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Some Common Misconceptions About Buying and Selling a Home… Part 2

July 24, 2010

Last week I blogged about some common misconceptions about buying and selling a home.  You can view that post HERE.  Here is part 2:

We listed Henry HomeSeller’s 5 bedroom 3.5 bath, $235,000 SPLIT LEVEL home 6 weeks ago. He called me last week and started to chew me out.  He was very upset that even though we have had quite a few showings from other Realtors and a couple of parties interested, WE haven’t personally showed it once.  “As my Realtor I expect you to show it to all of your Buyers.  Isn’t that YOUR JOB???” Henry said.

My response: “Henry, I understand your thoughts.  Right now I am working with 10 Buyers, most of them are in the $120,000-$200,000 price range, and NOT 1 OF THEM is looking for anything REMOTELY close to a home like yours.  If I were to show my Buyer YOUR HOME when they are looking for a 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch on a slab in the $140,000 price range… they wouldn’t be my Buyer very long, and I would be wasting your time.”  Thankfully Henry understood and we are all a BIG HAPPY FAMILY AGAIN!

A good Buyers agent (like all of us are on The Christiansen Team) will not show a Buyer homes that don’t fit their criteria. If I have a listing that fits one of my Buyers criteria YOU BETTER BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL SEE THAT HOUSE!!

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Holly HouseHunter called me and said:  “Hey Jared, I know you told me to call YOU if I had ANY questions about ANY HOMES out there, but I got really excited when I drove by the home on Elm St and I, um, well, called the Realtor on the sign.  He is going to show it to me tonight and then if I like it I’ll call you back and we can write the offer.  Is that okay?”

My response: “No Holly HouseHunter, that isn’t okay.  I have been working with you for quite a while and I explained that if you contact another Realtor and have them show you the house, you are roped into working with them on that particular house.  It’s called PROCURING CAUSE“.

Holly was concerned that she was wasting my time by calling me so much. She wasn’t, that’s my job.  If you become one of our Buyers or Sellers you will never waste our time with questions, concerns, or anything of the sort.  IT’S OUR JOB TO HELP YOU!

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Chandra Cheapskate was convinced that since it is a Buyer’s market (and she listened to her friends at work) she should make a low ball offer. We found her a beautiful home that fit EVERYTHING she wanted priced at $199,900.  She asked me to write an offer for $110,000 and ask for closing costs (3% of purchase price), a carpet allowance of $5,000, and that the Seller pays for all other costs (around $1,000 more).  Once it’s all said and done, the offer is going to look like an offer of LESS THAN 50% OF LIST PRICE!!!!

I tried to convince her that the offer was INSANE and to put herself in the Seller’s shoes. After a half an hour of me trying to convince her that she is wasting everybody’s time, she INSISTED that I write the offer and present it to the other Realtor.  I’m pretty sure I gave her the MOST DRAMATIC EYE ROLL IN HISTORY before I quickly wrote up the offer.  When I called the listing agent I told her the price and conditions and she started cussing and told me that her Sellers won’t even look at the paper.  Obviously I fired that Buyer.  I still don’t think she has bought a house…

Just because it is a Buyer’s market does not mean that you should offer less than 50% of the list price. Well, unless it’s a $10,000 piece of junk fixer upper and you are paying cash.  If Chandra and that Seller were to come to some kind of agreement (say $185,000 purchase price), I can all but GUARANTEE that Seller and the listing agent won’t soon forget the low ball offer we made at the beginning.  My guess is that the Seller will be a BEAR to deal with through the transaction.

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That closes Part 2 of what should be a very fun series of blog posts.  Come back next week for more or let me know if you have any ideas or questions for me!

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, Deb, or Alisha of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit ChristiansenTeam.com for more specific information on the communities we serve.

Relocating or moving to Fort Wayne? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US!!

The Christiansen Team

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My very first showing seemed like SOOOO long ago…

July 24, 2010

I started selling real estate with RE/MAX Home Connection back in January of 2009. I remember sitting at my desk in early February when the phone rang.  I was so green I was nervous to even pick it up.  What if I say something stupid?  What if I don’t have the answer to their question?  GOD FORBID…  what if they want to see a house???? I took a breath, answered the phone and guess what?  I did okay!  And they wanted to see a house!

On the way to the showing I had to take a few deep breaths to calm my nerves a bit. Nothing in my teeth, no boogers hanging out of my nose…  HERE WE GO!

G and his wife were VERY pleasant people!! We walked through the house, shared a few laughs, and I think I did rather well.  Unfortunately the house was not for them.  We hung out in the kitchen and chatted for a while about what they want in their new home.  I walked away feeling confident and thankful that my first showing was under my belt.

I followed up with G and after a few conversations he told me that they were going to go ahead and stay in their current home right now and do some improvements. He also told me that he would get back with me when they are ready to buy.  A few months later he called me and said that after the all the work they did to their home they decided they wanted to stay put for a while.

I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed to make a sale (I get paid straight commission and a brother needs to eat!), but if they aren’t ready then they aren’t ready. I thanked him for the opportunity and told him I would keep in touch from time to time.  I sent him a thank you card, followed up with a phone call a little later, and then I found him on Facebook and we became “friends”.  I got to learn a little more about him and his EXTREMELY DRY sense of humor.  🙂  I also learned that he and my younger brother were friends at college.

Fast forward to 3 weeks ago. G emails me and says he wants to see an investment property.  It was a lower dollar home but I’ll take it!  We showed him the house and again, it was a no go.  It needed way too much work.  Then he started talking about he and his bride and that they were back in the market to buy.

The first house we looked at had a pool in the basement. Yeah, a pool in the basement.  Too weird.  The worst part of it was that the entire basement had drywall in it and there was not much ventilation.  On the upside…  the house came with a pet!

