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Real Estate in New York & Connecticut – Won't you be my neighbor?

Life as a Realtor – Showing Homes in Dover, Wingdale & Pawling, NY

Oh… what a day this past Sunday.  I was happy that all 3 homes my clients were interested in viewing were all fully available.  I always try to confirm with the listing agent or listing office each of the homes status.  Although it may show “available” on the MLS – Multiple Listing Service – many times, I’ll be told the home has an accepted offer, inspections done and many times – contracts have been signed!   There are many reasons why a listing agent will not change the status from available to accepted offer and then pending.  One reason is… they hope for back up offers.    This is good for the seller – not so good for buyers – especially if I only find this out AFTER viewing the home that now my buyer has some interest in.

all-by-myself-paulio-geordio                                                               Paulio  Geordio – Flickr.com

The first home was in Dover, NY –  WAY off Route 22.  I was on unpaved roads, going up a mountain with twists, turns and lots of mud!  All this to find out that the road leading to the home was closed!  A huge “ROAD CLOSED” sign was up … BUMMER!  – onto the next.

driving-in-mud-nataliemaynor                                                          NatalieMaynor – Flickr.com

Our 2nd home was in Wingdale, NY – a bit further south of Route 22.  This home had peeked interest in my buyer from the first time I e-mailed it to her a few months back – but it had an accepted offer and we were never able to view – until now.  Apparently, the deal fell through.  We turned onto the road of the home and noticed there were mobile homes on both sides of the entire road.  Nice neighborhood, but the home we were viewing was a cape and it stood out like a sore thumb – but there was still some interest.  I rang the bell, as always, then proceeded to retrieve the key from the lockbox.  When I went to open the door, I heard barking… then growling – a low, angry growl.  Now what do I do!!  There is a loose dog.  Thankfully, he was a chihuahua who continued to growl at me the entire time we viewed his“casa”.

                                                               tanakawho – Flickr.comhey-tanakawho

Onto the 3rd, and last home which was also off of Route 22 in the town of Pawling, NY.  This appointment took me 2 days to confirm – the owners and I kept going back and forth until finally all was good to go.  I pull up to the home and realize – I’m late!  Due to all the twits, turns and mountain climbing to get to the first home and fearing for my life in the second home.  Oh well, I will apologize if the owners are home, I thought.  I read my notes – “Lockbox on Back Door“.  So, I walked up to the deck… no lockbox, but there was a note to remove our shoes – so I knew we were at the correct door – but where was the lockbox?  Finally, it was found on the basement door – ???  and we were able to view the home.  Awesome!  Lots of space – first floor – finished lower level – AND an apartment above the garage as well as privacy!!  My buyers expressed interest and I promised to contact the listing agent on my way out.  Which I did…. only to hear, “Diana, forget about this home, it is going to auction on Tuesday.”  GULP!  I felt terrible for the homeowners who were losing their home due to foreclosure AND I felt terrible for my buyers.

a-dream-clairity-with-stars-on-both-ends                                                                   *clairity* – Flickr.com

Just another day in my “Life as a Realtor“… and I love it!

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Buyers, Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment