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Friday, September 30, 2011

Surviving The Cut

Water boarding.  Thumbscrews.  Chinese Water Torture.  Richard Simmons exercise videos. 


We put four realtor candidates through the wringer to pick one that we felt confident that can actually sell our house.

Two of the realtors contacted us after they saw our MLS listing had been removed by the people who were masquerading as our (former) realtors, the other two we contacted, one from a random ad in the local paper and the other on a recommendation of a friend.

We interviewed them at our kitchen table and informed them from the start that they were competing for our listing.

After hearing interesting views and programs, one young guy stood out head and shoulders from the rest.  He actually had a plan to bring clients in to view our home.  That was a refreshing, and it made all kinds of sense.  On top of his plan, even before he arrived for his interview and met us, he had researched all the similar for sale homes within a two mile radius of our home and visited each one to see with his own eyes what we are competing against.  I never heard of that before.  That put him over the top in our eyes, plus he'd get photographs of the house done tomorrow and have us re-listed on the MLS by Saturday afternoon.  Talk about a go-getter!

I called him late this afternoon and he was at our house just under an hour later to do the listing agreement.  He agreed with the price we set and thinks it is a very reasonable amount for our market area.  When all the "Ts" were crossed and the "Is" dotted, he told us he has been studying real estate sales under a nationally known realtor who has taught the top 25 realtors in the United States.

He survived the cut and we think he's a keeper.  He certainly is an "out-of-the-box" thinker.  I won't tell you what national real estate company he works for, but they do have a pretty neat hot air balloon.  ;c)

Maybe now we'll be on the road faster than we thought possible.  Fingers, toes and eyes are all crossed.


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17 comments:

  1. Wow he sounds like the one! You must be very excited about this fresh start with some one full of ideas and energy. I'm thinking this is it!! You'll be out here on that multiple cross country year and into those South Dakota snows in December before you know it. :-)

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  2. Yes! He definitely sounds like a keeper all the way around. How exciting to have such a fresh start again.

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  3. Sounds like you've chosen a winner!K

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  4. sure sounds like you made the right cut!..hope the 'balloon soars above your house soon'!!

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  5. My fingers and toes are crossed for you.

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  6. Great! Decision made. Moving on. May you get results quickly.

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  7. I think out of those 4 tortures, Richard Simmons would be the most painfull!! Good luck on the house sale with the young fella. He sounds not only eager, but knowledgable as well. A winning combination that may work well for you:))

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  8. I think out of those 4 tortures, Richard Simmons would be the most painfull!! Good luck on the house sale with the young fella. He sounds not only eager, but knowledgable as well. A winning combination that may work well for you:))

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  9. Hope you found the winning ticket!

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  10. Good luck! Sounds like you have a winner this time, so hopefully you'll get your house sold quickly.

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  11. You've got our BEST WISHES for a speedy sale. Sounds like you have made a good choice. In this market, you need someone willing to do things a little different.

    Not sure we have found that someone yet!! We may be looking again if nothing happens pretty soon;o((

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  12. Think positive thoughts!! This is a new beginning. Your new beginning on the road isn't too far away.
    Syl

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  13. Fingers and toes crossed for you that this is the right guy!

    Now, let's sell that house so you can donate those Richard Simmons videos!!

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  14. Oh my -- Richard Simmons exercise videos! You really did put those realtors through the wringer. Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed here too that this guy gets it done!

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