Yes, that is a dead mouse and NO, he is not doing the side stroke. We didn’t go for that house but went out 2 more times and found them the PERFECT HOUSE! We got it under contract earlier this week and will be closing in 3-4 weeks.  How awesome is that??

It only took a year and a half, but I finally helped my very 1st client find their beautiful new home! Oh, and we are listing their current home soon as well.  Thank you persistance and thank you Facebook!

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, Deb, or Alisha of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit ChristiansenTeam.com for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating or moving to Fort Wayne? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US or visit our YouTube Channel

The Christiansen Team

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Are you looking for that UNIQUE home at an AFFORDABLE price in Fort Wayne? Here it is.

July 23, 2010

Here is a brand new listing by The Christiansen Team that is truly ONE OF A KIND!

819 Candlewood Way, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

This 3 bedroom 2 full bathroom incredible contemporary home with loads of character awaits you in Pine Valley.  This open concept home is great for entertaining and features large windows throughout, master bedroom on main w/full bath, spiral staircase leading to upstairs bedrooms, neutral decor, and high ceilings.  Outside you will find beautiful landscaping and a large private patio.  Home is located close to shopping, schools, and I69.  This is a one of a kind home that stands out above the rest and is truly is a must see!

Price?  $130,000

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, Deb, or Alisha of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit ChristiansenTeam.com for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating or moving to Fort Wayne? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US or visit our YouTube Channel

The Christiansen Team

HIGH Tech, HIGH Touch


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Great new listing in The Communities of Chadwick

July 23, 2010

Just listed by The Christiansen Team!  Beautiful 2 bedroom 1.5 bath condo in The Communities of Chadwick in NE Fort Wayne. This affordable and low maintenance home has many updates including fresh paint, new light fixtures, new hardware in the kitchen, and new ceramic tile! The spacious master bedroom features cathedral ceilings and a large walk in closet.  Conveniently located close to Fort Wayne shopping, Fort Wayne night life, and what I consider the best place to get hot wings…  Wrigley Field in Fort Wayne!!!

List price on this beautiful home is $89,919! Call today for your private showing!

MORE INFO AND PICTURES HERE

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, Deb, or Alisha of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit ChristiansenTeam.com for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating or moving to Fort Wayne? Are you moving to work at the Fort Wayne GM Plant? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US!!

The Christiansen Team

HIGH Tech, HIGH Touch

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Another one SOLD by The Christiansen Team!

July 23, 2010

917 Henlock Drive in Fort Wayne Indiana is SOLD by The Christiansen Team!  Offered for $219,900, we were able to negotiation the sellers down to a purchase price of $205,000 AND some seller concessions.  Talk about a GREAT  DEAL for our buyers!

Congratulations TOM AND FAMILY!!!

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, or Deb of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit our website for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating to Fort Wayne? Are you moving to work at the Fort Wayne GM Plant? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US!!

FORT WAYNE HOMES FOR SALE

The Christiansen Team

WE work, YOU win!!

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Fort Wayne Condo OPEN HOUSE this Sunday from 1-3!

July 6, 2010

The weather forecast for Fort Wayne this week is simple:  HOT AND HUMID. Could you imagine having somebody to mow your yard for you so you don’t have to suffer out there??  How would you like it if somebody trimmed your bushes, landscaped, and painted the exterior for you?  You probably couldn’t afford to pay for something like that right?  WRONG! All of that is taken care of for you!

7146 Thamesford Drive is a beautiful and affordable condo in Fort Wayne and is only $81,000! This 2 bedroom 1.5 bathroom condo has many recent updates and is MOVE IN READY! Stop by this Sunday to view it yourself or call me for your own personal appointment!

Moving to Fort Wayne?

Buying a home in Fort Wayne?

Selling a home in Fort Wayne?

Building a home in Fort Wayne?

Looking for a Fort Wayne Realtor?

THE CHRISTIANSEN TEAM CAN HELP!

Want to know more about us?  Click on the links below:

Fort Wayne Real Estate Blog

Christiansen Team and Fort Wayne Realtors You Tube Channel

Christiansen Team on Facebook

Christiansen Team on Fort Wayne TV

Fort Wayne Homes For Sale

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The Christiansen Team OPEN HOUSES this Sunday! (There may be cookies)

June 9, 2010

1524 Chesnee Lane, New Haven, IN. Stop by Saturday June 12th from 12-5 OR Sunday June 13th from 1-5!  Alisha Archuletta-Freeman will be there Saturday and Deb Steele will be there Sunday!  This home is a 3 bedroom 2 full bath model home by Delegrange.  It is priced at $158,300.

10306 Windsail Cove, New Haven, IN. Stop by and see Amanda Christiansen this Sunday June 13th from 1-3!!  This home is built by Carriage Place Homes and has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and is priced at $169,900!

2327 & 2331 John St, Fort Wayne, IN.  Stop by this Sunday June 13th from 2-4 and see Alisha Archuletta-Freeman.

This home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and is listed at $117,500.

3100 N 1100 East, North Manchester, IN. Stop by and see Jared Christiansen this Sunday from 1-3.  This home features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and plenty more.  It is listed at $259,000.

Hope so see many of you there!!

If you would like to buy or sell a home  in Fort Wayne, Indiana or in the surrounding communities, please call Jared, Amanda, Deb, or Alisha of The Christiansen Team at 260-704-0842, email us at ChristiansenTeam@gmail.com, or you may want to visit ChristiansenTeam.com for more specific information on the communities we service.

Relocating or moving to Fort Wayne? Are you moving to work at the Fort Wayne GM Plant? Contact us to see how we can help!

Want to know a little more about us?  Check out our Facebook fan page HERE or GOOGLE US!!

The Christiansen Team

HIGH Tech, HIGH Touch