Most of you reading this blog are probably too young to remember Jose Feliciano's rendition of "C'mon Baby, Light my Fire," but it played nonstop on the radio when I was a kid and became an anthem of sorts. (Yes, I'm from the radio generation!)
I've been humming the song regularly while turning the lights on and off each day at our newest listing at 674 Mandana Blvd. which has reminded me once again just how IMPACTFUL good lighting can be; how it can take an average room and create a "WOW" moment. (It can.)
"I'm sorry I lost my temper," I said to the Buyer's lender. "but this has been frustrating beyond belief. If you don't tell me what's going on, I can't possibly inform the Seller, or keep the train on its tracks."
It's not uncommon to close a few days late, but several weeks?!?
Gratefully, in nearly 20 years of selling real estate, I've rarely run into such a lengthy delay, (and I've also rarely let anger get the best of me). To the Seller's credit, she's hanging in there with the expectation that this transaction IS going to close in the not-too-distant future. All's well that ends well? Let's hope so but that's not necessarily the most reassuring strategy when it comes to selling one's home . . . .
Let's admit it, unless you are billionaires Richard Branson or Bill Gates, the words "I'm dropping out" may not be your smartest move.
In fact, when it comes to Real Estate, I'm dropping out," are the words Agents (and mothers) HATE hearing, especially after we may have invested weeks, months, or YEARS viewing properties together. That being said, with interest rates heading north, there's more than a few Buyers that have opted to do just that . . .
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 17 years and has published more than 650 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.