- Episode 6 -
From the beginning, I have adored first time homebuyers.
They are so eager to know everything about the process and are filled with more questions than the state exam. While their knowledge of the market is daunting thanks to the Internet, they do rely heavily on a skilled agent for their support and guidance while they suffer through this milestone of buying their first home. They are also some of the most appreciative buyers I have worked with and they always seem to have a lot of friends in the same situation that they turn loose on you once they close.
Two years ago I had a double opportunity to not only help a couple of “first timers” but also family. My nephew, Mike, and his wife, Elizabeth, were ready to buy their first home outside of Tampa, and being licensed in the state, I was able to contact the Realtor’s Board in their county and they were able to get me set up in their MLS system so that I could not only gather further information on the listings, but schedule showings and access communities as well as electronic lockboxes that were outside of my Board’s reach.
Over the course of Memorial Day weekend, we looked at numerous homes and finally found one that we put an offer on – it was a short sale that was just starting the process of getting approved. I can still hear my mom, (Mike's grandmother) say how excited she was to see the grandkids get their first home and she put it on her agenda to visit them on her upcoming winter trip to Florida. Unfortunately, she never would make that trip since she passed away before the deal would close.
Throughout the next few months, we waited anxiously only to hear after such anticipation that the short sale wasn’t approved and the sellers had to take the home off the market since they were underwater so much it didn’t make sense to sell it at that time. Mike and Elizabeth were devastated, and I, being the supportive aunt and Realtor, encouraged them to take some time and then try again.
A few months later they were ready to start over and on another weekend trip to Tampa, we walked into a home that was to our surprise the same layout as the one we had the offer on previously. As we walked through the rooms, we approached the back door, only to find the following note posted to it:
Bewildered, we all looked at each other and without hesitation knew that was the home.
Two months later we closed. And every night since then when Mike and Elizabeth check the house before bed, they make sure all the doors are locked, they smile at the note that now proudly hangs on the wall by the door on which it was found.
Kay Conageski is a professional Realtor® with The Keyes Company based in Plantation, Florida. Check out her RESAAS profile ›