All I did was ask: Do you have time to look at another house?

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Real Estate Agent with Bradbury Team Prudential Patt, White Real Estate

 

A past client called one day and asked if I would help find a fix-er-upper for he and his dad to "Flip".   They were happy with our past service, and wanted to use my Team and I once again.  I set up the automatic email to send them homes in their price range.

After about a year, we found one interesting property.  While I was showing it, I asked... Do you have a few minutes to see another property?  It was a 1830's style farm house in the area.  I knew this is what their dream was really, to restore and maintain a beautiful old home, that was also located near their family.  So we visited this property, which I had driven by for almost a year, seeing the for sale sign out front.  It expired once and now was with a new broker.  Well the buyers loved it.  It took over two hours for them to look at every detail possible.  The next day, we were back, with lots of family members.  It also has an in the ground swimming pool!  Beautiful old hardwoods!  Tons of history in the 177 year old home.  That night we were talking about how to put their family home of 37 years,  where they raised their family, up for sale. 

The next day, I listed their house for sale, and we submitted an offer to buy the historic home.  Only a week later, we have had our agreement approved in writing, and are planning the inspections!  Yesterday was our first showing on their home!  What a neat story! They are not going to flip this property at all.  They are going to make it their home for years to come!   All I did was ask,... Do you have time to look at another house?  I think you may like it!

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Charlie Ragonesi
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This is a cool story as you became a Dream maker . Great job
October 14, 2007 09:21 AM
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Tricia Jumonville
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The trick is in knowing your clients, knowing sometimes when they don't what they really want, and that takes listening "between the lines", which clearly you did, and then asking just that one right question.  Congratulations!  (To you on the accomplishment, and to them on having you as their agent.)  Now, are you still going to find them a house to flip?

 

 

October 14, 2007 11:37 AM
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Missy Caulk
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Wonderful, you know your market, and showed yourself the professional you are.
October 15, 2007 04:35 PM
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Hi Donald,
Never huts to ask, what is the worst thing that can happen?  The answer is --they will say "no thanks".  That's not too painful.
October 17, 2007 01:43 PM
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Thanks Cynthia Tilghman.  You are right about that
December 09, 2007 08:16 PM
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