HEADING TO HEATH: DOING BUSINESS WITH FRIENDS
Well, closing day is still a few weeks off, but everything is going smoothly – at least as smoothly as anything Bill and I ever expect – but there are a lot of things are going on. In other words, the deposit money went hard.
First, I want to give major kudos to my best friend, Deborah Shera. She just happens to be an escrow officer with Chicago Title. She usually does huge commercial closings, but since she loves me, she agreed to take on my teeny tiny little escrow. Since we are acting as our own real estate agents, it’s been nice to have a friend keeping her eye on my escrow. Her client list reads like an issue of Fortune magazine. If you’d like to be on that list give her a call at 214-987-6782.
Anyway, things are trucking along in that department. The buyers are as anxious to move in as we are to get that call saying, “The money has been wired into your account.”
My next kudos go to another good friend, Michael Picolo. I haven’t known him as long as I have Deb, but that’s because he was probably in diapers when I met Deb. Nonetheless, I’ve known him for over a quarter of a century. Michael is a real estate agent with Ebby Halliday and he was my Plan B.
Well, actually, he was my Plan A. Mr. Bill is the one who wanted to try and sell this house ourselves. If it had been up to me, I would have just called Michael and been done with it.
We did call Michael though, because we wanted him to know what we were up to and we wanted his input on the price. He “got” our house and understood its value.
I’ve found that most agents just throw a few comps into a software program and wave it around like the Holy Grail. Michael knew our house and he knew the market, so he was able to give us a real number, not a piece of marketing.
He also knew us and figured with our experience in real estate and our expertise in marketing, we could get it sold ourselves. He was absolutely golden throughout the whole process. Calling to see how things were going and bolstering my confidence, because I really just wanted to hand it over to him, in spite of Bill’s insistence that we could do this. When we got a buyer, Michael was the first to congratulate us.
Fast Forward to Mission Find-a-Rental
One morning Bill and I woke up and realized that we’d have to move in about a month. I hit all the rental sites I knew and started trying to find something. I suggested calling Michael, but Bill said, “He doesn’t make enough money on a rental to justify bothering him. You can do this.” Isn’t it amazing how often Bill has to keep telling me the same thing.
I dug into the task, but it was hard going. For one thing, the market is hot. As I called around trying set up viewings of different properties, I heard, “It’s already been leased,” a lot. I also found out that pets are not universally adored. Oh and we weren’t sure how long we were going to need the house, so we really didn’t want to sign a lease we might have to break.
So, after a couple day of banging my head against a brick wall, I made a post on Facebook telling my friends I might need a little prayer coverage on the project. I have amazing wonderful friends who not only started praying, they started coming up with solutions. Deb had already offered up her guest room. Another friend had a small condo we were welcome to. Other people had some really good suggestions of various sorts.
Then Michael called. He had a solution for me. Come back next week and I’ll tell you about it.