A couple months back I got a call on a Tuesday afternoon. This person, Shannon, it seems had just found out that she had landed an interview for a lucrative job opening in the area. She had found me on the internet and decided I was someone she'd like to work with and she wanted to come down on the weekend and look at homes with her family in order to get a feel for the market. There were just two problems, she wasn't sure she'd even get the job and it was the July 4th weekend. I assured here that I'd be happy to show her and her family homes in the area and it was not an imposition as my family had planned to stay around in the area anyway. As a result we kicked around some emails and set up a tour of about ten homes across the metro.
Well, that was the first of about six tours. A couple weeks after we first met that weekend Shannon got the good news that she'd been offered the position. The search kicked into high gear and we ended up changing gears abit as often happens when buyers get out and start looking at the inventory.
Eventually, we found an excellent home in Ankeny, their area of interest. It was an estate home and about a month and a half after the start of their search we had it under contract. After easily handling a few inspection related items and getting past the appraisal we were home free. We closed yesterday and they couldn't have been happier.
There's just something really satisfying about helping people relocate that I really enjoy and which makes relocations one my favorite types of transactions. This was no exception.
Shannon and Nate asked me if I'd come over and enjoy some of Nate's home brew as soon as they got settled in. I'm looking forward to that, even though I don't drink as I can't wait to see what they do with the place. In addition to being great to work with and very thankful and appreciative, Nate and Shannon gave me a glowing testimonial, part of which is reprinted here:
"We found Matt when we were looking for an agent to help us relocate to the Des Moines-Ankeny area. Matt set up several tours for us and even provided another agent to help us one day when he was not able to show us homes. We often called on short notice and he made himself available every time....When we finally found a home we liked Matt helped us to negotiate a fair offer and repairs on the property. He made sure the deal moved along up until close and we got in on the date we had planned.
Matt answered his phone personally more than 90% of the time and was very easy to work with. He explained things clearly and kept us apprised of what was going on. We would recommend Matt to anyone looking for a buyer agent who will work very hard on their behalf."
Nate and Shannon H. 09/20/10