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 2 years ago

Doors are the first impression of a home. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Fred Sweezer Sr., Certified Home Inspector (Hud Certified 203K Consultant) over 2 years ago

Yes, if one house doesn't work, another will be found that is usually even better! 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing!!!

It's true, when one door closes, or is sold, another one opens, or, at least, comes on the market.  I always advise buyers another one is coming on the market soon.  Sometimes it takes months but there will be another house that fulfills their requirements of a dream house.

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) over 2 years ago

Great story and an apt description of how there is always another home waiting for a buyer - congrats on your feature

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 2 years ago

We can all relate... the right one happens at due time. I too have seen buyers lose one to only find another. I congratulate you on your success ... you are the local professional ! 

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 2 years ago

Is there a story or meaning of the photo with the "X" over the door  ?? I love it !

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 2 years ago

Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities ...makes for a good first impression and lasting one too

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 2 years ago

Dinah - Yes, good things can happen when we open doors for clients.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Joy - Good, and I enjoyed writing it as well.  All those market reports can get a little boring.  :)

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Ed - Boy, isn't that the truth!

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Pat - Even in this age of the Internet, it's still important to get out there and meet the people.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Praful - "Loss" is often involved in our business, but having the right attitude about moving on to the next house is priceless.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Fred - That's true, and buyers are always anxious to see behind doors 1, 2, 3 and more.  :)

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Kat - Not every "door" fits every buyer, but there is a buyer for every door.  Sellers are often disappointed when their property does not sell immediately.  Patience and timing are required.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Yes, knowing what your buyer wants is the science behind selling property, but there's also a bit of magic involved in finding "the one" house that best fulfills the buyer's definition of home. 

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Lise - I've been "absent" from AR and busy with business commitments so no one was more surprised by the feature than me. We manage to post our market reports, but this is the type of post I enjoy writing most.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Michele - I'm sure the "X" has some significance but I have no idea what it is.  A little mystery to solve...I was on a walking tour in England and could not stop snapping photos of the charming Cotswold area.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Ritchie - Yes, sellers must have patience while they wait for the right buyer to walk through their door.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Congrats on the well deserved Feature!  Great picture too! You both look fabulous!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 2 years ago

Just last week I was standing outside of a listing talking to my sellers when their neighbor walked up to me and asked me about potentially selling their home as well! Maybe we should start having more conversations outside. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 2 years ago

Thanks, Sharon!  

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Nicole - That's not a bad idea!

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 2 years ago

Hi, Norma!

 

I included this one in today's Last Week's Favorites.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 2 years ago

You and Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert each landed a new client by being outside... I think she's right. You DO need to spend more time out there! 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 2 years ago

I love it when something like that happens Norma, good for you.  Have a great week.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 2 years ago

Hi Norma - there is always a new buyer waiting for you to open their door.  Loving what we do means we don't ever work.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities - that's so true! 7 homes from a 250 homes surround a home sold gets on market in less than 6 months.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 2 years ago

One needs to be versed in having exact ans to prospects. They will stay with you.

Great blog.....

Sam

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