Green Beer, Corned beef, And a contract....A St. Patrick's Day Sandwich

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Claude Cross-Charlotte NC Real Estate(Homes By Cross, Inc.)

No we weren't drinking and writing contracts....what a hangover that would be..

Erin Go Braugh

My clients just contracted their new home on a celebration day-St. Patrick's Day. Come to think of it, any day a contract is ratified is cause for a mini-celebration. However, caution to the exuberance. Closing is the real celebration.

Things happen, contracts die.

We used to high-five contracts as there were little obstacles to closings. Today they are savored lingeringly, swallowed reluctantly.

Closing is becoming an art form in this industry. So many variables. I can think of more reasons why a contract should not close than close. I am not a pessimist and put my "it will happen Hat" for every contract.

Unfortunately it's part of the "best laid plans scenarios".

This is a word to any buyer out there: Become one with your lender. I have heard that there are over 600 changes to the lending rules in the last 2 years. (yep that's a lot). Make sure you have great communication lines with your lender.

Lastly, remember that peripheral vision is important in this season of getting the good deal. Time-lines are everything. Keep your deal focused through your Realtor and Lender at all times. (A great Realtor will be invaluable). And most of all ...do your part in a timely manner. Late anything is cause for a great disappointment.

But if your are diligent, and listen and DO your part. .....what the heck .... let yourself have a pause for a mini-celebration for your contract ratification. Even Green homes are cause for celebration and Erin Go Bra ugh

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Ann Allen Hoover
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I've never tried green beer.......not really all that wild about the regular kind.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Ann

March 17, 2010 05:00 PM
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Eric J
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No beer for me today. No closings and no new loans today either. new prospects yes... 

The only thing green I want to see is the kind you can keep in the bank

March 17, 2010 05:50 PM
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Claude Cross
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Claude Cross-Charlotte NC Real Estate(Homes By Cross, Inc.)

Ann - May all your closing go smoooth, may the lenders be flexible and ready, and may all your contracts close on time...An Irish theme that I like. May it apply to you.

March 17, 2010 05:55 PM
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Claude Cross
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Eric - They come. Take-em as they arrive. Fun on contract and on close. Amazing market

March 17, 2010 06:09 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten
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I remember green beer way back in the college days!  Perfect for an Irish Lassie like me.

Ah the wisdom of ye laddie tis amazing. De closings are long, De rules are longer, and de clients are leaning to be long on patience! 

Hmmm I think I might need to find a little green coloring for de chardonay!

March 17, 2010 06:28 PM
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Claude Cross
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Claude Cross-Charlotte NC Real Estate(Homes By Cross, Inc.)

My sweet banana - ( prelude) tis the wisdom of the elders that runs the roost. I admire your insight. A mere laddie like me cant overcome the myriad of messages that bring this melodious market to bear. A banana for all who reads this.  And may your efforts be fruitful. (my goal too).

BTW - green beer is best sampled in Savannah or Chicago. Our local green beer leaves me wanting, However I'll drink it on a closing

March 17, 2010 06:50 PM
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Jane Peters
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Keeping on top of things throughout the process is paramount and a great realtor is worth his or her weight in gold.  The lending process needs heavy monitoring and is the linchpin of the whole deal.

March 17, 2010 07:59 PM
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Claude Cross
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Claude Cross-Charlotte NC Real Estate(Homes By Cross, Inc.)

Linchpin is a key word. Because we are. Bridging all aspects of the transaction is what Realtors do. Excellent as always Jane.

March 17, 2010 08:10 PM
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Jim Frimmer
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Congratulations, Claude. I'm still waiting on papers to arrive from Afghanistan for a property that was supposed to close last Friday.

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March 17, 2010 10:26 PM
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Claude,

Every day it seems, there are new rukes and regulations. It's wise to stay on top of them.

March 18, 2010 11:18 AM
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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Claude what a delightful post, with well written points too.  All the best to you and your green loving clients for a smooth to clear closing!

March 18, 2010 12:09 PM
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JL Boney, III
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I had a deal come together and a different deal fall apart yesterday. You win some, you lose some.

March 18, 2010 09:46 PM
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Claude Cross
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Claude Cross-Charlotte NC Real Estate(Homes By Cross, Inc.)

Jim - Cheer to all that get papers from overseas that serve our country. Make that deal happen

March 18, 2010 10:25 PM
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Claude Cross
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Terry - I would expect an Irishman or similar to pipe in on this post. Cheers to your success!

March 18, 2010 10:31 PM
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Claude Cross
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Lee & Pamela -I'd like to expound further but... thank you for your comment, Sometimes you have to work at it.

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March 18, 2010 10:37 PM
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Claude Cross
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JL- I carry a pair -o- dice with me at all times.  I'm a winner. Bet you are too! We win because we are in the game. It's your roll....

March 18, 2010 10:42 PM
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