Journey Of A First Time Home Buyer Part 3 Progress
Journey Of A First Time Home Buyer Part 3 Progress
Join us as we follow the first-time home-buying experience of an average, American couple buying their first home (told from the Realtor perspective)…
The entire experience will be documented–from our first meeting…all the way to the closing table (along with any “bumps”, roadblocks, or transaction difficulty along the way–and how we overcome them).Remember to click on the top, right-hand corner to join the blog conversation and get email updates so that you do not miss a crucial part of the story.
Part 3...PROGRESS! When we left off last time, my first-time home-buyers were narrowing their search from the Plano Homes for Sale under $225,000 that they liked, and reviewing Homes for Sale in Richardson for their second showing. We were making progress!There was one home for sale in Richardson in particular that I was excited to show them. It seemed to have that true "oasis of a backyard" that they were after (room for their dogs), the plank wood flooring that they liked, the open kitchen, and the great, tree-lined street in the neighborhood of Wyndsor Estates.This particular home was beautiful, but did not end up being a good fit for my clients. The plank wood flooring ended up being glue-down laminate and although a great, extended deck out back, there was simply not enough grassy area for the dogs. What a disappointment! Our search continues! After the last home in Richardson, Ben and Jerry seemed to have lost the excitement of finding a home. I learned that it took Ben over 45 minutes to get from Addison to the location of the home in Richardson ( a long hike twice a day!). In thinking about this...I remember during our first meeting, asking my buyers what they pictured the exterior of their ideal home looking like, and they said "like a Frisco home" (a coworker had a home in Grayhawk, and that was their "vision" when they thought about Frisco but thought it may be a little too far from work). These buyers are relatively new to Texas and still learning the area...so I had to give my two cents that Grayhawk was 4 minutes from Dallas Tollway, in which (I know from personal experience) you can get from Main Street and the Tollway to Northwest Highway in 35 minutes....meaning his drive to Beltline and Dallas Parkway would be even quicker). So....the excitement was back...on to Frisco!A Few Days LaterI was VERY excited when I happened across a home I had shown the year before in Frisco when it was for lease for a short time, then taken off of the market, as I had already SEEN it and knew it had great features, tastefully decorated, and quite possibly a great back yard. I began to set the appointments for the 8 homes they had picked up and to my dismay, FOUR of them had "no showings after 6pm!" Note to sellers: Make your home available to show! Not everyone has a flexible enough job in which they can leave during the day to look at homes, then get back to the office in a decent time-frame. Of course...this didn't stop me. ;-)I called the agents personally and psycho-dialed the first listing agent to let us into the home that I was sure my buyers would fall in love with. I got there a little early to turn on the lights and another Realtor was there showing the home. The listing agent called me back and told me that we had until 6:30. Great! 15 minutes to breeze through the house should at least give my buyers a chance to look through it to at least determine if they liked it or not. My guess was right...it was really the only one that fit all of their needs...BUT Ben was still a little worried that it may be a bit too far North for him. I suggested he drive the distance to check his comfort zone.We looked at a few more houses and got in touch with everyone to let us in, and one agent who had to make "special arrangements" with his seller. He told us to text or call if we weren't coming and I agreed that I would. Granted, we WERE running a little behind with the showings as Jerry had to make a pit-stop emergency to buy a coke.and I try to ALWAYS call back and get permission to show if running behind, but admittedly, I did not this time. We weren't even finished looking at the 6th house when I get a text from the listing agent who got a little cra-cra on me: "I only asked you to do one simple thing and you couldn't even do it and my seller is on the other line yelling at me for something I can't even control". Instantly I had flash-backs of a crazy supervisor I used to have. (I literally mean he was labeled as "insane" by the state of Texas. Another story, another day). "We were still planning on seeing it, just running behind, I tell him". I apologized for the inconvenience and he tells us to "call back and reschedule during the requested times of between 10- 6 Monday through Friday". I give an inquisitive look to my buyers and their response was (you're hearing it from them, not me)..."They obviously don't want to sell their house and we don't want to work with someone anyway that was rude to our Realtor". (Gotta love loyal clients!). We went on to see a bachelor pad that didn't have as many upgrades as my buyer wanted, and a few houses further south. I urged them to put in an offer on the first home because at that price...and with those features, it would not be there long. Hopefully, I'm wrong...We're going back out Saturday to look at a few more homes in Plano before they find the house they would like to call "home". Sometimes, first-time buyers have no idea what homes sell for in particular areas. Most don't realize that you can't get find a home for sale in Highland Park for 130k, and are sometimes embarrassed to ask for fear of looking "dumb" (for lack of better words. I don't mind working with buyers like this...because you have to start somewhere and I feel it's our job as their Realtor to let them know which areas work best for what they want and need, in terms of features, price-range and location, and typically direct them to my website to search for homes on their own first for "self-discovery purposes".
Will we find the right home for Ben and Jerry in Plano on Saturday...or will they decide to put in an offer on the Frisco home?
Tune in next time to find out and follow us as we go through each phase of the real-estate transaction process (some details will be left out for negotiation purposes ;-)
* Amy S. Arey, Realtor * Halo Group Realty, LLC * 214.901.1341 *AA@SuburbanStreetsRealtor.com*
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Author:Amy Arey Phone: 214-901-1341 Dated: February 5th 2014 Views: 2,431 About Amy: Buying a home or investment property doesn't have to be stressful! Even if you encounter "bumps" in ...
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