Most Difficult Client Ever Texas Sized Mouth and Coffee Cup to Match~

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Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates, Ballenger Realty
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After almost ten years in an industry known to discourage sobriety and encourage aging, I fancy myself as experienced. Having sold hundreds of homes, shown thousands, inspected inspections to the point of delirium and argued appraisal with Shakespearean eloquence; I consider myself knowledgeable and well versed in the topsy –turvy realm of real estate.

All that is fine and dandy until I stare through the eyes of my most difficult client to date; standing a mere 5’3” with a mouth the size of Texas and a coffee cup to match, the mirror proclaims the challenge. Presently I own two properties. I live in a charming waterfront community in an adorable condo that has been home to me for almost six years. Although it was built in the late 70’s, its character, location, and view had me at Hello! Oh the renovations I have made. Just as I would advise my clients, I understand that money may not be made up in the sell; however, I have lived comfortably and quite happily.

Obviously somewhat of a late bloomer, I managed to be adult enough to get married. Almost a year into my marriage, another milestone lands in my hesitant lap. It is time for me to purchase a house. Luckily, I am considerably smarter than I look and even I know there is no better time to purchase than RIGHT NOW. It is time for me to put my charming condo on the market.

Everyone loves their home; everyone has memories and sentiment where walls and wonder meet. The laughter, smiles, tears and devoted debates within these walls have brought joy in ways I didn’t know was possible. It is clear, I am the hesitant seller. I am fairly certain my condo can rival the Taj Mahal. Yes, I am that seller, lord help my Realtor. It was a smart purchase, even in a tough time. Living below my means has now allowed me to move towards my future. I am grateful for this home and the years spent under its roof.

It is time for me to plan for my future, buy a home that will possibly one day house the certain-to-be stubborn child/children that my Mom swears I have earned. Time to follow the advice I have recited with ease, tackle the projects I have proposed to many others, and make an undoubtedly smart decision to purchase during one of the best markets in recent history.

There is no question my Realtor has her work cut out for her. I suppose it shall be just fine as I can’t fire myself, well, at least I don’t think I can.

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Bob Crane
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Cherimie, You are a very eloquent writer! A visual with every sentence, that seemed so much lovelier than the title of your blog would indicate. 

I wish you, and your agent the best as you enter the search for your next dream home.

July 18, 2012 04:10 PM #98
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Debbe Perry
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Great post - so well written, and it obviously hit a nerve! Did with me (comment #100!), too - I'm selling a personal house and am calling in all favors and paying for professional advice - I just can't be objective, even though this was a house I didn't even really like! Professional appraisal is behind me, staging is ahead - good luck to both of us!

July 18, 2012 06:06 PM #99
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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I understand.  I went to self employment because I got tired of working for jerks - guess what?  I still work for jerk.

July 18, 2012 07:49 PM #100
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Laura Gibson

Loved the post.  Yes, realtors can make the worst sellers.  I've always had a co worker represent me which helps a lot.  Best of luck to you!

July 18, 2012 08:19 PM #101
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Wandanna Melliphant
Royal Lepage Credit Valley Real Estate Brokerage - Mississauga, ON
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Hi,

This was a very engaging post from the beginning to the end.

It’s always easier said than done, if only we could take our own advice sometimesJ

Good luck with your move.

July 18, 2012 08:36 PM #102
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Natalie Myslinski
La Grange Park, IL
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I LOVE IT! It's so true. A realtor's house can be like their baby. ( oh mine is much cuter than theirs) :)
July 18, 2012 09:42 PM #103
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Dick and Dixie Sells
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Oh yes, many of us have been in your shoes, me included. You will survive and remember to have those talks with yourself in the mirror on a daily basis. Congrats on the feature as well!

July 19, 2012 03:10 AM #104
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Janine Boulay-Seibert
Seibert Properties - Franklin, NC
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Cherimie, I can definitely relate. I sold my first home through a Realtor as a new agent not in the business yet. I listed it with what I thought was the best in town and he figure since I was licensed I could do all the work. I sold it and he got paid. I now will learn to be my best client. Thank goodness I'm not a Lawyer.

July 19, 2012 08:53 AM #105
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Dana Hollish Hill
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Luckily, my husband is a great client and is good at managing his wife's detailed-oriented madness.

 

July 19, 2012 12:34 PM #106
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Pat & Steve Pribisko
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Great blog.  It took me a second to realize that you are the most difficult client!

 

July 19, 2012 05:06 PM #107
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Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
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Cherimie, this big mouth of yours has the gift of the prose... I couln't have have said it better... nice blog!

July 21, 2012 12:09 PM #108
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Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
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Great post,  Cherimie, good luck with selling your condo! It sure sounds like a beautiful place.

And good luck to your Realtor!

Tatyana

July 22, 2012 04:50 PM #109
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Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD
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Realtors make the worst clients...we are not so great at taking our own advice.

July 22, 2012 05:48 PM #110
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Hey, Cherimie! I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week.

July 22, 2012 07:57 PM #111
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Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
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Good one! I kept looking for the jerkface client in this! lol. You are too funny!

July 23, 2012 01:16 PM #112
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You had be going for awhile, trying to figure out who actually was the client. I know I will have to sell my own home of 20 years soon, but I will most likely hire another Realtor to sell instead of trying to do it myself.

July 23, 2012 02:45 PM #113
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An entertaining read...

July 23, 2012 05:45 PM #114
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Dana Smithers
PRES Staging Resource Centre - Vancouver, BC
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This is a really honest post! Being a home stager I know that when I go to sell our condo I am not so sure I want to take my own advise - such a hastle to rent a storage locker to move some furniture out - hey, take time my family photos - really! what about all my personal collections of my flying pigs...and rent a smaller bed because our king size takes up the whole bedroom and...okay I get it!

July 25, 2012 09:10 AM #115
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Karen Butler
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Fort Walton Beach, FL
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I've been listening to my Realtor for the last 9 months.  She has been relentless!  She's always on me about one thing or another trying to get me ready... thank goodness she is patient with me, and said she wouldn't put my house on the market until I had realistic expectations.  And until I clear out the clutter, she has no intention of putting her sign in the yard!  I'll ask her to reevaluate in about 6 months.... Freakin' Slave Driver!  (LOL)

July 28, 2012 04:47 PM #116
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
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'...As I can't fire myself.' Too, too funny. And a great story - so true to life! You are a very good writer and look how many people you got laughing...and even those who did not comment.

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